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Air Fryer Chicken Breast

This perfectly tender and juicy Air Fryer Chicken Breast is fast, easy and loaded with flavor. This all-purpose chicken is great on salads, sandwiches or served with simple side dishes for a fast and easy dinner.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting Time5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 301kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt like Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika can use sweet paprika, if preferred
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, (6 to 8 ounces each) no more than ½- to ¾-inch thick
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees F for 5 minutes. Combine the seasoning mix in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Place the chicken on a cutting board or large sheet of foil and blot it dry with paper towels. Drizzle both sides with olive oil and use your hands to coat well. Wash and dry your hands. Sprinkle the seasoning mix over both sides of the chicken.
  • Transfer the chicken to the preheated air fryer basket and set cook time for 15 minutes. Flip the chicken after the first 8 minutes and continue cooking for the remaining time or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F when measured in the thickest portion with an instant read thermometer.
  • Transfer to a cutting board or plate and allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing or serving.

Notes

Tips
Thickness - For the best result, chicken should between ½- to ¾-inch thick. If your pieces are thicker, place them between sheets of plastic wrap and use a mallet to lightly pound them as needed. Thicker pieces require a longer cooking time and are more likely to dry out.
Internal Temperature - The chicken is ready when the internal temperature of the thickest portion reaches 165 degrees F. Use an instant read thermometer and begin checking the temperature a minute or two before the end of the cooking time stated in the recipe.
Resting Time - After cooking, transfer the chicken to a cutting board or plate and allow it to rest for 5 minutes before slicing or serving. This will help the chicken retain its juices.
Variations
This versatile air fryer chicken becomes something completely different depending on the seasoning you use. Just substitute about 1 tablespoon of your favorite seasoning blend in place of the seasonings in the recipe. Here are my favorite variations.
Homemade Taco Seasoning - Use the chicken for tacos, burritos, taco salad, and more.
Kickin' Cajun Seasoning Mix - This is hands down my favorite seasoning mix. I use it like an all-purpose seasoning and it is delicious for this air fried chicken. Try basting the seasoned chicken with a little BBQ sauce 2 to 3 minutes before the end of the cooking time for a real treat.
Storage
Promptly refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days. For longer storage, transfer the cooled chicken to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw frozen chicken overnight in the refrigerator before gently reheating in the air fryer or microwave, just until warmed through.

Nutrition

Serving: 8ounces | Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 846mg | Potassium: 874mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 324IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg