Air Fryer Chicken Breast

$5.74 recipe / $1.43 serving
by Marsha - Budget Bytes
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I’m sure by now we all know that the air fryer makes life just a little bit easier, so if you’re looking for a simple way to cook chicken breasts, then you can’t miss with this easy Air Fryer Chicken Breast recipe. I happen to love chicken breasts and I cook them quite often, so being able to cook juicy, tender, and super flavorful chicken breasts in less than 20 minutes is a huge win for me! These air fryer chicken breasts are also great for meal prep. You can cook them at the beginning of the week, slice them up, then store them in meal prep containers along with your favorite sides. Because chicken breasts are so versatile, this is simply a great recipe to keep in your back pocket!

Cooked overhead view of Air Fryer Chicken Breasts in an air fryer basket.

Ingredients For Air Fryer Chicken Breast

Here are the ingredients we used to make these flavorful air fryer chicken breasts:

  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast: We were able to fit two boneless, skinless chicken breasts that were roughly 2/3 lb. each into our 5-quart air fryer with plenty of room on the sides for air to circulate. If chicken thighs are more your style, then you’ll love our Air Fryer Chicken Thighs recipe!
  • Olive Oil: Olive oil helps the seasoning adhere to the chicken breasts and gives the chicken breasts a nice golden brown color.
  • Seasoning: We went with a simple spice blend using steak seasoning, paprika, and freshly cracked black pepper. Steak seasoning usually includes a good amount of salt, so no extra salt was needed for this recipe. You can also mix things up and try different seasoning mixes. I’ll list a few different options below.

More Seasoning Ideas

If you want to switch things up, here are some other ways you can season your air fryer chicken breasts:

Tips For Making Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

  1. Thick chicken breasts take longer to cook in the air fryer. In order to make sure the chicken breasts cook evenly, use a rolling pin or the flat side of a meat tenderizer to gently pound the thicker side of the chicken breast until the breast is an even thickness from one end to the other (about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick).
  2. Once the chicken breasts are cooked, remove them promptly from the air fryer to stop the cooking process. This will help prevent the chicken breast from overcooking and drying out.  
  3. Allow the chicken breasts to rest for 5 minutes on a cutting board before slicing and serving. This helps the chicken breast retain all of those yummy juices.

Serving Suggestions

There are so many options to choose from when picking a side to serve with your air fryer chicken breasts. You could make a simple side salad, mashed potatoes, homemade mac and cheese, or a side of steamed green beans. And if you have a few extra minutes you can always add a side of roasted vegetables like our roasted broccoli or our oven baked steak fries!

Meal Prep Ideas

Meal prepping is a great way to save time, money, and reduce waste in the kitchen. And these Air Fryer Chicken Breasts are absolutely perfect for meal prep! You can easily slice them into equal portions for your meal prep containers, then just add in your favorite sides and vegetables.

Chicken breasts are also great to meal prep with salads, sandwiches, wraps, and even chicken burrito bowls! And if you love meal prepping as much as we do, then make sure to check out our full list of budget-friendly meal prep ideas.

Air Fryer Chicken Breast sliced in meal prep containers with green beans and mashed potatoes on the side.
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Air Fryer Chicken Breast

4.67 from 3 votes
This juicy, tender, Air Fryer Chicken Breast is super flavorful and ready in less than 20 minutes. Perfect for meal prepping!
Overhead view of Air Fryer Chicken Breast on a plate with a side of mashed potatoes and green beans.
Servings 4
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 13 minutes
Total 18 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl mix the steak seasoning, sweet paprika, smoked paprika, and black pepper together.
  • Place both chicken breasts on a cutting board, cover them with plastic wrap or parchment paper, then use a rolling pin or the flat side of a meat tenderizer to gently pound the thicker side of the chicken breast until the entire breast is an even thickness from one end to the other (about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick).
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Brush the olive oil over both sides of each chicken breast.
  • Generously coat both sides of each chicken breast with the seasoning blend. Rub the seasoning into the breasts with your hands making sure the entire chicken breast is evenly coated with spices.
  • Place both chicken breasts inside the air fryer basket and cook for 7 minutes. Then flip the chicken breasts and cook for 6 more minutes. After a total of 13 minutes, use a meat thermometer to check the chicken breasts and make sure the internal temperature has reached 165°F, and if not, cook for 1-2 minutes longer.
  • Promptly remove the chicken breasts from the air fryer basket and rest on a clean cutting board for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve the chicken breasts with your favorite sides and enjoy.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 32gFat: 7gSodium: 172mgFiber: 0.4g
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Overhead view of Air Fryer Chicken Breast on a plate with a side of mashed potatoes and green beans.

