If you’re like me, you LOVE fried chicken but don’t like the sluggish feeling afterwards…
These air fried chicken recipes are the perfect alternative to the greasy chicken we all fall for
Here are the ones that I love:
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Source: Plain Chicken
When air fryers became “a thing” I was one of the first to jump on the bandwagon and purchase one
Why? Well, for a lot of reasons…
First of all, I hate the way frying something smells up the entire house. I pride myself on my favorite candles, oil diffusers, and wax melts. A clean smelling house makes for a happy mommy in this house
But also because if you know me you know I’m a lover of meat and a lover of healthy. Unfortunately, meat is often cooked the best fried or with a lot of oil… NOT ANYMORE!
Recipes like this air fried chicken parmesan taste just as good, if not better than the frying version. It’s crispy, cooked to perfection, breaded, and requires no preheating at all
And let’s be honest, adding parmesan to any meal is always grate! In about 15-20 minutes this is done and it’s restaurant worthy
This is a perfect go to with a simple salad, some breadsticks, or spaghetti 🍝
Air Fryer Nashville Style Fried Chicken Recipe
Source: Lady & The Blog
Have you guys been to Nashville?
I’m not sure if I’ve been living under a rock or what but I recently went there for a friends bachelorette party and it is the place to BE! It is such an up and coming city, more than just for country artists but for young professionals too
The strip of bars and restaurants is amazing there… We didn’t know where to start and where to end so we tried hitting every place we could, which was a great idea for our memories but a horrible idea for our livers
I would definitely recommend Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar if anyone ventures out there soon
We ended up being there for the whole weekend and on Sunday we did a food truck crawl and oh my goodness, the CHICKEN. Southern chicken is a way of life
That’s why when I stumbled onto this air fryer chicken Nashville Style I had to make sure the name lined up with the recipe, and it absolutely does. This takes a little more preparation, but it’s well worth the turnout
This homestyle meal is just the right amount of spicy and crunchy, and it’s a perfect addition to some homemade coleslaw, fries, or mashed potatoes
So tasty and authentic, I cannot get enough of this!
Source: Mommys Fabulous Finds
My little Mitch is in his “chicken tender stage”
I don’t know if you guys have experienced this, but it doesn’t matter where we are, or what food is offered, this kid wants chicken tenders. Growing up I was always so willing to try new things, and so were my siblings
Plus, we didn’t go out to eat nearly as much as my family and I do now and I was essentially forced to eat what was made for me. It wasn’t until I had my son that I realized almost every restaurant has chicken tenders on their menu, and kids like my son are the reason why!
What I love so much about this air fryer chicken tender recipe is that, well, it’s actually dang good! They are made with panko bread crumbs which give them a much more flavorful and crunchy taste than the boring old restaurant style chicken tenders
Since they are a bit healthier and I don’t feel as bad about my kids eating these as I do in the restaurant. These are so easy to whip up, the only things needed are the breadcrumbs and olive oil.
My husband and I eat them too, that’s how good they are! I definitely recommend this recipe if you have a picky eater at home, or when you need your chicken tender fix without all of the calories!
Air Fryer Chicken Thighs
Source: iFood Blogger
This is hands down the best chicken thigh recipe I have ever come across, and it’s AIR FRIED!
Have you ever cooked meat from the inside out without all of the marination? This is a much quicker, and simpler way and the flavor is just the same as an overnight marinade
By placing the thighs in a bowl, you add the rest of the ingredients and start mixing and massaging the thighs until all liquids have been absorbed. And voila! Marination
I didn’t realize how well this would work but this flavor is unlike anything else I have tried. The sauce is sweet, tangy, and is combined with a maple glaze that gives it that caramelized taste that is too yummy to pass up
This is an extremely addictive recipe
Doritos Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
Source: Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons
“The Dorito Effect”, A memoir by yours truly:
Nobody told me at 20 years old I would be susceptible to this plague…
When I was younger, I could essentially eat whatever I wanted and still be tiny. Dorito’s were my go to. It wasn’t until I hit about 21 years old that I realized adulting, and staying relatively skinny, meant not eating the entire bag
I was very lucky and didn’t start struggling with my weight until into my 20’s, but I had a lot of habits to break and Doritos were the culprit
First, I tried telling myself to stop after a couple of handfuls of the bag. Nope, didn’t work
Then, I started scooping a serving size or two from the bag into a bowl and no more. Couldn’t work, I always went for seconds and thirds. It wasn’t until I went cold turkey on Dorito’s that I rid myself of the “Dorito Effect”
Now that I have kids and have adapted to a healthy lifestyle I’m immune to this plague and can have them on occasion, even some daily if I so choose!
