Air Fryer Chicken Breast

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How to make air fryer chicken breasts that are perfectly tender and moist. They’re flavorful, easy to make and super versatile. Enjoy right away for a simple dinner or use for meal prep throughout the week.

Sometimes thinking of what to serve for dinner feels like more of a chore than actually making dinner itself. Enter air fryer chicken breasts. This recipe is so easy to make and uses pantry staple items so it’s perfect in a pinch! Plus, its super versatile and can be used in so many recipes that you’ll come back to this recipe time and time again!

Isaac and I make a version of this dinner multiple times a week, especially when we’re both really busy. Its just dependable like that! The chicken always comes out moist and flavorful and it’s easy to serve with other meal prep items like rice and veggies for a healthy meal.

An overhead photo of a plate containing a sliced air fryer chicken breast served with brown rice and zucchini.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Make perfectly tender and moist chicken every time!
  • You only need minimal, pantry staple ingredients and it’s super easy to put together.
  • It’s great for weekly meal prep!
  • It’s a versatile recipe that can be customized to your liking!
Ingredients measured out to make air fryer chicken: chicken breasts, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper and dijon mustard.

Here’s What You Need

  • chicken breasts – this recipe is perfect for 2 chicken breasts, about 1 lb total. I prefer boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe, I haven’t tried bone in chicken but if you try it, let me know how it comes out in the comments!
  • olive oil – helps to keep the chicken from sticking to the air fryer basket and helps the seasonings adhere to the chicken.
  • apple cider vinegar – this helps tenderize the meat and gives it a great flavor.
  • dijon mustard – pairs nicely with the apple cider vinegar and imparts a delicious flavor.
  • seasonings – garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
pro tip! 
Look for a package that has two equally sized chicken breasts so they will cook evenly.
Side by side photos of chicken breasts in an air fryer basket, before and after being cooked.

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Breast

Start by gathering your ingredients. Whisk together the oil, apple cider vinegar and dijon mustard in a small bowl and then set it aside. In a separate bowl, mix together the seasonings: salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. In a third bowl, pour the marinade over the chicken breasts and then liberally rub the seasoning on both sides of the chicken.

Preheat or turn your air fryer on to 375ºF and add the seasoned chicken breasts to the air fryer basket and cook for 18-22 minutes. You’ll want to make sure you flip the chicken about halfway through to ensure even cooking. The chicken breasts need to reach 165ºF on the inside, so keep in mind your cook time will vary depending on the size of each breast.

Once cooked, remove from the air fryer and let the chicken rest for about 5-10 minutes before serving.

A close up of an air fried chicken breast in an air fryer basket.

Air Fryer FAQ

Do I need to preheat my air fryer?

That depends on your air fryer! Some recommend preheating and others do not require it. Check your owners’ manual to see what they recommend. If you don’t have a preheat setting, just set your air fryer to the required temperature about 3 minutes before adding your food.

How much can I put into my air fryer?

It depends on the size of your basket. You’ll want to make sure you don’t overcrowd the basket or your food will not get crispy. You may need to cook in batches.

Can I use aerosol spray on my air fryer?

I do not recommend using aerosol spray on your air fryer! Like most non-stick items, it’s best to avoid sprays like Pam as it can mess with the finish.

A closeup photo of an air fryer chicken breast sliced and served on a plate with brown rice and zucchini.

What to Serve With Air Fryer Chicken

The beauty of this air fryer recipe is that it produces super flavorful chicken that you can use in a variety of ways! Here are some ideas for easy week night dinners and meal prep!

An air fryer chicken breast sliced and served on a plate with brown rice and zucchini. A fork rests on the plate with a piece of chicken.

How to Store And Meal Prep

Air fryer chicken is a perfect meal prep option and will store both in the fridge and the freezer nicely!

Just prepare the chicken as the recipe states, let it cool slightly and then put it in an airtight container. It will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.

If you are going to freeze it, I suggest portioning out your chicken ahead of time and freezing individually, that way you can just take out the container or ziplock containing what you need instead of all of it at once! Even better? Pre-shred or chop for easier defrosting. The chicken will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When you’re ready to use your freezer air fryer chicken, place it in the fridge about 24 hours before you want to use it so it has time to thaw.

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Air Fryer Chicken Breast

5 from 4 votes
How to make air fryer chicken breasts that are perfectly tender and moist. They're flavorful, easy to make and super versatile. Enjoy right away for a simple dinner or use for meal prep throughout the week.
An overhead photo of a plate containing a sliced air fryer chicken breast served with brown rice and zucchini.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts, about 1 lb
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together oil, apple cider vinegar and dijon mustard in a small bowl and set aside. In a separate small bowl, mix together salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning.
    Two small mixing bowls side by side. One contains seasoning and spices. The other contains oil, apple cider vinegar and dijon mustard.
  • Pour marinade over chicken breasts.
    Two chicken breasts in a bowl of oil, apple cider vinegar and dijon mustard.
  • Liberally rub seasoning on both sides of chicken.
    A mixing bowl containing two chicken breasts covered in seasoning.
  • Preheat air fryer if required. Add chicken breasts to the air fryer and cook on 375°F for 18-22 minutes, until cooked fully, flipping once halfway. You want the chicken breasts to be 165°F on the inside. Cook time will vary depending on the size of your chicken breasts.
    Two seasoned chicken breasts in an air fryer basket.
  • Once cooked, remove chicken from the air fryer and let rest for 5-10 minutes.
    Two air fried chicken breast in an air fryer basket.
  • Enjoy chicken immediately or let cool, package in storage containers and save for later use.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 chicken breast Calories: 251kcal Carbohydrates: 2g Protein: 41g Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 3g Sodium: 617mg Potassium: 45mg Fiber: 1g
Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer chicken breast

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    9 comments
    1. Mary Neely
      January 9, 2022 AT 7:14 pm

      5 stars
      Absolutely delicious!! Made it exactly how Brittany published the recipe. We are adding this into our rotation – thank you!! Love your website!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 10, 2022 AT 11:06 am

        Woo!! Happy to hear this, Mary. So glad everyone enjoyed this chicken. Thanks for the review!

    2. Melissa
      January 5, 2022 AT 2:01 pm

      5 stars
      I’m not a huge chicken fan but I will be now. This is such an easy recipe I found it hard to believe it would come out with such flavor and moisture. Easy to meal prep and add to any dish for extra protein. I omitted the mustard and it was great!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 6, 2022 AT 11:32 am

        Happy to hear you enjoyed this air fryer chicken breast, Melissa. Thanks for trying it out and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    3. Mary
      January 2, 2022 AT 8:12 pm

      5 stars
      This was so easy and so delicious! A few simple steps and no long marinade time. My husband and I loved it! We’ll definitely being making this again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 3, 2022 AT 10:51 am

        Yay!! Happy to hear this air fryer chicken was a hit, Mary. Thanks so much for trying it out and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    4. Steve O’Connell
      December 30, 2021 AT 12:44 pm

      5 stars
      Yum!! This was so good. The marinade made the chicken taste so good. It was so JUICY. I will definitely make this again.
      Steve

      1. Joni K Harris
        January 16, 2022 AT 8:22 am

        How long did you leave chicken in the marinade?

        1. Brittany Mullins
          January 17, 2022 AT 6:52 pm

          Hey Joni! When I made this I didn’t let the chicken marinade for long. After adding the marinade I immediately rubbed on the dry seasonings and put it in the air fryer. That said, you can totally let the chicken marinade for 1-2 hours or overnight to soak up more of the flavors.

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