35+ Best Healthy and Flavorful Air Fryer Chicken Recipes

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Chicken is my favorite thing to air fry, because to comes out juicy and delicious inside, with a nice crispy exterior. Keep reading for all the best air fryer chicken recipes that will become staples in your kitchen!

Below I include 35+ chicken recipes perfect for a weeknight dinner. These recipes include classics like Southern fried chicken, Asian-inspired favorites like General Tso’s chicken, and traditional Italian dishes like chicken parm.

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I also include a simple recipe for air-fried chicken breast at the end of this article. There is truly something for everyone.

🥘Cooking Chicken in the Air Fryer

Chicken is a lean protein source, available everywhere, and still relatively inexpensive. It is no surprise most Americans eat it frequently!

And an air fryer is perfect for cooking chicken because it is so versatile. You can make most recipes in about 30 minutes, making it ideal for busy weeknights.

And the air fryer cooks chicken without much oil, so it is a healthy way to cook. But best of all, air fryer chicken tastes fantastic! It is juicy and delicious. Browse through the list of recipes and find something new and exciting to make this week!

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🍗👩‍🍳Best Air Fryer Chicken Recipes

Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Breast

Cut chicken breasts pieces baked.
Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Breast. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

This foolproof air fryer chicken breast recipe gives you delicious, juicy air fryer boneless chicken breast with minimal ingredients in 30 minutes for an easy weeknight meal.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Breast

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Air fryer fried chicken legs and thighs in a pile on a wooden cutting board.
Air Fryer Fried Chicken. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer fried chicken is tender & juicy on the inside with a crispy coating. Enjoy air fryer fried chicken at home with less grease & mess!
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Fried chicken with lemon wedges on a plate.
Air Fryer Chicken Thighs. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Easy air fryer chicken thighs are seasoned with simple spices and quickly air fried. They are both crispy and juicy and are ready in 30 minutes.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Air Fryer Whole Chicken

Whole chicken cooked in the air fryer with lemon and herbs.
Air Fryer Whole Chicken. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Cooking a whole chicken in the air fryer is an easy dinner recipe. Air fryer whole chicken is juicy & tender inside, with a crispy skin.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Whole Chicken

Air Fryer Hot Honey Chicken

Hot honey chicken on a bed of rice.
Air Fryer Hot Honey Chicken. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer hot honey chicken is a delicious dinner! Glaze chicken breast with this spicy honey sauce for a simple sticky and sweet meal, ready in less than 30 minutes.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Hot Honey Chicken

Air Fryer Chicken Legs

Four chicken drumsticks with parsley on a plate.
Air Fryer Chicken Legs. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Easy air fryer chicken legs are crispy outside and juicy inside for a family favorite meal! Get tasty, crispy drumsticks with minimal effort in 25 minutes.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Legs

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

Pieces of chicken on a plate of spaghetti.
Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer chicken parmesan is crispy outside, juicy inside & covered with melted cheese! This classic Italian dinner is hearty and healthy!
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

Air Fryer Cornish Hens

Side view of air fryer Cornish hen.
Air Fryer Cornish Hens. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer Cornish Hens are tasty miniature chickens! You’ll love their crispy skin, juicy meat and fantastic flavor. This quick & easy meal is ready in 45 minutes and is perfect for your hectic life.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Cornish Hens

Air Fryer Stuffed Chicken Breast with Apples and Cheese

Air fryer stuffed chicken breast on a white plate.
Air Fryer Stuffed Chicken Breast with Apples and Cheese. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

This air fryer stuffed chicken breast is the ultimate comfort food recipe. Get the juiciest chicken with tender slices of apple and gooey, melted cheese!
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Stuffed Chicken Breast with Apples and Cheese

Air Fryer Chicken Sandwich

Copycat Chick-fil-A sandwich with tomato, lettuce and cheese.
Air Fryer Chicken Sandwich. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Prepare a juicy air fryer chicken sandwich at home, with this copycat Chick-Fil-A recipe! When you are craving a crispy chicken sandwich, this recipe is easy to make.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Sandwich

Air Fryer Chicken Breast with Prosciutto

Air Fryer Chicken Breast with Prosciutto. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Quick & easy dinner idea! This air fryer chicken breast recipe has only 5 ingredients. The chicken is wrapped with prosciutto resulting in a crispy prosciutto outer layer with juicy chicken inside.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Breast with Prosciutto

Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas

Plate of chicken fajitas with chicken, red bell peppers and onion.
Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer fajitas are a versatile and delicious meal, perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. Tender chicken combines with veggies for a simple 15 minute meal!
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas

