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5 Ingredient Crispy Cheesy Air Fryer Chicken Dinner Recipe

Made with only 5 ingredients, this crispy cheesy chicken is made in an air fryer and is super juicy and tender on the inside, and crispy on the outside (like any good crispy chicken should be!) You’re going to love how easy and delicious this crispy cheesy air fryer chicken is, and will be using your air fryer to make this recipe on repeat!
4.5 from 16 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 4 chicken breasts


  • 4 thin chicken breasts or two chicken breasts cut/pounded to be thin
  • 1 cup milk
  • [1/2 cup panko bread crumbs]
  • 3/4-1 cup shaved Parmesan-Asiago cheese blend can use any type of hard shaved or shredded cheese like Parmesan, Asiago, Romano
  • salt + pepper to taste


  • Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees. Spray the cooking basket lightly with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl place the milk and chicken breasts. Sprinkle in a generous pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper. Allow to marinate in the milk for 10 minutes.
  • In a shallow bowl combine panko bread crumbs and shaved cheese.
  • Dredge chicken breasts through panko and cheese mixture (press the mixture on top of the chicken generously) and place in the air fryer basket. Make sure that the basket is not overcrowded. I fit 2 chicken breasts in the basket, so I did this in two batches. Spray the top of the chicken lightly with cooking spray (this 'locks on' the cheesy bread crumb topping).
  • Cook for 8 minutes, flipping the chicken breasts halfway through.
  • Remove from the air fryer, repeat the process with any remaining chicken breasts. If you want to warm everything, you can add the already cooked chicken breasts into the basket and cook them for 1 minute to warm them! Enjoy


Serving: 1g | Calories: 570kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 1133mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g