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Air Fryer Chicken Breast

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Air fryer chicken breast is the perfect way to enjoy boneless skinless chicken breasts that are tender and juicy with a perfectly seared exterior.

Serve this air fryer chicken breast recipe next to some air fryer asparagus and slow cooker mashed potatoes for the perfect meal!

Chicken breast sliced on a serving tray.

Why We love Them

Air fryer chicken breast is perfectly seasoned, marinated, and gets the perfect sear and cook time without needing to brown them in a pan and transfer to the oven. They’re perfect with no breading, they’re so great on their own!

They’re ready in just 18 minutes, with a single flip halfway through. You can even cook air fryer chicken breast from frozen, just add about 5 minutes to the cooking time!

Air Fryer Chicken Breast Cooking Times

Air fryer chicken should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F. Check the temperature using a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken.

These are the general times for air fryer chicken breast at 370°F. They may vary slightly depending on the model of the air fryer and how crowded the basket is.

  • ½ inch – 11 minutes
  • 1 inch – 15 minutes
  • 1 ½ inches – 18 minutes
  • 2 inches – 22-25 minutes

Chicken breasts being flipped in an air fryer.

How To Make Air Fryer Chicken Breast

  • Marinate: combine the marinade ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add chicken breast, and toss to coat evenly. Cover, and marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Air Fry: Preheat the air fryer basket to 400°F for 5 minutes. Once hot, add the marinated chicken breasts to the basket. Air fry at 370°F for 10 minutes, then flip, and air fry for an additional 8-10 minutes depending on the thickness of the breasts. The internal temperature should read 165°F.
  • Rest: rest the chicken breast for 5 minutes before slicing or serving.

Tips and Substitutions

  • If the chicken breasts are very uneven in thickness, pound the thick part a little bit so they cook evenly.
  • Marinating the chicken isn’t necessary, but it adds a ton of flavor to them! If you have the time, it’s definitely worth it.
  • If you’d prefer not to marinate the chicken breast, rub them with olive oil, then season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning.
  • For ease with marinating the chicken, place it in a freezer bag with the marinade ingredients, seal, and shake to coat. Remove excess air from the bag before placing in the fridge.
  • For an added kick, add ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the marinade.
  • Preheating the air fryer makes such a difference. Always remember to preheat the basket before adding the chicken in!
  • The chicken needs to rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Once the internal temperature reaches 165°F, tent it with some foil while it rests.

Raw chicken breasts in an air fryer basket.

Storing and Reheating Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

Chicken breast can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days. Once the air fryer chicken breast has completely cooled, place it in a plastic bag or air tight container.

You can use this chicken in recipes that call for cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken, like chicken bacon ranch casserole or franks buffalo chicken dip.

Air fryer chicken breast can be frozen for up to 6 months.

To reheat:

  • Air fryer: air fryer for 2-3 minutes at 370°F.
  • Oven: heat in the oven at 375°F for 7-10 minutes.
  • Stove: Pan fry with a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat for 5-7 minutes.
  • Microwave: microwave on high for 1 ½-2 minutes.

Sliced chicken breasts on a serving tray in front of an air fryer.

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Chicken breast sliced on a serving tray.
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Air Fryer Chicken Breast

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 18 mins
Marinating Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 53 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Bailey
Air fryer chicken breast is the perfect way to enjoy boneless skinless chicken breasts that are tender and juicy with a perfectly seared exterior.
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Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts boneless, skinless

For The Marinade:

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce low sodium
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • Combine marinade ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Add chicken breasts, toss to coat. Cover and marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F. Once hot, add chicken breasts, shaking off excess marinade.
  • Turn air fryer to 370°F. Air fry for 10 minutes. Flip chicken breasts, and cook an additional 8-10 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Rest chicken for 5 minutes before slicing or serving.

Notes

Cooking times may vary depending on model of air fryer and thickness of chicken breasts. Use a meat thermometer to ensure chicken is fully cooked.
Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 821mg | Potassium: 890mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg

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