Ditch the greasy spoon! These Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Sandwiches are your new go-to for a quick and satisfying lunch or weeknight dinner.

Air frying offers an alternative to traditional methods, delivering crispy, flavorful chicken in a fraction of the time. Get ready to say goodbye to greasy takeout and hello to delicious, homemade comfort food in minutes.

Using the air fryer keeps the chicken nice and juicy on the inside, and keeps the breading crisp on the outside.

Love at First Bite: Reasons to Crave Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Sandwiches:

  1. Flavorful fusion: Savor the perfect balance of juicy, tender chicken and a delicious kick of spice, creating an exciting flavor explosion in every bite.
  2. Healthier indulgence: Air frying offers a guilt-free alternative to traditional frying, allowing you to enjoy the crispy texture you love without the added fat.
  3. Quick and convenient: These sandwiches come together in a flash, making them ideal for busy weeknights or when you’re short on time. No need for lengthy preheating or messy frying procedures.
  4. Endless customization: Adjust the level of spice to suit your preference and explore different toppings and sauces to personalize your sandwich experience.
  5. Clean and easy cleanup: Air frying minimizes oil splatter and mess, making cleanup a breeze compared to traditional frying methods.
  6. Satisfying comfort food: Enjoy the classic taste of a juicy chicken sandwich with a modern twist, offering a satisfying and flavorful meal that’s sure to please.

The night we made these Chicken Sandwiches, I wasn’t completely sure if they would be too spicy for him.

I love spicy food so I usually make it very spicy.

But with these I knew if I left out the mayo on his, he’d be fine.

He did decide to eat his with only plain mayo.

The spice in the chicken is mild, but can be modified to either be left out if you don’t want any spice in the chicken.

Or simply by adjusting the amount of cayenne pepper you put in the outside seasoning.

These make a great fast and easy lunch or the perfect weeknight dinner on those nights you need to whip up something fast.

And they are so good.

They are so good that we made them like 5 times in two weeks.

Yeah. That good.

You can pile on the veggies which does help cut down on the spice or simply leave them off.

You can add cheese… or not.

For more spice, these are amazing with Pepper Jack Cheese.

But any cheese is perfectly fine except your milder cheeses because you probably won’t taste them. ha!

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Notes for Making Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Sandwiches

You can have these on the table in under 20 minutes!

A few notes to remember:

  • Don’t crowd the chicken in the air fryer. Allow the air to circulate.
  • At the halfway mark flip them over.
  • Always test chicken with a thermometer to make sure the thickest part is cooked to 165 degrees F.
  • Remember that all air fryers are created differently and will cook differently, so check your chicken often and adjust cooking times accordingly.
  • This chicken can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until you’re ready to use it. Microwave for approximately 1-2 minutes to get it ready for your sandwich or simply serve cold.

Recipe for Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Sandwiches

Printable recipe below.

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Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Sandwiches

Nicole Cook
Air frying chicken is an easy way to get lunch or dinner on the table. Using the air fryer keeps the chicken nice and juicy on the inside, and keeps the breading crisp on the outside. These Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Sandwiches are the perfect lunch or fast weeknight dinner.
4.59 from 73 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Course Sandwiches Burgers and Sliders
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 469 kcal


For the Chicken Breasts:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • olive oil
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns

For the Spicy Mayo:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ Tablespoons hot sauce
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper add more depending on desired spiciness of chicken


  • Heat air fryer to 390 degrees F.
  • Brush each chicken breast with olive oil.
  • In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs and seasonings for the chicken breasts.
  • Coat each chicken breasts in the breading evenly. Shake any excess off.
  • Place chicken in a single layer in the basket of your air fryer.
  • Keep them spaced and not touching, which means doing them in batches most of the time.
  • Fry them for 3 minutes; flip them checking for any dry spots. Spray extra olive oil if needed. Return to basket for 3 more minutes at 390 degrees F. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT ALL AIR FRYERS ARE DIFFERENT. Use a digital thermometer to check that chicken is cooked to 165 degrees F in the thickest part.
  • In a small bowl, combine the mayo, hot sauce and cayenne pepper.
  • Place a fried chicken breast on each bun, spread your spicy mayo on your bun and add lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles as desired.


  • We used Italian Bread Crumbs for added flavor but you could also add a pinch of Italian Seasoning to your mixture.
  • We used Avocado Mayonnaise because that’s what we love. It gives it extra flavor.


Calories: 469kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 30gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 14gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 905mgPotassium: 510mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 335IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 2mg
Keyword easy air fryer recipes, easy sandwich recipes
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  1. Really great recipe! I added extra cayenne cuz we like it spicy! Husband approved! We served with carrot “fries” and noodles. Will definitely make it again!

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