Air Fryer Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast

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Air fryer chicken breast is a quick and easy meal to make. Perfect for a simple dinner or meal prep.

My air fryer has quickly become one of my favorite kitchen appliances! It makes cooking so quick and requires very little oil which is perfect for cooking chicken like air fryer chicken legs, air fryer chicken thighs, and a whole chicken.

Sliced chicken on a plate


I seem to always have a pack of boneless, skinless chicken breast in my refrigerator. It’s so versatile and can be used for many different dishes.

The air fryer has made cooking chicken super fast and easy. I often make extra to use for meal prep for the week like in these Jamaican jerk bowls.

Why these Air Fryer Chicken Breasts work

  • Speed – This air fryer chicken breast with no breading cooks faster in the air fryer than in the oven.
  • Easy – A few spices, oil and you have the perfect protein for dinner.
  • Meal prep – Can be used for a variety of meals and meal prep.


  • Chicken breast – I like using chicken cutlets. You can use larger chicken breasts but you might need to increase the cook time.
  • Olive oil – Used to coat the chicken and helps bind the seasonings.
  • Chicken seasoning – A homemade blend of seasoning that add so much flavor. You could also substitute with salt and black pepper, Jamaican jerk seasoning, Italian seasoning, or your favorite seasoning blend.


This basic chicken breast recipe in the air fryer can be used with many different marinades or even as simple as oil, salt, and pepper.

If you want something like BBQ chicken, I recommend cooking with oil, salt, pepper, and then adding the sauce once it’s finished cooking.

How to cook Chicken Breast in Air Fryer

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There are many variations you can use to make chicken breast in the air fryer. For this recipe I am using one of my favorite chicken seasoning recipes.

  1. Prepare: Brush chicken breasts with olive oil and then sprinkle and rub the seasoning mixture over top and the bottom of the chicken.
  2. Spritz the air fryer basket with olive oil. Place chicken in the basket.
  3. Cook: Cook at 370 degrees for 8 minutes. Flip the chicken over and cook for another 8 minutes or until internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees F. Make sure not to leave the chicken in the air fryer after it’s done cooking because the heat in the fryer will keep cooking it.
Chicken breast with seasoning in the air fryer

How long to cook chicken breast in air fryer?

This will depend on the weight and size of your chicken breasts. The larger they are, the longer you will need to cook them. Be sure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. You can check the temperature with a meat thermometer.

6 oz = 370 degrees for 10-12 minutes

8 oz = 370 degrees for about 15 minutes

10 oz = 370 degrees for about 17-20 minutes


  • I like using chicken cutlets when cooking in the air fryer. This cuts down on cook time. If you have larger chicken breasts you can slice them in half or pound them a little thinner with a meat mallet.
  • Don’t over crowd the air fryer basket. I usually recommend cooking 2 chicken breasts at a time.
  • Let chicken rest for 3-4 minutes before slicing.

What to serve with air fryer chicken breast?


Can you cook frozen chicken breast in air fryer?

Yes! If you cook from frozen you will need to add 6-10 minutes to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Can you stack chicken breast in air fryer?

When cooking chicken breasts you want to have them in one single layer and not stack them. The air fryer cooks by circulating hot air around the food so you do not want to stack the chicken.

Can you put raw chicken in an air fryer?

Yes, you can put raw chicken in the air fryer. Make sure to cook it until the internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees F.

Cooked chicken in air fryer basket

How to store

Store: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Make sure to let the chicken cool before storing.

Freeze: Freeze leftovers in a freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

More Delicious Chicken Recipes

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Sliced chicken breast on a plate
5 from 3 votes

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts (Boneless & Skinless)

By Heather
Air Fryer Chicken Breast
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 16 minutes
Total: 21 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 lb chicken breasts 1 – 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chicken seasoning
  • Optional: Or 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper instead of chicken seasoning


  • Brush olive oil over top and bottom of chicken breasts. Sprinkle both sides with chicken seasoning.
  • Spritze the air fryer basket with olive oil. Set for 370 degrees and cook for 8 minutes on one side, flip chicken over and cook additional 8 minutes. 
  • Let the chicken rest 3-4 minutes before slicing. 



Cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of your chicken breast. 
Make sure internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. 


Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 433mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. Curious where you get chicken cutlets prepackaged?!? I’ve been looking! I found chicken tenders and thin sliced chicken breast but not the cutlets 😅

  2. I have a liquid jerk marinade that says to marinate for an 1 can I just put them in the air fryer after marinating for 1 hour.

    1. Yes, you can put them in the air fryer after marinating. You might want to lightly spray the basket with oil to help it not stick.

  3. 5 stars
    We go through a lot of chicken at our house & this is a quick & tasty way to cook it! Great for so many dishes!

  4. 5 stars
    I think this is my new favorite way to cook chicken! It comes out tender & juicy & it’s so incredibly easy!

  5. 5 stars
    Such a quick and easy way to meal prep my chicken for the week. Love that I don’t have to heat up the house with the oven too.