Air Fryer Lemon Chicken

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Marinating Time: 30 minutes (optional)
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour (including marinating time)
Recipe Intensity: Easy


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon slices for garnish (optional)
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro for garnish (optional)


  1. If desired, you can marinate the chicken breasts for extra flavor. In a bowl, combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, dried oregano, dried thyme, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  2. Place the chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag or shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the chicken, making sure it’s evenly coated. Seal the bag or cover the dish, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 4 hours for more flavor.
  3. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade and pat them dry with paper towels.
  5. Place the chicken breasts in the air fryer basket in a single layer, without overcrowding. You may need to cook in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  6. Air fry the chicken breasts at 400°F (200°C) for about 18-20 minutes, flipping them halfway through cooking, until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through. The internal temperature should reach 165°F (74°C) when measured with a meat thermometer.
  7. Once done, transfer the air-fried lemon chicken to a serving plate. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh parsley or cilantro if desired.
  8. Serve the lemon chicken hot with your favorite sides, such as rice, roasted vegetables, or a fresh salad.

Note: Cooking times may vary slightly depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts and the efficiency of your air fryer. Adjust the cooking time as needed to ensure the chicken is cooked through and has a nice golden crust.

Enjoy your flavorful and juicy air fryer lemon chicken!

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