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. I’ve been making this almost every night for a couple of weeks using blackened seasoning and it is sooo good. I’ve lost a few lbs too!5 stars

  2. I’ve been making this almost every night for a couple of weeks with blackened seasoning and it is soooo good! I’ve lost a few pounds too!5 stars

    1. If your oven has an air fryer setting, it works similarly to a regular air fryer, but you should check your oven’s instructions for the exact details. The temperatures and times might be a bit different. I hope that helps!

    1. Hi Anette, you can either thaw first and air fry as directed, or air fry from frozen and add about 8-10 minutes of cook time. Be sure to check them early and use a thermometer so they cook to an internal tmp of 165°F. Let us know how they turn out for you!

  3. Holly, your recipes look absolutely delicious, and can’t wait to try some of them! Question, can I use a wire shelf from my instant pot to add more food to the air fryer and still have air circulation so everything cooks? Do I have to add cooking time to compensate for the extra food? I realize I probably have to exchange positions of the food to equalize cooking, Thanks for replying
    Vinnie

    1. Hi Vinnie, I have never tried so I can’t say for sure. If you do try, please let us know how it turns out!

  4. I’ve made this a few times and the chicken breast is moist, as promised. Much better than the dry meat one often gets when oven baking.5 stars

  5. I love your emails. Your recipes & food prep tips are great! I like that I can click on the ” jump to recipe” & not have to scroll through to get to it. Other email/sites do not let you do that. Plus, I can pin it to my Pinterest & and save it in other ways.
    Thank you, Holly, for all of your hard work. It is much appreciated.5 stars

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words Jaye. I am so glad you are enjoying the recipes!

  6. I was looking for a recipe that would be quick, easy, and healthy and this recipe is awesome!! It came out perfectly juicy and flavorful. If I can do it anyone can – lol! Thank you for this!5 stars

  7. I made this tonight and it was DELICIOUS<3 So simple. My chicken breast was half frozen and 10 minutes on each side and PERECT!!! Thank you so much<35 stars

  8. I have made chicken breasts in the air fryer many times. This is the only method that you need!
    Just perfect! Juicy !5 stars

  9. Thanks for your great recipes. I have an oven with a built-in air fryer,do the air fryer recipes work with either oven or countertop? Thanks

    1. I have not tried using an oven air fryer so I can’t say for sure Nora. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

      1. Tried it tonight in my toaster oven air frier setting. Meat turned out moist and delicious. I’ve never used a traditional air frier, but the oven method worked well! 4 stars

      2. I made this recipe tonight with my oven air fryer, and it was PERFECTION. I made sure to weigh my chicken breasts, and they were a bit bigger at around 9 oz each, so I doubled the seasoning and cooked at 370 for 10 minutes, turned them over, and air fried for another 9. My kids and I are fans – thank you!!!

      1. So good! I’ve made this several times now. Chicken is zero points on WW so I’m always looking for new ways to eat it. I’ve made air fryer chicken before but didn’t know to dry and oil the outside. The crust makes it next level and I find myself picking at the dark edges while assembling dinner to put on the table. This seasoning mix is perfect – I’m going to make a batch of it so it’s always on hand. Thanks for a great recipe!5 stars

    1. Hi Cathy, you can follow this recipe here for time and temperature but you will need to add time for frozen chicken. Just make sure to cook chicken to 165°F. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!