Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

Mouth-Watering Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

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Hey friends! I’m pumped to share my new favorite way to make insanely juicy, flavorful Air Fryer chicken breasts – the air fryer! This simple recipe creates the crispiest coating ever while keeping the chicken unbelievably moist. My kids lick their plates clean. Not to brag or anything, but I may have perfected air fryer chicken…now let me show you how!

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts ingredients:

Four small bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (approx 6 oz each)

Two eggs

1⁄2 cup milk

One cup of Italian breadcrumbs – plain or seasoned, your call!

2 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan

Chili/garlic seasoning blend

Olive oil cooking spray

Cooking Air Fryer Chicken Breasts:

Preheat your trusty air fryer to the 375°F setting to get it nice and hot. Allowing the air fryer to fully preheat before cooking is important to ensure the chicken cooks evenly and develops a crispy breaded exterior. While the air fryer is preheating, gather ingredients and prep our chicken.

In one shallow dish, whisk together the eggs and milk to create the wet dredge that will help the breading adhere to the chicken. The eggs provide protein to bind the breadcrumbs, while the milk adds moisture. Whisk vigorously until fully combined and uniform in consistency.

In a separate dish, mix the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and as much chili/garlic seasoning as you desire to taste. Layer on the spices here – the breading is the perfect place to add lots of flavor without overseasoning the chicken. Mix thoroughly with a fork to distribute the seasonings evenly throughout the dry breadcrumbs.

Once the wet dredge and seasoned breadcrumbs are prepared, we can bake the chicken. One at a time, dip each raw chicken breast into the egg mixture, allowing any excess to drip off. Then, transfer the chicken directly from the wet dredge into the breadcrumb blend, gently pressing so the crumbs adhere completely on all sides.

After breading, lightly mist or brush the chicken pieces on all sides with olive oil. The oil helps the breading crisp up in the air fryer by promoting even browning. Go easy on the oil though – just a light coating is all you need.

Now, the fun part – air frying! Carefully place the breaded chicken breasts in a single layer in the air fryer basket, being careful not to overcrowd. Cook for 15 minutes, gently flipping each piece over halfway through. The two-step cooking allows both sides to crisp and the chicken to cook through.

And that’s it! This easy air-fried chicken delivers tender, juicy chicken enveloped in a seasoned, Parmesan-flecked crunch you won’t be able to get enough of. Enjoy your quick yet flavour-packed meal!

Serve the delicious Air fryer Chicken Breasts:

When the timer goes off, dinner is served! Carefully remove the golden brown chicken breasts from the air fryer basket using tongs or a fork. Be cautious, as the chicken and cooking vessel will be extremely hot.

I’m practically drooling just picturing that first magical bite…the crispy panko crumbs crackling as you sink your teeth in, giving way to discovering the most tender and juicy chicken ever. It’s simply the best chicken texture imaginable – crispy exterior housing deliciously moist meat. My kids even fight over the skins, which get so perfectly browned and crunchy from the hot circulating air.

I love serving these succulent air fryer chicken breasts on a bed of rice or veggie-studded couscous salad with some grilled asparagus or zucchini spears on the side. The combo of textures and flavors is stellar. Or try shredding any leftovers to make sensational chicken sandwiches and wraps to enjoy the next day. However you eat it, this crowd-pleasing chicken will fast become a regular weeknight rotation thanks to the easy prep and unbelievable texture and flavor payoff.

Enjoy this simple yet delicious air-fried chicken recipe, friends! I hope it makes your dinner table as happy as it does mine!

What size chicken breasts should I use?

The recipe specifies four small bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts, around 6 ounces each. Smaller pieces rather than large breasts work best as they’ll cook evenly in the time suggested. Keep pieces uniform in thickness.

How long will it take to cook the chicken in my specific air fryer model?

Cooking times can vary across air fryer models, always refer to your device’s user manual. For most models, 15 minutes with a midway flip should yield perfectly crispy, juicy results. Adjust a few minutes up or down if needed. Check internal temp of 165°F.

Can I make this air fryer chicken without breadcrumbs?

Yes, you can! Simply season the raw chicken as desired and lightly mix it with oil instead. Air fry at 375°F preheated temperature for 13-16 minutes flipped halfway, until crisp-skinned and cooked through. The breading does provide a nice texture and flavor.

What dipping sauces pair well with the chicken?

The crispy air-fried coating pairs nicely with a cooling ranch or blue cheese sauce. Or make zesty honey mustard, barbecue, buffalo, or teriyaki sauce for delicious flavor dunking!

How should I store leftovers?

Allow any leftover chicken to cool completely, then transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for 3-4 days. Reheat gently before serving again. Shredded leftover chicken also keeps well for use in sandwiches, wraps, salads, or casseroles.