Healthy Air Fryer Chicken Recipes (Beyond Just Chicken Wings)
Air Fryer Chicken Recipes
Ah, chicken. It might be most #basic of all the proteins, but it definitely doesn't need to taste that way. You can grill, bake, and fry it, mix in spices, sauces, and herbs to adapt to everyone's taste.
The air fryer is basically as versatile as chicken: It's jumped in popularity in the last year because it makes food that's fast, easy, delicious, and healthy by using circulating air to cook food instead of oil. (Related: Mediterranean Diet Chicken Recipes for Lunch, Dinner, or Meal Prep)
Combine chicken with the air fryer and you have a match made in healthy-food heaven. Here, 15 chicken air fryer recipes to get you on the bandwagon.
Air Fryer Baked Thai Peanut Chicken Egg Rolls
A box of store-bought or takeout egg rolls are usually coated in oil. These air fried ones are ready in 20 minutes with only 235 calories per roll. Fill the egg roll wrapper with carrot, bell pepper, onion, and chicken. Don't forget to whip up a Thai peanut sauce for dipping. (See also: 20 Thai Food Recipes That Will Make You Forget About Takeout.)
Air Fryer Chicken Thighs
Chicken thighs are cheaper than chicken breasts and often have more flavor. The air fryer sears the outside and the paprika, oregano, and cumin rub give a slightly spicy kick. (Related: Chicken Thigh Recipes Will Change How You Think About Dinner.)
Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders
Two or twenty years old, it can be hard to resist a good chicken tender. Garlic, onion power, and Parmesan cheese elevate the dish for more adult palettes but this chicken air fryer recipe will be a hit with the whole family.
Air Fryer Sesame Chicken
The star of this chicken air fryer recipe is the sauce. A mixture of soy sauce, brown sugar, orange juice, hoisin sauce, ginger, and garlic transform chicken thighs into a masterpiece. Serve with rice (or cauliflower rice) and green beans for a complete meal in a bowl. (Related: Healthy Instant Pot Chicken Recipes for Every Craving.)
Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
Your days of summertime grilling may be coming to an end but BBQ flavors can survive the winter with this air fryer chicken recipe. A thin coat of BBQ sauce and paprika give a smoky flavor to chicken drumsticks and the air fryer only uses one or two tablespoons of oil for the whole batch.
Air Fryer Grilled Chicken Fajita Skewers
In addition to the chicken, the air fryer also perfectly cooks the orange and red bell peppers and onion chunks. Eat these kebabs solo or put into a tortilla with salsa and cheese to make a taco.
Air Fryer Fried Chicken Recipe
Fried chicken is never going to be a perfectly healthy option but the air fryer can make it healthy-er by cutting out the oil. Serve these crispy buttermilk pieces with a big serving of vegetables for the definition of finding balance in your fitness journey.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings
With football season in full swing, many a Sunday is probably spent on the couch with a plate of wings. The air fryer makes them easier (and healthier) than ever—crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and done in 30 minutes. (See also: Your Favorite Tailgating Recipes, Made Healthier.)
Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice
Use up leftover rice and chicken from your weekly meal prep with a batch of fried rice. Toss the cold ingredients in the air fryer basket with frozen vegetables, soy sauce, a bit of sesame oil, and chili sauce, then cook for 20 minutes.
Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan
One of the downsides of Italian cooking is how rich the dishes can be. The air fryer helps to cut down on the fat yet the light coating of breadcrumbs and cheese provides the flavor you know and love. Whip up a side salad while this chicken parmesan recipe cooks and you'll have dinner on the table in about 20 minutes.
Homemade Chicken Meatballs
Swap chicken for beef or pork in meatballs to make them lower in fat. This recipe also sneaks some spinach into the meatballs for a bonus bit of veg. Toss with spaghetti or zoodles and red sauce for pasta night in 15 minutes.
Whole Air Fryer Chicken Recipe
Yes, you could run to the grocery store and pick up a rotisserie chicken on your way home from work. But the air fryer can also get the job done with juicy meat and crispy skin. Eat with all the fixins or toss some chicken into soup, stir fry, and casserole as needed. (See also: 10 Rotisserie Chicken Dinners You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less.)
Air Fryer Crispiest Lemon Pepper Chicken Breasts
The secret to the crispiest ever chicken breasts is an overnight brine and corn starch in the dry mixture. The lemon juice, pepper, and parsley are simple ingredients that provide big flavor to the dish and it will soon become a go-to in your meal prep rotation.
Air-Fried Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken
Whoever said chicken is boring has never tried this chicken air fryer recipe. Butterfly chicken breasts then give them a Mediterranean twist by stuffing with onions, spinach, and feta. Serve the air fried chicken with garlic zoodles for a delicious meal. (See also: Mediterranean Diet Chicken Recipes for Lunch, Dinner, or Meal Prep.)