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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Breast (Gluten-Free)

by Capri Lilly

Wow your family with this Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Breast (gluten-free) recipe! Make flavorful breaded chicken breasts that turn out crispy, tender, and juicy every single time! So good that everyone will be begging for more!

gluten free crispy air fryer chicken, sliced and added to a bowl with lentils, zucchini, sweet potato, avocado, and lime

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This Gluten-Free Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Breast has become a staple in my home. At the beginning of the week, I make a large batch and use it for meal prep.

THE PERFECT SNACK, APPETIZER, OR ADDITION TO ANY MEAL 

I love that this gluten-free air fryer chicken breast can be used to complete almost any meal! I enjoy having bowls for lunch or dinner and usually slice one of these crispy chicken breasts and serve it on top of rice or lentils with my favorite veggies!

You can also use this recipe to make gluten-free air fryer chicken tenders by using chicken cutlets and serving them as a snack or appetizer with my Dairy-Free Ranch and Accordion Potatoes!

3 Crispy gluten free air fryer chicken breasts on a plate and a bowl of sliced chicken breast with rice, vegetables, lime, and avocado

Think of this crispy air fryer chicken breasts as a healthy alternative to typical deep-fried chicken. I love fried chicken as much as the next person, which is exactly why my Gluten-Free Fried Chicken with Maple Bourbon Glaze is one of the most popular recipes on my site! However, this recipe has become my favorite healthy fried chicken recipe for days when I am craving fried chicken but want something a bit healthier!

Ingredients to make gluten free air fryer chicken breast: gluten free bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, olive oil, 2 large chicken breasts

What You Need To Make This Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Breast (Gluten-Free)

Chicken Breast: If your chicken breasts are thick, make sure to cut in half horizontally to make thinner chicken breast. I usually start with 2 large chicken breasts and cut them in half to make two thin chicken breasts. 

Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs: I use Schar Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs for this recipe. If you are not sensitive to gluten, you can use regular panko bread crumbs. You can also use almond flour for a delicious low-carb option. 

Seasoning: Seasoning the breading mixture is key! I like to use Garlic Powder, Salt, Paprika, Pepper, Chili Powder, and Herbs de Provence. You can also add cayenne pepper and red chili flakes for a spicier option! 

Olive Oil: Instead of coating the chicken in an egg mixture, I simply coat the chicken with a bit of olive oil. This helps the breading stick to the chicken and adds a bit of extra flavor. Feel free to coat your chicken in whisked egg before dipping it into the breadcrumbs. This will give the chicken even more of a fried chicken texture. 

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How To Cook These Gluten-Free Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

  1. Combine the breadcrumbs and seasonings in a medium-sized bowl. 
  2. Coat the chicken with olive oil, then press the chicken breast into the breadcrumb mixture until all sides are evenly coated.
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes. 
  4. Place the chicken breast in the air fry basket. Make sure the chicken fits in a single layer with a bit of space between each piece. Work in batches if necessary. Cook for 7-8 minutes on each side.
  5. If you worked in batches and need to rewarm the chicken breasts, add all of the chicken breasts into the air fryer for an additional 3 minutes to warm through.
4 Cooked Crispy Chicken Breasts

Tips & Tricks To Make The Best Air Fryer Chicken Breast (Gluten-Free)

  • If you do not have gluten-free bread crumbs, you can use almond flour instead! It is a great substitute and still produces flavorful, crispy chicken.
  • Make sure to season the breading mixture generously. This is what will give the chicken its mouthwatering flavor. You can add finely ground fresh parmesan cheese to the mixture for an added cheesy flavor. 
  • You do not have to do much to make tender, flavorful, crispy chicken. Simply coat the chicken in olive oil, salt, and pepper before tossing it into the coating mixture. The olive oil will help the breading stick to the chicken.
  • Feel free to coat your chicken with whisked egg before dipping it into the breadcrumbs. This will give the chicken even more of a fried chicken texture. 
  • Preheat your air fryer. I usually preheat my air fryer for 5 minutes before using it to achieve the best results. 
  • Cook in Batches. Make sure your chicken is not overcrowded in the air fryer basket. It is important that the chicken fit in a single layer with a little space between each piece. This helps so that you achieve the perfect crispy chicken. 
sliced gluten free breaded air fryer chicken breast. close up to show texture

No Air-Fryer? No Problem. 

Simply bake your chicken breast in the oven. Bake at 400°F for 8-10 minutes on each side, or until an instant thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken reads 165°F.

How To Store Your Crispy Air Fried Chicken Breast?

Store any leftover chicken in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days You can reheat the chicken in the air fryer or oven at 350°F for 5 minutes. 

What To Serve With This Gluten-Free Air Fryer Chicken Breast

I hope you enjoy this Crispy Gluten-Free Air Fryer Chicken Breast Recipe!

If you try the recipe, don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below! Take pictures, tag #goodfoodbaddie, and share them with me on Instagram! I love hearing from you! 

