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Air Fryer Chicken Breast Recipes

Lots of air fryer chicken breast recipes to choose from for your Ninja Foodi or other brand! Using fresh or frozen chicken, it’s easy to make a low carb, Keto, tasty dinner for your family now!

Frozen Chicken Breast in Air Fryer

Need a few great chicken breast air fryer recipes to fill up your monthly meal plan? Me too. All. The. Time! I compiled a list of the best chicken air fryer recipes to make dinner prep easier. You’re welcome. 😉 (affiliate links present)

Easy Chicken Breast Recipes

I mean easy chicken recipes are just so versatile right?? You can cook it whole or cut into chunks to make our fave air fryer popcorn chicken.

Our go to is definitely air fryer teriyaki chicken but there are so many more to choose from for the rest of the week. If you love KFC but want a healthier option try an air fryer fried chicken breast.

If you love easy air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:

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Air Fryer Chicken Recipes

We have it all, from breaded and popular like our air fryer McDonalds fried chicken sandwich to those with less calories and no breading. You will find a few that you want to try right here. Then add them into your meal rotation!

  1. I have a Ninja Foodi, electric air fryer, and Ninja Foodi Grill so I can air fry everything
    • any brand works my friends
  2. You can even cook from frozen like air fryer orange chicken from Trader Joes. SO much better than in the oven.

Chicken Breast Recipes in Air Fryer

We have even added options if you cannot eat flour but still want really crunchy and crispy chicken skin on the outside. Use our gluten free air fryer chicken method for wings, legs or breasts.

Can you cook frozen chicken in an air fryer?

  • YES!!
  • We all do!!!
  • I cannot be the only forgetful one out of the bunch here. 😉
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We made this basic chicken recipe without any breading, so it’s Keto, but TONS of flavor. It comes out with a bit of crispy yum on the outside but tender like you love it on the inside. Sauces like our mustard chicken in air fryer goes from good to out of this world.

With a very short cook time and minimal meal prep it’s the best chicken breast in the air fryer recipe you can use for a multitude of different meals. If you slice it into tenderloin sizes they cook even faster, like our air fryer mayo chicken pieces.

This is what you need to make frozen air fryer chicken:

  1. Bag of frozen chicken breasts – 2 at a time fit comfortably
  2. Salt and pepper
  3. Garlic powder
  4. Parsley
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How to Cook Chicken Breast in Air Fryer

Ready for the best air fryer chicken parm recipe??!!

  • Using fresh or thawed chicken breasts there is no breading on this air fryer chicken recipe which makes it healthier dinner choice. Smothered in spaghetti sauce and mozzarella cheese you’ll get all the Italian flavors you love in every bite.
  • You’ll get juicy chicken every time you cook this.
  • Add in tender noodles cooked separately and I bet your kids will love this one too.

Ingredients you’ll need for this Ninja Foodi chicken breast recipe.

  1. Chicken breasts
  2. Eggs
  3. Bread crumbs
  4. Parmesan cheese
  5. Garlic powder
  6. Onion powder
  7. Marinara sauce
  8. Mozzarella cheese
  9. Italian seasoning

Similar to our Parmesan Crusted Chicken Air Fryer except with that one we just go for cheese cheese and even more baked on to the top.

air fryer chicken breast recipes

How Long to Cook Chicken Kaboobs

Then try these air fryer chicken kaboobs! These and our chicken fries in air fryer can be a meal or a great appetizer.

  • With bite size chicken breast pieces and no breading involved you can have a low carb dinner with this.
  • Skewers with protein and vegetables cooked to perfection, the outsides will have a bit of a crisp with tender insides.
  • We serve them with air fryer tofu for the win.

Ingredients you will need to get started are:

  1. Chicken breasts
    1. boneless, skinless, cut into bite size pieces of chicken
  2. Wooden skewers
  3. Onion and/or red onion
    1. bell peppers can be used too
  4. Zucchini
  5. Grape tomatoes
  6. Red wine vinegar
  7. Olive oil
  8. Lemon
  9. Salt and pepper
  10. Oregano
  11. Bowl or freezer bag to marinate chicken
Air Fryer chicken skewers

Air fryer chicken breast recipes

Like our air fryer chicken cutlets or these air fryer stuffed chicken breast wrapped with BACON!!

  • With warm cream cheese in the center with a little kick of jalapeno, you’re sure to get some OOHhhhs and AHhhhs when you serve this meal.

