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Ninja Foodi Chicken Breast

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There are many ways to cook a juicy chicken breast, but using the Ninja Foodi (or any air fryer) is among the best. Locking in the moisture on the inside with a delicious golden brown outer layer, you get a tender, juicy, and tasty piece of chicken perfect for dinner.  

Let’s dive into how to make the perfect piece of chicken with the Ninja Foodi Air Fryer.

piece of cooked chicken in air crisp basket.

Air Fryer Cook Times & Temps

  • 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts 1/2 to 3/4 lbs. each
  • Preheat Air Crisp Basket
  • Cook for 375° degrees 22-25 mins
  • 2 Bone-In Chicken Breasts (3/4 to 1-1/2 lbs. each) each
  • Preheat Air Crisp Basket
  • 375° degrees 25-35 mins
  • Preheat Ninja Foodi Air Crisp Basket for 5 Minutes
  • Cook chicken 375° degrees for 14 mins

Ingredients

  • Two boneless, skinless chicken breasts (6 ounces each)
  • One tablespoon of olive oil

Suggested Seasonings and Spices

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
seasonings in a bowl.

Optional Preparation: If you have time, you can brine your chicken breasts for 30 minutes in a simple saltwater solution (4 cups water, 1/4 cup salt) to enhance their juiciness. Pat the chicken pieces dry before proceeding.

Chicken Breast in a Ninja Foodi Air Crisp Basket

  1. Preheat: Warm up the Ninja Foodi air fryer to 375°F.
  2. Season: Mix the suggested spices (or any you like) in a bowl. Brush each chicken breast with olive oil, then evenly coat with the seasoning mix.
prep chicken breasts with oil and seasoning.
  1. Cook: Arrange the chicken in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they don’t touch. The chicken breasts need airflow. Air fry for 12–14 minutes, flipping halfway through. Remember, cooking times may vary based on the thickness of the chicken. The chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. 
  2. Rest: Allow the chicken breasts to rest 2-3 minutes after cooking. 
chicken breasts in an air crisp basket, collage showing them cooking and done.

What Air Fryer do we recommend?

We use a Ninja Foodi All In One 6 quart, but typically, any air fryer will do. Times and temp may change according to the size of your chicken breast and the air fryer brand, so consult your appliance handbook when in doubt. Personally we use this air fryer because it does what it says- its all in one. It can sauté, pressure cook, air fry and I like the convenience of one appliance in the pantry.

cut piece of chicken on a fork.

Pro Tips:

  • Even Cooking: To ensure even cooking, ensure your chicken breasts are of uniform thickness. We use a meat mallet.
  • Don’t Overcrowd: Air circulation is critical to air frying. Cook in batches if needed to avoid overcrowding the basket.
  • Internal Temperature Check: Use a meat thermometer to ensure your chicken reaches the safe internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Brine the Breast: You may have used brining for holiday meals, but did you know you can also brine chicken breasts? A little prep can go a long way for the best chicken!
ninja foodi chicken breast.

Side Dish Suggestions: Chicken goes with nearly any side dish. We recommend pairing with a side of vegetables, mashed potatoes, and a Mrs. Schuster’s yeast roll. Perfectly cooked chicken is also great for slicing on pasta (like an alfredo) or adding to a salad to create a full meal.

The only way to learn the Ninja Foodi is to USE the Ninja Foodi! Try one of these easy recipes to master your NF and take away the intimidation.

Try Ninja Foodi Baked Potatoes, Ninja Foodi Ham, Ninja Foodi Boiled Eggs, and Ninja Foodi Mac and Cheese.

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Ninja Foodi Chicken Breast – Time, Temps


Cook Time 14 minutes
How to use the Ninja Foodi to make a perfectly tender juicy chicken breast in the air fryer.

Equipment

  • air fryer We use a 6 quart Ninja Foodi All In One

Ingredients
 

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 6 ounces each
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Recommended Seasonings

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat your Air Fryer: Begin by preheating the Ninja Foodi Air Crisp Basket, or whichever brand air fryer you're using, at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow it to warm up for 5 minutes.
  • Prepare the Seasoning Mix: In a small bowl, combine the oregano, paprika, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Mix these ingredients well to ensure an even blend of the spices.
  • Season the Chicken: Take each chicken breast and, using a pastry brush, lightly coat both sides with olive oil. Once oiled, generously sprinkle both sides of the chicken breasts with the prepared seasoning mix, ensuring an even coverage.
  • Air Fry the Chicken: Place the seasoned chicken breasts into the preheated air fryer basket. Set your air fryer to the 'Air Crisp' function and adjust the temperature to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook for 12-14 minutes. It's important to ensure that the chicken is thoroughly cooked through ( 165 degrees) before removing it from the air fryer.
  • Rest Before Serving: After cooking, remove the chicken from the air fryer (tongs work easily) and let it rest for 2-3 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, giving a really moist piece of chicken! We suggest serving with a roasted veggie side dish, mashed potatoes, and a yeast roll.

Nutrition

Serving: 1chicken breast | Calories: 323kcal

Nutritional Disclaimer: The nutritional data provided here is auto-calculated and intended for your convenience only. As it’s generated via automation, its accuracy may be compromised. For precise nutritional insight, please compute the values utilizing the actual ingredients in your recipe through your chosen nutrition calculator or application.

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