This Air Fryer Chicken Breast is so easy to make and it’s juicy and flavorful every time! It’s an easy chicken dinner that the entire family will love, and it’s ready in about 15 minutes!

Air fryer chicken breast sliced on a plate

As much as I try to plan meals for the week, there are times when dinner is still an after thought. My air fryer is my solution during those times because it’s so easy to prepare something delicious with whatever I have on hand or pick up at the market.

Salmon and pork chops come out crisp and juicy every time, and this Air Fryer Chicken Breast is no different. Admittedly, I was skeptical about the outcome because chicken breast is so lean, but I was blown away by the amazing results.

It comes out golden brown and juicy with minimal effort. Winner winner!

Chicken breast on a plate

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • This Air Fryer Chicken Breast is juicy, flavorful and ready in 15-20 minutes.
  • It’s easy to change things up with your favorite seasonings or sauces.
  • It’s nice and versatile and may be shredded, chopped or served as-is with your favorite sides.

Recipe ingredients

This air fryer chicken breast recipe includes just a few ingredients that can be changed up to suit your tastes!

Air fryer chicken breast recipe ingredients

Ingredient notes

  • Chicken breast. This recipe calls for 1 lb. of boneless skinless chicken breast, or about (2) 8 ounce breasts. Any size will work of course, just be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • Oil. Be sure to use a high heat oil such as avocado, grape seed or coconut.
  • Seasonings. I’ve used a quick and easy spice rub, but any of your favorite rubs will work perfectly so you can change things up.

How to make chicken breast in the air fryer

Cooking chicken breast in the air fryer couldn’t be easier. It’s the foolproof way to get juicy chicken without turning on the oven or making a mess on the stove top.

Pro tip: Use chicken breasts that are the same size and thickness for even cooking time. If they’re not, be sure to place them in a zip top bag and pound to even thickness, or butterfly by cutting in half lengthwise.

See the recipe card below for full instructions.

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  1. Combine the spices, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Brush the chicken breasts with the avocado oil.
  3. Air fry the chicken breasts in a single layer at 380 degrees, flipping once, until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast registers 165 degrees.
Chicken breast in air fryer

FAQs

How long do chicken breasts take in air fryer?

A 6-8 ounce boneless chicken breast takes roughly 15-20 minutes to cook. All air fryers vary, so be sure to check for doneness after 8-10 minutes to make sure things are on track.

What temperature do you cook chicken breast in air fryer?

Cook the chicken breast at 380 degrees for a nice golden brown, crispy exterior.

Can you air fry frozen chicken?

Frozen chicken may be cooked in an air fryer, but it will take a few minutes longer to cook.

Serving suggestions

There are so many delicious ways to serve up these air fryer chicken breasts. The sky is truly the limit!

Recipe notes

  • Pro tip: Use chicken breasts that are the same size and thickness for even cooking time. If they’re not, be sure to place them in a zip top bag and pound to even thickness, or butterfly by cutting in half lengthwise. 
  • All air fryers vary, so treat the cooking time listed as a guide.  Be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly if using smaller or larger chicken breasts.
  • Once the chicken has been coated with oil and seasoning, allow it to stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes to one hour for maximum flavor and to ensure even cooking.
  • Change things up with my blackened seasoningjerk seasoning, bbq chicken rub, or favorite store bought rub.
Air fryer chicken breasts on a plate

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Air fryer chicken breast sliced on a plate

Air Fryer Chicken Breast

Air Fryer Chicken Breast is juicy, flavorful and perfect every time! It's an easy chicken dinner that's on the table in about 15 minutes!
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts (2) 8 ounce chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil sub with another high heat oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • freshly chopped parsley, for garnish optional

Instructions 

  • If the chicken breasts are quite large, place in a zip top bag and pound to uniform thickness, or butterfly the chicken by cutting it in half lengthwise to make 2 pieces.
    1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Pat the chicken dry, then brush evenly with the oil.
    1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • Combine the smoked paprika, thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl, then rub evenly all over the chicken.
    1 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Air fry the chicken breasts at 380 degrees in a single layer for 8 minutes, then flip and continue cooking until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast reaches 165 degrees, around 7-10 minutes more depending on the size and thickness. Cover the chicken loosely with foil and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!
    freshly chopped parsley, for garnish

Notes

  • Pro tip: Make sure the chicken breasts are the same thickness for even cooking. 
  • All air fryers vary, so treat the cooking time listed as a guide.  Be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly if using smaller or larger chicken breasts.
  • Once the chicken has been coated with oil and seasoning, allow it to stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes to one hour for maximum flavor and to ensure even cooking.
  • Change things up with my blackened seasoningjerk seasoning, bbq chicken rub, or favorite store bought rub.

Nutrition

Calories: 329kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 49g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 145mg, Sodium: 846mg, Potassium: 883mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 581IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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