Are you looking for an interesting air fryer recipe? Do you need quick mid-week meals with little prep and clean up? And do you want inspiration for delicious dinners for all the family? You are in the right place! I recently came up with a recipe for honey balsamic chicken breast cooked in the air fryer, and it’s so good I had to share it with you!
Weeknights are the time for easy, minimal-effort cooking. There are too many other things going on to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, especially when it comes to the washing up! That is why my honey balsamic chicken breast recipe is ideal for a mid-week dinner as there is no clean up after your preparation. Yes – you read that correctly! You will have nothing to wash up after you’ve prepped the ingredients.
Plus, if you’re looking for new creative meals to make in your air fryer, try my air fryer honey balsamic chicken recipe tonight – the meat is moist and succulent, with a sweet glaze which caramelizes in the heat. If your air fryer is sitting there, gathering dust, then this recipe is for you. Read on to find out how to make my honey balsamic chicken recipe!
What ingredients will I need for this honey balsamic chicken recipe?
My recipe for honey balsamic glaze only needs a few ingredients, all of which are in your store cupboard, so no need to rush out to the supermarket. It’s the perfect weeknight dinner!
You will need:
- Balsamic vinegar
- Olive oil
- Dried rosemary
- Salt and pepper
- And, of course, chicken breasts
This is the dinner you can plan and prepare in just five minutes. If you’re stuck for inspiration for a quick and delicious dinner which everyone will enjoy, then look no further than your kitchen cupboards. There you will find all the ingredients for this honey balsamic glaze.
How do I make honey balsamic chicken breast in the air fryer?
One of my favorite kitchen gadgets is my air fryer – it is incredibly useful for quick cooking, and everything turns out perfectly. Fries are crisp, brownies are soft and gooey, and chicken emerges tender and caramelized.
I find that since I bought my air fryer, I use my oven less, especially as it takes time to preheat AND cook, when I can put food on the table in a fraction of the time with an air fryer.
So, if you’ve been struggling to find inspiration for air fryer dinner ideas, then my honey balsamic chicken breast recipe is perfect for you. It’s quick and incredibly easy, not to mention delicious and moist – just the meal for you to get back into the swing of air frying.
So, how do you make my honey balsamic chicken breast in the air fryer? What makes this recipe so great for a weeknight with NO prep clean up?
You marinate the chicken in a plastic zip-lock bag.
Here’s what you do:
- Pour the balsamic vinegar, honey, olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper into a zip-lock bag and add the chicken breasts.
- Tightly seal the bag and massage the marinade around the chicken, then place it in the fridge for a couple of hours to absorb the flavors.
- Line your air fryer basket with baking paper, place the chicken on top and spritz with cooking spray. Put it in the air fryer, set the timer and cook for 10 minutes. Turn the chicken and cook for another 10 minutes. All done!
The longest wait time is the marinating, which you can prepare at any time during the day and then forget about until 20 minutes before eating.
As the chicken cooks, you can prepare the sides – a quick green salad, rice, or mashed potatoes. Besides the air fryer basket, this will be your ONLY washing up after cooking.
Honey Balsamic Chicken Tip #1: If you’re feeling adventurous, you can pour the leftover marinade into a saucepan and bring it to the boil to serve as a sticky sauce with your chicken.
Honey Balsamic Chicken Tip #2: Remember to place your chicken in a single layer in the air fryer basket so that the heat can circulate around the meat, therefore cooking it quickly.
Can I prepare it in advance?
Marinating: The marinade needs at least 2 hours to soak the chicken, so if you have time earlier in the day, or the day before, the chicken can sit in the zip-lock bag of marinade for 24 hours in the fridge.
Cooking: If you would like to cook the chicken in advance then this recipe will be delicious as a cold picnic lunch with bread and salad, however, for a hot dinner it is best to eat it straight from the air fryer while it’s juicy and caramelized.
Now there is no need to wrack your brains for a quick, easy and delicious dinner – my honey balsamic chicken breast recipe is not only quick and effortless to make, succulent and sweet, but an opportunity for you to brush off your air fryer again!
Air Fryer Honey Balsamic Chicken Breast
Delicious and tender chicken marinated in honey balsamic glaze and cooked in the air fryer for a quick and effortless mid-week dinner!
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup honey
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp dried rosemary leaves
1 tsp salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound / 454 g each), halved
In a large resealable bag, combine the vinegar, honey, olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken pieces, seal the bag, and refrigerate to marinate for at least 2 hours.
Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place it on the parchment. Spritz with a little bit of cooking spray.
Bake at 325ºF (163ºC) for 10 minutes. Flip the chicken, spritz it with cooking spray, and bake for 10 minutes more until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF (74ºC) and the chicken is no longer pink inside. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.