Air Fryer Herbed Buttermilk Roast Chicken Breast

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Air fryer bone-in, skin-on chicken breast brined in buttermilk and seasoned with a mix of herbs and spices makes for perfectly juicy chicken.

sliced chicken breast
Air Fryer Herbed Buttermilk Chicken Breast

This air fryer chicken recipe is similar to my air fryer whole chicken recipe only it’s made with a whole breast instead. Plus it has added herbs and spices. And unlike this air fryer chicken breast recipe, this version is with the bone and includes the skin. See all my air fryer recipes here!

sliced chicken breast on cutting board

Brining the chicken in buttermilk makes it so juicy – the more time in the buttermilk, the better! Also, the skin and bones make the chicken very tender compared to a boneless, skinless breast. I love the skin, but you can of course discard it after it’s cooked which would reduce the calories and the ww points to 0. And if you want to make a boneless, skinless breast instead, I would stick to this air fryer chicken breast recipe.

This recipe is from Air Fry Every Day: 75 Recipes to Fry, Roast, and Bake Using Your Air Fryer: A Cookbook (affil link) by Ben Mims. Ben and I share the same publisher, so it’s fun seeing how his air fryer recipes differ from mine in the Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook (affil link) Some fun recipes, Mole-Braised Cauliflower or Strawberry Scone Shortcake look and sound delish!

This air fried chicken breast is a simple yet delicious protein. You can always double the recipe so that you have leftovers for lunch the next day. This buttermilk chicken is great over your favorite salad, and it also pairs well with just about any side like rice pilaf, corn tomato avocado salad, or roasted baby potatoes.

Oven Directions:

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can roast the chicken in the oven. Cook the breast for 35-45 minutes at 400 degrees until a thermometer reads 160 degrees. For a whole chicken recipe in the oven, try my Roast Chicken with Rosemary and Lemon.

Is air fried chicken healthy?

Yes! Air fried chicken is healthy. It requires way less oil than traditional fried chicken. The only oil required to air fry chicken is a little oil spray on the top of the chicken breast.

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Air Fryer Herbed Buttermilk Roast Chicken Breast

243 Cals 34.5 Protein 2 Carbs 9.5 Fats
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 55 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 25 mins
Yield: 2 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
Air fryer bone-in, skin-on chicken breast brined in buttermilk and seasoned with a mix of herbs and spices makes for perfectly juicy chicken.

Ingredients

  • 1 large bone-in skin-on split chicken breast, (1 1/4 to 1 1/2 lbs)
  • 1 cup 1% buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh or dried chives
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • olive oil spray

Instructions

  • Place the chicken in a bowl and pour the buttermilk over, covering completely. Set chicken at room temperature at least 20 minutes or refrigerated up to 4 hours.
    pouring buttermilk on chicken breast
  • Meanwhile in a bowl combine the remaining spices.
    spices
  • Remove the chicken from the buttermilk, letting the excess drip off, then place skin side up into the air fryer.
  • Sprinkle the seasoning mix over the top and let it stand 5 minutes until it soaks in.
  • Spray the top of the chicken with oil. Cook at 300F for 10 minutes then increase the heat to 350F and cook until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part reads 160F, and the chicken is golden in color, 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Transfer to a cutting board and let it rest 10 minutes. Then cut the meat off the bone and cut into thick slices for serving.
    chicken resting

Nutrition

Serving: 4oz with skin, Calories: 243kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 34.5g, Fat: 9.5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 94mg, Sodium: 454mg, Sugar: 1.5g
Keywords: Air Fryer Chicken, air fryer chicken breast

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73 comments

  1. This recipe is so delicious! This has become a favorite for me and my husband! The chicken cooks perfectly every time. It’s juicy, tender and well seasoned. So easy and so good!!

  2. Loved this recipe. Thanks for sharing! 😊

  3. I really dislike chicken breast but this was flavorful and juicy. I didn’t have chives so substituted scallions. Also not a fan of dill so used crushed rosemary. So so good and liked by all. 

  4. I made this with chicken thighs (bone in) and it was ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING!! thank you for another WIN!!! unbelievable!! Even my picky-eater loved it!

  5. Tonight I made this with several (necessary) changes: I only had 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts—so I sliced them in half the long way for 4 cutlets. I worried the air fryer would dry them out, so I grilled on my Pampered Chef grill and griddle for about 8 minutes (with the top pressed closed) at 375. Perfectly juicy, and hubby and I shared the best chicken we’d free had in awhile! Leftovers will be delicious, also, I’m sure!

  6. Terrific Chicken recipe! I doubled it so we have leftovers to use during the week!

  7. A family favorite!

    I use thighs instead of breasts, much juicier!

  8. Could I use boneless, skinless chicken breast??

  9. Absolutely delicious! Moist and full of flavor. Directions were perfect!

  10. Rave reviews from family!!! Will definitely be making it again!

  11. This is sooooooo Good! My family loved it. I did exactly as the recipe stated x4. Definitely adding it to our regular rotation! Thank you!

  12. for the air fryer

  13. Absolutely amazing, I will be keeping this in rotation.

  14. This recipe rocks. Because I am on WW instead of buttermilk, i used lowfat yogurt and 1 tablespoon vinegar to marinate. Cut my points down to 0 for the marinade. Then i wiped it off really well before adding the seasonings

    turns out delicious and crispy and oh! so! moist