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Juicy Air Fryer Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast

This Air Fryer Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast comes out incredibly juicy! Once you make chicken breast in the air fryer you won’t want to make it any other way! Use the chicken breast for meal prep, salads, wraps, sandwiches, the possibilities are endless!

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Air Fryer Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

We always have chicken breast on hand because it’s quick and easy to cook in the air fryer, and incredibly versatile! My Air Fryer Chicken Breast Strips turned out so good I had to make it as a whole breast instead of strips.

Now this recipe is for a basic chicken breast in the air fryer. I’ve simply seasoned it with salt and pepper, but feel free to add your favorite poultry seasonings! You can even make it with my chicken dry rub if you’d like!

This chicken breast is perfect for meal prep when you want something simple. You can also use this chicken and shredded it like I did here, How To Make Air Fryer Shredded Chicken. Or, if you’re looking to add an Asian flair, top it with some of our Homemade Teriyaki Sauce.

If you enjoy this chicken breast you should check out these other super easy yet delicious recipes; Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Breast, Air Fryer Honey Chicken Breast, and Air Fryer Ranch Chicken Breast.

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Why you’ll love this easy air fryer chicken recipe

  • Budget Friendly – I love getting the family packs of chicken breast when they go on sale at Aldi’s. I just pop them into the freezer and thaw them out the night before I need them.
  • Easy Recipe – This recipe has just 4 ingredients and barely any steps, so the prep time is very little!
  • Meal Prep – This chicken breast is great for any meal prep ideas you might have. Go basic and pair it with broccoli and rice, cut carbs, and serve it with a salad and homemade dressing or even use it in casseroles!

Ingredients

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts: I used boneless skinless chicken breast in this air fryer recipe, but you can also use bone-in chicken breasts, but you would need to increase the cooking time to ensure it’s fully cooked
  • Avocado oil: this has become my go-to oil, especially for cooking. I try and reserve olive oil for making salad dressings or, on occasion cooking at really low heat.
  • Seasoning: This chicken breast is seasoned with Kosher salt and black pepper, but feel free to add your favorite spice blends or seasonings.
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Tips & Tricks

To ensure the chicken breast is juicy, make sure to not overcook them! Remove the chicken breast from the air fryer when the internal temperature reaches 165F with a meat thermometer.

Let the chicken breast rest for 5 minutes before slicing. This allows the chicken to absorb its juices and not dry out.

Tools to make this Air Fryer Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast

  • Cosori Air Fryer – I love how big the air fryer basket is. You can cook so many things in it!
  • Tongs – flip the chicken to ensure they cook evenly.
  • Meat Thermometer – to ensure the internal temperature of the chicken meatballs reaches 165F.

How to make Chicken Breasts in the Air Fryer

  1. Season the chicken breast with oil, salt, and pepper.
  2. Place the chicken inside the air fryer basket.
  3. Cook at 390F for 18 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  4. Remove the chicken from the air fryer and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Oven Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer to a lined baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes until chicken breast internal temperature reaches 165F.
  4. Remove and serve.

Substitutions

If you do not have chicken breasts, you may also use bone-in skin-on chicken breasts. These are typically sold as “split chicken breasts.” You will just need to add a few more minutes to the cooking time.

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What to serve with Air Fryer Chicken Breast

I kept this a lighter meal and paired this chicken breast with a Tomato Onion Salad. If you’re looking for a more filling meal, pair it with a sweet potato and these Air Fryer Parmesan Asparagus.

Ever since I bought my Ninja Foodi I am in heaven with cooking two different things at the same time. While my chicken breast was going in the first basket I had Air Fryer Baked Potato going in the second one! It’s so easy and you will have dinner coming out at the same time!

How to store

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
  • For meal prep, you can freeze a meal for up to 3 months

How to reheat

Remove the lid from the container and microwave on high for 1 to 1.5 minutes or until the chicken is warm. Alternatively, you can transfer to a microwave save plate.

To warm this up in your air fryer, cook it for 2-3 minutes at 400F.

FAQs

How long do you cook a boneless breast in the air fryer?

18 minutes total, flipping halfway through. 

At what temperature do you air fry chicken breasts?

I typically cook my chicken breasts at 390F in the air fryer

Can I cook frozen chicken in the air fryer?

You can but you will need to cook them much longer because they will need to thaw

Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts?

You can! Chicken thighs are very delicious in the air fryer!

Can you put aluminum foil in the air fryer to make this recipe?

Yes, using aluminum foil to line your air fryer basket can make clean up a little easier.

Did you brine the chicken breast first?

I do not, but I’ve seen others have great success doing so!

More Chicken Breast Recipes

If you loved this easy air fryer chicken breast recipe, check out these other easy recipes using chicken breasts.

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Air Fryer Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast

Air Fryer Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast is something you can do whatever you like. I took this simple boneless skinless chicken breast and turned it into something so flavorful it’ll leave your mouth watering.
4.92 from 34 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 127 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper.
  • Place the chicken inside the air fryer basket.
  • Transfer the air fryer basket inside the air fryer.
  • Cook at 390F for 18 minutes flipping halfway through.
  • Remove the chicken from the air fryer and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 127kcalCarbohydrates: 0.2gProtein: 12gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 647mgPotassium: 212mgFiber: 0.1gVitamin A: 18IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.2mg
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