This air fryer shake and bake chicken tastes incredible and packs a flavor punch you won’t forget in a hurry simply. Juicy and tender chicken breast that is crispy and cruncy on the outside.
This recipe uses chicken breast but you can use any cut of chicken you prefer. Let me show you how to make it using my easy-to-follow- step by step instructions.
Whether you are using premade shake and bake seasoning coat mix or making your own from scratch, you will be literally brown away with how flavorful chicken recipe is.
I am an advocate for making your own seasoning mix whenever you can but sometimes life just get in the way and you reach out for storebought ones. In this case, I am always partial to Krastfs Shake N Bake seasoning because truth be told, it is flavorful, it is an all rounder. More importantly, you wouldn’t need any additional ingredients apart from the little oil for coating your poultry.
You can buy the shake ‘N bake premade seasoning or make your own at home. Today I am using this with premade seasoning mix because the mixture has the perfect combination of seasonings, and it cuts back your prep time considerably. 20 minutes and you are done!
Why you will love this air fryer shake and bake chicken recipe
Here are a few reasons why you need to make this dish:
Quick: The hands-on work for the dish takes just a few minutes; the rest of the time is all up to the air fryer. You can save even more time by using a premade shake-and-bake mix instead of making one yourself.
Beginner friendly: No frills, no fancy skills. This recipe uses simple ingredients and the ease of the air fryer to make this recipe approachable to everyone.
Healthy: Chicken breasts are a lean protein, so they are already a healthy choice. That, combined with the (almost) lack of oil and the healthy cooking technique, makes this dish super healthy.
Versatile: Chicken breasts can be used for so many purposes. This spice mix makes the chicken super tasty and it can also be customized to suit your taste, so you’ll want to use it for everything!
What you will need
To make this (not techincally a recipe since we are using a premade seasoning) you will need the following ingredients.
Chicken breasts: I used boneless skinless chicken breasts, but you can also use bone-in chicken breasts or thighs. Make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Shake and bake seasoning: I used Shake ‘n bake original chicken seasoning coating mix. If time is not of the essence, you can make a copycat version, and it is easy to put together. See FAQ section for how to make it.
Avocado oil: substitute with any other cooking oil of choice
How to Make shake and bake chicken
Preheat the air fryer to 400F/ 200C for 5 minutes
In the meantime, pat chicken breast dry with a kitchen paper towel then brush with avocado oil (or your preferred oil of choice)
Cut a packet of Shake n bake open and empty it into a freezer bag.
Add the oiled chicken breasts to the seasoned breadcrumbs in the freezer bag, seal the bag and give it a good shake until the chicken is well coated in the crumb mix.
Spray the air fryer basket with oil spray and carefully place the seasoned chicken breast in it and spray the top of the chicken lightly with oil.
Cook the chicken for 16-18 minutes flipping it halfway through the cooking time or until the internal temperature reaches 165F/74C
Remove the chicken from the air fryer basket, place it on a plate, and rest it for at least 5 minutes before serving or slicing it.
Garnish the chicken with freshly chopped parsley, and enjoy
How to make shake and bake seasoning at home
If you have some time to spare, you can make your own shake-and-bake seasoning at home! It's super easy and uses simple pantry ingredients.
- fine breadcrumbs or panko or a combination of the 2
- paprika (cub with smoked paprika for that smoky flavor)
- Salt to taste
- black pepper
- Dried parsley
- Celery salt
- Onion granules
- Garlic granules
Keep an eye out on the blog for a complete recipe for shake-and-bake seasoning coming soon.
What to serve with Shake and bake chicken breast
As I mentioned above, This chicken is so versatile it can be served with almost anything! When I am feeling super healthy, I serve my chicken breast with salad and honey mustard dressing.
I also like to eat this with a serving of homemade fries and some sauteed spinach for dinner, but you can pick your favorite vegetables. Chop the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces to dress a salad or shred to make a delicious sandwich filling. Yummy!
To store: Let the chicken come to room temperature before transferring it to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to three days. Please be aware that you may not get the same crispy and crunchy outside since the coating is breadcrumbs. Nowever, reheating it in the air fryer can help bring it back to its original state. Can’t say the same for the microwave.
To reheat: The easiest way to reheat this chicken is to put it back in the air fryer for a few minutes. You can also pop it in the oven for a few minutes at 365F/180C.
To freeze: This recipe is great to have stored in your freezer because it's so versatile. I like to freeze each breast separately because it's already portioned for you. Place the chicken in a labeled Ziploc bag and freeze for up to 6 months or 3 months for optimum taste.
Where to buy shake and bake
You can buy shake-and-bake from any grocery store in the herbs and spices section. There will be a few brand options for your to try out to find your favorite one. You can also order it online from Amazon.
Can I make this recipe with chicken strips
Yes, this works really well with chicken strips. But you will have to reduce the cooking time to 14 minutes, flipping halfway through.
What other cuts of chicken can I use with shake-n-bake seasoning
This seasoning can be used for any cut of chicken, even a whole one! The only thing that will change is the cooking times for the cut of chicken used. That said it is important to always have a meat thermometer on hand when cooking any type of meat. That way. You can cook it accurately to the right temperature. The internal te,perature for cooked chicken must register 165F / 74C for it to be considered safe for consumption.
How long does it take to cook chicken breast in an air fryer at 400
It takes 18 minutes to cook a chicken breast in the air fryer at 400 F, flipping halfway through.
More Recipes to Try
I love jazzing up a simple chicken breast and making it irresistible! Here are a few more chicken breast recipes for you to try next time:
Air Fryer Shake and Bake Chicken Breast
- Air Fryer
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 packet Shake and bake original chicken seasoning coating mix
- 1 Tablespoons avocado oil substitute with any other cooking oil of choice
- Preheat the air fryer to 400F/ 200C for 5 minutes
- In the meantime, pat chicken breast dry with a kitchen paper towel then brush with avocado oil (or your preferred oil of choice)
- Cut a packet of Shake n bake open and empty it into a freezer bag.
- Add the oiled chicken breasts to the seasoned breadcrumbs in the freezer bag, seal the bag and give it a good shake until the chicken is well coated in the crumb mix.
- Spray the air fryer basket with oil spray and carefully place the seasoned chicken breast in it and spray the top of the chicken lightly with oil.
- Cook the chicken for 16-18 minutes flipping it halfway through the cooking time or until the internal temperature reaches 165F/74C
- Remove the chicken from the air fryer basket, place it on a plate, and rest it for at least 5 minutes before serving or slicing it.
- Garnish the chicken with freshly chopped parsley, and enjoy
And there you have it, a simple and delicious air fryer chicken recipe you can make at home in 30 minutes. As always, if you made this recipe, I would love to hear from you! Kindly rate the recipe 5 star and leave me feedback in the comment section below. Tag me @cheapchickenrecipes on Instagram and save it away to your Pinterest or make it on Tiktok. Please subscribe to the blog if you haven’t for free new recipes in your inbox every week.