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Air Fryer BBQ Chicken

Juicy and flavorful air fryer bbq chicken that is easy to make and perfect to eat as your favorite barbecue main dish or in a salad! Simple ingredients and done in just 25 minutes!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 281kcal
Author Lyndsey

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breast approximately 4 chicken breasts
  • ½ cup bbq sauce
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • Start by trimming your chicken breast of excess fat and cutting into equal-sized pieces. Spray your chicken with cooking spray and then rub in an ample amount of bbq rub on the chicken. I generally spray the basket with coconut oil spray as well.
  • Air fry at 360F for 8 minutes then check the temperature.  If necessary, flip and cook up to 5 minutes more or until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken reads 165F.
  • Coat chicken with ¼ cup bbq sauce or more, according to your liking. If you want a little bit of crisp on the sauce, you can return the chicken to the basket for 1-2 minutes of air frying but no more to ensure it does not burn.

Notes

  • Ensure pieces are pounded to an equal thickness or cut/butterflied to ensure they are consistent in size. This will ensure that chicken cooks through evenly.
  • Make Ahead: Recipe can be made ahead through the seasoning stage and stored in an airtight container for a day ahead in the refrigerator.
  • Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
  • Reheating: Reheat for 3-5 minutes at 360F or until heated through.
  • Freezer Instructions: Make straight from frozen by adding a few minutes per side during air frying and ensure meat is cooked to 165F in the thickest section. To store frozen, follow recipe through seasoning and then store in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.
  • Variations: Stir in 1 tablespoon of honey or brown sugar for a sweeter taste. For a hot and spicy version add in 1 tablespoon hot sauce or cayenne pepper to your liking.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.6g | Protein: 26.5g | Fat: 3.4g