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What’s better than cooking chicken in your air fryer, I ask? That’s easy… Air Fryer Garlic Butter Chicken! A succulent, dreamy traybake that’s ready in less than half an hour, has just 5 ingredients but SO much flavour.

A bird's eye view of an air fryer tray with cooked chicken and broccoli inside for the recipe Garlic Butter Chicken.

This is SUCH an easy addition to my air fryer recipes.

That tender chicken is coated in so much flavour from a simple homemade garlic butter, just add some veggies and add your favourite easy side dish for a lip-smackingly good family dinner or healthy lunch.


Why you’ll love this Air Fryer Garlic Butter Chicken recipe

⭐️ So easy to make – throw it all in

⭐️ Ready in about 25 minutes

⭐️ Tastes so much more elaborate than it is!


How we came up with this recipe

Garlic butter chicken is always a real winner when it comes to flavour and texture, but I wanted to make it as easy as possible.

I realised that a traybake in the air fryer was perfect for this. No need for an oven. No need for a sauce on the hob. Just throw it all in, then make up your favourite quick sides, such as a salad, microwave rice packet or crusty bread. Heaven.


Air Fryer Garlic butter Chicken Ingredients Notes

The ingredients for Air Fryer Garlic Butter Chicken laid out on a counter top.
  • Chicken breast – Dice about 4 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
  • Butter – This works best with salted butter. If you only have unsalted, add a pinch of salt to the butter when mixing
  • Garlic – Add 4 cloves of fresh crushed garlic into the butter mix
  • Parsley – Fresh flat leaf, finely chopped. Again, for the butter
  • Veggies – My favourite for this is long stemmed broccoli, cut into thirds. Feel free to try another vegetable that you prefer

How to make Air Fryer Garlic Butter Chicken Traybake

Raw chunks of chicken in an air fryer with a dollop of homemade garlic butter on top for step 1 in the recipe for Air Fryer Garlic Butter Chicken.

1. Make up the garlic butter according to the recipe instructions below. Put all ingredients into your air fryer and cook as per the recipe below.

An air fryer filled with cooked chicken and raw broccoli to show step 2 in the recipe for Air Fryer Garlic Butter Chicken.

2. Add the broccoli and cook as per the recipe below. Shake vigorously halfway through cooking.


Substitutions

  • To make vegetarian – You can swap the chicken for a vegetarian/vegan protein option too, adjust your cook times as required
  • Chicken thighs – You can use boneless, skinless thighs instead of breast if you prefer, but bear in mind they will take a little longer to cook. Cut them small and adjust the cooking time to until they’re cooked through
  • Vegetables – Feel free to add any others of your choice

Leftovers

In the fridge You can keep this recipe in the fridge for 3 days. Reheat fully before serving or eat cold.

In the freezer This is fine to freeze. Wait until cooled then portion up and freeze. Defrost thoroughly before reheating.

Top tipS

My air fryer 

The one in these photos is a Russell Hobbs XXL one.

I’ve tested 3 air fryers now, and while I’m not saying that this one is THE BEST EVER, I’m really happy with it. It’s easy to fit in the dishwasher, not too expensive and has a basket large enough for 4 people.

Timing 

I cook this in my air fryer for 25 minutes in total, but the exact number of minutes it takes will depend on your machine, the size of your chicken chunks and whether you’re using breast or thigh meat.

Check it after 20 minutes and see if it needs any more time.

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FAQs

Can I cook this in the oven instead?

Yes, you can cook this in the oven instead at 200C for the same amount of time.⁠

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes! When it’s cool, pack it into fridge containers and store for up to 3 days. Reheat until piping hot throughout in the microwave (or eat cold).

You can also freeze this. Defrost it thoroughly first and then reheat.

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Air Fryer Garlic Butter Chicken Traybake

This delicious Air Fryer Garlic Butter Chicken gives a simple but succulent traybake in less than half an hour. It has just 5 ingredients but SO much flavour. A perfect light dinner or healthy lunch.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 75 g Salted butter
  • 4 Garlic cloves, Crushed
  • 2 tbsp Fresh flat leaf parsley, Finely chopped
  • 650 g Chicken breast, Diced | Approx x4
  • 400 g Long stemmed broccoli
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions 

  • Make up the garlic butter by mixing together butter, garlic, parsley and a pinch of sea salt.
  • Put the chicken into the air fryer and dollop the butter all over and cook on 200C for 15 mins.
  • Add the broccoli and cook for a further 10 minutes. Shake vigorously halfway through cooking.

Notes

To cook in the oven instead: You can cook this in the oven at 200C for the same amount of time
Serving suggestions: Microwave rice, flatbreads, wraps or pittas, salad or crusty bread
Vegetarian option: You can swap the chicken for a vegetarian/vegan protein too, but adjust your cook times as required
Chicken: You can use thighs instead of breast if you prefer, but bear in mind they will take a little longer to cook. Cut them small and adjust the cooking time to until they’re cooked through
Make ahead for prepped lunches: When cool, pack it into fridge containers and store for up to 3 days. Reheat until piping hot throughout in the microwave (or eat cold). You can also freeze. Defrost it thoroughly first and then reheat

Nutrition

Calories: 359kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 38gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 344mgPotassium: 945mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1.309IUVitamin C: 95mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Family Food
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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    So good 😊. Served with rice and my son declared it to be one of his favourite meals ever. Praise indeed!

  2. 5 stars
    First recipe I’ve done from your site.

    Made this today, made 2 portions so I could freeze half.

    Turned out lovely. Used canned mixed beans instead of vegetables and served it with rice.

    I’m paralysed down my right side following a Stroke so the air fryer is a essential part of my kitchen kit.

    Looking forward to trying more of your recipes. ❤️