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Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Chicken

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Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Chicken is a satisfying and easy air fryer chicken recipe! Juicy chicken that is coated in Parmesan mix and then air fried to make the perfect crispy crust with a tender and juicy chicken.

Chicken Parmesan Crusted

I am now obsessed with my Air Fryer, like my Air Fryer Texas Road House Pickles! I have been pushing out some tasty Air Fryer Recipes. It is so easy to use, and each meal offers amazing results.

Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Ingredients for Air Fryer Chicken

Ingredients for Parmesan Crusted Chicken
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast or chicken thighs
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Garlic Powder
  • Hellmann’s mayonnaise make sure to use real mayonnaise, not miracle whip
  • Olive Oil or Cooking Spray

Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Step by Step Directions for Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Chicken

I used half Panko bread crumbs and half Parmesan for this crushed chicken recipe. It adds the perfect crunchy coating to the chicken. 

Step one mix parmesan panko and seasonings

Step 1

Mix together Panko bread crumbs, Parmesan Cheese, and Garlic.

step 2 Coat Chicken with mayonnaise

Step 2

Cut Chicken Breast in half and add salt and pepper. Coat chicken with mayonnaise.

Step 3 Coat with bread crumb mixture

Step 3

Place chicken in the bread crumb mixture and make sure to coat well by pressing down.

Step 4 turn chicken over and coat other side

Step 4

Turn the chicken over to coat both sides of the chicken.

Step 5 Place chicken in air fryer

Step 5

Place in a single layer in the air fryer basket and spray with cooking spray or olive oil.

Step 6 Flip over in air fryer

Step 6

Flip Chicken Over and continue cooking until chicken reaches 165 degrees.

parmesan crusted chicken on a plate

Tips and Tricks for Air Fryer Chicken

  • Space | Make sure you leave space between each piece of chicken. If you Chicken overlaps and touches, it will not cook evenly, and you will have undercooked or soggy spots. 
  • Even Coating | Do your best to coat the chicken evenly. You don’t want it built up too much as it can take longer to cook in that area. You also don’t want it too thin, or it can dry out the chicken. 
  • Cooking Spray make sure to spray the chicken with a cooking spray or olive oil to make a crispier chicken.
  • Watch Cook Time | Depending on the thickness of your chicken will affect the cooking time. If you use chicken breasts, it will have a longer cook time. Where tenderloins will cook so much faster. So use my timing as a rough guide and check the internal temperature to ensure it is at least 165 degrees. 
Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Frequently Asked Questions for Air Fryer Chicken

Can I use Bone In Chicken for Parmesan Crusted Chicken

If you want to use bone-in chicken, you will need to add more time to cooking. Since the bone is in the chicken, I suggest internally checking to ensure it is safe to serve. You can also see my Southern Fried Chicken Recipe in the Air Fryer.

Best Way to Store Left Over Chicken

If you have leftovers, you can easily store them in an airtight container in your fridge. The chicken will store for up to three days. 
It is best when fresh, as the crust has a nice crunchy flavor. You will want to reheat in a microwave, oven, or air fryer. 

Can You Freeze Leftover Parmesan Crusted Chicken 

Place leftover chicken in an airtight container or freezer bag. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How To Reheat Air Fryer Chicken Breast

Thaw in the fridge to reheat in the microwave or cover and place in the oven to reheat. Either method works, I find the oven offers the best texture for breaded items when it comes to reheating.

How Long to Cook Chicken in the Air Fryer

For boneless chicken breast about 1″ thick I cooked for 15 minutes. If your chicken is thicker you will need to cook longer or until the internal temp reaches 165 degrees.

Can I make Parmesan Chicken in the oven?

Yes, follow the same directions but preheat oven to 350 and bake for 30 minutes or until temp reaches 165.

air fryer chicken on fork

What To Serve With Parmesan Crusted Chicken 

The list could go on and on. This chicken crusted recipe is very versatile! Pair with any of your favorite sides, and enjoy! 

Air Fryer Chicken on plate

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If you got an air fryer of any kind for the holidays or a treat for yourself, you will love this recipe. Simple steps, easy ingredients, and a fantastic chicken recipe.

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Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Chicken is a satisfying and easy air fryer chicken recipe! Juicy air fryer chicken that is coated in Parmesan mix and then air fried!


  • 2 Large Chicken breasts
  • 1 cup Parmesan shredded
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1 tbs garlic powder


  1. Split chicken breasts in half.
  2. Pound each piece with a meat hammer. ( so they are even )
  3. Sprinkle with salt.Step one mix parmesan panko and seasonings
  4. Spread Mayo on both sides of each piece of chicken.step 2 Coat Chicken with mayonnaise
  5. Mix panko, parmesan, and garlic powder( for keto, skip the panko)Step 3 Coat with bread crumb mixture
  6. Coat each piece of chicken in the panko/parmesan mixture. Step 3 Coat with bread crumb mixtureStep 4 turn chicken over and coat other side
  7. Preheat the air fryer to 390.
  8. In a single layer, place in the air fryer.Step 5 Place chicken in air fryer
  9. Cook for 15 minutes, turning once after 10 minutes.


To make this keto increase the parmesan and skip the bread crumbs. You will not need any cooking spray the mayo helps give the chicken a crispy crust

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 663Total Fat: 50gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 38gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 930mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 30g

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Tuesday 17th of January 2023

Excellent recipe! Followed everything but chose to use chicken tenders. The first batch in my Ninja Foodie cooked for 5 minutes then turned and sprayed with avocado oil as the breading looked a bit dry. Turned them over and cooked two more minutes. Perfect temp of 165. Second batch, sprayed with cooking spray prior to cooking. Turned golden brown with the same cooking time! Thank you for a great recipe!

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Can this be made without Chicken?

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