Air Fryer naan Pizza

Naan pizza with chicken and bacon in the basket of an air fryer.
Air Fryer naan Pizza. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Make air fryer personal pizzas from naan bread! These air fryer naan pizzas are simple & delicious. Enjoy eating a pizza you made in about 10 minutes!
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer naan Pizza

Air Fryer Chicken Caprese

Chicken breast topped with melted mozzarella cheese and tomato.
Air Fryer Chicken Caprese. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Tasty air fryer chicken caprese is a delicious way to cook chicken! Chicken breast is topped off with fresh mozzarella cheese & ripe tomatoes.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Caprese

Air Fryer Frozen Pot Pies

Air fryer frozen chicken pot pie.
Air Fryer Frozen Pot Pies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Learn how to cook frozen pot pies in the air fryer for perfectly crispy crust with hot, creamy filling in no time! Delicious comfort food!
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Frozen Pot Pies

Air Fryer BBQ Chicken

Chicken drumsticks and thighs coated with BBQ sauce on a wooden cutting board with herbs.
Air Fryer BBQ Chicken. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer BBQ chicken turns a summer staple into a 30 minute meal you can enjoy anytime. Season and air fry chicken, then coat in barbecue sauce!
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer BBQ Chicken

Air Fryer Nashville Hot Chicken

Air Fryer Nashville Hot Chicken. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

This spicy air fryer Nashville chicken is juicy, crispy &delicious fried chicken brushed with hot sauce for a tasty dinner without deep frying.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Nashville Hot Chicken

Glazed Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Asian chicken with sesame seeds on a plate.
Glazed Air Fryer Chicken Thighs. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Simple & delicious glazed air fryer chicken thighs are crispy & juicy. Coated in an Asian chicken marinade for the perfect balance of sweet & spicy.
Get the Recipe: Glazed Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Air Fryer Orange Chicken

Orange chicken in chopsticks with chicken, rice and orange slices in the background.
Air Fryer Orange Chicken. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Make takeout at home with this air fryer orange chicken! Crispy chicken bites are tossed with a sweet orange sauce to create this Chinese-American favorite.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Orange Chicken

Air Fryer Chicken Katsu

Air fryer chicken katsu topped with katsu sauce on a plate with rice and cucumbers.
Air Fryer Chicken Katsu. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Thin cutlets are coated in panko and air fried to crispy perfection in this air fryer chicken katsu recipe! Includes homemade Katsu sauce recipe.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Katsu

Air Fryer General Tso’s Chicken

General Tso's Chicken on a plate with broccoli and rice.
Air Fryer General Tso’s Chicken. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air Fryer General Tso’s Chicken is easy to make at home! Crispy chicken bites are coated in a sweet, salty and tangy sauce. Ready in 20 minutes!
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer General Tso’s Chicken

Air Fryer Korean Fried Chicken

Air Fryer Korean Fried Chicken. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

This air fryer Korean Fried Chicken Recipe makes crispy buttermilk fried chicken tossed with a spicy and sweet Korean inspired gochujang sauce.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Korean Fried Chicken

Air Fryer Honey Garlic Chicken

Honey garlic chicken with green onions on a blue and white plate.
Air Fryer Honey Garlic Chicken. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer honey garlic chicken is simple to make & delicious! Easy air fryer chicken dinner is sticky, crispy, tender, juicy & ready in 20 minutes. Perfect meal for busy weeknights.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Honey Garlic Chicken

Air Fryer Chicken Tikka

Air Fryer Chicken Tikka on a skewer in front of air fryer.
Air Fryer Chicken Tikka. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer chicken tikka is delicious and easy. Flavored with aromatic spices and yogurt marinade. Serve on skewers or as chicken tikka wrap.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Tikka

Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Chicken

Eating sweet and sour chicken with chopsticks.
Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Chicken. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Make Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Chicken and have Chinese takeout favorite at home! Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside with lots of pineapple flavor.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Chicken

Air Fryer Chicken 65

Chicken 65 on a blue plate.
Air Fryer Chicken 65. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air Fryer Chicken 65 is made from crispy, fried pieces of chicken tossed a hot and zesty yogurt sauce. Slather it in the sauce and enjoy a taste of India.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Chicken 65

Sweet Chili Wings

Bowl of Thai sweet chili wings on a gray and white napkin.
Sweet Chili Wings. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Sweet chili wings have tender, crispy chicken covered in a sticky, sweet & spicy sauce! You’ll be licking the sauce off your fingers and reaching for another!
Get the Recipe: Sweet Chili Wings

Spicy Bang Bang Chicken

Bang bang chicken on a serving platter surrounding a bowl of bang bang sauce.
Spicy Bang Bang Chicken. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Bang Bang Chicken is crispy chicken cubes drizzled with a sweet & spicy sauce! Chicken is marinated, breaded & cooked in air fryer or oven for spicy chicken nuggets.
Get the Recipe: Spicy Bang Bang Chicken

Air Fryer Buffalo Wings

Bbq chicken wings with celery and ketchup.
Air Fryer Buffalo Wings. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Get crispy, spicy wings without the hassle of deep-frying. Air fryer buffalo wings recipe deliver all the flavor with no guilt. Juicy inside and crispy outside.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls

Buffalo chicken egg rolls on a wooden cutting board with celery and sprinkled with blue cheese.
Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

These Buffalo chicken egg rolls are a fun way to combine an egg roll with spicy chicken wings! Simple recipe with only 6 ingredients!
Get the Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings

Air fryer lemon pepper wings on a cutting board with celery.
Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer lemon pepper wings are a delicious and crispy chicken wing appetizer. Easy, keto friendly, three ingredient recipe. Air fry frozen wings too!
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings

Southwest Egg Rolls

Plate of southwest egg rolls cut open to show the filling of beans, chicken, corn and cheese.
Southwest Egg Rolls. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer southwest egg rolls – just like Chilis egg rolls! Chicken with corn, beans, onions, cheese & spicy Tex Mex seasoning dipped in sauce.
Get the Recipe: Southwest Egg Rolls

Cajun Wings

Chicken wing flat with Cajun spices.
Cajun Wings. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Crispy Cajun wings are coated in a tasty blend of Cajun spices. Great snack for Mardi Gras, dinner with friends, or a game day. Air fry or oven bake.
Get the Recipe: Cajun Wings

Old Bay Wings

Chicken wings are sizzling on a baking sheet during the finger food frenzy.
Old Bay Wings. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Old Bay wings are a delicious and flavorful twist on traditional chicken wings. The Old Bay seasoning gives them a bold and spicy taste, perfect for game day!
Get the Recipe: Old Bay Wings

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Tenders

Air fryer frozen chicken finger on a plate.
Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Tenders. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer frozen chicken tenders can go from freezer to table in less than 15 minutes. They are golden, crispy chicken strips perfect for dipping in sauce like ranch or fry sauce.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Tenders

Air Fryer Ranch Chicken Wings

Plate of air fryer ranch wings with tongs in the background.
Air Fryer Ranch Chicken Wings. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air fryer ranch chicken wings are a tasty game day snack! They are tender and crisp with lots of ranch flavor which makes them perfect for dipping.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Ranch Chicken Wings

Sweet and Sour Chicken Egg Rolls – Air Fryer Recipe

Chinese chicken egg rolls on a cutting board.
Sweet and Sour Chicken Egg Rolls – Air Fryer Recipe. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Skip takeout and make egg rolls at home! These sweet & sour chicken egg rolls with sweet & sour chicken rolled up in an egg roll wrapper. Air fryer recipe.
Get the Recipe: Sweet and Sour Chicken Egg Rolls – Air Fryer Recipe

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Best Air Fryer Chicken Recipes – Easy Air Fried Chicken Breast

Published By Anne
Get 35+ air fryer chicken recipes, including this recipe for easy air fryer chicken breasts.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time18 minutes
Resting Time5 minutes
Total Time28 minutes
Servings: 3
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Ingredients
 

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil or oil of choice
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel.
    2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Coat the chicken with oil and sprinkle on the paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Then place the breast in the air fryer basket.
    1/2 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Air fry at 380 degrees F for 15-18 minutes, flipping the pieces over once. If you use chicken cutlets, they will only need about 10-12 minutes of cooking time instead.
  • Use an instant-read thermometer to verify that the internal temperature has reached at least 160 degrees F.
  • Take the pieces of chicken out and let them rest on a plate for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs or lemon wedges.

Notes

For Frozen Chicken Breast:

The meat needs to be frozen as individual pieces of chicken, not as a big clump. Rub or spray the pieces with olive oil and add the seasoning. Cook it in a 360-degree F air fryer for 20-25 minutes, flipping it halfway through the cooking time. 

Tips

It is always best to check the internal temperature with a thermometer. If you don’t have one, slice it at the thickest part to check for doneness.
Change the seasoning by adding onion powder and chili powder or using your favorite seasonings such as Jerk or Italian seasoning.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 476mg | Potassium: 308mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 352IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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  1. 5 stars
    Loved this simple recipe for air fryer chicken breasts. We made some for dinner to go with a salad and will be having the leftovers in wraps tomorrow.

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