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Air Fryer Southwest Chicken

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Have you ever made air fryer chicken breast? This Air Fryer Southwest Chicken has the perfect blend of spices in a simple marinade and is so tender and juicy you’ll never want chicken from the oven again!

Air Fryer Southwest chicken on a white plate with garnish and a black napkin

In the last few years, air fryers have been all the rage. I was late to the party and didn’t get one until last Christmas and I’ve had fun trying new things in it since!  I have a NuWave Air Fryer and have been pleased with it.

Do you have an air fryer?  What is your favorite thing to make in it?

What do you cook in an air fryer?

Some of my favorite things to cook in our air fryer are

  • chicken nuggets
  • sweet potato fries
  • potatoes
  • vegetables
  • frozen foods that you’d normally cook in an oven
  • the options are endless, there are SO many things you can make!

Southwest Chicken in the air fryerThis Air Fryer Southwest Chicken recipe is easy to make and so versatile.  You can make

Southwest Chicken on a white plate with garnish

Can you fry chicken in the air fryer?

Yes, you can!  It’s so simple and easy and you are going to love how tender and juicy it is!  I can’t believe I’ve never made it in the air fryer before.  Just make sure the internal temperature reaches 165 for it to be fully cooked.  Just get a simple meat thermometer like this one.

You can serve this Air Fryer Southwest Chicken with a vegetable or add as a protein on a salad!  My Southwest Chicken Salad is perfect for this recipe.

Add your desired toppings and you have a delicious healthy meal!

I love a fresh meal packed with protein and veggies.  It's a bonus if it can be prepared quickly, or ahead of time!  This Southwest Chicken Salad is a perfect meal for a warm summer night, or a delicious lunch to prep ahead of time. #southwestchicken #southwest #airfryer #airfryerchicken #salad #beautifullybrokenjourney #healthyrecipes

You can do so much with this air fryer chicken breast, I can’t wait to hear how you incorporate it into your meals!

Air Fryer Southwest Chicken

Simple, quick and full of flavor!  This Air Fryer Southwest Chicken is so flavorful and juicy you’ll never want chicken out of the oven again!
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Simple, quick and full of flavor! This Air Fryer Southwest Chicken has a simple marinade and is so flavorful and juicy you'll never want chicken out of the oven again! #chicken #airfryerrecipes #airfryer #airfryerchicken #southwestchicken
Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Total Time:50 minutes


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts thawed
  • 2 T fresh lime juice
  • 1 T avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Place thawed chicken, lime juice and oil into a gallon size ziplock bag.
  • Combine all spices into a separate bowl, then pour over chicken in bag.  Make sure to mix it well over chicken.
  • Place chicken into fridge and let marinate for at least 10 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from ziplock bag and place in air fryer.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 25 minutes, flipping chicken halfway through.
  • *The thinner the chicken breasts are sliced the less time it will need to cook, the thicker they are the longer they will need to cook.
  • Cook chicken to 165 degrees internal temperature.


Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 419mg | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 3.6mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.6mg
Servings: 4
Calories: 165kcal
Author: Beautifully Broken Journey

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  1. 5 stars
    Ohhh I haven’t seen anyone make chicken breasts in the air fryer yet. Great idea! Especially if they’re tender and not dried out. Win win! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    That is one delicious chicken recipe. The pictures are gorgeous as well. It will make to my quick weeknight dinner recipe collection for sure.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this last night and it was so good. I did use chicken thighs instead of breasts and it worked out beautifully. Thank you for this recipe. It made my Friday night.

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