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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Breast (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Wow your family with this Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Breast (gluten-free) recipe! Make tender, flavorful breaded chicken breast that is completely gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free! So good that everyone will be begging for more!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meal Prep
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Healthy Options
Keyword: air fryer, chicken, chicken breasts, chicken tender, crispy, dairy-free, gluten free air fry chicken, gluten-free
Servings: 4 Chicken Breasts
Calories: 170kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced in half to create 4 thin breasts or sliced into cutlets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 cup dried breadcrumbs (use gluten-free breadcrumbs if necessary. use panko breadcrumbs for added texxture)
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Red Crushed Pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • 1 tsp Herbs de Provence (or Italian Seasoning), optional
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Instructions

  • Combine the breadcrumbs and seasonings in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Slice the chicken in half to create thinner chicken breasts. You can also cut the chicken breast into cutlet-sized pieces to make chicken tenders.
  • Coat the chicken with olive oil, then press the chicken breast into the breadcrumb mixture until all sides are evenly coated.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes.
  • Place the chicken breast in the air fry basket. Make sure the chicken fits in a single layer with a bit of space between each piece. Work in batches if necessary. Cook for 7-8 minutes on each side.
    (Chicken may need an additional 2-3 minutes depending on the size. To determine doneness, slice the chicken in the middle to reveal white, fully cooked meat. Or, use an instant thermometer inserted into the thickest part of chicken breasts. It should read at least 165°F if it is done.)
  • If you worked in batches and need to rewarm the chicken breasts, add all of the chicken breasts into the air fryer for an additional 3 minutes to warm through.
  • Serve and Enjoy!

Notes

Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs: I use Schar Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs for this recipe. You can also use almond flour for a delicious low-carb option. 
Oil: You can use olive oil or any neutral vegetable oil.
Oven Directions: Simply bake your chicken breast in the oven. Bake at 400°F for 8-10 minutes on each side, or until an instant thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken reads 165°F.
STORE: Store any leftover chicken in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days You can reheat the chicken in the air fryer or oven at 350°F for 5 minutes. 

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22 comments

Mykalee April 28, 2021 - 10:22 pm

5 stars
This was the first recipe I tried in my new air fryer and it was so simple and great! This is definitely a recipe I’ll be doing again!

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Capri Lilly April 28, 2021 - 10:58 pm

Hi Mykalee! I am glad you liked the recipe!

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nicole April 29, 2021 - 12:23 am

5 stars
love that this is gluten free! thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

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Capri Lilly April 29, 2021 - 6:16 am

Hi Nicole! I’m glad you like!

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Marta April 30, 2021 - 3:09 am

5 stars
This was a great way to get the air fryer going! It was full of flavor and the crispy exterior was perfect. Thanks for sharing.

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Capri Lilly April 30, 2021 - 6:15 am

Hi Marta! The air fryer has been my fav kitchen tool lately! I am glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for leaving a review!

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Barry J. May 1, 2021 - 11:44 pm

5 stars
I just purchased an air fryer and this was the first recipe I used it on. As promised, these were so juicy and much healthier that frying in oil.

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Capri Lilly May 4, 2021 - 8:44 pm

Definitely! I am glad you tried my recipe! Thanks for leaving a review!

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Jen Sim May 2, 2021 - 1:01 pm

5 stars
This chicken came out perfectly. It was crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. On top of that, it took under 30 minutes to make. I will definitely be making this again.

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Capri Lilly May 4, 2021 - 8:41 pm

Yes, such a time savor, right!

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Robin Sparks May 2, 2021 - 6:59 pm

5 stars
I have an air fryer I don’t use much so this recipe was an opportunity to give it another try. The chicken was so crispy and flavorful I will be making it frequently.

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Capri Lilly May 4, 2021 - 8:41 pm

HI Robin! I am happy you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for leaving a review!

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Kaluhi May 5, 2021 - 11:36 am

5 stars
The chicken was super flavorful, tender and juicy! The olive oil made a huuuuuge difference and the entire plateful was magical!

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Capri Lilly May 5, 2021 - 9:34 pm

Doesn’t it! I am glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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Chenée Lewis May 5, 2021 - 4:53 pm

5 stars
This chicken was amazing! I hadn’t used my air fryer to make breaded chicken before and I’m so glad I picked this recipe to try first.

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Capri Lilly May 5, 2021 - 9:34 pm

Yay! That makes me so happy! I am glad you liked!

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Tamara May 5, 2021 - 5:27 pm

5 stars
Everything about these chicken breasts was absolutely amazing! They were so juicy on the inside, and perfectly breaded on the outside!

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Capri Lilly May 5, 2021 - 9:33 pm

Hi Tamara! I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for leaving a review!

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Jazz May 5, 2021 - 6:37 pm

5 stars
I LOVE this recipe. Perfectly crispy and so quick! I’ll be making it on top of a spinach salad.

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Capri Lilly May 5, 2021 - 9:32 pm

That sounds delicious! Enjoy!

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Leah Pimentel May 5, 2021 - 7:52 pm

5 stars
My first use of the air fryer! Your directions made it fast and easy! Very tasty weekday dinner option.

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Capri Lilly May 5, 2021 - 9:32 pm

I am glad to hear it! Thank you for leaving a review!

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