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Air Fryer Chicken Breast

This is how I make basic Air Fryer chicken breast. These are great with a couple simple sides for a quick dinner, and they also work great for meal prep.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer chicken breast, how to cook chicken breast in the air fryer
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rest Time 5 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 163 kcal
Author Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy

Ingredients

  • cooking spray (or rub on oil of choice - use about 1/4 Tablespoon per chicken breast)
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts raw, mine were about 7.5 to 8 ounces each
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (about 1/8 tsp per chicken breast)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (1/8 tsp per chicken breast)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper (a dash per chicken breast)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (around 1/8 tsp per breast, and you can sub parsley, basil, thyme, etc.)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix the salt, pepper, garlic powder and oregano together.

  2. Spray the chicken breasts on the presentation side (smooth side) with cooking spray of choice. I use avocado oil spray.

  3. Sprinkle some of the seasoning blend on each chicken breast, and use hands to pat and help the seasoning stick.

  4. Place the chicken breast, seasoned side down, in the air fryer

  5. Spray the bare side, which is now facing up, and sprinkle on the remaining seasoning.

  6. Cook for 10 minutes on 360 degrees.

  7. Flip over (tongs are extremely helpful), and cook until internal temperature reaches at least 165, about another 8 to 12 minutes on 360 depending on the size of your chicken breasts. (Mine were about 7.75 ounces each, and 10 minutes on the 2nd side was perfect.­čĹî­čĆ╗That's 20 minutes total. See cook time notes section below.)

  8. Remove the basket from the air fryer, and allow the chicken to rest for about 5 minutes before cutting into it. This lets the juices redistribute and helps the chicken be juicier.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.

Recommended Cook Times: I conducted many tests related to chicken breast size and time cooked. Here is what worked well in my air fryer. For each test, I flip the chicken breast half-way through.

5.5 to 6 ounces 18 minutes 

6.5 to 7.5 ounces 19 minutes 

7.75 to 8.5 ounces 20 minutes

9 to 10 ounces 21 minutes

Note: Air fryers and cook times may vary from the above. Always use common sense, and make sure your chicken is cooked all the way through.

Timer: use an accurate timer such as a digital timer, like the timer on your phone or microwave. My air fryer has a knob timer, and it is difficult to get an accurate timing. Since the air fryer cooks so fast, this could affect the quality of your chicken breasts.

Note: I rarely measure my seasonings anymore  because I have gotten a good feel for "enough." I did measure everything out for y'all. If it tastes bland, add more salt to taste.

Do not overcrowd the cooking basket. I would recommend cooking no more than 3 or 4 chicken breasts at a time, depending on size. 

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Chicken Breast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 454mg20%
Potassium 522mg15%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.