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Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

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Easy Chicken Parmesan Air Fryer recipe comes out juicy and delicious. Ready in only 18 minutes this is one chicken dinner your family will love!

Chicken Parmesan comes out great in the Air Fryer, no need to use so much oil!
Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan Recipe

This past weekend we made Chicken Parmesan for dinner, and since it was only three of us eating, I used the air fryer. The results were great, no complaints from my husband so that means he approved! If you love your air fryer as much as me, you might also want to try some of my other air fryer recipes like these crispy air fryer chicken tenders, this easy steak in the air fryer or these blackened air fryer salmon bites.

Chicken Parmesan comes out great in the Air Fryer, no need to use so much oil!

If you don’t have an air-fryer, you can follow my baked chicken parmesan recipe here. I brush the chicken with melted butter or oil instead of using egg before the breadcrumbs to give it that “fried” taste without frying. To see some of my other air-fryer recipes, click here.

Air Fryer Tips For Success

To Preheat or Not To Preheat!

Although not all models have a preheat function, I find to get consistent results each time, preheating the air fryer for 3 minutes. If you air fryer doesn’t come with a preheat function, simply set the air fryer, with the basket inserted for 3 minutes, to the temperature you plan on using, just a few minutes before you plan on cooking your food. If you wish to skip this step, you can add 2 to 3 minutes to the cook time.

Don’t Overcrowd the Basket

It’s best to cook food in a single layer so the air circulates and browns your food. If it doesn’t fit, cook food in batches to avoid overcrowding the basket preventing it from turning crisp.

Flip Halfway

In most cases, flipping your food over halfway is essential to evenly cooked and browned food on both sides, since the heating element is usually at the top. Smaller foods like French fries or vegetables, shaking the basket a few times rather than flipping, will get everything evenly browned and crisp.

How To Make Chicken Parmesan in The Air Fryer

Chicken Parmesan comes out great in the Air Fryer, no need to use so much oil!

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Chicken Parmesan in the Air Fryer

4.79 from 90 votes
Chicken Parmesan comes out great in the Air Fryer, no need to use so much oil!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Italian
Chicken Parmesan comes out juicy and delicious in the Air Fryer, no need to use so much oil!
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 piece


  • 2 8 ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced lengthwise to make 4 thinner cutlets
  • 6 tbsp seasoned breadcrumbs, whole wheat or gluten-free
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted (or olive oil)
  • 6 tbsp reduced fat mozzarella cheese, I used Polly-o
  • 1/2 cup marinara
  • olive oil spray


  • Combine breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese in a bowl. Melt the butter in another bowl.
  • Lightly brush the butter onto the chicken, then dip into breadcrumb mixture.
  • When the air fryer is ready, transfer to the air fryer basket, in batches as needed and spray the top with oil.
  • Air fryer 360F° 5 minutes, turn and top each with 2 tbsp sauce and 1 1/2 tbsp of shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Cook 3 more minutes or until cheese is melted.

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Serving: 1 piece, Calories: 251 kcal, Carbohydrates: 14 g, Protein: 31.5 g, Fat: 9.5 g, Saturated Fat: 3.5 g, Cholesterol: 14 mg, Sodium: 829 mg, Fiber: 1.5 g


Chicken Parmesan comes out great in the Air Fryer, no need to use so much oil!

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225 comments on “Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan”

  1. Tasty and easy to make for two. I used a very good jarred sauce I had purchased. The chicken and whole wheat linguine plus vegetables made a healthy dinner.

  2. Hubby and I loved it, and so easy to prepare in the air fryer! Paired it with some spaghetti squash, and tossed salad for a low carb filling meal.

  3. I’m wondering if there’s an error in the directions or they’re just not cheese clear. My chicken was very pink and had to be cooked 5 more minutes in the air fryer. Should be 5 minutes, turn, cook 5 MORE minutes, then add the sauce and cheese and cook 3 minutes.

  4. Super easy, and utterly DELICIOUS! I added Italian spices to the breadcrumbs and Parmesan, and used olive oil instead of butter, but we love olive oil. It’s also healthier than butter, and is lighter in flavor.