Air fryer chicken Parmesan with a crispy panko-parmesan crust, melted mozzarella, and marinara sauce.
I recently began experimenting with our air fryer and wondered how you still get a golden crispy crust on chicken without frying it in oil. Then I realized: you need to mix the oil into the breadcrumbs first!
The chicken turned out so golden and crispy, while the inside is juicy and tender. The best part is it didn’t have to fry in oil at all!
Sure, there’s a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in the whole batch, but it’s not sitting in oil and overall absorbing a much smaller amount.
Can you use Pam nonstick spray in an air fryer?
Air fryer baskets can begin to peel if Pam is used on them so it is best not to.
To keep food from sticking use a non-aerosol spray bottle of olive oil, or you can rub coconut oil directly on the basket.
How do you fry in an air fryer?
There are two ways to get breaded goodies fried in the air fryer:
- You can spray the already breaded food with olive oil spray.
- Add olive oil to the breadcrumbs, microwave it quickly, and then coat your food with the moistened breadcrumbs.
How to make air fryer chicken Parmesan:
I prefer my chicken parmesan to be thin and tender like a pork tenderloin sandwich is. To get it thinner, I simply cut the chicken breast in half similar to how you would butterfly a chicken breast, but cut it completely through. Then I pound them out with a meat tenderizer/mallet.
I bought my Tyson chicken breasts in the freezer section at Sam’s Club so they are extra-large. I could only fit two in my air fryer tray at a time. I am sure if you buy regular-sized chicken breasts from the grocery store you can fit 3-4 chicken breasts at a time.
Next, you will mix the panko/breadcrumbs with olive oil and microwave it to moisten the coating. This also allows it to stick to your chicken really well and gives a nice golden crispy coating.
After coating your chicken with panko and seasonings it’s time to place it in the air fryer. I am still getting used to the idea that the air fryer requires no preheating. Spray the inside tray of the air fryer with olive oil or lightly coat the basket with coconut oil and place the chicken inside. Close the tray.
How long and what temperature do you cook chicken parmesan in the air fryer?
Set your temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and set the timer for 8 minutes. Once the timer goes off at 8 minutes, flip the chicken breasts, and cook for an additional 6-8 minutes depending on thickness. Be sure to spray the tray again between batches because it will stick.
On my air fryer, it shuts off once the timer turns off so it is no longer cooking. Kind of handy!
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