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KFC Air Fryer Fried Chicken Breast

Crispy air fryer fried chicken breast is a Kentucky Fried Chicken copycat recipe you’ll love. Tender meat with light crunchy breading outside.

Air Fryer Fried Chicken Breast

If you love KFC you’ll love this air fryer fried chicken breast recipe! Using boneless skinless pieces this easy air fryer recipe will remind you of your favorite fast food joint every single time. (affiliate links present)

Fried Chicken Breast in Air Fryer

Years ago we made this copycat Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe in the oven and yes that was fantastic. BUT now that I have this magic hot air machine I can make this even faster and not heat up my kitchen.

It’s best to get boneless skinless so the flavors really sink in if you ask me. Add lots of seasonings into the mix and they’ll knock your socks off. You may never go to “that fast food joint” again after this. 😉

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

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Fried Chicken Seasoning

If you’ve ever made any sort of fried chicken you know that it is best to soak it for a while in buttermilk first. Not only does it give it a bit more flavor but it tenderizes the meat too.

An easy step to do and makes a big difference. Beyond that it is all about the seasonings in your flour coating mixture. If you have your own “go to” mix then by all means use that. There is a recipe for this one below though.

You can buy this boxed mix too if you want to go super simple. It doesn’t take long to make what we list below in the printable recipe card.

fried chicken batter

KFC Chicken Breast

All you need to throw this together you already have in your pantry though I am sure;

  1. All purpose flour
  2. Celery seeds
  3. Salt and pepper
  4. Garlic powder and onion powder is good too if you have it
  5. Ground ginger
  6. Paprika
  7. Thyme
  8. Basil
  9. Egg
  10. Buttermilk

And a bowl of course. Give it a good 20 minutes in the fridge submerged in the last ingredient. Then throw the coating together and roll each piece around. Shake off excess before adding it into the basket.

air fryer fried chicken recipe

Oh yeah, do NOT forget to spray that basket first! You will surely regret it if you don’t. The coating is a bit sticky and wet as opposed to making something like our air fryer popcorn chicken.

Generally I don’t recommend anything that is wet sorta’ speak. Tempura batter definitely is a hot mess but with the flour this is a good in between.

If you love the flavors and texture of this you could easily use chicken thighs as well. Those tend to be a bit thinner so timing may decrease by 2 minutes or so.

Is air frying chicken breast healthy?

For sure! Since you only need a light spritz of oil to get the outside crispy it is far better for you than deep frying. BUT with the benefits of air frying is that you get that same great texture on the outside still.

I kid you not if you haven’t tried this method of cooking crispy chicken it will be a game changer for you too. Betting you’ll never bake it or fry it ever again and wonder why you didn’t try this sooner.

fried chicken in air fryer

How long do you air fry boneless skinless chicken breast?

About 8 minutes depending on how thick they are. I always suggest medium sizes but if they are quite large just slice in half to create chicken cutlets.

Time needed: 8 minutes.

Air Fryer Fried Chicken Breast

  1. Prepare

    Add flour and seasonings together in a bowl, mix.
    In another bowl whisk egg and buttermilk together. Put chicken pieces in, submerge and let them sit in it for 20 minutes.

    Dredge chicken in flour mixture one at a time. Place on a piece of parchment paper to sit for an additional 15 minutes.

    Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees F for 5 minutes. Spray air fryer basket with non stick cooking spray and lay chicken down in one single layer. Spray tops with olive oil spray and close basket.

  2. Cook

    Then cook for 8 minutes total cook time. Flip the chicken and spray with olive oil again after 4 minutes.

    Air fryer chicken breast timing will vary depending on thickness of your meat and how brown you want outsides.

What temp should chicken breast be?

Check internal temperature to ensure middle of thickest piece is 165 F. You don’t want to overcook them, they’re tender and juicy right at that temp. Remove and serve immediately.

Air Fryer Fried Chicken Breast recipe

How to Fry Chicken in Air Fryer

Looking to cook other pieces of the bird too? We have them all!! From air fryer chicken wings with dry rub to air fryer frozen chicken breast you can find directions on our site.

Remember that you can just rinse, dry, spray oil and sprinkle some seasonings on top to make it. If you are following a low carb keto diet that may be the best option. If you’re going all out though for bold flavors this will be your next family favorite!

Of course chicken legs are my kids’ favorite and yours probably too.

air fryer fried chicken
How do you store leftover chicken breast?

Allow the meat to reach room temperature. Then wrap it in foil and store in the fridge for up to a few days.

The best way to reheat chicken in air fryer is listed here. Microwave won’t cut it y’all.

Many times I will serve this with white rice, or just a few different sauces. Fry sauce and bang bang sauce are probably our favorite followed by this mustard dip.

For another idea, we have made air fryer fried chicken thighs as well. Similar to these but with a different cut but just as delicious.

baked Fried Chicken Thighs

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Buttermilk Fried Chicken Air Fryer

Air Fryer Fried Chicken Breast

Crispy air fryer fried chicken breast is a Kentucky Fried Chicken copycat recipe you'll love. Tender meat with light crunchy breading outside.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, copycat, fried chicken, kentucky fried chicken, ninja foodi
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 365kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add flour and seasonings together in a bowl, mix well.
  • In another bowl whisk egg and buttermilk together. Put chicken pieces inside, submerge and sit for 20 minutes.
  • Dredge chicken in flour mixture one at a time. Then place on a piece of parchment paper to sit for another 15 minutes.
  • Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees F for 5 minutes. Spray basket with non stick spray and lay chicken down in one single layer. Spray tops with olive oil spray and close basket.
  • Cook for 4 minutes, flip spray with olive oil spray and cook for another 4 minutes. * Timing will vary depending on thickness of meat and how brown you want outsides.
  • Check internal temp to ensure middle of thickest piece is 165 F or higher. Remove and serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Fried Chicken Breast
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 365 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 128mg43%
Sodium 617mg27%
Potassium 695mg20%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 328IU7%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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William Smith

Thursday 20th of May 2021

Rather than spray the basket with non-stick spray, has anyone used aluminum foil to line the air-fryer basket?

Mary

Saturday 10th of July 2021

@William Smith,

I haven't used aluminum foil, but I have used parchment paper successfully.

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