Air Fryer Essentials: Spicy Chicken Breasts

Andy Anderson !


Put this together for last evening’s dinner. Served it topped with salsa, warm flour tortillas, and South-of-the-Border fixings. Yummy Stuff.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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10 Min
15 Min
Air Fryer




  • 1 c
    dill pickle juice, more on this later

  • 2 medium
    chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 2 tsp
    olive oil, extra virgin variety

  • ·
    salt, kosher variety
  • ·
    black or white pepper, freshly ground
  • ·
    smoked paprika
  • ·
    cayenne pepper
  • ·
    other spices, your choice

How to Make Air Fryer Essentials: Spicy Chicken Breasts


  2. The brine used in this recipe is the liquid from a jar of dill pickles. However, in these troubling times, going out for some pickles just to use the brine is unacceptable.

    So, here are some options.
    1. Brine the chicken breast in some saltwater.
    2. Add some salt and dried dill to a cup or so of water, boil, and then let come to room temperature.

    In either case place the brining solution in the fridge until nice and cold before adding the chicken breasts.
  3. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  4. Brine the chicken breasts for 2 – 3 hours.
  5. Rub the chicken breasts with a bit of olive oil, and then sprinkle some spices on one side. I am using salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne.
  6. Add to the air fryer basket, spice side down, and then sprinkle the other side with more spices.
  7. Set the air fryer to 350f (175c) and cook for 10 minutes.
  8. Open the fryer and flip the chicken breasts.
  9. Cook until an instant-read thermometer reads around 160f (70c), about 4 – 6 minutes.
  10. Allow to rest for 3 – 4 minutes before serving.
  12. Slice and serve with your favorite sides. In this image I spooned on some of my favorite salsa, and served with warm tortillas, and fixings. Enjoy.
  13. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Air Fryer Essentials: Spicy Chicken Breasts

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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