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Air fryer chicken breast with parmesan is crispy, deliciously moist and best of all healthy! Your family will gobble it up and the recipe is so easy, it will go on your list of easy weeknight dinners!
Air Fryer Chicken Breast – A Weeknight Staple!
I recently got a brand new air fryer and ever since it’s gotten very little time off. The air fryer has made my meal prep so much easier! I love that I don’t have to preheat it and everything comes out tasting delicious, like it roasted for hours!
One of my favorite things to eat for lunch has been air fried veggies and seafood with a side of Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi. I’ve definitely upped my veggie intake since I started air frying!
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If you’re tired of dry boring chicken, it’s time to give this air fryer chicken breast recipe a try! Breaded air fryer chicken breast is baked with a fraction of the oil, unlike traditional fried chicken.
Not surprisingly, this chicken is super crispy! By using less oil it becomes a healthy fried chicken recipe.
The Secret to Crispy Air Fryer Chicken that is Moist!
The secret to the flavor of this healthy crispy air fryer chicken recipe is… the breading process!
I use a pancake mix – egg wash – breading sequence that seals in the moistness and the flavor.
Also – the combination of panko breadcrumbs and homemade breadcrumbs makes the perfect crispness to flavor factor.
How to Make Homemade Breadcrumbs to Coat Air Fryer Chicken
Making homemade breadcrumbs to coat your air fryer chicken is actually much easier than you might think! It also gives delicious flavor to your breaded air fryer chicken breast.
I like to collect the heels of bread and freeze them until I’m ready to make a batch of homemade breadcrumbs. You can also use bread that is old or going stale.
The steps to make homemade breadcrumbs are:
- Preheat oven to 300F.
- Process bread in a food processor until you get small, breadcrumb sized pieces.
- Place breadcrumbs on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 3 minutes. Shake pan to loosen bread crumbs and bake for a few minutes longer or until crumbs are lightly browned and crispy.
How to Make Keto Air Fryer Chicken – Crispy, Moist + Delicious!
Looking to make keto air fryer chicken? Swap panko bread crumbs for keto homemade breadcrumbs to get a crispy outside. You can also substitute Birch Benders Keto Pancake mix for Kodiak Cakes pancake mix.
By just making a few of these simple swaps, this recipe has quickly become one of my favorite gluten-free and keto air fryer recipes!
If you prefer air fryer chicken tenders, check out these Keto Air Fryer Chicken Tenders!
How to Use Your Air Fryer
These are the top tips for using your air fryer! If you’re a total newbie, Taste of Home has some good air fryer cooking tips and tricks.
- You can open the cooking chamber and shake the pan for even cooking.
- Spray your tray and food with a little bit of olive oil (even if it doesn’t say to!)
- Cook food in one layer to make sure both sides get crispy.
- Don’t air fry wet food! Check out the recipe below for how I make sure the chicken is dry.
- Don’t overcook! The air fryer can dry food out if you cook it for too long.
Air Fryer Chicken FAQs
Can you cook frozen chicken in the air fryer?
Yes, you can cook frozen chicken in the air fryer. You will want to add extra time to account for the frozen chicken. Be sure to ensure that your chicken is cooked to 165F using an instant read thermometer.
Is air fried chicken healthy to eat?
Yes! Air fried chicken is a healthy alternative to traditional fried chicken. Using real, whole food ingredients and only a fraction of the oil, you are having a healthy air fryer chicken dinner.
Pairing a healthy protein like chicken with a delicious vegetable and healthy fat gives you a balanced, delicious meal that will keep you full and satisfied.
What are the best foods to cook in the air fryer?
There are so many foods you can air fry! Some of my favorite foods to cook in the air fryer include these Momma Fit Lyndsey Favorite Air Fryer Recipes:
A Few More Healthy Ninja Foodi Or Air Fryer Recipes From Momma Fit Lyndsey
- Crispy Zucchini Fries
- Air Fryer Garlic Ranch Chicken Wings
- Whole30 Air Fryer Hashbrowns
- Air Fryer Salmon
How long does it take to bake a chicken breast in the air fryer? What is the cook time for an air fryer chicken breast?
This always depends on the thickness of the chicken breast. I recommend butterflying or pounding your chicken breasts down before air frying them.
You will want to ensure that chicken is cooked to 165F using an instant read thermometer. Start with four minutes per side and continue cooking until fully cooked.
I can’t overemphasize the need for an instant read thermometer. Relying on time instead of temp will equal dried out chicken – and no one wants that!
I like to air fry my chicken on the low end and then add time once I’ve gotten a good read on my instant read thermometer.
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Breaded Air Fryer Chicken Breast Recipe
This is my favorite healthy crispy chicken recipe, ever. I make it weekly and have used it to make air fryer chicken Parmesan, healthy crispy chicken salads, chicken biscuit breakfast sandwiches and more!
Healthy Crispy Parmesan Air Fryer Chicken
Best healthy Air Fryer crispy chicken recipe made with Parmesan cheese and chicken cutlets. healthy fried chicken for a weeknight meal that is a family friendly and kid friendly chicken recipe
- 1.5 pounds chicken breast butterflied
- 2 cups panko bread crumbs or make your own (see recipe in post)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup Kodiak Cakes Flapjack Mix
- 1/2 tsp salt divided
- 1/2 tsp onion powder divided
- 1/2 tsp pepper divided
- 3/4 tsp paprika divided
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
To begin cooking the air fryer chicken breast, preheat Air Fryer to 390F. Spray roasting pan with olive oil spray.
Trim chicken breast of excess fat. Be sure to butterfly chicken breasts or pound to no thicker than 1/4 inch. This is an important step to make sure the chicken cooks thoroughly.
Measure out breadcrumbs and Kodiak cake mix into two separate bowls. Season breadcrumbs and Kodiak cake mix evenly with spices. Add parmesan cheese to the breadcrumb bowl. Put egg in third bowl and scramble with a fork. Line up the bowls in order of Kodiak Cakes mix, egg, breadcrumbs.
Dredge chicken in flour then dip and coat into eggs. Coat with breadcrumb mix on all sides.
Place chicken in air fryer and cook at 390F for 4 minutes. Flip and cook for 2-4 minutes depending on thickness of chicken. Chicken is cooked at 165F and is best determined with a meat thermometer. Cook until done.
Serve with pizza sauce and extra parmesan for a delicious meal!
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