This air fried Dorito chicken tender recipe will be a HIT if you have kids, or for any Super Bowl or party event. This is Mitchell’s favorite meal, and my husband loves them too!
They combine the Doritos crunch and flavor with a savory chicken tender feel and go perfect with ranch on the side. Plus, they are SO much healthier than the real thing and require no preheating or oven time
But a word of caution, you never know when you could be hit with the “Dorito Effect”!
Source: Plated Cravings
Ain’t no thang like a chicken wing!
You only need two ingredients to make these savory air fried chicken wings: Frozen wings, and your favorite sauce. That’s it!
I LOVE this recipe for so many reasons but my favorite is the amount of calories saved without the exclusion of the taste of regular fried wings. You don’t need to add any oil but the wings taste just as good as deep fried
These can be made in as little as 30 minutes and will come in clutch as an appetizer for friends during a game, a side or main protein plate with veggies or fries, or an after-school snack for little ones
Plus, knowing you’re eating something relatively healthy for you will take away any guilt you normally feel while indulging in your favorite wings
You and your family or friends will be coming up for seconds and thirds because let’s be honest, “I’ll just have one wing”, said nobody EVER!
Frozen Chicken Nuggets
Source: Recipe This
I didn’t choose the nug’ life, the nug’ life chose ME!
These air fried chicken nuggets are exactly like the classic drive-thru kind: fast, convenient, and extremely tasty
The only difference between these and the classic Mcdonald’s nuggets is that these are even more convenient (which I didn’t know was possible), and healthy too!
8 minutes and 4 ingredients is all you need to make these. No fatty oils, no preheating the oven, and no long preparation time
My little Casey went through her hunger strike, and for weeks on end, the only thing I could guarantee this little girl was eating was chicken nuggets. At that time, unfortunately, I had to settle for the unhealthy, fatty kind
If you have nug lovers at home then this is a must make in your house!
Rotisserie Style Whole Chicken Air Fryer Method
Source: This Old Gal
One hour and minimal prep is all you need to make this rotisserie style air fried chicken
Something I’m definitely guilty of doing is running into the grocery store when the last thing on my mind is cooking and I need something fast. I quickly grab a rotisserie chicken, maybe a pre-made carton of mashed potatoes, and I’m in and out in 10 minutes
Although they don’t taste terrible, they’re not that great and I always regret the purchase. This air fried recipe makes it just as easy, and way tastier to have your rotisserie chicken, and eat it too!
I love how she stuffs the chicken with easy on hand ingredients that make it that much more yummy, and this is definitely a healthier version too
Skip the quick supermarket rotisserie chicken and make this instead, you will not regret it!
Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders
Source: Kitchen Dreaming
The only thing better than bacon is bacon wrapped in… well, bacon
If you’re one of those people that put bacon on your bacon then this is the recipe for you! This classic meat happens to be my husband’s favorite food, so I’ve grown accustomed to trying new bacon inspired recipes just like this one!
These cheddar bacon chicken tenders are absolutely to DIE for! These remind me of loaded baked potato skins and are perfect with ranch on the side
They are crunchy, savory, and take little prep time. Plus, these chicken tenders are air fried. So no preheating the oven, and no baking for an hour
In fact, they take only 12 minutes to make! This recipe will be bacon you crazy for years to come!