Air Fryer chicken breasts are a light and delicious dinner that’s ready in 20 minutes.

Cooking chicken breasts in the air fryer makes is so easy and they come out tender and juicy every time.

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Ready in Less Than 20 Minutes

  • This air fryer chicken breast recipe needs just a couple of minutes of prep.
  • It uses only a handful of ingredients.
  • Use the seasonings below, your favorite chicken seasoning, or any seasoning mix you have on hand.
  • The results are incredibly juicy every single time. Hands down, one of our favorite 20-minute meals!
Ingredients for air fryer chicken breast

Ingredients for Air Fryer Chicken Breast

Chicken Breasts can range in size from 5oz to 10oz. This recipe is for boneless skinless chicken breasts sized 6-7oz. Four 6oz chicken breasts will weigh about 1 1/2 lbs.

Seasonings are simple. Olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, kosher salt, and pepper are all that’s needed.

Seasoning Variations

Add other seasonings to the blend in the recipe, or swap the seasonings and your favorite spice mixture. Try taco seasoning, lemon pepper, or Greek seasoning for something new. A few swipes of BBQ sauce will add a great flavor and sticky exterior.

How to Air Fry Chicken Breasts

NOTE: this is for 6-7 oz chicken breasts. Chicken breasts can range in size from 5oz to 10oz. Adjust cook time as needed.

  1. Rub chicken breasts with a little olive oil and seasoning (per the recipe below).
  2. Place in the air fryer basket, allowing space around each chicken breast.
  3. Cook for 16-19 minutes, flipping after 10 minutes.

Serve air fryer chicken breasts on their own or slice them for salads, pasta, or meal prep.

NOTE:  Appliances can vary – be sure to check the chicken a few minutes early to ensure it doesn’t overcook.

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Tips for Juicy Chicken

  • Check for doneness a few minutes before cooking should be done by inserting a meat thermometer in the thickest part.
  • Chicken should reach 165°F but will continue to cook once removed from the air fryer to remove it from the air fryer when it reaches 162°F.
  • Let the chicken breasts rest for 5 minutes before serving.
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Did you make these Air Fryer Chicken Breasts? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

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Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts are perfectly seasoned, tender & juicy!
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
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Ingredients  

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts 6-7 ounces each
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Seasoning Mix (or use your favorite seasoning blend)

  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano

Instructions 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 370°F.
  • In a small bowl, combine the seasoning mix.
  • Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and then rub it with olive oil. Season with the seasoning mix or your own preferred blend.
  • Place the chicken breasts in the air fryer, ensuring that they don't overlap.
  • Cook the chicken for 10 minutes. Flip the chicken over and cook for an additional 6-9 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F. Be sure not to overcook.
  • Once the chicken is fully cooked, remove it from the air fryer and let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

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Notes

For best results, use an instant-read thermometer to ensure chicken reaches 165°F. For juicy chicken breast, do not overcook.
Cook time can vary slightly based on the size/shape of chicken, the cooking times are for 6-7 oz chicken breasts. Chicken breasts can range in size from 5oz to 10oz and appliances can vary. Adjust cook time as needed.
Other seasoning options include garlic powder, onion powder, and/or Italian seasoning, Greek seasoning blend, cajun seasoning, or lemon pepper.
If your chicken breasts fit in your basket without overlapping, you can use 4 chicken breasts. If they’re extra large, cook them in batches or just use 3 chicken breasts (seasoning will remain the same). Larger chicken breasts will need an extra minute or two of cooking time.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 174 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 418mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 69IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course air fryer, Chicken, Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat
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  1. These chicken breasts were so flavourful and moist! Followed the recipe, re:weight of breasts, cooking times, and used my meat thermometer. Definitely a keeper! YUM!5 stars

  2. I love using my Air Fryer. The problem I run in to is proportions for a single person. For example this recipe calls for 4 chicken breasts. How would I adjust it for 1 chicken breast?
    Any suggestions?

    1. The cooking time will remain the same. On the “PRINT” page on any recipe you can change the servings size which will change the amounts of the ingredients (but it will not update the amounts in the written directions). I hope that helps.

  3. I can say I spent my morning cooking your recipes and enjoying a great lunch; are 3 hours ahead of you. Your Air Fryer chicken was excellent; I sprinkled Italian Seasoning. I sliced it and served it on your Roasted Spaghetti Squash; spooned on some of my Tomato sauce. I guess by now you can see I am hooked on your site.5 stars

  4. Delicious flavorings, Holly, on succulent chicken breasts. We really enjoyed this with a side green salad dressed in vinaigrettte. Thank you. Your recipes are reliably satisfying.5 stars

  5. I just made chicken in my airfryer following your recipe. Yummy, yummy. This will now be my go to recipe for chicken breasts. Thank you5 stars

  6. Hi, I followed your instructions and my chicken breast came out looking beautiful as well as tasting great. Thank you, looking forward to some more great ideas for the air fryer.
    Thanks again, Flo.5 stars

  7. I always dreaded fixing chicken breasts because they are always so dry & flavorless. That was until I received an air fryer for Christmas & then found this recipe!! I have made these 3-4 times & they are absolutely fantastic!!! This is now one of our favorite “go to” meals!!! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!!!5 stars

  8. I made this but did pickle brine for about an hr then with 1 breast lemon pepper rubbed in with very little olive oil and the other 2, I rubbed a half cap of liquid smoke
    then McCormicks Chipotle roasted garlic added a little non smoked paprika rubbed all this in a little olive oil and they could not have turned out any better. Thank you love your recipes.5 stars

  9. I followed this recipe but I used Caribbean jerk seasoning instead and OMG this was the best chicken I ever had. Super moist and delicious.5 stars

  10. These were the most juicy chicken breasts I have ever made!!! I received an air fryer for Christmas & this recipe by far if my favorite. They were moist, juicy & flavorful.

    I love all of your recipes!! You’re site is my #1 choice when I need a recipe!! Thank you!5 stars

  11. Crock Pot pork chops with gravy…
    The best food i have ever eaten!! The flavor was heavenly…the chops were done to perfection. I could have drank the gravy it was sooo delicious! I will only cook chops like this from now on. Thank you for the recipe.5 stars

  12. I always do as my grandma did 50 years ago?? I use one of my Corning wear bowls with glass cover. Once I have prepared my livers I place them on a paper towel and place the lid back. It will add an additional punch to a already great meal.

  13. I just made this for dinner tonight i didnt make the chicken seasoning but i used salt, pepper, garlic powder. Seasoning salt and paprika. They all turned out so delicious and i will most definitely be making it again. Thank you for the recipe!!5 stars

  14. Holly, have you had success with making chicken breasts from frozen in the air fryer? How would you adjust the time & temp?

  15. LOVE!! Great detailed instructions. Just got the Cosori air fryer for Christmas. I thought everything had to be battered or coated, so I was thrilled to find your recipe!5 stars

  16. I made the chicken breasts in my new air fryer. I marinaded 2 chicken breasts in Italian dressing over night then the next night I did baked first then threw in the marinaded chicken and follows all the instructions and it turned out awesome, threw in a vegetable and my husband and I had a great meal. I highly recommend this you’ll love it!!5 stars

  17. A simple and easy to make air fryer chicken recipe i have ever tried so far. Thanks for sharing this recipe with all of us.5 stars