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Tender Crispy Super Easy Air Fryer Chicken Breast

The perfect new favorite way to prepare juicy chicken! If you’ve struggled with cooking chicken breasts to perfection in the past, then air frying might just be the solution you’ve been looking for. You can make a quick dinner for your family with the best results the first time with the easy steps for delicious chicken.

Try out an easy delicious smashed Brussels sprouts side dish with a parmesan cheese topping.

This is a great recipe for all air fryer cooks and a great way to make a quick family lunch or dinner. 

Using an air fryer to cook boneless skinless chicken breasts not only ensures they come out golden brown and delicious every time, but it also presents a healthy way to achieve that juicy air fryer chicken we all love without excess oil.

This method has quickly become one of my favorite things about meal prep, revolutionizing how we cook poultry at home.

Thinking about what to cook for dinner next time? Let me suggest pulling out the air fryer. The juicy chicken that emerges from this appliance is not only golden brown and appetizing but also packed with flavor.

This will become your favorite way to ensure juicy air fryer chicken on busy weeknights. For those who prioritize a healthy way of cooking chicken breasts, embracing the air fryer is a game-changer. No more dry, overcooked chicken but tender, juicy air fryer chicken that will make your meals stand out.

Tender Crispy Super Easy Air Fryer Chicken Breast 8 chicken on a white plate.

Why Cook Chicken Breast in an Air Fryer?

Cooking chicken breast in an air fryer not only saves time but also reduces the amount of oil you use, making it a healthier option. 

The air fryer works by circulating hot air around the food, resulting in a crispy exterior while keeping the inside moist and tender. The cooking time depends on the size of your chicken breasts. If you have a ticker breast it is best to butterfly to make it thinner and cooker quicker. 

This method ensures that your chicken breast remains juicy and delicious, avoiding the dryness that often comes with oven-baking.

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Tender Crispy Super Easy Air Fryer Chicken Breast sliced on a white plate  with mashed brussel sprouts fork on the left top top down view.

Variations for Air Fryer Chicken Breast:

  • Air fryer chicken tenders
  • Air fryer chicken thighs
  • Add onion powder, red pepper flakes, or lemon zest
  • Substitute Olive Oil for Italian dressing
  • In a rush skip the recipe and make air fryer chicken nuggets
Tender Crispy Super Easy Air Fryer Chicken Breast right out of the air fryer on a white plate

Tools Needed for Air Fryer Chicken Recipes:

Tender Crispy Super Easy Air Fryer Chicken Breast sliced on a white plate  with mashed brussel sprouts fork on the right and white towel with red trim.

Ingredients Needed for Air Fryer Chicken Breast Recipe:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts 
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil.
  • 1 tablespoon Basil (or your favorite seasoning blend)
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Black Pepper as desired
Tender Crispy Super Easy Air Fryer Chicken Breast sliced on a white plate  with mashed brussel sprouts fork on the left top top down view.

How to Make Chicken Breasts in the Air Fryer:

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 425° F for about 10 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl mix, add the olive, basil, garlic powder, and salt and pepper (or seasoning blend).
  3. Rinse off the chicken breasts and toss in the olive oil seasonings. 
  4. Layer parchment paper in the air fryer basket, and lightly coat it with spray cooking spray.
  5. Add the chicken pieces in a single layer. 
  6. Air Fry for 15 minutes at 425°F. After 15 minutes turn over and cook another 10 to 15 minutes until an internal temperature of 165°F. 
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Tender Crispy Super Easy Air Fryer Chicken Breast sliced on a white plate with mashed brussel sprouts.

Tender Crispy Super Easy Air Fryer Chicken Breast

  • Author: Crafting a Family Dinner
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Air Fry
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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  • 4 boneless skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil.
  • 1 tablespoon Basil (or your favorite seasoning blend)
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper as desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 425° F for about 10 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl mix, add the olive oil, basil, garlic powder salt, and pepper. (or seasoning blend).
  3. Rinse off the chicken breasts and toss in the olive oil seasonings. 
  4. Layer parchment paper in the air fryer basket, and lightly coat with spray cooking spray.
  5. Add the chicken breast or chicken pieces in a single layer. 
  6. Air Fry for 15 minutes at 425°F. After 15 minutes turn over and cook another 10 to 15 minutes until an internal temperature of 165°F. 

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