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Large piece of air fryer bbq chicken sliced on a plate with potatoes and veggies next to it.

Air Fryer BBQ Chicken – 20 minutes

  • Author: Amy Estes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


You will love this air fryer bbq chicken breast recipe that is quick and easy to make in only 20 minutes! Perfectly cooked, juicy chicken, covered in a sticky and flavorful bbq sauce that comes out great every time! This a chicken recipe the whole family will love!


  • 3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts – about 67 ounces each.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil – or avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper – to taste
  • 1/2 cup good quality bbq sauce


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees F. This usually takes about 5 minutes for most air fryers.
  2. Dry the chicken breasts generously with a clean paper towel. Then brush each piece of chicken all over with some olive oil.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the oregano, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper, and rub it all over the chicken breasts on both sides.
  4. Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil spray to prevent sticking and place the seasoned chicken breasts into the air fryer in a single layer. Close and cook the chicken for 8 minutes at 390 degrees F.
  5. Flip each piece of chicken over and cook it for 8-9 more minutes.
  6. Then remove the chicken from the air fryer and place it onto a clean plate or cutting board. Brush each piece with a generous amount of bbq sauce all over the top and sides.
  7. Place the chicken back into the air fryer and cook it for 2 more minutes at 390 degrees F.
  8. Once the chicken is done cooking. Remove it from the air fryer and place it onto a cutting board to rest for at least 5 minutes before you slice and serve it.


  • Chicken – use good quality boneless, skinless chicken breasts about 6.5 ounces each. Add about 1 minute of cooking time per side for each additional ounce of chicken. For example, add 1-2 minutes of cooking time for 7-ounce chicken breasts or reduce the cooking time by 1-2 minutes per side for 5 ounces.
  • Seasoning – use any seasoning you like for the chicken or use the recommended herbs and spices noted in this recipe.
  • BBQ sauce – any bbq sauce will work in this recipe. See suggestion in post.
  • Air frying times and temperature – this will vary based on your air fryer. I tested this recipe in 2 air different air fryers and it came out perfectly cooked using 5-ounce chicken breasts.
  • Prep Time: 4 minutes
  • Cook Time: 16 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

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