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Air Fryer Cajun Marinated Chicken Recipe (Super Easy)

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This Air Fryer Cajun Marinated Chicken recipe is easy to make and super tasty. Great for weeknight dinner alongside your favourite fried chicken sides.

Looking for a quick and simple weeknight dinner idea? Say HELLO to our delicious Air Fryer Cajun Marinated Chicken Breast recipe. With only three ingredients, this recipe is not only easy to make, but it packs incredible flavour and results in juicy and tender chicken every time!

You can serve this yummy Cajun chicken with your favourite side dishes, for a simple home cooked dinner.

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Just three ingredients! – we only use three ingredients in this simple dish, because weeknights are hectic and cooking needs to be easy!

Simple to prep – all you have to do is marinate the chicken breasts, you can do this in the morning and leave them in the fridge (for extra tastiness) ready to cook at dinner time that day or just do them before you cook.

Goes with loads of sides dishes – just add any of your favourite side dishes to the table here. Cheesy mashed potatoes, green beans, broccoli salad, chunky wedges, fries, coleslaw, fresh vegetables or salad. Anything you like to eat!

Marinated Cajun Chicken Sliced up and placed onto a sheet on top of a chopping board, next to a bowl of roast potatoes and a coleslaw salad, with a white wooden tile backround

Air Fryer Cajun Marinated Chicken Recipe

Serves – 4

Prep Time – 2 minutes 

Cook Time – around 20 minutes (depending on how thick the chicken breasts are)

Total Time – around 25 minutes

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Equipment Needed

  • Air fryer – we use a  Ninja Foodi Max Dual Zone Air Fryer – the 9.5 litre two drawer cooking space is BRILLIANT when you’re cooking for a family. And it makes cooking meat, chicken or fish and potatoes at the same time super easy!
  • Tongs – just makes it easier to lift the chicken from the air fryer basket. I’d definitely recommend you get yourself a set of silicone tongs if you do lots of air frying. They just make it so much easier to remove or flip food. Plus they don’t scratch the air fryer non-stick coating.
  • Food thermometer – I totally recommend getting yourself a food thermometer, especially for air frying, it really gives me peace of mind when cooking. I like to know that food is cooked to the right temperature.
  • Shallow bowl
  • Teaspoon

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Ingredients For Cajun Marinated Chicken 

You’ll only need three ingredients to make this juicy air fryer chicken recipe!

Raw chicken in a bowl, next to a chopping board with a bowl of cajun seasoning with a little spoon in and another white bowl of egg
  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Olive oil
  • Cajun seasoning – just pick up the seasoning mixes from the supermarket. They’re usually full of tasty things like paprika, garlic powder, thyme, oregano, onion powder and cayenne pepper. Buying the mixes just saves you money on having to buy all the separate spices and herbs. It’s the easiest way to pack in the flavor.

For protein, calories and full nutritional information see recipe card below

How To Make Cajun Marinated Chicken In The Air Fryer – Step By Step Instructions

It super easy to make this juicy air fried chicken recipe!

Step One – marinate the chicken breasts

  • Add the chicken breasts to a bowl, pour over the tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle over the Cajun seasoning. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper here too if you’re using it.

Cooks Note – you can marinate the chicken in the morning and leave in the fridge covered tightly with foil or cling film until you cook later that day.

Step Two – cook the Cajun marinated chicken breasts

  • Place the chicken into the air fryer basket (in a single layer – no overlapping here)
  • Air fry at 200C for around 20 minutes (just note that the cooking time will be less/longer depending on the size and thickness of the chicken breasts)
  • Once cooked through properly – remove the chicken breasts from the air fryer basket using silicone tongs.

Cooks Note! It is best to use a food thermometer to check that the internal cooked temperature of the chicken at the thickest parts is a minimum of 75C. If it’s not – continue to cook until the chicken is cooked through properly.

Marinated Cajun Chicken Sliced up and placed onto a sheet on top of a chopping board, next to a bowl of roast potatoes and a coleslaw salad, with a white wooden tile backround

Step Three – serve the Cajun marinated chicken

  • If you’re serving the chicken breasts whole, just dish up along with your chosen side dishes. If you’re serving the chicken sliced, leave it to rest on a board for 3-4 minutes before slicing. That way it’ll be much more juicy.

What To Serve With Air Fryer Cajun Chicken 

We’ve popped 10 Cajun chicken side dishes below for you to enjoy!

