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BBQ Air Fryer Chicken Breast

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This delicious and juicy chicken breast is made right in your Air Fryer after being covered with bbq seasoning. It’s perfect as a main course with a side or on a salad.

cooked chicken breast in an air fryer basket


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Chicken breast have always been a staple in my kitchen. Although thighs tend to be my favorite, as you can see in this Lemon Pepper Chicken Thigh Recipe, I also like to have a good chicken breast recipe in my back pocket.

Since summer is on the horizon, I’ve been craving BBQ and have been making this BBQ Chicken Breast recipe in my Air Fryer. It’s so quick and easy it’s ridiculous.

The Air Fryer produces some of the juiciest chicken you will ever try. No more dry over cooked chicken breast if you use the Air Fryer.

chicken breast on plate cut

I use my homemade bbq seasoning for this recipe. You can change up the seasoning if you like. But if you aren’t making chicken breast in your Air Fryer, you are totally missing out.

I like to start with using chicken breast that are about the same size, 6 ounces. That ensures that the meat cooks quickly and evenly.

How to make BBQ Chicken Breast in your Air Fryer?

First, I put my dry rub seasoning on the chicken and rub it into both sides. I then cover and place the chicken in the fridge and allow that dry rub to sit on the chicken for about 45 minutes.

raw chicken with bbq seasoning on it

Then, I preheat my Air Fryer to 400 degrees. Technically, you don’t have to preheat your Air Fryer as it gets to temperature quite quickly. But old habits die hard and for certain recipes, especially chicken breast and steak, I like to preheat my Air Fryer. It only takes about 2 – 3 minutes.

Once you have preheated your Air Fryer, add the chicken breast to the basket. Spray your chicken breast with a little oil, it makes a difference and provides a juicier flavorful breast.

raw chicken breast with seasoning in air fryer basket

Close the basket and allow the chicken to cook on 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 13-15 minutes, flipping halfway through. Check your chicken with a quick read thermometer to ensure it has reached 165 degrees.

close up of chicken breast in air fryer basket

Once your chicken is done, remove and set on a plate. Allow the chicken to rest for about 5 minutes before slicing.

cooked chicken breast on a plate

And there you have it!

This recipe is perfect for meal prep for the week. Serve in on a salad, eat it by itself, the possibilities are endless.

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4.88 from 8 votes

Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Breast

Quick easy and juicy BBQ Chicken Breast made in the Air Fryer.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer chicken breast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinate 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 140kcal
Author Tanya


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast about 6 oz each
  • 1-2 Tablespoon bbq seasoning


  • Cover both sides of chicken breast with bbq seasoning. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 45 minutes. 
  • Preheat Air Fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place chicken breast in Air Fryer basket, making sure they do not overlap. Spray with oil. 
  • Cook for 13-14 minutes, flipping halfway. 
  • Remove chicken when chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Place on plate and allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing. 


Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 443mg | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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Friday 26th of November 2021

Cooking chicken in my air fryer has been great. Thank you for the recipe! Loved it!

Ann Brekke

Friday 5th of February 2021

I've wanted an air fryer like forever. I got one as a gift and had no clue what to do with the darn thing. Thank goodness for you Tanya! Can't wait to try your recipes.


Friday 11th of December 2020

How do you make dry rub


Monday 14th of December 2020


Friday 21st of August 2020

can i make this in my power 8 qt air fryer??


Friday 21st of August 2020

Sure. This recipe would work in any air fryer, you may just have to increase the time by a few minutes for larger air fryers.

Natalie Seeman

Monday 30th of March 2020

Could I make this with regular BBQ sauce instead of a dry rub?


Monday 30th of March 2020

You could, but I would wait until the last 5 minutes to add the bbq sauce. The sauce is more likely to burn if in the air fryer for too long. I would season with a little salt and pepper, cook, then add bbq sauce the last 5 minutes.