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Air Fryer Chicken Sandwich

Craving a tasty chicken sandwich but maybe one that's a little healthier, doesn't require any deep frying and one without the need to make a trip through a drive-thru? This one is quick to make at home in the air fryer and can easily be gluten and dairy-free!
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 387kcal


  • 1 large chicken breast 10-12 oz
  • 1/2 cup pickle juice from jarred pickles
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk dairy free if desired
  • 1 oz panko breadcrumbs gluten free if desired
  • 1 oz potato chips
  • 1 teaspoon homemade cajun seasoning


  • Cut chicken breast in half and use meat mallet to pound down to an even thickness of about 1/2 - 3/4 inch
  • Place chicken in pickle juice and place in fridge for at least 60 minutes to marinate
  • Whisk together egg and milk in one bowl and set aside
  • Crush chips, breadcrumbs and seasoning in a food processor until you have fine crumbs, set aside in second shallow bowl
  • Remove chicken from brine and coat in egg mixture then breadcrumb mixture ensuring chicken is completely coated
  • Spray chicken well with cooking spray and place in air fryer basket
  • Cook at 380 degrees for 8 minutes, flip and continue cooking until internal temp of chicken is 165 degrees F (about 8 more minutes)
  • Serve on buns topped with pickles and mayo or as desired


  • nutrition is calculated for the chicken patty only. Any buns or toppings will impact the nutritional values.
  • while it's not possible to completely replicate the texture of deep fried in the air fryer, this is a great alternative. If you lose some breading while flipping feel free to press a little more into the chicken before finishing the cooking time
  • you can use regular milk and panko breadcrumbs or dairy-free and/or gluten-free options if desired.


Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 192mg | Sodium: 1295mg | Potassium: 963mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 687IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg