50+ Best Air Fryer Chicken Recipes

Looking to add to your weekly menu with the best chicken recipes for air fryer?

Here are the Best Air Fryer Chicken Recipes whether it’s for dinner to an appetizer. This complete list has recipes that include breaded and seasoned, to sauced!

Fact: Chicken is most likely the most popular dish to make. Not only is it budget-friendly, yet this meat is such a versatile protein too.

Such a wide variety of dishes can be made with chicken.

Quickly becoming just as iconic as chicken itself, is the air fryer.

The air fryer is so great for cooking chicken. More often than not, I’m opting to use my air fryer over the oven or BBQ.

No matter the season or occasion, an air fryer is a handy appliance that is changing the way we cook.

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If you aren’t familiar, an air fryer is a small appliance that cooks by circulating hot air, without the use of oil.

The air fryer cooks by rapidly circulating air inside, like a countertop convection oven. This rapid circulation makes the food crisp.

Air frying is much like deep-frying, but without the oil. So you can have your delicious Classic Fried Chicken without it being deep fried at all.

The air fryer is perfect for cooking tender chicken with an outside that is crispy perfection. Plus, it’s quicker at doing so when compared to baking it in the oven.

Best Chicken Recipes for Air Fryer

  • Air fryers + Chicken = a match made in culinary heaven!

Of all my air fryer recipes, my air frier chicken recipes might just be my favorite.

I know I could use more of them, so I know you will appreciate the best chicken recipes for air fryer as well.

Are you looking for appetizers like Air Frier Chicken Bites, an easy weeknight dinner such as Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Chicken, or Air Fryer Chicken Wings for game day snacks?

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!

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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.

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

Air Fryer Ground Chicken Recipes

Air Fried Chicken Tips

  • Use an instant read thermometer to eliminate the guesswork, and ensure food safety.
  • 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.

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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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What kind of chicken can you air fry?

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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Created by Tammi Roy

Tammi Roy is the founder of My Organized Chaos, a Canadian food and lifestyle blog. She lives in Alberta, Canada and is the mom of three beautiful teenage girls. Tammi’s passions are her family, creating and sharing delicious recipes, travelling and photography. Learn more about Tammi.


  1. Love this comprehensive round up of air fryer chicken recipes. So many fabulous ideas to try out. Thanks.

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