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Two pieces of air fryer chicken parmesan on a plate garnished with fresh basil, parmesan cheese, and red pepper flakes.
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Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

Quick and easy Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan - "fried" in the air fryer for a crispy on the outside, juicy in the middle breaded chicken breast and then covered with marinara sauce and melted cheese. Ready in just 20 minutes with only 8 ingredients, it makes a healthy version perfect for the whole family! Gluten free and low carb.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan, Gluten Free Chicken Parmesan, Healthy Chicken Parmesan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 397kcal
Author Kelly


  • 4 medium pieces chicken breasts (about 4 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (I like to use fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • 1/4 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (2 ounce)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • for serving: freshly chopped basil, red pepper flakes, parmesan cheese...


  • Using a meat tenderizer, pound chicken into 1/2-1 inch thick pieces. I place the chicken on a large piece of parchment paper and folded it over to cover the chicken before poouding to help reduce the mess (see video).
  • In a medium shallow bowl or plate whisk together the almond flour, parmesan cheese, tapioca flour, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper. In another small bowl, whisk the egg. Set up an assembly line with chicken, whisked egg, and flour mixture.
  • Bread the chicken by dipping it in the egg wash, making sure it is fully coated. Roll in the flour mixture, fully coating and shaking off any excess. Place on a plate and repeat with other piece of chicken.
  • Spray the bottom of your air fryer basket with a little oil. Place chicken in your air fryer basket, evenly spreading out and leaving room in between pieces so the air can easily flow through. Spray with a little more oil. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you will probably have to cook the chicken in two batches to make sure they are not overcrowded.* Close drawer, set air fryer on manual at 375°F for 10 minutes.
  • Open the drawer and top the chicken with marinana sauce and then shredded cheese, dividing them evenly between chicken breasts. Cook for another 5 minutes. Top with some fresh basil and serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!


*You will probably have to cook your chicken in two batches depending on how big your air fryer is. I can fit all 4 pieces in mine if I carefully squeeze them in.
If you are only making 2 pieces of chicken, simply cut the recipe in half.


Serving: 1chicken breast | Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.4g | Protein: 46.1g | Fat: 18.4g | Saturated Fat: 5.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7.4g | Potassium: 408.6mg | Fiber: 2.3g | Sugar: 2.7g | Vitamin A: 273.6IU | Calcium: 254mg | Iron: 2.3mg