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When it comes comes to chicken, we typically like roasting chicken thighs because they stay so juicy and get extra crispy. Chicken breasts have a terrible reputation for drying out, but an air fryer keeps that from happening. The quick cook time means they stay nice and tender and the breading still gets extra crispy from the intense air circulation inside these powerful little machines. All without a drop of oil. It's an actual miracle.
Can I marinate the chicken? What about a brine?
We made this recipe straightforward and skipped the marinade because the crunchy coating makes up for the flavor. Plus, the super quick cook time the air fryer allows means your chicken won't dry out, which is something a marinade helps with. If you want to go ahead and marinade go for it! A marinade typically needs to contain a fat, acid, salt, and flavor. This Ginger Soy Marinade is one of our favorites!
We typically reserve brines for larger birds, such as a whole chicken or turkey. Because brines contain a lot of salt it can be too much for individual chicken breasts.
Do I need oil?
Nope! That's the best part of an air fryer. No to very little oil is needed in most air fryer recipes. For a more golden crust you can spritz with a little cooking spray, but we don't think it's absolutely necessary.
If you've made this recipe, we'd love to hear from you! Leave us a comment and rating down below to let us know how you liked it. For more quick weeknight dinner ideas, check out these 80+ easy chicken recipes.
Editor's Note: The introduction to this recipe was updated on June 21, 2021 to include more information about the dish.
- Place eggs and flour in two separate shallow bowls. In a third shallow bowl, combine panko, Parmesan, lemon zest, oregano, and cayenne. Season with salt and pepper.
- Working one at a time, dip chicken into flour, then eggs, and then panko mixture, pressing to coat.
- Place in air fryer basket and cook at 375° for 10 minutes. Flip chicken, and cook for another 5 minutes, until coating is golden and chicken is cooked through.