Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Breast

This Post Contains Affiliate Links.Click Here To Read Our Full Disclosure.

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken. A delicious healthy lemon pepper chicken breast recipe that is whole30, paleo, gluten free and dairy free. Perfect for an easy lunch or dinner with minimal prep.

air fryer lemon pepper chicken at recipethis.com
Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken

Before we dive into this air fryer recipe, I have something even better than our air fryer lemon chicken for you to check out first.

It is our Learn Your Air Fryer online course and our free air fryer mini course. They are ideal for air fryer beginners. The free course runs for 5 days and is in the format of an email miniseries. While the learn your air fryer course runs every week with a new PDF and ecookbook for a whole year.

Or browse our site as we have 450+ air fryer recipes that are easy to recreate at home and we have been showing people how to use the air fryer since 2011.

Air Fryer Lemon Chicken

I originally shared this air fryer lemon chicken recipe on Recipe This back in January 2017. Back then I was in the middle of a round of the Whole30 and was looking for something simple to have for dinner in the air fryer.

With our own lemon tree that is out of control and producing more lemons than we could possibly use, I decided to make air fryer lemon chicken.

Made from some spare chicken breasts I had in the fridge our air fryer lemon pepper chicken breast was born.

I loved it so much that it became my go to protein throughout my whole30 and beyond and a recipe I often recommend to air fryer beginners.

Subscribe to the recipethis newsletter

Can You Cook Chicken Breast In An Air Fryer?

I often get asked if you can cook chicken breast in the air fryer and the answer is a big fat YES.

Chicken breast in the air fryer is fantastic and just like with the oven or a shallow pan, you can do whatever flavour floats your boat.

You could do a lemon pepper chicken, like we are doing today, or go with any favourite seasoning. Some of my air fryer chicken breast favourites include mixed herbs, honey and garlic, peri peri, or salt and pepper.

How To Make Juicy Chicken Breast In Air Fryer?

The easiest way to make juicy chicken breast in the air fryer is to use a lemon pepper marinade, or a similar wet marinade.

This is because it creates a moist maker on the chicken breast and stops it from getting dry. Also, if you want to avoid extra virgin olive oil the use of lemon juice can work as a replacement.

Crispy Lemon Pepper Chicken Breast

To make your lemon pepper chicken breast crispy without any breading, the secret is extra virgin olive oil and some good seasoning.

Simply add extra virgin olive oil first to your chicken breast, then add seasonings. The seasonings will then stick to the chicken breast and create a crispy coating as it cooks.

Do You Have To Flip Chicken In Air Fryer?

Yes you do if you want to keep your chicken breast crispy and stop it from getting dry. The idea is that if the top of the chicken breast is cooked for too long, top side up it will become dry.

But if it shares its cook time with the bottom of the chicken breast and they take it in turns, you don’t have to worry about dry chicken breast.

But you only need to flip your chicken in the air fryer once.

Lemon Pepper Chicken In Air Fryer

air fryer lemon pepper chicken step by step

Cooking air fryer lemon chicken is super easy:

  1. Smother chicken breasts in lemon juice and lemon rind.
  2. Add seasonings to chicken breasts.
  3. Load into the air fryer with lemon slices.
  4. Air fry + enjoy!

There is a little bit more to air fryer lemon pepper chicken but that is the basics.

How Long To Cook Chicken Breast In Air Fryer?

The air fryer chicken breast time is JUST 15 minutes. Though do use your own common sense as some chicken breasts are going to be bigger or smaller than others. I recommend you start with 15 minutes and check your chicken and cook a little longer if necessary.

More Healthy Air Fryer Chicken Recipes

Are you looking for even more healthy air fryer chicken recipes? The kind that you can just dump in the air fryer and come back when the air fryer beeps? Well check these out:

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Breast
Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Breast
Print Recipe
4.84 from 6 votes

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Breast

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken. A delicious healthy lemon pepper chicken breast recipe that is whole30, paleo, gluten free and dairy free. Perfect for an easy lunch or dinner with minimal prep.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 3
Calories: 276kcal

Ingredients

Kitchen Gadgets:

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Ingredients:

Instructions

  • Lay chicken breasts out on a clean chopping board.
    Can You Cook Chicken Breast In An Air Fryer?
  • Smother the chicken breasts in lemon juice and rind from your large lemon and season with sea salt.
    Can You Cook Chicken Breast In An Air Fryer?
  • Add ground black pepper and garlic powder.
    Can You Cook Chicken Breast In An Air Fryer?
  • Place your chicken breasts into the air fryer basket. Cut your lemon slices and find a place on top of the breasts and to the side of them. Air fry for 15 minutes at 180c/360f.
    Can You Cook Chicken Breast In An Air Fryer?
  • Check the chicken and then cook for a further 3-5 minutes if they are still pink in the middle. Slice the chicken breasts and serve.
    Can You Cook Chicken Breast In An Air Fryer?

Notes

Size. Our chicken breasts were quite large. I recommend if you have smaller chicken breasts that you start with a cook time of 12 minutes, check on them and then add more cook time if needed.
Speed. If you would like to speed up the cook time, halfway through the cook time, slice the chicken breasts and they will cook about three minutes faster.
Thanks for reading our air fryer lemon pepper chicken breast recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you love chicken breast, then I recommend you try our air fryer frozen chicken breast.

Nutrition

Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 651mg | Potassium: 919mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 84IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
Have You Tried The Air Fryer Mini Course? Its FREE and its delivered by email over 5 days. Ideal for beginners to the air fryer. Click Here
Are We Friends On Pinterest?If we are not and you use Pinterest then follow us @RecipeThisBlog for more delicious recipes.
Fancy A Video?Subscribe to the Recipe This YouTube Channel for full length recipe videos. Don’t forget to click the bell icon to be notified when we upload a new video. Subscribe Here!
Copyright Notice© RecipeThis.com. ALL content including photos are copyright protected. Sharing of our recipes is both encouraged and appreciated via the social share buttons. Copying and/or pasting full recipes to any social media channel or onto your own website is strictly prohibited.

Can’t make it now? Then pin it for later!

air fryer lemon pepper chicken recipe




8 thoughts on “Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Breast”

  1. 5 stars
    Recipe never corrects The temperature to cook at.
    Says preheat to 180 which is clearly insufficient to cook the chicken at. EDIT: My bad the recipe was clearly 180c which means 350f, turned out great when cooked properly.

    Reply

Leave a Comment

Recipe Rating