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Tender and Juicy Air Fryer Chicken Breasts turn out perfect every time! Golden and crispy on the outside and moist and delicious on the inside. It’s so easy and bursting with flavor!

Air fryer food is so succulent and easy! Make this a meal and serve your chicken with roasted potatoes, easy corn on the cob, or these delicious air fryer mushrooms! If you don’t have an air fryer…it’s time to get one!

Tender Juicy Chicken Breasts in an Air Fryer

Air Fryer Chicken Breast Recipe

Air fryers have changed cooking. It’s so quick and easy and everything that comes out tastes amazing. I love it. This is such a healthy way to cook chicken or any other dish for that matter. It uses the same method as a convection oven but this way you don’t have to heat the whole oven for just a few chicken breasts. It’s quick and the clean-up is so easy.

Chicken can be finicky sometimes, and hard to get juicy and tender each and every time. The air fryer method takes a lot of the guesswork out for you. You will just need to check the temperature of the chicken to ensure doneness, because you don’t want to overcook it. Use leftover chicken in recipes like fried rice, pasta dishes, or delicious salads!

Ingredients You Will Need

This air fryer chicken recipe uses ingredients that you most likely already have on hand. This will be your go-to dinner for busy weeknights because it’s so quick and easy!

  • Chicken Breasts: Boneless skinless chicken breasts are trimmed and ready to go!
  • Olive Oil: Perfect mild flavored oil for the air fryer.
  • Italian Seasoning: Perfect combination of spices.
  • Garlic Powder: Garlic powder adds great flavor!
  • Paprika: Adds color and gives it that “wow” flavor.
  • Salt and Pepper: Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Optional: Brussels sprouts or broccoli are my favorite.
Ingredients labeled to make air fryer chicken breast.

Let’s Make Air Fryer Chicken Breast

I promise, you will make your chicken in the air fryer from now on. It’s so easy and fail-proof. Never wonder what’s for dinner again! This chicken is so versatile because it can be used in a lot of recipes.

  1. Oil: Place the chicken in the air fryer then rub with the olive oil to coat
  2. Combine: In a small bowl combine the spices and rub generously on the chicken
  3. Air Fry: Bake at 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 9 minutes then flip the chicken and add Brussels sprouts, if using. Cook for an additional 9 minutes or until the internal temp is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Rest: Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes before slicing and enjoying!

Tips For the Juiciest Air Fryer Chicken

Let’s make the BEST juicy and tender air fryer chicken breasts! The air fryer can work wonders, so here are my tips for making this recipe a success!

  • Olive Oil: This helps to crisp the skin and helps the spices and herbs to adhere to the meat.
  • Space: Make sure you create room between the chicken breasts to ensure even cooking. Don’t overcrowd the chicken and cook in batches if you need to.
  • Temperature: Check the temperature earlier than you think because you don’t want to overcook the chicken. Appliances can vary so go by the temperature of your chicken to ensure it’s done.
  • Rest: Let the chicken rest for about 5 minutes before cutting into it. This allows the juices to reabsorb into the chicken instead of spilling onto your plate.
  • Spices: Mix it up depending on your menu. You can use Mexican spices, BBQ spices, sauce, Indian spices, etc. Whatever your menu calls for this is a quick delicious way to cook your chicken.
  • Moist: Want to make sure your chicken is super moist and tender? Try marinating or brining your chicken for even greater juiciness and flavor.

Storing Leftovers

I love this air fryer chicken because it makes the best leftovers! It’s great for meal prep and to use for other recipes throughout the week.

  • In the Refrigerator: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • In the Freezer: You can freeze the chicken in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge.
Tender Juicy Air Fryer Chicken with Brussel Sprouts

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Tender and Juicy Air Fryer Chicken

4.73 from 47 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Tender and Juicy Air Fryer Chicken Breasts turn out perfect every time! Golden and crispy on the outside and moist and delicious on the inside. It's so easy and bursting with flavor!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 4 People

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Place the chicken in the air fryer basket. Rub olive oil on the chicken.
  • In a small bowl add the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Rub on each sides of the chicken.
  • Bake at 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 9 minutes then flip the chicken and add Brussels sprouts, if using. Cook for an additional 9 minutes or until the internal temp is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes before slicing and enjoying!

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Nutrition

Calories: 102kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 12gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 67mgPotassium: 234mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 161IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. This was the best chicken recipe! At first I thought I don’t know if I really need to brine the chicken. I am so glad I did !! What a difference! This was so moist and so tasty! Its a must to brine !! Will definitely make this again!!
    Thank you for the recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    My first recipe I used my air fryer with and it’s still my go to chicken breast recipe. Quick, easy and delicious.

  3. 5 stars
    I just got a toaster oven with an air fryer and this chicken was one of the first things I tried. It was very moist and tasty. Thanks for a great recipe. I will be making this again, next time with the burssle sprouts.