Air Fryer Chicken Breast Recipes

~ Air Fryer chicken breast recipes offer up the perfect chicken experience – moist, juicy, lean meat inside a crispy “fried” exterior. The coveted joys of deep frying … without all the mess, calories and fat. I’ve got hand-picked new recipes for you to try, whether you’re brand new to the air fryer scene, or a seasoned veteran looking for fresh inspiration! ~

Some kitchen gadgets don’t have much staying power. (Indoor electric s’mores maker, anyone?)

But where, oh where, would we all be without microwaves, Crock-Pots, and … Keurigs? We can probably safely add Instant Pots to the “keeper” list now, too.

Next stop?

Air fryers!

They have tiny, food-crisping magic wands. (Well … kinda …)

Seriously, though – what seemed like a short-lived fad has grown and improved, and then grown some more.

And, really, what’s not to love here?

There are so many different air fryer models now, to fit a wide range of budgets (and counter space).

They offer up a quick, easy alternative to the classic fryer, with one primary goal: To produce all those qualities we adore about deep-fat frying, without the dreaded “deep fat” part. Less mess. Super fast. Yummy … and HEALTHIER! Woot woot!

And what’s a perfect thing to pop in your beloved air fryer? America’s go-to dinner meat. Chicken breasts!

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Why Air Fryer Chicken Breast Recipes Work Well

Air fried chicken breasts can yield juicy, moist, tender chicken inside (and we all know that, so often, those lean and healthy chicken breasts can get a bit dried out if they’re not cooked just so).

Plus, thanks to the “air frying” (aka “air circulating”) method, those air fried chicken breasts can also end up with crunchy or seared exteriors, very, very similar to what would come out of a traditional fryer.

For health-minded cooks who hate compromising on flavor in their quest for better nutrition (me me me! … and also … you you you!), this is a total win all around.

How I Chose These Recipes

I asked hundreds of terrific food bloggers to share their yummy, air fried chicken breast recipes, and I was thrilled with the variety of flavors and techniques they offered up.

From Greek to Italian, Mexican to Mediterranean … brined and marinated, and breaded with all sorts of yummy crumbs … there are so many different ideas to try.

I sifted through all the submissions and came up with the list below as being the best of the best.

If you love air fryer chicken breasts and need some fresh inspiration, or if you’re new to air fryer recipes and want a safe place to start … either way, this is the ideal list for you!

I can’t wait to hear which recipe you try first!

Air Fryer Chicken Breast Recipes

Want More Air Fryer Recipes?

I’m curious to know how many of my readers out there are passionate about their air fryer, and how many of you would like me to focus on more air fryer recipes for you – whether that’s specifically for chicken (and if so … be sure to check out my collection of Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipes!), or for other things.

Chicken recipes are not only some of the most searched-for content on the Internet, they’re also among the most popular here on my own site. There’s no doubt you’re wild about all our other types of chicken breast recipes. And you guys love my collections of rotisserie chicken recipes, slow cooker chicken recipes, and Instant Pot chicken.

So, tell me … more chicken recipes for the air fryer (thighs, maybe??), or shall we venture into other things you’d like to explore healthfully “frying”?

Let me know what you think – just pop down to the Comments section below!

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Updated on September 22, 2021

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