Looking for a healthier alternative to deep-frying? Meet the air fryer, your new favorite gadget. Check our best air-fryer recipes for 2024, from breakfast to dinner, dessert and everything in between!
It’s official: Everyone who has an air fryer loves it. The small appliance reaps big rewards, especially when you put it to good use for your favorite recipes. It can make just about anything, from air fryer corn dogs to french fries or air fryer chicken nuggets, roasted vegetables to one of those mouth-watering air fryer chicken recipes, and even healthy air fryer recipes like keto chicken nuggets. And dessert? Don’t sweat the sweet stuff because you can make amazing cakes, tarts and cookies in an air fryer, too.
While it has some limitations—you can’t bake a sheet cake, for instance, or other really large items (no whole turkeys, please!)—this is our go-to for treats like mozzarella sticks, egg rolls, corn dogs and other air-fryer frozen foods. Just about anything you would deep fry can be air fried, and with a lot less oil and mess (like many of our favorite healthy air-fryer recipes). But an air fryer is capable of so much more.
Create an entire morning spread with air-fryer breakfast recipes, from Danishes to quiche. Lunch is a snap, especially if you’re simply reheating something like fried chicken or pizza. When cooking dinner for the family, think: air-fryer chicken, air-fryer ground beef recipes like meat loaf, seafood like salmon fillets and many other air fryer snacks. Don’t forget air-fryer vegetable recipes and air-fryer sides for a complete meal.
If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, here’s our Test Kitchen’s complete guide to air fryers, including which is the best air fryer to buy and more. Once you get comfortable with it, you’ll find all the air-fryer recipes you need for every meal, budget and craving right here.
What’s the secret to crispy-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside fried chicken? It’s all in the breading, and crushed Ritz crackers give this chicken an incredible texture. If you can’t fit a whole chicken into your air fryer, split it up into two batches to ensure each piece crisps up. You can hold the cooked chicken in a 200°F oven to keep it warm while the remaining pieces cook.
This is one of our favorite Brussels sprout sides. The halved sprouts crisp up perfectly in the air fryer, and the herbed bread crumbs add the perfect texture. The cooking time varies depending on your air fryer brand, so check them every four minutes or so to see if they’ve softened and started to caramelize on the edges. Crispy, crunchy and tender, these air-fryer chicken recipes are sure to please.