If you want juicy, air fryer chicken breasts are the way to go. No more jerky, just juicy, moist, perfectly cooked chicken breasts every time.
Air Fryer Chicken Breasts are juicy, fast, and never dry out. I usually make a bunch of chicken breasts at the beginning of the week (especially if I have a very busy week) and find the deep fryer to be the best and most consistent way to prepare them. I then use the cooked chicken breasts in salad wraps, burritos, taco sandwiches, noodle bowls, pasta, or even on their own as a non-carb snack.
How long to cook a chicken breast in the deep fryer?
- Boneless Chicken Breasts: Air fry at 400°F for 12-15 minutes depending on size, flipping halfway.
- Bones in chicken breasts: Air fry at 400°F for 25-28 minutes depending on size, flipping halfway.
- Frozen Boneless Chicken Breasts: Air fry frozen at 360°F for 25-30 minutes depending on size, flipping halfway.
You want to air fry the breasts until the internal temperature reaches 165°F or until the juices run clear. Chicken breasts come in all sizes and thicknesses, so it’s best to get an instant-read thermometer to make sure they reach 165°F.
Once the chicken breasts are cooked, immediately remove them from the fryer (otherwise they will start to overcook) and let them rest for 2 minutes before enjoying.
How to make deep fryer chicken breast
How to Fry ALL Chicken Breasts: Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, and Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast.
- Season. Place the breasts in a bowl and season with a drizzle of oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika. The oil helps conduct the heat and the seasoning adds flavor. Feel free to use your favorite chicken seasoning, like this one!
- Air fry. Place chicken in air fryer in a single layer and air fry, flipping halfway, until internal temperature reaches 165°F. (See schedule below)
Why make deep fryer chicken breast?
- If you like super juicy roasted or baked chicken, air fryer chicken tastes just as juicy and tender, maybe even more so.
- Air frying chicken breasts is faster than roasting/baking
- It is also more energy efficient because there is no need to preheat or turn on the oven.
- super easy cleaning
Bone-in with skin vs bone-in without skin
Both work – if you care about presentation and want really nice looking chicken breasts, use bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts as the skin crisps up beautifully and also bastes the meat underneath. The bone helps it keep its shape. The boneless, skinless chicken breasts are also delicious; I use them in many recipes and they are my favorite.
The Secret to Juicy Chicken Breast in the Air Fryer
The secret to juicy chicken breasts from the air fryer is… there is no secret! Well, there’s a secret, actually, and that’s not to overcook them. Definitely invest in an instant read thermometer, it will ensure that your chicken cooks to the correct temperature every time. If you overcook the chicken breast, you will end up with dry chicken. Sometimes I even remove the breasts when they reach 155-160°F because residual heat while the breasts are resting will drive them to 165°F. The best type of thermometer is the thermocouple style, but you don’t have to rush to the more expensive ones. : this one is nice and cheap and still super fast.
The other tip I have is to let the breasts rest a bit before cutting or shredding them. Letting them sit for 2 minutes will allow the juices to settle, keeping the breasts juicy, instead of spilling everything on the plate. Also, I like to put the rounded side of the brisket on first (the side that would have had the skin on) so that when flipped, the presentation side has a little more time to brown.
Do I need to preheat the air fryer for chicken breasts?
Unlike using a regular oven, you don’t need to preheat the fryer, which means dinner gets to the table faster.
Need to flip the chicken in the fryer?
You don’t technically need it because the air in a fryer circulates, but I recommend it for even presentation and crispness. Start cooking the chicken with the rounded side down and then flip to finish with the rounded side up for a nice golden brown.
How to reheat chicken breasts in the deep fryer?
To reheat previously cooked chicken breasts in the air fryer, allow the breasts to heat to 350°F for 2-3 minutes.
What can I serve with air fried chicken breasts?
Since you have the deep fryer, why don’t you try it?
air fryer chicken breasts
Juicy chicken breasts in a delicious deep fryer.
- 23 chicken breasts
- 1 soup olive oil
- 1 coffee spoon garlic powder
- 1/2 coffee spoon smoked paprika
air fryer chicken breasts
Amount per proportion
Calories from fat 98
% Daily value*
saturated fat 2.1g13%
The carbohydrates 1.3g0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.