Air Fryer Chicken with Maple BBQ Rub

Air Fryer Chicken with Maple BBQ Rub is a wonderful addition to your meal.  It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, and pretty healthy too so you can feel good about serving it up to the family!

Air Fryer Chicken with Maple BBQ Rub

This maple barbecue chicken is a delicious star for your plate. Made with whole foods this recipe is pretty simple and healthy so you can feel good about dinner. Serve this tasty dish up with simple side dishes like Easy Mango Avocado Salad or Smoky Lime Grilled Corn-On-The-Cob and it’s sure to be a great meal no matter what time of the year it is!

Air Fryer BBQ Chicken

Making BBQ chicken usually paints imagery of a warm summer’s day and a heated outdoor grill, but with the air fryer, you can enjoy BBQ chicken in the air fryer no matter the weather or season! this is perfect for a faster dinner option or one you can conveniently make throughout the week. Never miss the sunshine again with this maple chicken breast recipe on hand.

Air Fryer Chicken with Maple BBQ Rub Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Skinless and boneless chicken breasts

For the Maple BBQ Rub, you will need:

  • Pure maple syrup 
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Montreal chicken spice 
  • Dried onion flakes
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Dried thyme 
  • Fresh parsley

For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken with Maple BBQ Rub

Mix together the maple bbq seasoning rub in a small bowl.

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Use a basting brush or clean hands to rub the mixture over the chicken breast on all sides.

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Air fry for 8-9 minutes at 400 degrees F or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Thicker chicken breasts may need an extra minute or two.

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Once cooked, baste the chicken lightly with a touch of maple syrup and then sprinkle with additional chopped fresh parsley and serve.

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Enjoy with your favorite side dishes.

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FAQs

How long to air fry chicken breasts?

At 350 degrees F, you will cook your chicken slower at about 30 minutes, but for the faster cooking time, we do 400 degrees F for about 10 minutes. The end results speak for themselves with a crisp outer layer sealing in a juicy chicken. The actual amount of time needed to cook your chicken breast will vary depending on the size of the breast as they can vary greatly in size. For this recipe, we use about 4-6 ounce sized breasts.

Do you preheat air fryer for chicken?

You should always give your air fryer a quick 3 minute preheat before cooking any foods to make sure that they cook properly. To do this either select the preheat button on your air fryer or set the temp to whatever you plan on using and set the timer for 3 minutes before adding in your meal.

What is the temperature for chicken?

You will know that your chicken has finished properly cooking when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. This is the reading that you should receive from the center of the largest part of the breast.

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If you loved this air fryer bbq chicken breast recipe then you may also enjoy these other great air fryer recipes!

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Air Fryer Chicken with Maple BBQ Rub

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 5-oz chicken breasts, skinless and boneless 

Maple BBQ Rub: 

  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup 
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Montreal chicken spice 
  • 1/4 tsp dried onion flakes
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme 
  • ½ tsp finely chopped fresh parsley + ½ tsp to garnish

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl mix together the maple bbq rub ingredients and using a basting brush or clean hands, rub the sauce over the chicken breast on all sides. 
  2. Air fry at 400F for 8 to 9 minutes, until the internal temperature of the chicken breast is 165F (you may need a minute or two more for thicker chicken breasts).
  3. Once cooked, baste the chicken breast lightly with a touch of maple syrup and sprinkle with additional chopped fresh parsley and serve. 
  4. Enjoy with your favourite sides.

Air Fryer Chicken with Maple BBQ Rub

Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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