This list gives you a flavorful chicken recipe for every single day – whether it’s a busy day dinner or a special occasion!
Your whole family will love the juicy results.
After this list of the best air fryer chicken recipes, check out the FAQ’s at the end of the post. I provide some tips and basics on how to air fry chicken!
The Best Air Fryer Chicken Recipes to Make
The best part about this incredible list of air fryer chicken recipes, is that they are also easy chicken recipes too.
The air fryer method of cooking chicken makes such easy meals and side dishes.
I’ve put together a list of 50 best chicken recipes for air fryer. Most of these delicious recipes take only 30 minutes to make.
Choose and make your favorites, and never make bland chicken again.
The recipes below are also separated for the following:
Air Fryer Chicken Breast Recipes
Air Fryer Chicken Legs Recipes
Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipes
Air Fryer Whole Chicken Recipes
Air Fryer Chicken Thighs Recipes
Try one for dinner tonight!
The Best Air-Fryer Chicken Recipes
Looking to add more air fryer chicken recipes to your weekly menu? Here are the best chicken recipes for the air fryer, most of which only take 30 minutes to make. From appetizers to main dishes, sides and snacks - there's plenty to choose from. Great for busy weekdays to special occasions.
There is separate sections for: chicken breasts, chicken legs and drumsticks, chicken wings, whole chicken and ground chicken.
This Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan recipe is coated with a panko mixture and parmesan cheese for a crispy outside. The juicy inside is flavorful thanks to a garlic-lemon marinade that adds that little bit of ‘extra’ to this family favorite comfort meal!
These quick and easy air fryer chicken nuggets are perfectly golden brown, crispy, and moist. The secret here is drizzling the breading with melted butter to create the perfect texture. These chicken nuggets are freezer-friendly too!
Homemade popcorn chicken in the air fryer is an easy kid-friendly snack, lunch or dinner that the whole family will love. Instructions for frozen popcorn chicken in the air fryer are also included! They can even be made gluten-free or paleo.
Just 5 ingredients to make this Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken. For a quick dinner, feeding a crowd, or serving up as a party appetizer or a snack on game day. You’re going to love this super crispy chicken.
Air Fryer Chicken Tenders are an incredibly crunchy and flavorful homemade version of every kid’s favorite restaurant meal. Save money and time by cooking in air fryer at home. Chicken tenders in air fryer are easy to make and are a serious upgrade from frozen chicken tenders. You won’t believe you can air fry your own chicken tenders that are so crunchy.
Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Chicken is a satisfying and easy air fryer chicken recipe! Juicy chicken that is coated in Parmesan mix and then air fried to make the perfect crispy crust with a tender and juicy chicken.
Chicken cordon bleu is quickly cooked to crispy perfection in the air fryer. This classic chicken recipe is always a crowd favorite, and now it's ready to serve in a fraction of the time. Ready in less than 30 minutes!
This Orange Chicken (Air Fryer) is the easiest weeknight dinner and it is much tastier (and healthier) than takeout. The lightly breaded crispy chicken is tossed in the most vibrant orange soy flavored sauce. Serve this air fryer orange chicken over steamed or fried rice and dinner is served!
In just 25 minutes this Everything Seasoning Chicken Fingers Recipe can be on the table. It's super easy and quick to make using your air fryer and it makes the yummiest, crispiest, and totally delicious chicken fingers around!
Chicken Caprese is an easy air fryer main dish featuring tender chicken breasts stuffed with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella, then finished with a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Makes a great dinner for two or is easily doubled for a family of four.
Delicious Air Fryer Stuffed Chicken Breast cooks in just 20 minutes! This flavorful chicken stuffed with cheese and spinach is easy enough for weeknights, but elegant enough for entertaining and special occasions.
These chicken kabobs in air fryer are so delicious and succulent, the perfect appetizer or main. Very easy recipe. Needs only 30 minutes of marination, and taste just like grilled skewers and are done much faster.
These Greek keto air fryer chicken tenders are easy to make, flavorful, and sure to hit the spot. Best of all, with a salad or side of veggies, they're perfect for a quick and satisfying weeknight family low carb meal.
This Air Fryer Lemon Chicken recipe is moist, delicious and full of bright fresh lemons, fresh garlic and rosemary flavors. It's perfect as an a main meal, and to use in other dishes. It's a great low calorie, low carb dish with cooking time about 15 minutes!
Chicken and Waffles is such a classic dish, it’s just good comfort food. It’s super popular and definitely a crowd favorite. This recipe calls for chicken breasts to be seasoned perfectly in a flour mixture then air fried until they are golden brown.
Make Air Fryer Fried Chicken at home, just like at your favorite restaurant! This recipe has a buttermilk marinade and a tasty coating, and is made in under 45 minutes. Super crispy on the outside and tender and juicy inside. YUM!
Cook the most delicious BBQ Chicken Drumsticks every time in your air fryer! They come out sticky and crispy on the outside and perfectly moist and juicy on the inside. You only need 4 ingredients and less 25 minutes!
Want to how to cook frozen chicken wings in an air fryer? These Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings are super easy to make and a great option when you don’t have fresh chicken wings on hand. They’re ready in about 30 minutes with simple ingredients.
These flavour-packed Vietnamese-style fish sauce chicken wings are simple to make and will be an instant hit with family or for entertaining. This fish sauce chicken marinade will create the perfect sweet and sticky wings.
Air Fryer Spatchcock chicken is a an easy way to cook whole chicken while taking out the backbone and placing it in a butterfly position. This recipe will leave you with a crispy outside and perfectly moist and tender meat!
This Air Fryer Roast Chicken is simple to make, tender, juicy and flavorful! When you roast a whole chicken in the air fryer using the roast function, you get rotisserie style chicken right in your air fryer (and without a spit)!
Cooking Cornish Hens in the Air Fryer is an easy and delicious main dish idea. Easier than cooking a whole regular chicken, these small chickens make a great meal for two with juicy meat and crispy skin. With only 30 minutes cooking time, perfect for a weeknight dinner or dinner guests!
With a deliciously seasoned crispy, golden cornflake crust, this Air Fryer Fried Chicken is crispy on the outside yet tender and juicy on the inside. Use bone-in thighs or drumsticks. Just 30 minutes to make!
Get ready for your new favorite air fryer recipe! These crispy air fryer chicken thighs are juicy on the inside and nice and crispy on the outside. They’re incredibly simple and easy to make, and are ready in under 30 minutes with just 5 ingredients!
This Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken has the crispiest skin and is tossed in a homemade teriyaki sauce. Serve these juicy chicken thighs over a bed of steamed white rice for the perfect weeknight dinner. This recipe has a cook time of 25 minutes!
Buffalo Chicken Thighs recipe is a super simple way to prepare boneless skinless chicken thighs in the oven or air fryer that is perfect for a weeknight dinner or a game night. The meat is both marinaded and smothered in Frank’s Hot Sauce for the ultimate Buffalo flavor experience.
Air Fryer Greek Chicken Thighs are crispy, lemony, and so flavorful! The Greek-inspired marinade coats the chicken and the air fryer crisps them to perfection. An easy meal that is quick to make for a weeknight or weekend dinner.
With thighs or chicken breast, this Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Chicken is a fantastic way to enjoy this extremely popular Chinese dish, but without all the breading. Moist chicken air fried to an even crisp, drizzled with a red sauce that's sour yet sweet, and served with perfectly cooked bell peppers.
Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs are tender, juicy and make a simple recipe. I love the crispy skin that the air fryer gives to chicken thighs and how little clean-up is involved. You can change up the spices that are used in the marinade depending on what you have on hand.
Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are zesty little appetizers that are perfect for the big game and tailgate parties! They're incredibly tasty, and can be served alone, or as sliders for football season and weeknight dinners!
Get a tasty and healthy dinner on the table in 20 minutes with these delicious air fryer chicken meatballs. Simply seasoned and made with a few simple ingredients, they come out perfectly juicy and are great for meal prep.
Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. Always place chicken in a single layer in the air fryer basket, to ensure even cooking.
Flip the chicken half way through cooking.
Give your chicken a light mist of cooking spray before cooking and during the mid-way flip. A little olive oil cooking spray gives chicken that golden brown color and crispy texture, without adding a significant amount of calories or fat.
Use perforated parchment paper or aluminum foil for easier clean up.
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How long should you cook chicken for in the air fryer?
Cook time greatly varies on the type of air fryer you are using and the size of the pieces of chicken. Also, if it’s boneless or bone-in chicken.
As in, a whole chicken would take longer to cook than a boneless chicken breast. Likewise, a chicken drumstick would take longer than a boneless chicken thigh.
The best way to determine if chicken is fully cooked, is with tan instant read thermometer.
Chicken should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F with a meat thermometer, to be considered safe to eat.
What temperature should I cook chicken in the air fryer?
Chicken cooks in an air fryer anywhere from 350°F – 400°F.
Obviously, the lower the temperature, the longer it will take to cook and reach that safe 165°F internal temperature reading.
The higher the temperature, the more the chicken skin will be nice and crispy.
Do I need to preheat the air fryer?
While it’s not a must, it cannot hurt, so I suggest you should. If you don’t, your food might take longer to cook, and the outside might be less crispy. The best way to know, is to check the manual and follow their instructions.
Do you have to thaw chicken before air frying?
Chicken can be cooked from frozen. No need to thaw.
Can you cook frozen chicken in the air fryer?
Yes you certainly can! Always take note in each individual recipe on whether it calls for fresh chicken or frozen chicken.
Most recipes detail on how to use the alternate, so go forth from those tips when needed.
How long does air fried chicken last?
Place air fried chicken leftovers in an airtight container or plastic wrap. Leftovers should be refrigerated and will last for 3-4 days.
Can you reheat chicken in the air fryer?
Yes, and oftentimes it’s the best way! Reheating chicken in the air fryer ensures you get that crisp back to the food, when compared to the microwave that will make chicken soggy.
While there isn’t a general rule for time and temperature, I suggest reheating at 350ºF until the chicken is back to a food safety temperature of 165ºF.
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The most popular best chicken recipes including comfort food chicken recipes such as casseroles, takeout copycats, appetizers, and soups.
Whether raw chicken or frozen chicken, any kind of chicken can be air fried as long as it fits in the air fryer basket.
Remember, the air fryer works by circulating air around the food. So always ensure each piece has space around it for even cooking.
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