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Low Carb Air Fryer Chicken Breast

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Air Fryer Chicken Breast is perfect year-round. It allows you to cook without heating your entire oven in the summer and delivers the same grilled chicken taste throughout the winter.

This boneless chicken breast recipe contains no breading and is completely keto, using butter as its coating. You can use full chicken breasts or cut the chicken into grilled chicken strips.

I made this recipe in my Cosori Air Fryer. Its square basket makes it convenient to cook 4 chicken breasts for my family of four all at one time.

Air Fryer Chicken Breast on a white plate

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How to Cook Chicken Breast in an Air Fryer

STEP ONE: For this recipe, I used thin boneless chicken breasts. If you have bone-in chicken breasts, use these cooking times in this recipe here. Start with thawed chicken in your refrigerator.

If your chicken is still frozen, follow these directions to make frozen chicken in the air fryer.

STEP TWO: Melt the butter in a small bowl in your microwave and add the salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix to combine.

STEP THREE: Brush your chicken breasts with the butter mixture on both sides.

STEP FOUR: Place chicken breasts in a single layer on your air fryer basket and cook for 380 degrees F for 10-15 minutes, flipping halfway until they read 165 degrees F at the thickest part.

STEP FIVE: Let the chicken rest for about 5 minutes, then enjoy immediately or keep refrigerated for up to 3 days and eat cold or use the reheating directions below.

Try these chicken breasts chopped up or shredded inside this Buffalo Chicken Wrap or Pesto Chicken Wrap for the ultimate meal-prep idea!

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How Long Do You Cook Chicken Breasts in an Air Fryer?

Air fryer chicken breasts are grilled perfectly at 380 degrees F for 10-15 minutes. The exact time will depend on how big and thick your chicken breasts are.

Your air fried chicken is done when your thermometer reads 165 degrees F at the chicken’s thickest point.

Can I Overlap Food in an Air Fryer?

Yes and no. Some foods still cook evenly when air fried, like French fries, air fried veggies, and more. Some foods air fry very poorly when overlapped, like Air Fryer Bacon.

So, can I stack chicken in an air fryer? Raw chicken breasts cook best when cooked in a single layer.

You can stack them but will need to keep rotating the chicken breasts frequently to allow them to cook evenly. Otherwise certain parts can come out raw while other parts can be overcooked and tough.

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Are Air Fryer Chicken Breasts Healthy for You?

This is an often-asked question. Air fryers are very healthy to use.

Air fryer chicken breasts are just as healthy as chicken breasts cooked on the stove or the skillet when using the same amount of butter or oil.

How Do I Reheat Chicken Breasts in an Air Fryer?

One of my favorite ways to use air fryers is to reheat leftovers. They even reheat pizza in your air fryer and it tastes amazing.

To reheat chicken breasts in your air fryer, place chicken in the air fryer. Since the chicken is already cooked and there’s no breading to worry about, the chicken can be stacked slightly.

Cook the boneless chicken breasts at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes, flipping halfway until thoroughly heated.

If you notice the chicken getting darker, turn your air fryer to 325 degrees and continue to cook. Since all air fryers are made differently (Nuwave is made differently than Power Air Fryer Oven and etc.), it can take more or less time to reheat chicken breasts.

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Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Chicken Breast

Air Fryer Chicken Breast on a white plate

An easy and delicious take on chicken breasts that takes just 12 minutes to make. With a golden brown crusting and a tender inside, these chicken breasts are perfect by themselves or added in a light salad.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Place boneless chicken breasts on a cutting board.
  2. Melt butter in the microwave and add in garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix to combine.
  3. Coat chicken with butter mixture on both sides.
  4. Place chicken in the air fryer in one single layer.
  5. Cook chicken at 380 degrees for 10-15 minutes, flipping halfway. The chicken is done once the chicken reads 165 degrees at its thickest part.
  6. Let chicken rest for 5 minutes.
  7. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate and enjoy cold or using reheated directions above.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 399mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 37g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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8 thoughts on “Low Carb Air Fryer Chicken Breast”

    • Hi Cheryl, I haven’t cooked them from frozen as of yet, but I would drop the temperature to about 330 degrees F to allow them to cook thoroughly without burning the outside before the inside has cooked. Then allow them to cook a little longer than the recipe states until they are at the needed internal temperature.

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  1. I am new at this, could you tell me can you use foil containers in a Breville air fryer oven. I have not purchased a recipe book as yet & what containers do I have to have, I bought a Pyrex dish & use trays & basket what came in oven, have been following your posts, many thanks Jan.

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    • Hi Jan, great questions. You can use anything that is oven-safe in an air fryer! You can use those foil containers from the store, silicone muffin cups, small cake tins, and more. I have never personally used Pyrex in an air fryer (I’ve used Corningware ramekins though), but as long as they are oven-safe, you should be okay.

      You can also check the manual to see if it states any specific containers not to use inside of it.

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  2. SAMANTHA…
    I have been receiving your daily email recipes. I have been to your webpage many times. I have printed several of your air fryer recipes. I have one on the frozen onion rings. my question is about frozen mushrooms. I imagine this would be a method very similar to your frozen onion rings? Do you have a recipe for frozen mushrooms? I thank you for your input. …and by the way, we have both the 3.7qt. and 5.8qt. COSORI AIR FRYERS. However, we are beginners and I am looking for all the information available. I see you have an air fryer cookbook available. I may purchase that. We already have a couple of the best air fryer cookbooks you listed. TThank you…

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    • Ooh, I haven’t tried frozen mushrooms in there, but that sounds like a great idea. I would take a look at the oven directions on the bag and drop your temperature about 30 degrees, then air fry them checking them after about 4 minutes and continue to cook until hot. If they’re breaded, they’ll taste the best.

      I am so glad you’re enjoying the recipes! I love that you have both sizes in the Cosori. That’s a great way to cook smaller and larger foods separately and at the same time! If you have any questions about my digital cookbook, feel free to email me!

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  3. I had to cook my chicken breast 25 minutes at 380 degrees. I kept checking my meat with a thermometer. I think it could of been the type of air fryer. It was good. Made a salad and cut the chicken up in the salad.

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