Crispiest Air Fryer Breaded Chicken Breasts Recipe

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American


Learn how to make the crispiest chicken breasts ever in the air fryer. It’s so easy to do with Panko breadcrumbs, and you don’t need any oil.


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  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. salt, divided
  • 1 tsp. pepper, divided
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs


  1. Remove the chicken breasts from the packaging and pound them into an even thickness. If your air fryer has a metal rack, set it in the tray. Cooking the chicken on the rack promotes crispy chicken.
  2. Whisk together flour, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper. Pour it out onto a plate.
  3. Add the egg to a bowl.
  4. Whisk the Panko breadcrumbs together with the remaining salt and pepper. Pour that out onto an additional plate.
  5. Dip the chicken breasts into the flour mixture, then the egg, and then the Panko mixture until all of the pieces are coated.
  6. Lay the chicken on the rack in your air fryer if you’re using one.
  7. Slide the tray into the air fryer, and turn the dial to 350°F. Set the timer for 22 minutes.
  8. The chicken should have an internal temperature of 165°F before serving and it will be golden brown and delicious.

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  • If you do not have a metal rack for your air fryer, simply place the chicken on the bottom of the tray. However, it will be crispier if you use one.