air fryer pesto chicken breast

air fryer pesto chicken breast

One of my favourite dishes is Air Fryer Pesto Chicken Breast, which requires just a few simple ingredients and is ideal for a quick weekday dinner the whole family will enjoy.

Prep Time: 5 minutes 
Cook Time: 18 minutes 
Total Time: 23 minutes 
Servings: 2 Servings

Ingredients For air fryer pesto chicken breast

  1. One pound of chicken breast
  2. One cup pesto, with extra to serve if preferred
  3. Half a teaspoon of kosher salt
  4. 1/4 tsp black pepper


  1. For three to five minutes, preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees F. On both sides, season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Apply the pesto sauce to the chicken breasts. Make certain you cover them equally.
  2. Put the chicken breasts inside the basket of the air fryer. Verify that they are not touching or overlapping. Cook, turning the chicken breasts halfway through, for 15 to 18 minutes. When the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F, it is done.
  3. Before slicing and serving, take the fried chicken breasts out of the air fryer basket and allow them to rest for a few minutes.

Expert Advice for the Greatest Pesto Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

  • To ensure uniform cooking and avoid drying out, pound the chicken breasts to a uniform thickness. Using a meat mallet, pound the chicken between two plastic wrap sheets until it reaches an equal thickness.
  • Use fresh pesto: You may either make your own or buy fresh pesto from the shop. You’ll get the best flavour and texture by doing this.
  • Marinate the chicken in pesto: Before frying, let the chicken sit in the marinade for a few hours or overnight to get more flavour. This will impart the pesto flavour onto the chicken.
  • Add toppings: Add sliced tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, or roasted red peppers to your air fryer pesto chicken breasts to make them even more scrumptious. In the final minutes of cooking, add the toppings to the chicken breasts.
  • Try experimenting with different pesto varieties: there are a variety of options available, ranging from traditional basil to sun-dried tomato. Try a variety of flavours to determine which is your favourite.
  • Make sure there is sufficient room between the chicken breasts in the air fryer basket to provide for even cooking and browning. Avoid packing the basket too full.
  • Before slicing, let the chicken rest for a few minutes after it has finished cooking. By doing this, the fluids will be more evenly distributed and the chicken won’t dry up.


Serving: 1 Serving Calories: 739 k cal Carbohydrates: 10 g Protein: 54 g Fat: 52 g Saturated Fat: 9 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g Trans Fat: 0.03 g Cholesterol: 155 m g Sodium: 2004 m g Potassium: 843 m g Fiber: 2 g Sugar: 4 g Vitamin A: 2569 I U Vitamin C: 3 mg Calcium: 212 m  g Iron: 2 m g 
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