  1. Corn On The Cob: Grab our air fryer corn on the cob recipe here, it goes great with Cajun chicken!
  2. Sweet Potato Wedges: Cut sweet potatoes into wedges, toss them with Cajun seasoning and olive oil, and bake until crispy. Get our air fryer sweet potato wedges recipe here.
  3. Hush Puppies: These deep-fried cornmeal fritters are a classic Southern side dish that pairs perfectly with Cajun chicken.There’s a great recipe here for Hush Puppies.
  4. Ranch Coleslaw: A big bowl of creamy ranch coleslaw is the perfect fried chicken side dish. Grab our ranch coleslaw recipe here.
  5. Black-Eyed Pea Salad: Combine cooked black-eyed peas, diced bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and a tangy vinaigrette dressing. Get a tasty black-eyed pea salad recipe here.
  6. Dirty Rice: A big panful of Cajun style rice, really turns a regular dinner, into a FEAST! Grab our Cajun dirty rice recipe here.
  7. Cheesy Grits: Cook grits until creamy, stir in shredded cheddar cheese and Cajun seasoning for a delicious side dish. Get the cheesy grits recipe here.
  8. Mini Jacket Potatoes: A tray of these baby baked potatoes loaded with soured cream and bacon bits, never fails to please everyone!
  9. Cheesy Mash: When it comes to comfort food, fried chicken and cheesy mashed potatoes are a match made in heaven!
  10. Cucumber And Tomato Salad: If you want to lighten up the meal, opt for a bowl of freshly made salad. Get our Tomato and Cucumber salad recipe here.

Recipe Variations And Tips For Cajun Marinated Chicken 

Switch the seasoning – don’t fancy Cajun spice, try your favourite curry paste, peri peri seasoning or simple some good Italian seasoning with herbs and spices.

Use halloumi – catering for vegetarians? Try marinating chunky halloumi slices and air frying for 7-8 minutes.

Use a different cut of chicken – use the seasoning and make air fryer cajun chicken thighs, air fryer cajun chicken drumsticks or even air fryer cajun chicken wings. Just adjust the cooking time as necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make chicken not chewy and tender?

Okay, so the key to great chicken, is not overcooking. So when the recommended cooking time is nearly up, be ready to check if the chicken is cooked through and if it is, remove from the air fryer straight away.

Then, always be sure to rest chicken for 3 – 4 minutes before cutting or serving, this time allows the juices to go back into the meat and make it juicy, tender and delicious.

How long does raw chicken go in the air fryer?

Whole chicken breasts from raw take around 20-30 minutes. Just keep checking them after 20 minutes and use a good digital meat thermometer to see when they’re cooked.

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Do you preheat air fryer for chicken?

We don’t ever preheat the air fryer, we just pop the chicken in and cook. The air fryer cooking space is tiny in comparison to a regular oven, so it heats up and starts cooking within a minute or two.

Can you air fry chicken without cooking spray?

If there’s oil in the marinade then you shouldn’t really need any extra as the air fryer is non-stick. But if you think it needs it, sure spritz some into the basket before you cook.

Can I put marinated chicken in air fryer?

You can put raw chicken and raw marinated chicken in the air fryer to cook. Just air fry on 200C and check with a food thermometer that it’s cooked through properly before eating.

Love your leftovers

Leftover air fryer cajun marinated chicken can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. And used the next day in salad, wraps or sandwiches.

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Marinated Cajun Chicken Sliced up and placed onto a sheet on top of a chopping board, next to a bowl of roast potatoes and a coleslaw salad, with a white wooden tile backround

Air Fryer Cajun Marinated Chicken Recipe (Super Easy)

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Just three ingredients are needed to cook up this delicoius Air Fryer Cajun Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 tsp Cajun seasoning

Instructions

  1. jaAdd he chicken breasts to a bowl, pour over the olive oil and sprinkle over the Cajun seasoning. Add a pinch of salt here too if you’re using it. (see cooks note below) Raw chicken with cajun marinate on in a bowl with a silver fork in next to a chopping board and a bowl of cajun seasoning with a white wooden tile backround cRaw chicken with cajun marinate on in a bowl with a silver fork in next to a chopping board with a white wooden tile backround
  2. Place the chicken into the air fryer basket (in a single layer – no overlapping here)
  3. Air fry at 200C for around 20 minutes (just note that the cooking time will be less/longer depending on the size and thickness of the chicken breasts)Cajun Marinated Chicken in an airfryer
  4. Once cooked through properly – remove the chicken breasts from the air fryer basket using silicone tongs. (see cooks note below about cooked chicken)Cajun Marinated Chicken in an airfryer
  5. If you’re serving the chicken breasts whole, just dish up along with your chosen side dishes. If you’re serving the chicken sliced, leave it to rest on a board for 3-4 minutes before slicing. That way it’ll be much more juicy.

Notes

Cooks Note – you can marinate the chicken in the morning and leave in the fridge covered tightly with foil or cling film until you cook later that day.

Cooks Note! It is best to use a food thermometer to check that the internal cooked temperature of the chicken at the thickest parts is a minimum of 75C. If it’s not – continue to cook until the chicken is cooked through properly.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 233Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 1706mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 37g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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