Air Fryer Bone-In Chicken Breast

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Did you know you can put bone-in skin-on chicken breast in the air fryer and it will cook it to perfection? Air fried bone-in chicken breasts are so delicious. You will love how easy it is to make in the air fryer too!

bone-in chicken breast in the air fryer basket

Air Fryer Bone-In Chicken Breast

Air fried bone-in chicken breast has a very crispy skin and the inside is so juicy! Imagine biting into these mouthwatering bone-in chicken breasts – delicious!

The air fryer is excellent for cooking bone-in chicken breast if you need dinner on the table and you don’t want to turn on the oven or don’t have more room!

You can cook 1 breast at a time in a single layer unless your instant pot is bigger than mine, in which case you can cook more.

air fried bone-in chicken breast in the air fryer basket

Chicken breast makes a perfect main course for dinner if serving your family or just yourself. Keeping the bone and skin on chicken creates a very moist and tender chicken meat!

Its also perfect for meal prepping ahead of time, that way you won’t have to worry about cooking during the week when you are busy and tired!

hand holding air fryer basket, pulling out air fried chicken breast

How to Prepare Air Fryer Bone-In Chicken Breast

This recipe is quite easy! All you need is a fresh (not frozen) bone-in and skin-on chicken breast and some seasonings.

If you have a frozen one, make sure to take it out and place it in the fridge the night before you want to cook it.

First you will need to season the chicken. You can use the following seasonings, or choose your own. Whatever you prefer!

I used salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Place the chicken on a plate and sprinkle the seasoning on, rubbing it in before flipping over to the other side and doing the same.

bone-in chicken breast air fried in the air fryer

Then you will place the chicken breast in the air fryer basket. Set the temperature to 385F for 30 minutes.

Halfway through cooking time, or after 15 minutes, take the basket out of the air fryer and use some tongs to help you flip the chicken over to the other side. This way both sides of the breast will be evenly browned.

Then return the basket to the air fryer and let it finish cooking.

When the cooking time is done, make sure to check the chicken with a meat thermometer. It should be at least 165F internally to ensure it is fully cooked. If not quite done, return to the air fryer for five more minutes until it has reached the right temperature. Some chicken breasts are larger than others so they won’t all cook at the exact same time.

Once done, remove and let cool slightly before serving and enjoy!

close up shot of bone-in chicken breast cooked in the air fryer

What to Serve with Air Fried Bone-In Chicken Breast

Chicken is a very versatile option for dinner! The great thing about it is that there are so many different ways to prepare it and sides to serve with it. Need some ideas? Here are my recommendations below:

And if you have leftover chicken, you can always make some salads for lunch the next day! Try it with my Greek Chicken Salad In Mason Jars (Meal Prep)

air fried bone-in chicken breast on a plate with slices removed

More Air Fryer Recipes

Did you enjoy this recipe for air fried bone-in chicken breast? If you are looking for more recipes to try out in your air fryer, I have plenty to choose from! You can cook all sorts of meat and vegetables in the air fryer. Try out some of the below ideas and let me know if you like them!

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Air Fryer Bone-In Chicken Breast

Did you know you can put bone-in skin-on chicken breast in the air fryer and it will cook it to perfection? Air fried bone-in chicken breasts are so delicious. You will love how easy it is to make in the air fryer too!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Chicken
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken
Cooking Method: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 83kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1 bone-in skin-on chicken breast
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika

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Instructions

  • First season the chicken breast with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika to taste, rubbing it in on each side.
  • Place the chicken in the air fryer basket. Set temperature to 385F for 30 minutes.
  • Halfway through cooking or 15 minutes, take out the basket. Use tongs to flip the chicken over to the other side.
  • Return the basket to the air fryer and let it finish cooking.
  • When done, use a meat thermometer to check internal temperature of chicken, which should be at least 165F. If not yet there, cook for 5 more minutes to ensure it is done.
  • When ready, remove to serving plate and enjoy!
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Nutrition

Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 611mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 287IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
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