These Air Fryer Grilled Chicken breasts are deliciously seasoned before being cooked in the air fryer until juicy and tender. Skinless and boneless chicken breasts make this a super simple and tasty meal.
Air fryer grilled chicken is even juicier than grill cooked chicken, with the bonus that you don't have to stand over a hot grill in the summer or cook outside in the winter! This recipe is ready to serve in under 30 minutes, making it a perfect quick dinner option.
The wonderful thing about grilled chicken air fryer is that cooking the meat by passing hot air all around means it cooks quickly and evenly, retaining its natural moisture. So there's no more dry chicken here!
Gently flavored with jerk seasoning, this air fry grilled chicken is warming and slightly sweet, layered with a delicious smokiness. The seasoning is just the thing to set off the tender chicken breast for a mouth-watering meal.
Ingredients you'll need to make grilled chicken breasts.
**Find the full list of ingredients along with the recipe instructions at the end of this post**
Chicken: Make sure you use chicken breast, as this is the most tender part of the chicken. When choosing your chicken breast, look out for breasts that are plump and feel flexible when you push down on the packaging.
Seasoning: This recipe uses jerk seasoning, which hints at spice. If you're not a fan of spice, try making this air fried grilled chicken using ras el hanout, which is fragrant but less spicy. You can find ras el hanout at Target if you can't find it at your local store.
Oil: I use a little oil in a sprayer bottle for this recipe to ensure the chicken doesn't stick. If you don't have olive oil, any neutral-tasting oil like canola, sunflower, or vegetable will work just as well.
How to make grilled chicken breast in air fryer
First, in a small bowl, combine the jerk seasoning and brown sugar. Pat chicken breast dry with paper towels; spritz with oil and rub the seasoning mixture all over the chicken breasts.
Next, place the chicken breasts in the air fryer basket and air fry to 380ºF for 20 minutes turning halfway through, or cook until an instant meat thermometer registers 165ºF.
Finally, Remove from the basket and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.
How long do you grill chicken breast in air fryer?
It usually takes around 20 minutes at 380°F to cook grilled chicken in air fryer. However, the exact timings will depend on how big your pieces of chicken are and your air fryer.
Always use a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat to ensure that your chicken has reached a safe internal temperature of 165°F before serving.
What to serve with air-fried grilled chicken breast
How to store grilled chicken breast
You can safely store the grilled chicken breast air fryer in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days and in the freezer for 3 to 4 months.
To store chicken in the fridge, seal it in an airtight container to prevent oxygen from getting to it. Keep it on the bottom shelf so that any escaped juices don't leak onto anything below.
Wrap the chicken in freezer bags or heavy-duty aluminum foil to store it in the freezer. It's a good idea to keep in individual portions, as this will make it much easier when it's time to defrost.
How to reheat grilled chicken breast
Reheating grilled chicken breast in the air fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 350°F, and then lay the chicken in the air fryer basket in a single layer. They will need roughly five minutes to heat through, but the exact time will depend on the size of the chicken and your air fryer. If you are heating from frozen, allow an extra 3-5 minutes.
Reheating grilled chicken breast on the stovetop: Heat enough water in a large skillet or frying pan to cover the bottom over medium-high heat. Once the water is hot, put the chicken in the skillet, and lower the heat to medium. Heat for about 6 minutes, depending on the size of your chicken. If your chicken is frozen, you will need to defrost it first.
Reheating grilled chicken breast in the oven: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the chicken on a wire rack over a baking sheet and heat for around 15 minutes. The cooking time will depend on the size of the chicken pieces and your oven. If your chicken is frozen, you will need to defrost it first.
When reheating chicken, always use a meat thermometer on the thickest part of the meat to ensure it has reached 165°F before serving.
The wonderful thing about this air fryer grilled chicken breast recipe is that you will get the same results as you would on the grill! The meat will be juicy and tender, and the outside will be crisp.
You won't have to stand over a hot grill or clean it up afterward!
Usually, yes. There is quite a thin line between undercooked and overcooked chicken, so it can be tricky to get right.
Making grilled chicken in the air fryer is an excellent way to avoid overcooking chicken because the air fryer cooks quickly and evenly, ensuring that the moisture in the meat isn't lost as it is more easily with other cooking methods.
It's also good to use a meat thermometer to tell you when your chicken is cooked. Chicken is safe to eat once it's reached an internal temperature of 165°F. Much more than that, and it will probably be overcooked.
For this recipe, it's better to use fresh chicken to get better results. However, follow the right recipe, and frozen chicken in the air fryer can be delicious!
Try this air fryer frozen chicken breast recipe, and let me know what you think.
Air frying grilled chicken is the best cooking method for moist meat. The air fryer cooks by passing hot air all around the chicken, which means it cooks quickly and evenly. There isn't as much chance for the juices to evaporate as other cooking methods.
Your chicken will only go dry if you overcook it, so it's good to use a meat thermometer to check when it's done. It's safe to serve when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F; it's safe to serve.
Should you marinate chicken before grilling in the air fryer?
This air fryer grilled chicken breasts recipe uses a simple marinade before putting the chicken in the air fryer. This is beneficial because it infuses the meat with a delicious flavor and adds extra moisture. The cooked chicken is completely mouth-watering.
How do you make sure your chicken breast is not dry?
The reason chicken breast goes dry is usually because it is overcooked. Avoid overcooking by using a meat thermometer to check for a safe internal temperature of 165°F in the thickest part of the breast.
Making grilled chicken in the air fryer is also an excellent way to avoid drying out your chicken. The air fryer cooks the meat quickly and evenly, ensuring that moisture isn't lost.
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- 2 chicken breasts (about 12 oz. each)
- 2 Tablespoons Jerk seasoning
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- Oil Sprayer bottle with olive oil
- In a small bowl combine the jerk seasoning and brown sugar. Pat chicken breast dry with paper towels; spritz with oil and rub the seasoning mixture all over the chicken breasts.
- Place the chicken breasts in the air fryer basket and air fry to 380ºF for 20 minutes turning halfway through or cook until an instant meat thermometer registers 165ºF.
- Remove from the basket and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 144mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 19g
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on products used. When the recipe list salt to taste the amount of salt is not calculated, only the sodium in the other ingredients is calculated.