Air Fryer Chicken Breast – So Juicy, No Breading!

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This foolproof recipe for making perfect boneless air fryer chicken breast that’s perfectly juicy every time!

Juicy Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Breasts, no breading!

Air Fryer Chicken Breast

The secret to making the juiciest, most flavorful chicken breast, with no breading in the air fryer is brining. This is great for anyone following a keto, low-carb, or Whole30 diet. If you are new to air frying, you can see more air fryer recipes here. For more air fryer chicken breast recipes try these Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets, Cilantro Lime Chicken Breast or Air Fryer Chicken Tenders. And even more from my latest cookbook, Skinnytaste Air Fryer Dinners!

This foolproof recipe for making boneless chicken breast in the air fryer with give you perfectly juicy chicken every time.

Most of you know I prefer chicken thighs over breast meat because they are juicier since they have more fat. Using this method of brining the chicken first, then seasoning the chicken with lots of herbs and spices results in the most flavorful end result. I love adding this to salads, for meal prep, or simply served with a side dish.

How does brining add moisture to meat?

When you salt a chicken breast, the meat absorbs extra liquid and salt during the brining period. Some of this liquid gets lost during cooking, but by soaking in salted water, it results in a juicier and more flavorful final dish. This is particularly great for lean cuts of meat, such as chicken breast and turkey breast that tend to dry out during cooking. Basic brine ratio: The basic ratio of salt to water for a brine is 4 tablespoons of salt per 6 cups of water.

How To Make The Juiciest Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

  • My Number #1 Tip for the juiciest air fryer chicken breast is brining.
  • To brine a boneless, skinless chicken breast, start by pounding the thicker end of the chicken to make both sides leveled out so they cook evenly.
  • Fill a large bowl with about 6 cups of lukewarm water and add 1/4 cup kosher salt, stirring to dissolve. Although this may sound like a lot of salt, only a small amount is absorbed.
  • Add the chicken breasts to the water and let them sit 1 to 2 hours.
  • Remove from water, pat dry with paper towels and discard the water.
  • Spritz or rub the chicken breast with olive oil. Make a dry rub with your favorite herbs and spices, then coat.

How Long To Cook Chicken Breast in the Air Fryer

The amount of time it takes to cook chicken in an air fryer will vary based on the thickness and size of your chicken breasts. The internal temp for cooked chicken breast should be 165 degrees F.

  • Small Breasts (5 to 6 ounces): 8 to 10 minutes
  • Medium Breasts (7 to 8 ounces): 10 to 12 minutes
  • Large Breasts (9 ounces or more): 12 to 14 minutes
  • Always flip the chicken breast halfway through cooking to ensure it cooks evenly.

A few other variables to know how long you should cook chicken breast in the air fryer.

  1. How much much chicken you have in the basket. One piece vs a full basket can vary in time from 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Air fryer cook times can vary by air fryer. Some of these factors include the wattage and type of air fryer (basket style vs toaster style air fryer). Get to know your air fryer and make adjustments as needed.

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How To Make Juicy Air Fryer Chicken Breasts 

208 Cals 39 Protein 1 Carbs 4.5 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Soak Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Yield: 4
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch
CUISINE: American
This foolproof recipe for making perfectly juicy boneless chicken breast in the air fryer will give you golden, flavorful chicken.

Ingredients

  • kosher salt*, see notes
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts, about 6 ounces each
  • olive oil spray
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Pound the thicker end of the chicken to make both sides leveled out so they cook evenly.
  • Fill a large bowl with 6 cups of lukewarm water and add 1/4 cup Diamond Crystal kosher salt, stir to dissolve.
    Brining chicken breast in a salt solution for the juiciest, most flavorful results.
  • Add the chicken breasts to the water and let them sit, refrigerated 1 to 1 1/2 hours to brine. Remove from water, pat dry with paper towels and discard the water.
  • In a small bowl combine 3/4 teaspoon salt, with the remaining spices. Spritz the chicken with oil and rub all over, then rub the spice mix over the chicken.
    Air Fryer boneless chicken breast
  • Add the chicken to the air fryer basket and air fry in batches 380F 5 minutes on each side, 10 minutes total until browned on the outside and cooked through on the inside. See notes below for larger breasts.

Oven Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Heat an oven safe or cast iron skillet over high heat for 5 minutes until it is very hot.
  • Place the chicken on the hot skillet, and cook for 1 minute. Turn, and cook 1 minute on other side.
  • Transfer skillet to the oven and bake until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear and a thermometer reads 165F inserted in the center, about 8 to 10 minutes.

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Notes

How Long To Cook Chicken Breast in the Air Fryer

The amount of time it takes to cook chicken in an air fryer will vary based on the thickness and size of your chicken breasts. The internal temp for cooked chicken breast should be 165 degrees F.
  • Small Breasts (5 to 6 ounces): 8 to 10 minutes
  • Medium Breasts (7 to 8 ounces): 10 to 12 minutes
  • Large Breasts (9 ounces or more): 12 to 14 minutes
  • Always flip the chicken breast halfway through cooking to ensure it cooks evenly.
*Be sure your salt is Kosher in this brine. I use Diamond Crystal kosher salt which has half the sodium are Mortons. Table salt will be too salty.
Get more air fryer recipes from my latest cookbook, Skinnytaste Air Fryer Dinners!

Nutrition

Serving: 1breast, Calories: 208kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 39g, Fat: 4.5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 124.5mg, Sodium: 77mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 0.5g
WW Points Plus: 5
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247 comments

  1. this was very tasty, my first time using an air fryer and it won’t be my last. very juicy

  2. I’ll admit basically the only part of this recipe I follow is the time and cooking temperature but it turned out really good! I brine the chicken sometimes but other times I just throw it in with my seasonings of choice and it comes out great every time! Some larger pieces do take a few more minutes to cook but I don’t think its ever taken more than 15 minutes. Super quick and tasty.

  3. Awesome recipe! My family loved it! We have an oven style air fryer so I did it at 400 for about 20 minutes but I had 4 thicker chicken breasts, so I just kept taking the internal temp towards the end. I didn’t have kosher salt so made the brine with 2 tablespoons of table salt to about 7-8 cups of water for about an hour & because the breasts were bigger I doubled the spices and left salt out completely from the rub. SO GOOD!!! 

  4. This was great! I hate making chicken in the oven or stovetop. This was fantastic in the air fryer – soooo tender and juicy!

  5. @Michelle – Halal and kosher salts are merely sea salts that have been “approved by labeled temple merchants” and “religious status climbers”. Pay attention to little logos on salt containers!
    FYI, there is an extra fee collected from distributors (deeply buried in the production cost, thus carried to the consumer) to cover “divine interventions” — actually, many million$ of dollar$ yearly. Shouldn’t everyone be aware that man-made religions come at a price?
    Better think about salt that contains iodine or not, that has been unrefined or not, that is lower in sodium or not, or is high in essential minerals or not, or that has been manipulated by shady labs and businesses or not, period. Just my grain of coarse salt, of course!
    This link will help you compare 9 salts without conscience objectors and bearded influencers: (https://www.ecowatch.com/9-different-kinds-of-salt-which-is-the-healthiest-1891079937.html) 👊 😷

  6. This recipe was amazing! The chicken was so moist.  I have never brined anything before, wow what a difference it made. The only thing I did differently  was not add any salt to the outside of the chicken after reading other comments.  It wasn’t salty at all, the other spices were perfect.  I will definitely be making it again, my family loved it.  Thank you for an amazing recipe!! 

  7. We grilled the chicken on the BBQ, it was juicy and flavourful