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How to Cook Chicken Breasts in the Air Fryer Easily!


Today we are cooking chicken breasts in the air fryer for the first time and it is super easy. You will cut down on time spent in the kitchen and spend more time around the table with your family, with this quick and easy Air Fryer chicken breasts recipe!

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts finished roasting and placed on plate with green salad and stack of plates - Kids Activities Blog recipe
Let’s cook chicken in the air fryer!

Whether you are looking for ways to make it easier to cook during the week, or tips to simplify your weekly meal prepping sesh, I cannot recommend an air fryer enough! 

Easy Air Fryer Chicken Breast Recipe

When I opened my air fryer, I was so intimidated! But it has quickly become one of my favorite kitchen tools! Every single time I make something, I am amazed by how much faster it is to cook this way–not to mention healthier! 

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts
These are the things you will need to make chicken in the air fryer.

This Easy Chicken Recipe: 

  • Serves 4-6 people
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 16-20 Minutes
Air Fryer Chicken Breasts marinade ingredients shown next to uncooked chicken breasts on cutting board
Mmmmm…I love a good chicken marinade!

Ingredients Needed for Air Fryer Chicken Recipe

Marinade:

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce 
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, minced or 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, minced and lightly packed or 4 teaspoons dried parsley 
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, minced and lightly packed or 4 teaspoons dried basil 

Chicken:

  • 4 – 8 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Olive oil cooking spray

Directions to Make Air Fryer Chicken Recipe

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts
I usually let my chicken marinate in a Ziplock freezer bag.

Step 1

In a large bowl, whisk together ingredients for marinade. Add chicken breast to large container or resealable bag, pour marinade over chicken, seal.

Step 2

Chill the marinating chicken breasts in refrigerator for up to 4 hours.

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts in a casserole dish marinating resting on the kitchen counter
Your marinated chicken breasts are almost ready to cook…

Step 3

Remove chicken breasts from refrigerator and set at room temperature, 20-30 minutes.

Step 4

Preheat your air fryer at 370 degrees F for 5 minutes.

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts - marinated chicken breasts set inside the air fryer to cook

Step 5

Spray each chicken breast with olive oil. Place chicken breasts in the Air Fryer basket, leaving room between the breasts so they cook evenly.

Step 6

Cook for 10 minutes in the preheated air fryer.

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts cooking in the bottom of the air fryer roasted golden
This is looking so good…yum!

Step 7

Remove basket and flip breasts over, spray again with olive oil and cook for another 6-8 minutes, chicken is done when the internal temperature is 160 degrees F when checked with an instant read thermometer.

Step 8

Remove from the Air Fryer basket and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts Recipe
It is time to eat!

Serve Your Chicken Recipe

Garnish with fresh oregano, parsley, or basil.

WHAT CAN I MAKE WITH AIR FRYER CHICKEN BREASTS ?

SO many things! This recipe is one of my meal prepping hacks, for exactly that reason! Chicken breasts are versatile, and can be used as the basis for many delicious recipes.

When you do your meal prepping, whip up a batch or two of Air Fryer chicken breasts to use for meals all week long. I love when I can turn leftovers from one basic meal into a a few different meals!

Here are a few of my favorite chicken breast recipes: 

  • This simple chicken salad recipe is perfect for lunch or dinner! Serve as souvlaki, or serve it on a bed of lettuce.
  • Cut out a few steps, since your air fryer chicken breasts are ready to go, and just needs to be warmed, and make yummy homemade chicken fajitas.
  • Slice up your cooked Air Fryer chicken breasts, and make a delicious stir fry
  • Save some of that sliced, cooked chicken, and make this amazing one pot BBQ chicken pasta dish! 
  • Dice up some of your cooked Air Fryer chicken breasts and make teriyaki quesadillas

Prep Time
30 minutes

Cook Time
20 minutes 16 seconds

Total Time
50 minutes 16 seconds

Ingredients

  • Marinade:
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, minced or 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, minced and lightly packed or 4 teaspoons dried parsley
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, minced and lightly packed or 4 teaspoons dried basil
  • Chicken:
  • 4 – 8 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Olive oil cooking spray

Instructions

    1. In a large bowl, whisk together ingredients for marinade. Add chicken breast to large container or resealable bag, pour marinade over chicken, seal.
    2. Chill in refrigerator up to 4 hours.
    3. Remove from refrigerator and set at room temperature, 20-30 minutes.
    4. Preheat air fryer at 370 degrees F for 5 minutes.
    5. Place chicken breasts in the Air Fryer basket, leaving room between the breasts so they cook evenly.
    6. Spray each chicken breast with olive oil.
    7. Place back into preheated air fryer and cook for 10 minutes.
    8. Remove basket and flip breasts over, spray again with olive oil and cook for another 6-8 minutes, chicken is done when the internal temperature is 160 degrees F when checked with an instant read thermometer.
    9. Remove from the Air Fryer basket and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

Garnish with fresh oregano, parsley, or basil.

More Air Fryer Recipes that ARe Easy To Make

The thing I love most about my Air Fryer is the wide assortment of foods that can be made with the air fryer…here are some of my favorite air fryer recipes:

Have you ever cooked chicken breast in the air fryer? How easy was this air fryer chicken recipe?





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