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Spicy Air-Fryer Chicken Breasts

Total Time

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


8 servings

Updated: Aug. 05, 2022
My family adores this chicken recipe. Marinating enhances the taste, and the coating keeps the chicken nice and moist. 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. In a large bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients. Add chicken and turn to coat. Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour or overnight. Preheat air fryer to 375°.
  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.
  • Soft Bread Crumbs
    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.