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Spicy Air-Fryer Chicken Breasts

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + marinating Cook: 20 min./batch


8 servings

My family adores this chicken recipe. The coating keeps the chicken nice and moist, and with the taste enhanced by marinating, the result is delicious. —Stephanie Otten, Byron Center, Michigan


  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 8 bone-in chicken breast halves, skin removed (8 ounces each)
  • 2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes


  1. Preheat air fryer to 375°. In a large bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients. Add chicken and turn to coat. Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour or overnight.
  2. Drain chicken, discarding marinade. Combine remaining ingredients in a shallow dish and stir to combine. Add chicken, 1 piece at a time, and turn to coat. Place in a single layer on greased tray in air-fryer basket. Cook until a thermometer reads 170°, about 20 minutes, turning halfway through cooking. Return all chicken to air fryer and cook to heat through, 2-3 minutes longer.

Test Kitchen tip
  • In our testing, we have found cook times vary dramatically between brands of air fryers. As a result, we have given wider than normal ranges on suggested cook times. Begin checking at the first time listed and adjust as needed.
  • Editor's Note
    To make soft bread crumbs, tear bread into pieces and place in a food processor or blender. Cover and pulse until crumbs form. One slice of bread yields 1/2 to 3/4 cup crumbs.

    Nutrition Facts

    1 chicken breast half: 352 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 562mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 41g protein.