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Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Breast

Today I am going to show you an easy air fryer boneless chicken breast recipe. This air fryer recipe will leave you with juicy tender chicken that you are going to love.

This is not a crispy chicken recipe in which you would get from a bread crumb-covered chicken breast.

This is a healthier version with some great seasoning that includes garlic powder, onion powder, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

How to make air fryer chicken breast recipe

juicy air fryer chicken

This juicy air fryer chicken breast recipe is a game-changer. The air fryer gives it a great cook time and cooks the chicken evenly.

This chicken is the best in my chicken salad recipe without celery.


  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper


  • Cutting board
  • Chef Knife
  • Oven

1. Prepare the chicken breasts

cutting chicken in half

It is important to make sure that your chicken is all about the same thickness so that it can cook evenly. For bigger chicken breasts cut the chicken breast in half where it starts to taper from the fat end to the thinner end and then butterfly them.

If you have average-sized chicken breasts go ahead and butterfly them making equally thin pieces of chicken. To butterfly is to cut the chicken horizontally through the middle.

Do this to both chicken breasts and then you are ready to season your Air fryer chicken.

I can also show how to cut up a whole chicken so that you can use the other chicken parts that you might like.

2. Season the boneless chicken breasts

seasoning chicken

First, you want to start by mixing your seasoning together. You will need garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika.

Mix together one tablespoon of garlic powder and onion powder and a half of a tablespoon of paprika and set aside.

Drizzle olive oil over all of the chicken, sprinkle a pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper over each piece. Flip over the boneless chicken breasts and do the same on the other side.

Now you can grab your seasoning and generously sprinkle it over both sides of the chicken.

Place your seasoned chicken on a roasting pan or air fryer basket and get ready to air fry juicy, tender, delicious chicken.

3. Preheat the air fryer

Set your air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. No matter what kind of air fryer you are using make sure that you space out your chicken so that the air can easily move around the chicken.

This chicken was air fryed in a breville smart oven air fryer pro.

4. Cook the skinless chicken breasts in the air fryer basket

chicken ready to cook in air fryer

Now, if you have one of those round air fryers like the Ninja air fryer or the Cosori air fryer you are just going to add the chicken to the basket.

If you are using a Breville air fryer like the one I have, I like to set up the roasting pan with a wire rack in it to prevent liquids from dropping on the heating elements below.

This is why I don’t use an air fryer basket for this type of recipe.

A great recipe that will pair great with this chicken is my smashed potatoes recipe! Serve these with your air fryer chicken and your meal will be packed with flavor.

5. Check the chicken breast with a meat thermometer

It is important to get the correct internal temperature of the chicken breast.

The cooking time is not so important, but, using a good quality meat thermometer is going to provide the assurance you need to get the chicken cooked correctly and up to temperature.

Chicken breast needs to be cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent foodborne illness.

Air Fryer Chicken Breast Recipe (Juicy and Tender)

Quick and easy air fryer chicken breast that will be juicy and delicious everytime!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 208 kcal


  • Cutting board
  • Chef knife
  • Oven


  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper


  • Butterfly the chicken breast by cutting through it horizontally to make two evenly thick pieces.
  • Mix the garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika together to make your seasoning, and then set it aside.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Drizzle olive oil over each piece of chicken and wipe or brush the oil so that the whole piece is oiled. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and crack fresh black pepper over each chicken breast.
    Flip them over and do the same to the other side. Then generously sprinkle your seasoning over both sides of the chicken.
  • Place each piece on your air fryer basket or in a roasting pan sitting on a rack in the pan.
    Make sure that have a little room to allow for the air to be able to get around the chicken and cook it evenly.
  • Put your chicken breast into your air fryer for about 20 minutes or until it reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Enjoy your juicy tender air fry chicken breast and serve with your favorite side!


Serving: 4gCalories: 208kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 25gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 1879mgPotassium: 491mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 469IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
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