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Preparing tasty and delicious meals has gotten progressively easier, thanks to the rise of modern kitchen appliances we see today.
With things like the pressure cooker, A.K.A. instant pot, crockpot and now the air fryer, enjoying our favorite dishes is now easier than ever.
With its ability to deliver perfectly crispy food, with zero stress, and without any need for deep frying, the air fryer is certainly one of the best appliances to have in your kitchen.
And the list of yummy things you can create is basically endless.
If you’re looking to enjoy delicious, healthy and perfectly tender dinners without the hassle of deep frying, then you’re in the right place.
In this post, you’ll discover how the whole air frying thing works, as well as 25 yummy and healthy air fryer dinner recipes that’ll leave you wanting more.
Let’s dive in.
The Basics Of The Air Fryer
It used to be that to enjoy perfectly fried food, you needed to cook the food in oil, A.K.A deep frying.
While it’s certainly agreeable that deep frying still has its applications today, the rise of the air fryer sure helps to make things easier, and even possibly healthier.
But how does it all work? Well, it’s pretty simple.
The air fryer cooks food by passing hot air around it. This convectional motion is what gives the food that perfectly crispy texture we all love, without needing to dunk it in oil.
This is beneficial in a number of ways.
1) It Can Help You Save Stress (And Oil)
While this is a point that’s rarely said, I still believe it’s worth saying. With air frying, you don’t need to worry about oil splashing anywhere, or any other hot oil related accidents.
You just prep your ingredients, throw them in there, and adjust the settings to meet your goals and voila. You’re done.
Plus, if you’re someone who loves to enjoy fried dishes a lot, getting an air fryer can save you reasonable amounts of oil over time.
2) It Can Help You Eat Healthier
There’s no denying the health issue. Deep fried foods tend to be higher in fats and calories, since they’ve been fried in oil.
Air fried foods on the other hand use little to no oil, and can be a brilliant way to shave off some calories from your favorite foods, without sacrificing the good taste.
Plus there’s the issue of certain unhealthy chemicals being released into foods being deep-fried at high temperatures. You don’t have to worry about things like that with air frying.
So overall, air-fried foods tend to be somewhat healthier, than their deep-fried counterparts, while being just as tasty.
What Can You Make with it
When it comes to what foods you can make in an air fryer, the list is basically endless.
From main dishes like pork chops and fried chicken, to your favorite roasted veggie sides, to even desserts like cookies. The list goes on and on.
For this post, I’m sharing some of the best healthy air fryer dinners you can enjoy without stress. I’ll cover other things like delicious air fryer desserts and treats in another post, so stay tuned.
Anyways, enough blabbing. Here are 25 easy and incredibly delicious air fryer dinner recipes to try today.
25 Healthy Air Fryer Dinner Recipes
1) Healthy Chicken and Veggies
Wondering what to whip up for dinner? Try out this tasty and healthy chicken delight, cooked to perfection in the air fryer, and ready in just 20 minutes from scratch.
With vegetables like zucchini, broccoli and bell peppers, this meal packs an extra nutritional punch, while still tasting amazing. Plus, it is also low carb and keto friendly.
2) Air Fryer Orange Chicken
Who needs takeout when you have this yummy and healthy delight waiting to be devoured at a moment’s notice?
This orange chicken comes together in under 30 minutes from scratch, and has all the good flavors from your favorite Chinese takeout. Serve with some rice or caulirice and enjoy.
3) Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas
You can never go wrong with some good old chicken fajitas, cooked and seasoned to perfection and ready in under 20 minutes.
Once they’re ready, you could serve with some rice, wrap in tortillas or pair with your favorite side.
4) Air Fried Salmon And Veggies
Get in that dose of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, alongside a couple of tasty veggies, all seasoned to perfection in your fryer, and in under 30 minutes too.
Perfectly crispy salmon with a nice maple glaze is served over a bed of healthy veggies like mushroom, broccoli and asparagus. It comes out super delicious, and is sure to satisfy your cravings.
5) 5-Ingredient Crispy Cheesy Chicken
Who says you need a multitude of ingredients to make something this awesome?
With only five simple ingredients, this delicious cheesy and perfectly crispy chicken is going to knock your socks off. And it comes together in under 20 minutes from scratch too.
6) Healthy Everything Bagel Chicken Wings
Now here’s a more interesting twist on the regular fried chicken. These chicken wings are as delicious as they are healthy.
They skip out on the regular breading, and are covered in a nice everything bagel seasoning, and air-fried to perfection.
Not only are these way healthier, but they’re also low in carbs, and can be enjoyed by people on low carb and ketogenic diets. Each serving delivers just 3g net carbs.
7) Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp Dinner
When it comes to healthy seafood you should be enjoying, there’s no leaving out shrimp. And we all know how good they are when they’re perfectly crunchy.
For this tasty dinner, the shrimp is combined with juicy sausage, alongside rainbow veggies like bell peppers and yellow squash in flavor-packed combo that’s sure to get anybody drooling.
Whip this up in less than 30 minutes from scratch easy. Each serving also comes out well under 300 calories, and is low carb and keto-friendly too.
