3 Mouth Watering Recipes You can Cook in an Air Fryer
After figuring out what actually an air fryer is and, which air fryer is the ultimate best on the market, the first question potential air fryer-owners have is generally “What can I make with this device?” The truth is: so very much! Crunchy midday snacks, mouthwatering desserts, and even tender and juicy main courses— there’s much you can cover up with your new air fryer.
Even those among us who are working with an air fryer for years may not be fully knowledgeable regarding everything they’re capable of doing, which is where the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen and Kitchen Appliances & Technology Lab comes in. Year after year, our kitchen pros chop, bake, cook, and fry up a storm to come up with new recipes and methods to use an air fryer.
Are you worried about the mess? No stress: This appliance is famously pretty easy to use (and clean as well!), so we have no doubt in our minds that you’ll get used to it in no time. From homemade cannolis to Mediterranean chicken bowls, here are the ultimate best air fryer recipes you’ve got to taste for yourself. Ready?
Japanese Chicken Scallion Yakitori
This is an amazing Japanese-inspired skewers feature chicken that’s marinated in soy sauce, sake, sherry vinegar, brown sugar, mirin, ginger, and garlic. Let’s discuss a flavor bomb and know the ingredients.
- 1/4 c. mirin (or dissolve ½ tsp sugar in ¼ cup white wine)
- 1/2 c. reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tbsp. sherry vinegar
- 1/4 c. sake (or 3 tablespoons water and 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar)
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed
- 1 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 tsp. Cornstarch
- 1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
- 1 bunch scallions, cut into 2 inches lengths
- 1 lb. skinless chicken thighs (boneless), cut into 1.5-inch pieces
- In a small-size saucepan, combine soy sauce, sherry vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, mirin, sake, and ginger. Bring to a boil, and after that reduce to a simmer. Now, stir in cornstarch and keep cooking until slightly thickened, 1-2 minutes. After that, remove from heat and let cool.
- Toss your chicken with half of the marinade (around 1/3 cup) and refrigerate a minimum 1 hour or up to overnight.
- Slowly heat grill on medium level in your air fryer—thread scallions and chicken onto skewers. Grill, turning and basting halfway, till the time it’s cooked through, around 8 to 10 minutes (yeah, that’s the sweet spot).
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving): around 185 calories, 22 g protein, 730 mg sodium, 6.5 g fat (2 g saturated), 1 g fiber, 9 g carbohydrates
Grilled Leek, Zucchini, and Ricotta Pizza
Oh yeah, that’s a nice one, which kids love! Next time you might locate yourself at the grocery store, pick up some leeks, zucchini, lemon, ricotta, and of course, pizza dough. You can turn a normal weeknight into a homemade pizza night, full of delight.
- 1 pizza dough
- 1 lb. Flour, for the surface.
- 2 tbsp. large zucchini halved lengthwise
- 2 large leek, halved lengthwise
- 2 tsp. Kosher salt and pepper
- olive oil
- ricotta cheese
- 2 c. finely grated lemon zest,
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- Mint, for serving
- Heat oven to nearly 425°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Shape dough into a huge rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Place on prepared sheet and bake for nearly 10 minutes.
- Now, remove the crust from your oven and set it aside. Reset the oven temp close to 450-475°F.
- Meanwhile, heat the grill on medium-high. Now, brush zucchini and leek with olive oil; season with pepper and salt. Grill until tender, and turn once 5 to 8 minutes. Now, thinly slice vegetables and add some lemon juice.
- In a small-size bowl, simply mix lemon zest and ricotta, and add 1/2 teaspoon salt. Spread ricotta on the pizza’s crust and top with vegetables (as much as you like). Bake until crust and toppings appear brown (may take 5 to 8 minutes). Drizzle with olive oil, and you can top with mint if you desire.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving): Around 575 calories, 22 g protein, 1,235 mg sodium, 60 g carbohydrates, 26.5 g fat (11.5 g saturated), 4 g fiber
Skillet Pesto Chicken and Beans
Chicken, beans, and veggies smothered in store-bought pesto and amazingly topped with Parmesan is exactly what we call the weeknight dinner formula that certainly, you’ll be preparing on repeat.
- 8 small chicken thighs (around 2 pounds)
- 8 oz. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. Kosher salt and pepper
- 1 cherry tomatoes
- 1 c. green beans halved
- Prepared pesto
- 2 tbsp. 15-ounce can butter beans, rinsed
- Chopped basil and Grated Parmesan for serving
- Heat oven close to 425°F, and season chicken thighs with half teaspoon each pepper and salt. Heat oil in a large skillet (oven-safe ) on medium-high.
- Now, add chicken, skin side down, and continue to cook until it looks golden brown, about 5-6 minutes.
- Turn chicken over, and add green beans, butter beans, and cherry tomatoes.
- Season with ¼ teaspoon salt. Keep it roasting until the chicken is cooked through, and this takes 12 to 15 minutes.
- Finally, rush pesto over chicken, and you’re ready to serve with chopped basil and grated Parmesan.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving): About 450 calories, 38 g protein, 770 mg sodium, 26 g fat (6.5 g saturated), 22 g carbohydrates, 6 g fiber
So now, you know several possibilities when we talk about cooking with an air fryer! We really hope you loved these healthy air fryer recipes and look forward to making your weekend awesome! Also, let us know what you are planning to try and if you’ve got any other air fryer recipes that you think should reach to other moms also, ensure to share it down in the comments below!