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Air Frying 101: Easy Recipes to Get You Started

Air Frying 101: Easy Recipes to Get You Started

Air Frying 101: Easy Recipes to Get You Started

Air Frying is all the rage right now, more and more people are adding an air fryer to their kitchen appliance collection!  What’s so great about air fryers? Let’s dig into it, the good and the great reasons!

The air fryer is a modern kitchen appliance that cooks food by circulating hot air 360 degrees around the food items. Air fryers contain internal fans that force the superheated air around your food, this causes the food to crisp and brown similar to the way it does during deep frying.

Food that is cooked with an air fryer can achieve reactions like frying, grilling, and roasting. These reactions are called caramelization and the Maillard reaction. When the outside of a food item transforms into a brown color due to a reaction with its sugars, that is caramelization. To achieve caramelization, the food must reach a temperature of at least 230 degrees.  This method of cooking leaves the food with a nice, crispy outer layer and if you prefer a really crispy outer layer you can brush a little oil onto your food.

Both reactions are what give fried food their distinctive texture and flavor. While deep frying requires the use of a lot of oil or fat. You can achieve these same reactions with less oil when using an air fryer. In fact, cooking with an air fryer has been shown to reduce calorie and fat intake, and it can be a beneficial way of cooking for those attempting to lose weight.

Getting started using an air fryer is simple, many of the air fryers on the market have several preset food types that provide the time and temperature you need to cook these items.  The great thing about presets is that you can use any of them to get a starting point for whatever you’d like to cook.  For example, if you have a french fry preset you could use that for french fries exclusively or you could use that for onion rings, fried won tons, pre-made frozen items like chicken nuggets or taquitos. 

There are also presets for things like chicken, steak, shrimp, pizza, fish, bake and even reheat. Many airfryers also include a dehydrate function so you can make your own dehydrated meats, fruits or vegetables, yes…even veggie chips!  There is so much versatility in air fryers that you can create a whole meal with one appliance! But HOW do you get started?  Let’s get cooking!

Air Frying From Frozen 

There are so many pre-made frozen items that will give you an inexpensive way to test out the preset functions on your air fryer. The instructions on the packaging will give you time and temperature, you can use that as your guideline in your air fryer. If you are more adventurous, please continue reading for three easy recipes for air fryer beginners.

Air Fried Chicken Nuggets

If you are looking for a great snack or dinner for your kids, chicken nuggets are always a hit! 


  • 1 lb of chicken tenders or chicken breasts cut into nugget size pieces
  • ½ cup buttermilk (this really helps add moisture to your chicken and helps the breading stick to the chicken)
  • ½ cup Panko Breadcrumbs or store-bought breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup flour of your choice
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • Olive oil in a spray bottle or use olive oil and a brush


Place your chicken tenders in a plastic bag and add your buttermilk, push out the air and seal the bag, marinate in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. While your chicken is marinating let’s assemble the rest of the ingredients. In a shallow bowl combine your breadcrumbs, flour, baking powder and spices. Take your chicken nuggets one at a time out of the bag and shake off the excess buttermilk. Dredge your nuggets through your bread crumb mixture coating the nugget on all sides, place on a plate and finish all of your nuggets. Then lightly spray the nuggets with olive oil or using a brush and some olive oil lightly brush the olive oil on one side of the nuggets. Place your nuggets in your air fryer, oil side up. Set your air fryer on the chicken preset so that you have 370° and 15 minutes. After about 8 minutes turn each nugget over and lightly spray or brush on olive oil to each nugget and continue cooking.  When your time is up, check the internal temperature of the nuggets, they should be 175° internally, if they are not done place them back inside the air fryer and set the timer for an additional 5 minutes.  Depending on the size and thickness of your nuggets you may need more or less time.

Air Fryer Cajun Pork Chops

This is one of my favorite go to recipes for nights when I don’t have a lot of time to cook!

Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 4 boneless center-cut pork chops, 1 inch thick works best
  • 2 tsp Cajun seasoning- you can find a pre made one at the grocery store
  • 1 ½ cups of bread crumbs, store bought is great and they come in a lot of different flavors (Italian, spicy, etc)
  • 2 large eggs
  • Olive oil and a brush or an oil sprayer


If your air fryer requires preheating, preheat it to 390°.  Crack your eggs in a shallow bowl and lightly beat them with a wire whisk or a fork. Place your spices and breadcrumbs in a separate shallow bowl and mix together.  Dip a pork chop in the eggs, allow the excess to drip off, then place the pork chop in the bread crumb mixture, coating on all sides. Do this with all the pork chops.  Placing your pork chops in the air fryer, lightly brush on a little olive oil so you get a good crisp on the outside. Set your air fryer for 5 minutes, when the time is up, flip your pork chops and brush on a little olive oil on the new side.  Put the pork back in to cook for an additional 5 minutes, checking the temperature when the timer is up. Your internal temperature should be 145°.  Depending on the size of your air fryer you may need to do two batches.

Can you cook baked potatoes in an air fryer?

The answer is ABSOLUTELY! They are wonderful in an air fryer and so much easier than in your oven or on a grill!

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes


  • 4 Idaho or Russet Baking Potatoes
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp parsley


Wash your potatoes under warm water and use a fork to create some air holes in each potato. Brush on or sprinkle each potato with olive oil on every side. Sprinkle each potato with the garlic salt and parsley and make sure you rub it into the potato on all sides. Once they are completely coated you can place the potatoes in the air fryer.  Using your French Fry or Baking preset make sure the temperature is at 390° and air fry them for about 40 minutes. Depending on how large your potatoes are you may need more time.  These potatoes can be served with sour cream and chives or without any topping at all, the crispy and flavorful skin will delight every taste bud!


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February 14, 2020