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How to Fry Air Fryer Chicken Breast by yourself in 2024

Frying chicken breast in an air fryer is a healthier alternative to traditional frying methods. It’s quick, easy, and results in juicy, flavorful chicken. Follow these steps to make the perfect air fryer chicken breast.


2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Optional: other seasonings like onion powder, Italian seasoning, or lemon zest for extra flavor


  • Air fryer
  • Meat thermometer
  • Cooking spray (optional)


Fryer Chicken Breast
  1. Prepare the Chicken Breasts:
    • Pat the chicken breasts dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
    • Pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness if needed for cooking.
  2. Season the Chicken:
    • In a small bowl, mix the garlic powder, paprika, salt, black pepper, and any other preferred seasonings.
    • Rub the olive oil all over the chicken breasts, ensuring they are well-coated.
    • Sprinkle the seasoning mixture evenly over both sides of the chicken breasts, pressing it in slightly with your hands.
  3. Preheat the Air Fryer:
    • Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for about 3-5 minutes. Preheating helps ensure even cooking.
  4. Place Chicken in the Air Fryer:
    • Lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray to prevent sticking (optional).
    • Place the seasoned chicken breasts in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Ensure they are not overlapping for even cooking.
  5. Cook the Chicken:
    • Cook the chicken breasts at 375°F (190°C) for 18-20 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time. The exact time may vary based on the thickness of the chicken breasts and the specific model of your air fryer.
  6. Check for Doneness:
    • Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken breasts. They should reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) to be safely cooked.
    • If they have not reached this temperature, cook for an additional 2-3 minutes and check again.
  7. Rest the Chicken:
    • Once the chicken breasts are cooked through, remove them from the air fryer and let them rest for 5 minutes before slicing. This helps retain their juices and makes for a more tender chicken breast.
  8. Serve:
    • Slice the chicken breasts and serve with your favorite sides, such as roasted vegetables, a fresh salad, or mashed potatoes.
Fryer Chicken Breast

Tips for Perfect Air Fryer Chicken Breast:

  • Marinate: For extra flavor, marinate the chicken breasts for a few hours or overnight in your favorite marinade before air frying.
  • Breaded Option: For a crispy coating, dip the chicken breasts in beaten egg and then coat with breadcrumbs before air frying.
  • Storage: Leftover air fryer chicken breasts can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the air fryer for a few minutes for best results.

Enjoy your delicious, healthy, and easy-to-make air fryer chicken breasts!

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