The Juiciest Air Fryer Chicken Breast: A Must-Try Recipe

Have you ever wished you could enjoy delicious, perfectly cooked chicken breasts without the hassle of grilling or the lingering smell of frying? Well, look no further! With this easy air fryer chicken breast recipe, you can have juicy, flavorful chicken ready in just 20 minutes. Whether you need a quick meal or want to prep for the week ahead, this recipe is a game-changer.

How to make air fryer fried chicken breast

Hello everyone! I hope you’re doing well. If you’re like me, you love to cook but hate the lingering smells that can take over your living space. Living in a small apartment in Las Vegas without windows or proper ventilation, I faced this challenge constantly. But then, a Christmas gift changed everything – an air fryer!

One of the first things I made in my new air fryer was chicken cutlets, and they turned out incredible. The best part? The house didn’t smell like chicken at all! Today, I want to share with you my favorite air fryer recipe: juicy, crispy chicken breasts.

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts: Perfect Every Time

Chicken breast is a simple, versatile protein, but it’s easy to overcook and end up with a dry, tasteless result. With the air fryer technique, you can say goodbye to dry chicken forever. By air frying it twice, you’ll achieve a deliciously crispy outside and a juicy, tender inside.

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What Makes This Recipe Special?

  • The chicken breasts come out incredibly juicy.
  • The outside is perfectly golden and crispy.
  • It’s a quick and low-maintenance recipe with easy cleanup.
  • No breading is needed for this recipe.
  • There’s no lingering smell in your house.
  • It’s diet-friendly, suitable for keto and weight loss plans.

Air fryer chicken breast keto

Choosing the Right Air Fryer

To make this air fryer chicken breast recipe, I used a Ninja air fryer that works great and is affordable. Depending on your needs, you can opt for a smaller air fryer if you cook for one person or a larger one for a whole family.

To Oil or Not to Oil?

While the concept of air frying is to reduce the oil used in traditional frying, I like to use a small amount of oil to help the spices adhere to the chicken. You can lightly brush the chicken breast with olive oil or drizzle a little on top and massage it in with your hands.

How to make air fryer chicken breast

Cooking Time and Temperature

To ensure perfectly cooked chicken breasts, follow these guidelines based on weight:

  • 6 oz breast: 360°F for 15 minutes
  • 8 oz breast: 360°F for 18 minutes
  • 10 oz breast: 360°F for 20 minutes
  • 12 oz breast: 360°F for 22 minutes

Remember to rotate the chicken halfway through cooking. Check that the internal temperature reaches 165°F to ensure it’s fully cooked.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Chicken breasts
  • Black pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Olive oil

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

  1. Start by placing the chicken breasts in a large bowl. Sprinkle black pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, and salt on both sides.
  2. Lightly drizzle the chicken breasts with olive oil and massage in the oil and spices to coat the chicken evenly.
  3. While preparing the chicken, preheat the air fryer for 3-5 minutes at 360°F.
  4. Once preheated, place the chicken breasts in the air fryer basket and cook for 10 minutes on each side, adjusting the time based on the weight of the chicken breasts.
  5. Use a thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken. It should read between 159°F-161°F. If it’s lower, continue cooking for a couple more minutes in the residual heat of the air fryer.
  6. Remove the chicken from the air fryer, place it on a cutting board, and cover it with another plate or foil. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute and the chicken to cook further.
  7. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for meal prep.
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Tips for Juicy Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

  • Preheat the air fryer for a few minutes before cooking to achieve a nice sear.
  • Use a thermometer to ensure your chicken is cooked to perfection.
  • Don’t skip the resting time. Allowing the meat to rest helps redistribute the juices, ensuring juicy chicken.

Air fryer fried chicken breast

If you made this air fryer chicken breasts recipe, I would love to hear about your experience! What spices did you use? How did you serve it? Share your thoughts in the comments below. And remember, you can find more delicious recipes and cooking inspiration at Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.

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The Juiciest Air Fryer Chicken Breast Recipe: A Must-Try

Cooking chicken breast in the air fryer has never been easier. With this foolproof recipe, you’ll achieve perfectly cooked, juicy chicken breasts every time. Say goodbye to dry chicken and hello to a delicious and hassle-free cooking experience.

Thank you for joining me on this chicken breast adventure! If you enjoyed this recipe, don’t forget to pin it for later. And if you have any questions or want to share your creations, leave a comment below or reach out on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Happy cooking!