Simple Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

5 from 102 votes

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts are a fast way to cook moist and flavorful chicken! This recipe includes a garlic marinade for tons of great flavor

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Air frying chicken breast is the easiest way to get that “fried” chicken flavor without all the grease. Let the air fryer cook your chicken breast to perfection so that every bite is moist and full of flavor. Long gone are the nights of cleaning up the mess after pan-frying chicken on the stove! The air fryer is about to become your new best friend!

Air fryer chicken on a plate with air fryer vegetables
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What I love about making these fried chicken breasts is that they don’t have that extra coating of flour on them. They’re light, delicious, and low carb, which is always a win. Not only that, but they’re gluten-free, too! This simple chicken recipe is literally perfection.

why you’ll love this Air Fryer Chicken Breast Recipe

  • Air frying your chicken breast creates a beautiful, light and delicious flavor you just can’t get from the oven.
  • Fast and easy weeknight dinner. Go from the fridge to the dinner table in less than 30 minutes!
  • This recipe is extremely versitle it pairs well with vegetables or any other side dish.

Ingredients You’ll Need To make chicken breast in The air fryer

  • Chicken breasts: I use 4 pounds of chicken breast for this recipe but you can alter that as needed. If you need to cook it in two batches, that’s totally fine!
  • Spices: Paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt, and black pepper are the spices that make up the simple chicken marinade.
  • Olive oil: Using olive oil is the best way to hold the spices onto the chicken to give it all that delicious flavor.
Ingredients to make the recipe

How to make Air fryer chicken breast

  1. Make sure to pat the chicken breast dry removing any and all water. Once done, combine the marinade and apply evenly over the chicken.
  2. After your chicken breast has had time to absorb all the yummy flavors you’ll want to add the marinated chicken to the air fryer in a single layer.
  3. Cook for 8 minutes, then flip the chicken and cook for another 6-7 minutes.
  4. Use the meat thermometer and check that the internal temperature is at least 165 degrees.
4 image collage to show how to make the recipe in the air fryer

Tips for making chicken breast In The Air Fryer

  1. Pound the chicken for even cooking. You’ll notice most chicken breasts are thinner on one end than the other and this can result in one side cooking faster than the other. It helps to pound the chicken to even out the thickness when necessary.
  2. Pat the chicken breast dry. For the marinade to stick, you need to get rid of as much moisture as possible. As we all know water and oil don’t mix! Use a clean paper towel and pat each piece dry.
  3. Marinate for as long as you can. For the best flavor, let your airfryer chicken breast marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Invest in a meat thermometer. Making sure that chicken is cooked all the way through is important for food safety. Owning a meat thermometer will help you know immediately if the air fried chicken is thoroughly cooked.
Chicken cooked in the air fryer sitting the basket
  • Seasonings. Since chicken is so versatile, you can literally use any seasonings here that you want. This is an easy way to change up the way this air fryer chicken recipe tastes every time.
  • Add a light coating. If you want to have more of a “fried” texture, you can make a light coating with parmesan cheese, egg, and panko breadcrumbs!

what to serve with Your Air Fryer Chicken

  • Air Fryer Green Beans – If you’ve never cooked green beans in the air fryer, now is the time! So good!
  • Broccoli Mac and Cheese – There’s no doubt that this will be a family favorite time and time again! (Plus it’s a great way to get some extra veggies into the family’s diet!)
  • Chopped Green Goddess Salad – Salads are a great side option that is a light and delicious recipe.
  • Air Fryer Vegetables: You can throw some chopped vegetables in the air fryer before or after cooking the chicken for an easy meal all made in the air fryer.
Air fried chicken sliced on a plate with vegetables

how to reheat & store air fryer chicken breasts

If you have leftover chicken, add it to an airtight container and store it in the fridge. This simple chicken recipe makes delicious leftovers!

how long will cooked chicken breasts last in the fridge?

For the freshest taste and flavor, eat any leftovers within 2-3 days.

can i freeze Chicken Made In The Air fryer?

Yes! Add the cooked chicken to a freezer-safe bag and store it in the freezer. As long as it’s sealed, it should stay good for up to 2 months.

how to reheat Your LEftover Chicken Breasts

When you’re ready to reheat, just add the chicken back to the air fryer for 3-4 minutes and heat low and slow, or warm it up in the microwave.

Frequently asked questions

Why is my chicken dry?

If you end up with dry chicken, it’s most likely due to it being overcooked. You’ll want to use your meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken if you suspect it is done.

Should I let the chicken rest before cutting into it?

If you can let the chicken rest for 3-5 minutes before cutting into it, this will allow the juices to be released back into the chicken and help it stay nice and moist!

Can I use chicken thighs instead of breasts for this recipe?

Yes! If you prefer chicken thighs over breasts, you can swap them out. You’ll want to adjust the cooking time accordingly based on the size of your chicken thighs.

Close up shot of air fried chicken

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Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts are a fast way to cook moist and flavorful chicken! This recipe includes a garlic marinade for tons of great flavor
5 from 102 votes
Servings 4 servings
Course Entree
Calories 119
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 1 minute




  • Pat the chicken breast with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Pound the thicker end of the chicken to even out the sides for even cooking.
  • Drizzle olive oil on top of the chicken and season with the paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Rub the chicken breasts with the oil and seasoning and coat well. Allow the chicken to marinade for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 375°F. Arrange a single layer of the chicken breasts in the air fryer basket with the smooth side down. Air fry for 8 minutes, then flip and air fry for 4-7 more minutes, until cooked through, golden or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Allow the chicken breast to rest for 5 minutes, then slice and serve with a side of your choice.


Storage: Put chicken leftovers in an airtight container and store them in the fridge. Eat within 2-3 days. 


Calories: 119kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 45mg, Sodium: 665mg, Potassium: 303mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 519IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Entree

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  1. I have made this multiple times. It is the most perfect recipe. Thank You 😊.
    This time I marinated more than the usual , Can I freeze it and Air fry it later?

  2. Hello Yumna,

    I was wanting to know if I need to use the air fryer shown or can I use the one I already have which is smaller?