Healthy Air Fryer Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Arugula Salad

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Everybody needs a quick dinner recipe that’s easy to throw together at the last minute. My Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken is just that!

This recipe is also healthy and if you cook it in the air fryer it’s not only tender but a no-guilt delicious dinner. I paired it with my favorite healthy arugula salad for the best quick, easy, and healthy dinner perfect for any time!

Healthy Air Fryer Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken and Arugula Salad 3

Air Fryer Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken

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Indulge in a guilt-free, flavorful dinner with this Healthy Air Fryer Parmesan Chicken paired with a zesty Arugula Salad!

There’s something undeniably satisfying about the crispy exterior and tender interior of a perfectly cooked chicken breast, especially when it’s coated in a savory Parmesan breadcrumb crust.

But what if I told you that you could achieve that same crispy goodness without deep frying?

Enter the air fryer – a kitchen appliance revolutionizing the way we cook, allowing us to enjoy our favorite fried foods with a fraction of the oil and calories.

The Ninja Two Drawer Air Fryer

Most of you are likely familiar with an air fryer. I have had mine for years.

But I will admit I rarely used my air fryer to cook an entree. I have always used it for appetizers, veggies, and snacks.

And that is crazy because fried chicken in the air fryer is so good!

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This Healthy Air Fryer Parmesan Chicken recipe is not only easy to make but also packs a punch of flavor without compromising on health.

By using gluten-free breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and lean chicken breasts, we’re loading up on protein and fiber while cutting down on refined carbs. Plus, the air fryer ensures that each bite is perfectly crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, without the need for excessive oil.

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How to Make Air Fryer Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Air Fryer Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken

This recipe is very simple.

Just mix up the dry ingredients, dip the chicken in the egg, and coat with the breadcrumb mixture. Place in the air fryer and cook. 10 – 12 minutes. That’s it!

Yield: 4 chicken breasts

Healthy Air Fryer Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Air Fryer Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup gluten-free or whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Cooking spray


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a shallow dish, mix breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Dip each chicken breast into the beaten eggs, then coat evenly with the breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently to adhere.
  4. Lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray. Place the coated chicken breasts in the basket in a single layer, making sure they are not touching.
  5. Air fry the chicken at 375°F (190°C) for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through, with an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).

What to Serve With Chicken Parmesan

Arugula, tomatoes and shaved parmesan salad

I made my favorite and vibrant Arugula Salad to accompany this dish. Peppery arugula, sweet cherry tomatoes, and delicate shaved Parmesan cheese come together with a simple yet flavorful dressing of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

It’s the perfect complement to the richness of the Parmesan chicken, providing a refreshing contrast that’ll leave your taste buds singing.

Of course, you can also add avocado, nuts, chopped green onions, and assorted vegetables if desired.

Yield: 4 servings

Arugula Salad with Tomatoes, Shaved Parmesan and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Arugula, tomatoes and shaved parmesan salad

This healthy arugula salad is delicious. I often add avocados, nuts, and more for a nice variation.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 4 cups fresh arugula
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, combine arugula, cherry tomatoes, and shaved Parmesan cheese.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dijon, salt, and pepper to make the dressing.
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss until evenly coated.

Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner or a healthier alternative to traditional fried chicken, this dinner has got you covered.

So fire up that air fryer, toss together a simple salad, and get ready to enjoy a delicious meal that’ll have you coming back for seconds – guilt-free!

Enjoy your healthy air fryer Parmesan chicken with a refreshing arugula salad!

Bon appétit!

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  1. How long does it take to air fry one chicken breast? It’s just my husband and me and I don’t have an air fryer. Thanks for the info.

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