Tender and Juicy Air Fryer Chicken

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Tender and Juicy Air Fryer Chicken is golden crispy outside and moist and delicate on the inside. This is bursting with flavor and so good!

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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 guess work out for you. You will just need to take the Chickens temperature to ensure doneness, and that you don’t overcook it.  This is so versatile so change it up as you need to and enjoy.

Chicken Breast Ingredients

Ingredients that we all usually have on hand. So easy and so quick!

  • Chicken Breasts: Buying skinless, boneless make it super easy.
  • Olive Oil: Perfect mild flavored oil for the air fryer
  • Italian Seasoning: Perfect combination of spices
  • Garlic Powder: Garlic adds that nice kick of flavor
  • Paprika: Adds color and flavor
  • Salt and Pepper: Add to taste
  • Optional: Brussel sprouts

How Long to Cook Chicken Breast in Air Fryer

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!

  1. Oil: Place the chicken in the fryer and 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 for 9 min. Flip (add brussel sprouts if using) Cook for another 9 min or till internal temp is 165.

Seasoning, oiling and baking tender juicy air fryer chicken

Tips for the Best Juicy Air Fryer Chicken

  • 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. Cook in batches if you need to.
  • Check: Check the temp earlier than you think so you don’t accidently over cook the chicken. Appliances can vary so go by temperature of your chicken to ensure it’s done.
  • Rest: Let the Chicken rest before cutting into it. About 5 min at least. 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 and 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.

How and Why do I Brine my Chicken Breasts?

  • Why: During brining the salt helps the meat to absorb extra liquid through the process of osmosis. Soaking the chicken in salted water, results in a juicier and more flavorful final dish, because the is able to hold on to more of it’s moisture. This is particularly great for lean cuts of meat, such as chicken breast and turkey breast that tend to dry out during cooking.
  • Formula: Basic brine ratio: The basic ratio of salt to water for a brine is 4 tablespoons of salt per 6 cups of water. But size of the salt crystal and type matter. Use Kosher salt because although it dissolves faster and easier in water, it’s slower to dissolve on the surface of meat so less sodium is absorbed by your meat.
  • How: Fill a large bowl with about 4 cups of lukewarm water and add ¼ cup kosher salt, stirring to dissolve. Although this may sound like a lot of salt, only a small amount is absorbed. Add the chicken breasts to the water and let them sit at least 1 ½ hours or up to 6 hours to brine. Remove from water, pat dry with paper towels and discard the water.
    • Continue with the recipe as directed rubbing with oil and spices then baking.

Tender Juicy Air Fryer Chicken with Brussel Sprouts

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Tender and Juicy Air Fryer Chicken

4.76 from 25 votes
Tender and Juicy Air Fryer Chicken is golden crispy outside and moist and delicate on the inside. This is bursting with flavor and so good! 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4 People


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • optional: brussels sprouts


  • 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.
  • Cook in the air fryer at 360 degrees for 9 minutes. Open the air fryer and flip the chicken. (Add Brussels sprouts now if using). Cook for another 9 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.



Serves: 4

Calories102kcal (5%)Carbohydrates2g (1%)Protein12g (24%)Fat5g (8%)Saturated Fat1g (5%)Cholesterol36mg (12%)Sodium67mg (3%)Potassium234mg (7%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A161IU (3%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium23mg (2%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, air fryer chicken, air fryer chicken breast
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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    1. I’m so sorry the times didn’t work for you! Different air fryers can be tricky with finding the exact time that works. I hope it at least tasted good when it was done!

  1. 5 stars
    Used some cheap, rather thin defrosted Tyson chicken breasts that I’d rinsed and dried, mixed the oil and spices together (x 1.5 for 3 breasts), rubbed the mix all over the chicken (a helluva lot easier than doing the oil and spices separately!). stuck ’em in my Dreo (sic!) for the times indicated, and though 18 minutes was probably a little over the necessary time due to their thinness, they still came out AMAZING – as good as the best cafe or coffee shop anywhere! I always knew convection cooking was the way to achieve restaurant quality food, but honestly, after having experimented with my air fryer for a month now, I never expected the results to turn out anywhere near as good as they so consistently are. Thanks for the top-notch recipe!

    1. 5 stars
      I never rinse meat. This is a recipe for food borne illness from your sinks and surroundings. Good recipe and spice mix.

  2. 5 stars
    If I could I’d give this 4.5 stars… super tasty, but I really think marinating (as suggested for a more juicy breast) should be part of the recipe rather then optional. I didn’t marinate this time as I didn’t have the time, but I will marinate it before I make it next time. Rather then oiling the chicken, then sprinkling with herbs and spices, I added the herbs and spices to the oil and rubbed the chicken with the paste-like mixture. Love this as leftovers on Ceasar salad.

  3. 4 stars
    I am new to the air fryer world. I followed the recipe. Even knew mine needed to be preheated before using and it still took soooo much longer. I don’t understand what I did wrong. The breast were reasonable size too. Not the monstrosities that you sometimes find.

  4. 5 stars
    Super simple – so tender! I just got an air fryer recently so have been testing out recipes. This is a great one!

  5. I just love your cook books and i love to cook also. Chicken is the best when it come down to cooking garlic parmesan chicken.

    1. 5 stars
      This was a huge hit with my family! And it is hard to find recipes all my kids like.
      It was my first time cooking chicken with just the air fryer setting (I have a ninja foodi deluxe and have previously done the pressure cooker setting and finished the last bit with the air fryer setting). This was so easy and turned out wonderful!

  6. 5 stars
    I’m not a big chicken fan because I find it to be dry most of the time. This is the best chicken breast I’ve ever had. It was so easy and fast. This is definitely going to be a weekly recipe. It’s so versatile. Great on its own with sides or in a salad. My husband made a chicken sandwich with it. Try it!

    1. I am loving the new 6 quart Drew Barrymore air fryer. You can get it at Walmart. I am not a sponsor of this appliance but this is the air fryer that I have been currently using.

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe was fast, easy, and delicious. I made chicken and avocado sandwiches and will no doubt be making this at least once a week.

  8. 4 stars
    I brined for 4 hours. Followed the recipe as written. It’s good and easy. It gave me an opportunity since it is pretty hands off once in the air fryer to make a sauce for the kids to dip chicken bites in. They liked it.

      1. How do I increase the sauce in this recipe? It came out sooo good and juicy. Wish we had more sauce for rice and stuff.

  9. 5 stars
    This was very easy and very good. My whole family liked it. We had medium size breast and the 9 and 9 min was perfect. I let it rest for five minutes and it was awesome 🤩

  10. 5 stars
    Just made the chicken tonight in my new Instant Vortex Mini … it’s sooo good! It couldn’t have been any easier – fifteen minutes in total. Can’t wait to experiment with different seasonings.

  11. I’ll be honest, I’m not typically a fan of a chicken breast but your photo drew me in. I’m willing to give it another shot because that looks so good and honestly so simple.

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