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Air Fryer prepared chicken breasts served with asparagus.

Air Fryer Chicken Breast

Katerina | Diethood
A simple method for how to make juicy, super tender, and wonderfully delicious chicken breasts in the Air Fryer!
Servings : 4 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 4 cups warm water
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • olive oil cooking spray, you can also use butter cooking spray OR avocado oil spray
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, OPTIONAL - keep in mind that the chicken will have absorbed some of the salt from the salted water.
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano, or any other dried herbs that you want to use


  • Place chicken breasts in a large bowl.
  • In a mixing bowl or a large measuring cup, combine warm water and salt; stir, then pour over the chicken breasts. Set aside for 20 to 30 minutes. You can also cover the bowl and refrigerate for up to 6 hours.
  • In the meantime, stir together the salt (optional), ground black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and oregano.
  • Take each chicken breast out of the brine and rinse under cold water; pat dry with paper towels.
  • Spray chicken breasts with cooking oil on all sides. Sprinkle the seasoning blend evenly over the chicken breasts and rub in on all sides.
  • Place 2 to 3 chicken breasts in the air fryer basket. Leave enough space between the breasts to ensure even cooking.
  • Cook at 375˚F for 10 minutes.
  • Using tongs, flip the chicken over and continue to cook for 6 to 8 more minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Use an instant-read thermometer to check for doneness.
  • Remove chicken breasts from the air fryer basket and let rest on a cutting board for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.


  • Air fryers and cook times may vary depending on the size of the chicken breasts.
  • Always use an Instant Read Meat Thermometer to make sure your chicken is cooked all the way through.
  • DO NOT OVERCROWD the Air Fryer basket. If you stuff the air fryer, the food will steam rather than roast or crisp up.
  • Always turn your food or shake the basket to ensure even cooking.
  • Store cooked chicken in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge, or freeze for up to 3 months.


Serving: 4 ounces | Calories: 133 kcal | Carbohydrates: 1 g | Protein: 24 g | Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0.01 g | Cholesterol: 73 mg | Sodium: 7363 mg | Potassium: 437 mg | Fiber: 0.2 g | Sugar: 0.05 g | Vitamin A: 161 IU | Vitamin C: 1 mg | Calcium: 22 mg | Iron: 1 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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