Ingredients you’ll need to make stuffed chicken:

  1. Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  2. Cream cheese
  3. Bacon – I prefer that they’re NOT thick slices
  4. Cheese
  5. Jalapenos 
  6. Seasoning
  7. Meat tenderizer
  8. Plastic wrap
  9. Toothpicks may be needed to secure bacon
Air Fryer Stuffed Chicken Breast

No Breading Air Fryer Chicken Breast Recipes

Now you can use sliced chicken breast or already skinless and prepared tenders to make these. Lightly breaded chicken, it’s a great recipe when your kids love finger foods.

What you’ll need to make these:

  1. Chicken tenders
    1. or breasts cut into small strips similar to chicken fingers
  2. Egg
  3. Bread crumbs
  4. Bacon if you want to wrap them

Want crispy but lower in carbs too? We have made almond crusted chicken pieces before too and boy are they great.

ninja foodi chicken breast recipes

Then move on to a batch of air fryer Southern fried chicken and see what you think!! Depending on the size of your breasts you might want to cut them in half for air frying. Air fryer teriyaki chicken bowls are yummy too.

Chicken in an air fryer

You can start super simple, like with our air fryer bbq chicken. Just the meat and sauce is all you need. Always check internal temperature before serving. Insides should be at a min. 165 degrees F. Air fryer boneless wings can be done the same way but quicker.

Can you stack chicken in an air fryer?

No, you won’t get the desired crispiness you want. Hot air needs to circulate around each piece of food to create that deep fried texture you want. If they overlap you will prevent portions of each piece from crisping. You want a nice brown on your air fryer pesto chicken and any other creation you have.

Can you put raw meat in an air fryer?

  • Of course! Alongside with frozen meat, you can also cook raw meat in an air fryer.
  • Roasting a whole chicken takes about 30 minutes. Some air fryers, such as Philips, come with a grill pan to put inside the air fryer as well.

Even cornish hens in air fryer turn out excellent with a dry rub.

chicken parm air fryer

Can aluminum foil be used in an air fryer?

  • Technically yes. You could also use baking paper in the air fryer basket as long as it’s weighed down by the food. 
  • This technique is really not recommended though because air fryers works by providing a constant air flow around the cooking cavity. If you have it blocked by something like foil or baking paper, the foods won’t get as crispy.

Can you put battered food in an air fryer?

Since you are cooking with dry heat it cannot solidify and crisp the wet batter in the way that hot oil can so NO. Instead, dip meat into some egg, then a plate with bread crumbs and place inside your basket. check out our air fryer chicken katsu as a good example of this

The next best step is to spray coated food with olive oil spray to help crisp the outsides. That’s your best bet vs using a wet tempura batter or otherwise. Want something fast? Try a batch of frozen chicken tenders in air fryer as a meal or snack.

Frozen Chicken Tenders in Air Fryer

What’s the best thing to cook in an air fryer?

That answer would depend on whom you asked. For us we love air fryer vegetables to snack on.

Many times I have both machines going at the same time to make everything crispy and delicious. Ok, my Instant Pot is usually going too.

Making a few barbecue basted air fryer chicken leg quarters or air fryer sesame chicken while rice is cooking in another pot is perfect if you ask us.

Chicken Leg Quarters

Air fryer dinners is where it’s at in 2019 I tell you. My oven hasn’t seen much of anything in a few years now, seriously.

Want to move on to the best air fryer chicken wings recipe or air fryer hot wings now?? You should!!

Air Fryer Wings Recipe

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Air Fryer Chicken Breast Recipes

Air fryer chicken breast recipes come out fork tender and moist. Whether they are fresh or frozen you can tenderize the inside and get the outside crispy.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, chicken breast, ninja foodi
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 190kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • 2-4 chicken breast thawed timing is shared below
  • 1/2 c barbecue sauce or teriyaki


  • Preheat machine to 360 F. for 5 minutes. Spray inside of air fryer basket with non stick spray. Lay meat inside
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on top and cook for 12-14 minutes total flipping over after 10 minutes. At this time test thickest part to ensure it has reached 165 F safe temperature.
  • Brush bbq sauce over the top and air fry for 2 more minutes to brown the outside. Allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.


Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Chicken Breast Recipes
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 499mg22%
Potassium 501mg14%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 114IU2%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Amy Yaeger

Monday 6th of January 2020

These wings were FABULOUS!!! My family was positively raving about them. My son the wings were better than any he had eaten at any restaurant. My husband raved about them again this morning. He never does that. The wings were perfectly spicy and sweet. Juicy with a caramelized skin. The only problem? I didn't make enough. I'll make six lbs. worth next time.

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