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air fryer bbq chicken on a plate with rice and broccoli

Air Fryer BBQ Chicken

This quick and easy recipe makes barbecue chicken in the air fryer!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 386kcal
Author Ashley C.


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (2 to 3 breasts)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce


  • Spray your air fryer basket lightly with olive oil cooking spray and set it aside.
  • Pat the chicken breasts dry with a paper towel.
  • In a small bowl, combine the garlic powder, paprika, salt, and red pepper flakes.
  • Sprinkle the spices over the chicken, making sure to coat each piece evenly.
  • Add the chicken breasts to the air fryer basket, making sure they’re all in a single layer. Cook at 375 Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Flip the chicken and cook for an additional 8 minutes.
  • Once the chicken registers 165 Fahrenheit on an instant read thermometer, brush each piece withB BQ sauce and cook them again at 375 Fahrenheit for 2 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite sides.


Storing: Leftover air fryer bbq chicken breast will stay fresh in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave, or air fry it at 350 for 5-8 minutes until warmed through. 
Freezing: Store cooked chicken breast in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag with as much air removed as possible. Cooked chicken will last up to 3 months in the freezer. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating and serving. 
  • You can substitute chicken breasts wit boneless chicken thighs.
  • You can substitute all the spices with 1 1/2 teaspoons of your favorite BBQ seasoning blend.


Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1582mg | Potassium: 1028mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 512IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg