Shake n Bake Chicken cooks up quick and easy in the air fryer, for a crispy and delish entree!

Shake ‘n Bake is a one-stop seasoning and breading mixture that makes chicken taste extra delicious! And cooking it in the air fryer makes this a winning combination. Homemade fried chicken is lunch, dinner, or picnic-ready in no time at all. There’s no need to deep fry when the air fryer is so easy to use. And Shake n’ Bake saves time, money, and makes cleanup a breeze! Why not try making it for dinner tonight?

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Air Fryer Shake ‘n Bake Chicken

  • Shake ‘n Bake makes preparing chicken quick and easy with an instant, savory breading already in a bag, ready for shaking. And the air fryer cooks everything with less fat which means fewer calories.
  • Shake ‘n Bake has been around for generations and comes in a variety of flavors for making everything from chicken to pork, and fish to veggies taste delicious! It’s a savory seasoned breadcrumb coating that comes with its own bag for ‘shaking’ the coating onto meat before baking!
  • This crowd-pleasing recipe gets crispy fried chicken on the picnic or potluck table in no time! Make in batches and keep them warm in the oven until ready to serve.
  • Slice Shake ‘n Bake chicken and serve it with some Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes, or slice and top a Kale Salad.  Use leftovers to make a tasty Ranch Chicken Salad. Nothing goes better with fried chicken than classic salads like this Chickpea Pasta Salad, Pea Salad, or a tangy Lemon Vinaigrette Potato Salad.

ingredients to make Air Fryer Shake N Bake Chicken

Ingredients and Variations

CHICKEN – Boneless chicken breasts are the chicken of choice for this recipe, however, drumsticks, thighs, or tenders will also work. How long to cook will depends on the size of the pieces, so refer to the air fryer guide for exact temps and times. Choose pieces of similar size so they cook at the same rate.

SEASONING – Shake ‘n Bake is ready to use, but for an extra kick, add some taco or chile seasoning or even some red chile powder. Adding a little grated parmesan cheese will make the outside even crispier!

Air Fryer Shake N Bake Chicken before baking

How to Make Shake n Bake Chicken in the Air Fryer

The air fryer takes shake and bake chicken to a whole new level of deliciousness, and it’s so quick and easy to do:

  1. Moisten chicken and then shake each piece separately in the bag of seasoned breadcrumbs.
  2. Lay the pieces in the prepared air fryer and spray with oil or add a pat of butter.
  3. Cook chicken, (as per recipe instructions below), until chicken reaches 165°F. Let chicken rest before serving or slicing.

PRO TIP: A meat thermometer is indispensable for chicken recipes to prevent under or over-cooking. Always test for doneness by inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat, away from any bones.

Air Fryer Shake N Bake Chicken before cooking

Air Fried Chicken Tips & Tricks

  • Always preheat the air fryer before adding food to the basket or tray. The initial blast of hot air crisps the outside of the food while keeping the inside moist and tender.
  • For an extra juicy Shake ‘n Bake chicken, use mayonnaise, buttermilk, or a beaten egg to moisten the chicken breasts before the breading stage.
  • Keep the skin on for this recipe so the breading can adhere properly and chicken stays extra juicy and flavorful.

sliced Air Fryer Shake N Bake Chicken breast

How to Store

Keep leftover Shake ‘n Bake chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days until ready to use again. Serve cold over a salad or reheat in the air fryer. It’s also possible to reheat chicken in a skillet on the stove, or chop and add to a stir fry, omelet, or wrap. For best results, portions can be frozen in zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside for up to 10 weeks.

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Air Fryer Shake n Bake Chicken Breasts

This quick, easy and delicious Air Fryer Shake N Bake Chicken recipe comes out tender and juicy!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rest 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Candace



  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Rinse and moisten chicken breasts with water.
  • Add Shake N Bake to a bag and shake the chicken breasts, one at a time, to coat. Place chicken breasts on a plate as they are coated. Discard remaining coating.
  • Line air fryer basket with parchment paper. Space out coated chicken breasts in the basket. Spray each top gently with olive oil or add a small pat of butter (about ½-1 teaspoon).
  • Lower air fryer temperature to 380°F and cook chicken for 10 minutes.
  • Flip chicken, spray gently with olive oil (or add a small pat of butter), and cook for 5-9 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Remove each piece as it is cooked through. Do not overcook.
  • Allow chicken to rest for 5 minutes before serving or slicing.


  • Cook times may vary due to size of the chicken breast and also the type of air fryer.
  • It is a good idea to use a thermometer to ensure chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • An 8 ounce chicken breasts cooked in 19 minutes.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 239 | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 391mg | Potassium: 249mg | Vitamin A: 94IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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  1. 5 stars
    I didn’t think there was an easier way to make shake and bake chicken but now there is. Use the air fryer. Wow so easy and juicy.