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Air Fryer Chicken Breasts {Juicy And Full Of Flavour!}

Are you looking for a quick and easy air fryer meal?

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts are the perfect solution. These chicken breasts cook in under 20 minutes, and you can season them however you like.

You’ll love how juicy and flavourful these chicken breasts turn out – perfect for a quick and easy meal any time of day.

Serve them with your favourite sides, or chop them up and add them to salads or other recipes.

air fryer chicken breast sliced on a plate

How To Make Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

An air fryer works by circulating hot air around the food. Cooking chicken breasts in an air fryer will result in moist and juicy chicken. Just make sure you don’t overcook them, chicken breasts can dry out quickly.

ingredients for air fryer chicken breasts

Seasoning The Chicken Breasts

You can just use a little salt and pepper to season the chicken breasts before adding them to the air fryer, or, you can get creative and use your favourite seasonings.

Some of our favourites include:

  • Cajun seasoning
  • Garlic powder
  • Piri Piri
  • Paprika
  • Rosemary and Thyme

Do I Need To Use Oil?

oiling chicken breasts before adding them to the air fryer

You don’t have to use oil when cooking chicken breasts in the air fryer, but you can if you like. I tend to just brush them lightly with a little oil to help the seasoning stick and also brown them up a little bit.

What Temperature Do You Cook Chicken Breasts In An Air Fryer?

Chicken breasts are best cooked at 180°C (360°F).

seasoned chicken breasts in an air fryer

How Long Does Chicken Breast Take To Cook In An Air Fryer?

The length of time required for a chicken breast to cook in an air fryer depends on the size and thickness, for smaller chicken breasts aim for 16 minutes total (8 minutes on each side) and up to 20 minutes for larger chicken breasts (10 minutes on each side).

Always check that chicken is thoroughly cooked – the juices should run clear with no pink bits. If you are unsure, use a meat thermometer, it should read 75°C (165°F) for poultry.

Don’t let the chicken cook for too long or they will dry out and lose their juiciness.

air fryer chicken breast sliced and on plate

More Air Fryer Chicken Recipes

air fryer chicken breast sliced and on plate

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Cooking chicken breasts in an air fryer is the perfect way to enjoy juicy, full of flavour chicken.


  • 1 chicken breast (increase accordingly)
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (or seasoning of your choice)


1. Preheat the air fryer at 180°C (360°F).

2. Brush or spray each chicken breast with oil.

3. Season one side (the smooth side) of each chicken breast.

4. Place each chicken breast (smooth side down) in the air fryer basket. Season the other side.

5. Set the timer for 10 minutes.

6. After 10 minutes turn the chicken breasts over to allow them to cook on both sides.

7. Check the chicken is cooked all the way through - use a meat thermometer if necessary.

8. Leave the chicken to rest for 5 minutes before serving or slicing.


Cooking Times

Cooking times will vary depending on your air fryer and the size of the chicken breasts. Use the following times as a guide:

  • 150g - 200g: 16 to 18 minutes
  • 200g - 300g: 18 to 20 minutes

Always check the chicken is cooked all the way through (the juices should run clear and there should be no pink bits).

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 266Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 1253mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 38g

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