Perfect Air Fryer Chicken Breast – No Breading!

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

Juicy Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Breasts, no breading!

The secret to making the juiciest, most flavorful chicken breast, with no breading in the air fryer is brining. This is perfect 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.

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

How do you cook boneless breast?

Most of you know I prefer chicken thighs over breast meat because they are juicier since they have more fat. Using this method of bring 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 1 quart (4 cups) of water.

How To Make Juicy Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

  • 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 4 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 at least 1 1/2 hours or up to 6 hours to brine. 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. Air fry 380 degrees F about 10 minutes, always turning halfway.

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How To Make Juicy Air Fryer Chicken Breasts 

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Freestyle Points
208
Calories
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 boneless chicken breast in the air fryer with give you perfectly juicy chicken every time.

Ingredients

  • kosher salt
  • 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 lukewarm water and add 1/4 cup kosher salt, stir to dissolve. Add the chicken breasts to the water and let them sit, refrigerated at least 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.
  • Preheat the air fryer. Add the chicken to the air fryer basket and cook in batches 380F turning halfway, until browned on the outside and cooked through, about 10 minutes.

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.

Notes

Be sure your salt is Kosher. I use Diamond Crystal, Mortons has twice the sodium. Table salt will be too salty.

Nutrition

Serving: 1breast, Calories: 208kcal, Carbohydrates: 0g, Protein: 39g, Fat: 4.5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 124.5mg, Sodium: 200mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 0g
Freestyle Points: 0
Points +: 5

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