Make this easy air fryer breaded chicken breast recipe for a new entree favorite!

It’s amazing how the air fryer makes tender and juicy crispy chicken breasts in minutes! This quick and easy recipe makes chicken fillets for everything from sandwiches to salads!

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Easy Air Fryer Chicken Breast

  • Super easy to prep when time is short and most ingredients are likely in the pantry.
  • No need to panic when everyone shows up for the big game. The air fryer makes crispy chicken fillets full of savory flavor in no time at all!
  • Double up on the batch and use the leftovers up all week – simply re-crisp them in the air fryer! Serve them in chicken parmesan sandwiches, slice them or use them to make a chicken salad, or enjoy them as a main dish with a side of air fryer broccoli and cauliflower, or garlic butter air fryer carrots.
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Ingredients & Variations

Chicken – Choose fresh or frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts that are the same size so they cook evenly. Tyson five-ounce breasts are often sold in value packs so it pays to stock up! Boneless pork chops can be substituted, well.

Seasonings – Seasonings can completely change the flavor profile of breaded chicken breasts! Besides Italian, try Taco Seasoning, Cajun, or create a new blend with what’s on hand.

How to Air Fry Breaded Chicken Breasts

  1. Pound chicken with a meat mallet until they are all evenly thin.
  2. Place beaten eggs in one bowl, flour and salt and pepper, and in a third bowl, the bread crumb mixture.
  3. Dredge the chicken in flour, dip it into the eggs, and then into the breadcrumbs.
  4. Spray both sides with cooking spray and cook in the air fryer (per recipe below) until golden brown, flipping them halfway through.

For Frozen:

  1. Prepare as directed for fresh chicken breasts, adding between 6 and 8 extra minutes.
  2. Always use a meat thermometer to tell when the chicken is done. Insert it into the center of the meat, for chicken it should read at least 165°F.
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Reheating Leftovers

  • Keep leftover air fryer breaded chicken breasts in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Freeze them between layers of parchment paper and place them in a zippered bag – they can be frozen for up to 6 weeks.
  • It’s easy peasy to get the fresh, just fried flavor and texture reheating leftover chicken breasts. Just pop them back in the air fryer until crispy again.

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Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Breasts

These Air Fryer crispy chicken breasts will be so hard to resist.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 4 chicken breasts about 5 oz each
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • cup flour

Bread Crumb Mixture

  • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • cooking spray

Instructions 

  • Preheat air fryer to 370°F.
  • Pound chicken breasts to an even thickness.
  • Beat eggs in a small bowl. Combine flour, salt and pepper in a shallow dish. In third dish, combinethe bread crumb mixture.
  • Dredge the chicken with flour. Dip it into the egg and then into the bread crumbs.
  • Spray with cooking spray and place in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook 16-19 minutes flipping the chicken over after 10 minutes.

Notes

Chicken should reach 165°F.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 437kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 1064mg | Potassium: 942mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 214IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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  1. 5 stars
    These are great! Easy and quick! My Grandson loved them!
    I breaded up more than I needed I used tenders and made up many. I froze them raw. How long should I cook them from a frozen state or should they be thawed before cooking them?

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe! You can find these tips in the post for frozen:

      Prepare as directed for fresh chicken breasts, adding between 6 and 8 extra minutes.
      Always use a meat thermometer to tell when the chicken is done. Insert it into the center of the meat, for chicken it should read at least 165°F.

  2. It would have been good, except my chicken breasts were thin. I should have reduced the cooking time. Maybe flip after 5 min. Then cook for an additional 10. Mine turned out too dry. Will try again, with reduced cooking time