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Breasts – Step by Step Photos

Spices for air fryer chicken breast in a small bowl.

In a small bowl mix together 2 tsp steak seasoning, 1 tsp sweet paprika, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, and 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper together. Set the seasoning mix to the side.

chicken breasts on a cutting board being pounded with a rolling pin.

Place 2 chicken breasts on a cutting board, cover them with plastic wrap or parchment paper, then use a rolling pin or the flat side of a meat tenderizer to gently pound the thicker side of the chicken breast until the entire breast is an even thickness from one end to the other (about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick).

Seasoned chicken breasts on a cutting board.

Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Brush 1 Tbsp of olive oil over both sides of each chicken breast. Then generously coat both sides of each chicken breast with the seasoning mix. Rub the seasoning into the breasts with your hands making sure the entire chicken breast is evenly coated with spices.

Uncooked chicken breasts added to an air fryer basket.

Place both chicken breasts inside the air fryer basket and cook for 7 minutes. Then flip the chicken breasts and cook for 6 more minutes. After a total of 13 minutes, use a meat thermometer to check the chicken breasts and make sure the internal temperature has reached 165°F, and if not, cook for 1-2 minutes longer.

Cooked chicken breasts inside an air fryer basket.

Promptly remove the chicken breasts from the air fryer basket and rest on a clean cutting board for 5 minutes before slicing. Enjoy these juicy, flavorful air fryer chicken breasts with your favorite sides for dinner, in a salad or sandwich for lunch, or for an easy meal prep protein!

Sliced Air Fryer Chicken Breasts on a wood cutting board.
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  1. Quick, easy, and delicious. Another winner – keep those air fryer recipes coming!

  2. This recipe is great, its simple, quick, and easy and was perfect for some leftover chicken breasts I had. I only had generic paprika and wanted a bit of sweetness so I added 1-2 tsp of brown sugar to the spice blend and that made it even better.

  3. Looking good and tasty, but using olive oil to bake?? In the temp of 400 as your recipe instructing, olive oil becomes trans fats… olive oil should be used only in room temperature.

    1. I believe it is a myth that olive oil turns to trans fat at high temps. Or if it does, its such a small amount that it is barely detectable.

  4. Thank you for a recipe that finally recognizes how large today’s boneless chicken breasts are. I bought a family pack at Aldi’s yesterday–4 boneless skinless chicken breasts weighing in at more than 5.6 pounds. It was pretty cheap at $2.29 per lb, but still, 1 of those giants–about 1.4 lb–makes an adequate meal for 4. Typically the boneless breasts I buy are smaller, averaging about 12 oz each, but most recipes want a 4-6 oz breast and those, at least in my area, no longer exist.

    I used your low fat/high flavor recipe for lunch. One breast, split horizontally and then cut in half for 4 pieces. I was gentle with the pounding so that my pieces would be of uniform thickness–in my case a bit over 1/2″ thick (the thick part of the uncut breast was more than 1.5″). Since my “air fryer” is a countertop oven model, there was plenty of room. I would never have thought of using steak seasoning, but it was delicious with chicken. Next time, however, I think I will try Tajin instead of paprika for a little more heat and that yummy lime flavor, but still using the steak seasoning, too. I have plenty of leftovers!