Air Fryer Chicken For Tacos

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Air Fryer Chicken For Tacos. The perfect quick and easy recipe for taco chicken in your air fryer or air fryer oven. Make ahead for later, make chicken taco salad or save it for taco night. The possibilities are endless.

Air Fryer Chicken For Tacos air fryer oven recipe
Air Fryer Chicken For Tacos air fryer oven recipe

Air Fryer Chicken For Tacos

If you have been on my blog before, you will know I am a food hoarder. I have so much food in the house that I have a list of grocery items close to their use by date that I keep a record of so that no food goes to waste.

My food supplies are a mix of pantry staples and freezer food. In the freezer you will find meat that I have purchased on clearance and in the pantry, it is mainly deals that I have grabbed and kept for later.

Or in some cases when brands have sent me pantry staples to use in future recipes.

Today’s recipe for air fryer chicken for tacos uses chicken from the freezer that I have thawed as well as a taco dinner set that I had in the pantry.

Add to this items in the pantry that make up a taco food bar and we have a cheap family dinner.

Also, we live in the countryside and its nice to have a freezer and pantry full of food without having to take a trip to the supermarket all the time.

When we were making our Air Fryer Cheese Tacos that we cooked in the air fryer oven, I was looking through my pantry and thought how great it was to use similar ingredients for some quick chicken for my tacos.

If you can’t decide what to cook for a quick midweek dinner, then why not try out some air fryer chicken that is seasoned with taco seasoning and perfect for Taco Tuesday?  

Air Fryer Chicken Tacos

Chicken Tacos in the air fryer is so easy. Its one of those simple air fryer recipes that us Milner’s love to make because it is so hands free.

Its not only an easy recipe for us long term air fryer users, but also perfect for air fryer beginners that want something easy while they get used to using the air fryer.

The process starts by marinating your chicken ready for making chicken tacos. I always say a minimum of 2 hours to marinade and that overnight is best.

Air Fryer Chicken For Tacos marinating

Or even better, prep your air fryer chicken for tacos ahead of time and freeze them into zip loc bags. That way you can grab one from the freezer whenever you like and the flavour tastes so much better.

Though for busy weeknights I prefer to meal prep the night before and then I know the next day, all I do is break the bag open and throw the chicken into the air fryer.

Once I have marinated the chicken for air fryer chicken tacos, I can add the chicken to the air fryer and cook it on a medium heat. Then once the taco chicken is cooked, slice and dice it ready for my chicken tacos.

Because the air fryer is like using a grill you can have that delicious just grilled taste to your chicken, and it tastes even better.

Air Fryer Chicken Tacos Bar

Who like me loves a food bar? I have them all the time because it’s a great way to use up leftovers and for you all to sit at the table and choose how you want to eat your food.

But food bars are not just for Instant Pot Baked Potatoes but they also work very well with chicken tacos.

Here is my air fryer chicken tacos bar:

Air Fryer Chicken For Tacos taco bar

My chicken taco bar includes:

You can do the same and mix and match with your favourite air fryer taco ingredients.

My #1 Air Fryer Oven Tip

Air Fryer Chicken For Tacos step by step

The best thing that comes with the air fryer oven is the drip pan tray. Its like the depth of a sheet pan and unlike other sheet pans, perfectly fits onto any of the shelves in your air fryer oven.

It is meant for using to catch the drips as you cook, but you can easily use an alternative drip tray and use the official drip tray as a sheet pan tray.

Which is PERFECT for cooking air fryer chicken for tacos in.

We have used this method for a few of our air fryer oven recipes now such as our air fryer oven lamb chops and it has been an amazing way of cooking.

Tips For Perfect Air Fryer Chicken Tacos

  • Season Overnight. I recommend marinating your chicken for tacos overnight for the best results.
  • Medium Heat. Large chicken breasts cook better on a medium heat and it stops the chicken from drying out and makes sure the chicken is fully cooked.
  • Add Extra Seasoning. Just before I place my chicken in the air fryer, I will sprinkle a little extra dried taco seasoning on the top. It also helps with a crispy taco flavour on your chicken.
Air Fryer Chicken For Tacos

Air Fryer Chicken For Tacos

Air Fryer Chicken For Tacos. The perfect quick and easy recipe for taco chicken in your air fryer or air fryer oven. Make ahead for later, make chicken taco salad or save it for taco night. The possibilities are endless.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time27 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 382kcal


Air Fryer Chicken For Tacos:

Taco Food Bar:


  • Place in a zip loc bag your chicken breasts, olive oil and taco seasoning. Shake well until it is well mixed. Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours to marinate.
  • Remove the chicken from the bag, place it onto your baking dish and add a little taco seasoning on top. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Place the chicken breasts onto the medium shelf of your air fryer oven and cook for 25 minutes at 180c/360f.
  • Slice the chicken and serve with a taco bar or inside your favourite tacos.


You can cook the chicken without the olive oil, but it will be drier compared to just adding a little olive oil between your chicken breasts.
Our chicken breasts were large. If using smaller chicken breasts or butterflied chicken, you can reduce the time by 4 minutes.
We used the drip pan tray that comes with our air fryer oven, you can also use the air fryer grill pan in a classic air fryer.
This air fryer chicken for tacos recipe can also be used with a taco dinner kit such as Olde El Paso.
Because the taco bar ingredients are an optional extra, we have not included them in the nutritional info.


Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 688mg | Potassium: 536mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 734IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 351mg | Iron: 1mg
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