Ridiculously Easy Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Chicken

I think simple recipes should come with simple instructions and just enough photos to make you wanna dash to the kitchen and start cooking.

Straight to the point. Here we go.

Here’s the obligatory pic. YUM.



  • 2 large chicken breasts (approximately 2 lbs of chicken)
  • 1 C. Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 C. Parmesan cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • Butter flavored pan spray
  • Salt, to taste
  • Optional add-ins: garlic powder or red pepper for some kick


Preheat your air fryer for 5-ish minutes at 360 degrees.

Beat eggs and pour them in one bowl. Mix breadcrumbs and Parmesan thoroughly in another bowl.

Hammer the dickens out of the two chicken breasts with a meat tenderizing hammer until they’re 1/4 – 1/2″ thick. I loosely wrap mine in Saran Wrap or Press & Seal to prevent splatters of raw chicken juice – ew. I had a rough day so I may have imagined the chicken breasts were an actual person while I was hammering them. (For the record, I’ve never actually hit another person other than for slug bug, aka punch buggie.)

After the chicken breasts are just shy of being beaten into oblivion, cut them into smaller pieces. We decided to cut each breast into four pieces for a total of eight pieces. One by one, coat them with eggs then dredge them in the crumb / Parmesan mixture and set them on another plate until they’re all coated.

Do a quick spritz of pan spray on the air fryer rack. Place two or three pieces (whatever will fit) on the air fryer rack. Spray the top of the chicken with pan spray, then salt lightly. Close air fryer drawer and cook them at 360 degrees for 12-ish minutes until they reach 165 degrees internal temperature. (12 minutes was perfect for mine.)

Eat all of those while you cook the next batch, then repeat until they’re all cooked and you’re so full you can barely move. (That’s what I almost did.) These were so simple and delicious and I’m thrilled to have leftovers for lunch / snack / maybe even breakfast tomorrow.

We kept it simple and served it with sauteed spinach (butter, salt, and chopped garlic). Low in carbs, moderate in fats, and high in flavor!

If you’re on the fence about an air fryer, I’ll tell you this. I was never even slightly tempted to buy one. I didn’t understand their potential and didn’t want yet another appliance taking up counter space in my tiny house. But this Cosori air fryer is hands down the best appliance I’ve ever owned and gets used at least once every single day. Pretty much anything outside of baking that you’d do with an oven, you can do with an air fryer and your food will come out crispy and wonderful!

NOTE: If you don’t have a meat thermometer, you really need one to prevent food-borne illness. It doesn’t have to be expensive – I have a cheap one like this that I picked up at Walmart or Target forever ago. I like that it reminds me of the proper internal temps for each kind of meat.

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