8) BBQ Chicken Poppers
These bite sized bundles of yumminess can be enjoyed at the dinner table, or served as a nice appetizer at your next event or get together.
Thanks to the almond flour used here, not only do these BBQ poppers hold well and come out delicious, but they are also keto friendly as well.
Serve with the special homemade ranch dipping used here, or with a dip of your choice. Each wholesome serving delivers only about 3g net carbs.
9) Air Fryer Chicken Breasts
Who can honestly say no to delicious chicken that has the perfect crispy texture on the outside, but yet so tender and juicy on the inside?
These juicy air-fried chicken breasts are super easy to whip up, healthy, and sure to leave mouths drooling.
10) Air Fryer Taquitos
These healthy air fryer chicken taquitos are the perfect thing to whip up when you’re craving some delicious Mexican delights.
It combines shredded chicken, creamy Greek yoghurt, and cheesy goodness, and even manages to sneak in some carrots. And it tastes nothing short of amazing. You’ll be having this on repeat.
11) Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan
The best darn chicken parmesan you’ve ever had. Plus without the casual oil dunking, this version comes out a bit healthier too, and every bit as delicious. Pair with some pasta or zucchini noodles and enjoy.
12) Juicy Pork Chops
Chicken isn’t the only thing that tastes great when made in the air fryer. These pork chops come out as juicy and tasty as can be, and in less than 20 minutes.
Regardless of the occasion, these air-fried pork chops will leave faces smiling. Pair with your favorite roasted veggie sides and enjoy.
13) Caprese Stuffed Chicken Breast
This stuffed chicken breast combines the yummy goodness of the classic caprese salad, with some good old, perfectly fried chicken. Plus there’s a twist.
In this case, mozzarella sticks are used in the place of plain old mozzarella, and the whole meal is greeted with a nice basaltic sauce on top, and all in under 30 minutes too.
14) Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Stuffed Chicken
Why? Because everything tastes better when wrapped in bacon, that’s why.
This creamy jalapeno-stuffed, bacon-wrapped, and perfectly crispy stuffed chicken is honestly as good as it gets. And making it couldn’t be any easier.
15) Low Carb Tuna Casserole
Casserole in an air fryer? You bet your sweet socks. This creamy and delicious low carb tuna casserole comes together in an instant, literally.
You only need about 5 minutes in the fryer, and it comes out looking amazing and ready to devour. Talk about the perfect weeknight dinner. And it’s also keto friendly.
16) Air Fryer Cheeseburgers
Who needs grilled beef when you have these bad boys? This delicious cheeseburger comes together in just 15 minutes from scratch, and can rival any pan-fried or grilled patty you can think of.
Once it’s ready, simply throw in your favorite burger toppings and enjoy.
17) Air Fryer Pizza
Pizza is another wonderful thing you can make in your air fryer. And it takes way less time than it would have taken with the oven, which is great.
This tasty delight come together easily in under 15 minutes from scratch and is sure to satisfy your cravings.
If you want to make it even lighter, you could swap out the pizza crust for some healthier variant like whole wheat crust or cauliflower.
18) Salmon with Dill Butter Sauce
There’s no going wrong with some delicious and perfectly tender salmon, covered in a nice buttery sauce and “baked” to perfection. This tasty dinner comes together in less than 15 minutes from scratch too.
19) Air Fryer General Tso’s Chicken
This homemade version of the popular Chinese takeout will certainly leave you drooling for more.
With only 20 minutes needed from scratch, this general Tso’s chicken recipe is sure to become a weeknight favorite at your home. Serve over the preferred rice of your choice and enjoy.
20) Air-Fried Chicken Tikka
Speaking of delicious ethnic delights, this Indian Chicken Tikka is a must-try.
Made with a mix of chicken chunks and bell peppers and seasoned to perfection, this tasty and healthy dinner will satisfy your cravings in less than 30 minutes from scratch too.
21) Easy Beef Tips & Mushrooms
For something this good, you’d be surprised at how simple and easy it is to create. This flavor-packed steak dinner requires only 5 simple ingredients, and less than 15 minutes from scratch to make.
Once it’s ready, pair with your favorite veggie sides, or serve over some rice and enjoy.
22) Enchilada Stuffed Baked Potatoes
When it comes to the number of things you can throw in your air fryer, there really isn’t a limit.
This recipe features perfectly baked potatoes, stuffed with some black beans, corn, cheesy goodness and a homemade enchilada sauce that makes it too good to resist. And it all takes about 10 minutes.
23) Tex-Mex cauliflower rice
When we say you can cook almost anything in an air fryer, we mean it. This Tex-Mex cauliflower rice is super delicious, packed with good flavor, and is also lower in carbs. Talk about the perfect weeknight dinner.
24) Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos
Trust me when I say these breaded shrimp tacos are the b-o-m-b. The tender crisp and yummy goodness is truly on another level. And making them couldn’t be any easier.
25) Air Fried Steak and Asparagus Bundles
These beef-wrapped fajitas and asparagus are an easy, delicious and healthy weeknight dinner to whip up in a jiffy. They’re also low carb, keto friendly and just so good.
I hope you enjoyed these easy, yummy and healthy air fryer recipes. Which one are you making next?
Psst… don’t forget to save your favorites for later. Cheers.