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Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

This fast, easy method of cooking chicken makes dinner a snap.


  • 4 (8-ounce) chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pimentòn (smoked paprika)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil


  1. Place chicken on a cutting board and top with a piece of plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet, pound chicken breasts until they are evenly 1/2 inch thick, starting in the center of each piece and working your way to the edges. Season chicken with salt on both sides and refrigerate, uncovered, preferably for at least 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Combine pimentón, garlic powder, and cumin in a bowl and whisk together. Preheat air fryer to 375°F. Remove chicken from refrigerator and pat dry with a paper towel. Drizzle olive oil over chicken, coating it on both sides. Season chicken with spice mixture evenly on both sides, and place in air fryer basket. Air-fry chicken for 6 minutes, then, using tongs, flip chicken over and air-fry until chicken reaches 160°F, about 3 minutes, depending on the brand and model of your air fryer. Remove chicken from air fryer and let rest for 5 minutes so the internal temperature comes up to 165°F before serving.

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