Have you ever been in charge of a holiday dinner? If so, you might know that turkey can go from tender and juicy to dry and overcooked in a matter of minutes. However, this air fryer turkey tenderloin comes out perfectly every time, taking the guesswork out of a turkey dinner and letting you add this great lean protein to your meal rotation. This recipe is simple, just using Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper, but you can use whatever herbs you prefer to create your perfect tenderloin. Just remember – a turkey tenderloin is boneless and skinless and not the same as a turkey breast. Breasts include the bone and won’t cook the same way, so grab the right cut of meat if you want the recipe to work flawlessly.
Pork chops are another comfort food that can be easy to mess up. Overcooking your pork chop results in gray, tough, dry meat and robs you of the enjoyment of a juicy, flavorful chop. However, these breaded pork chops, made in the air fryer, keep the recipe simple and use far less oil than a standard pork chop recipe calls for. Just make a simple breading with panko and bread crumbs, season to your liking, and cook the chops in the fryer for 12 minutes, flipping halfway. You can pair it with a simple salad or pick any of the incredible side dishes we’ve listed in this article.
One-pan meals are incredibly popular for busy adults, whether you’re just trying to feed yourself or you’re trying to provide for an entire household. And guess what? You can do a “one-pan” meal in the air fryer too. This recipe for chicken and veggies is packed with healthy vegetables and comes together in less than half an hour. Suppose you don’t like the veggies the recipe calls for; then, you can always sub out your own favorites. You’ll feel good about serving this flavorful, health-conscious meal to anyone.
If you love chicken wings but hate the expense of ordering them or the hassle of deep-frying, then this recipe is for you. These air fryer chicken wings come together reasonably quickly and are full of great flavor. Combine all your seasoning in a bowl and toss the wings to coat, then fry in batches following the instructions for perfectly done wings every time. Serve these at your next party or game night, or even keep them for yourself for a quick and easy lunch or dinner. If you want to really up the authenticity, serve them with some carrots and celery and your favorite dipping sauce.
There’s something so luxurious about eggplant parmesan. The perfectly breaded eggplant rounds, topped with marinara and mozzarella cheese, served on their own or with pasta; it’s a delicious dish and also easy to mess up. Sometimes eggplant parmesan is oily or soft and doesn’t crisp quite right. However, this air fryer eggplant parmesan avoids a lot of the common complications with the dish by omitting the oil and cooking the rounds by themselves first, giving them a chance to get crispy on the outside while remaining tender on the inside. You’ll love how easy this dish is to pull together.
Did someone say chicken thighs? We love chicken thighs for their flavorful, juicy nature and relative ease of cooking, and these Asian-glazed chicken thighs are no exception. This recipe takes advantage of bold Asian flavors to really highlight the chicken. The marination process takes two hours, but cooking the chicken only takes about 30 minutes. These chicken thighs go great with brown rice and your favorite steamed vegetable or can be paired with cauliflower rice if you’re trying to reduce your carbs. Moreover, if you’re not big on meat, try pairing this marinade with tofu.
General Tso’s chicken is a staple at westernized Chinese restaurants, but it often packs a hefty punch of fat due to being deep-fried. When you make General Tso’s chicken in the air fryer, however, you can cut nearly half the saturated fat while still keeping all the classic flavors you love. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may have to make the chicken in batches; however, since it only takes about 15 minutes to cook, even making the chicken in batches will take less than an hour. Pair with rice for a classic meal, or mix it up with some steamed veggies.
There’s nothing quite like a perfectly crispy bite of tofu, but getting to that bite can be a hassle. Ovens often don’t crisp up quite the way you want, and if you fry the tofu on the stove, you’re dealing with splattering oil and the potential to burn the tofu. Making crispy tofu in the air fryer, though, couldn’t be easier. The best thing about tofu is that it’s a blank canvas for any flavor you can imagine; this recipe uses a soy-based marinade and a spicy sauce, but you can use any flavors you like. It only takes 15 minutes to cook, tossing halfway through, and you can serve it with rice for a quick and easy meal that’s both healthy and delicious.