7 Brilliant Air-Fryer Recipes

Learn more about this trendy tool for healthy kitchens, then get inspired to try an air fryer with seven lightened recipes that will fool your family into thinking they're gobbling up the full-fat version.

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Attention fried-food fans (who aren't big fans of the high fat and calorie count that come along with the oil-soaked recipes): A new kitchen tool promises the same crispy-on-the-outside results with next to no oil. Meet the air fryer, a countertop appliance quickly challenging the Instant Pot's spot as the trendiest food tool. 

The Hottest Kitchen Tool You Don't Have in Your Kitchen Right Now

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Here's how it works: Rather than cooking in a vat of oil, air fryers bake at a heat high enough to tenderize the food's interior and achieve a crunchy exterior. The high heat (from a coil that's close to the food basket), combined with a fan that circulates the air evenly throughout the unit, creates a texture fairly close to what you'll find in deep-fried foods. Philips, which sells the most popular air fryer on the market, recommends using it for everything from sliders to steak to salad.

The Better Homes & Gardens® Test Kitchen put the Charbroil Oil-Less Turkey Fryer through the paces prior to the holiday season and needed only 1 tablespoon of oil to achieve an evenly brown, crisp skin and moist, juicy meat.

Find one in the Better Homes & Gardens Shop, on Amazon.com, or at other kitchen retailers, then give yours a try with one of these creative air-fried recipes.

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1. Tandoori Chicken in an Air Fryer

Whisk Affair

This marinated chicken dinner is light on the fat yet heavy on warm, Indian flavors like cumin, garam masala, and turmeric. An air fryer aces the succulent results you know and love in dishes cooked in a tandoor oven—even if you're miles away from one of the traditional ovens.

Get the recipe from Whisk Affair: Tandoori Chicken in an Air Fryer

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2. Air-Fryer Brussels Sprouts

Glue & Glitter

We're strong believers that any green-veggie-haters will become fans once they try the roasty-toasty goodness of caramelized Brussels sprouts. This recipe allows you to enjoy them in all their crunchy glory with little fuss. If you'd rather skip the oil all togther, swap in a tablespoon of maple syrup.

Get the recipe from Glue & Glitter: Air-Fryer Brussels Sprouts

3. Air-Fryer Cinnamon Rolls

Blue Jean Chef

Yes, you can bake sweets in the air fryer, too! After rolling, rising, and slicing, these spirals cook in less than 10 minutes in an air-fryer basket (just be sure to flip them halfway so both sides get even heat). Top with your favorite frosting or glaze and serve while warm for the ultimate finger-licking experience.

Get the recipe from Blue Jean Chef: Air-Fryer Cinnamon Rolls

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4. Air-Fryer Baked Garlic Parsley Potatoes

Courtney's Sweets

Tender and fluffy on the inside and with a crunchy garlic-infused crust, these take baked potatoes to the next level. No need to drown these spuds in chili or cheese—they're delicious enough to eat as-is alongside any entree you have on the menu. 

Get the recipe from Courtney's Sweets: Air-Fryer Baked Garlic Parsley Potatoes

5. Baked Zucchini Fries

Slick Housewives

Pin this recipe for summer so you can put your bumper crop of summer squash to yummy use. An egg white, a seasoned bread crumb blend, and just a bit of cooking spray are all you need to get the best non-potato, non-fried fries ever.

Get the recipe from Slick Housewives: Baked Zucchini Fries

6. Copycat Air-Fryer Crunch Wraps

By Pink

Steer right on by the drive-through and air fry your own beef and cheese wraps at home. Just like the fast-food version, this lightened twist features a tostada on the inside and a crisped flour tortilla on the outside for double the Mexican-style deliciousness.

Get the recipe from By Pink: Copycat Air-Fryer Crunch Wraps

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7. Air-Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

Vegetarian Mamma

Not only are these pepper bites lower in fat but they're also completely gluten-free. Just 6 to 8 minutes in the air fryer gets the cream cheese melty and the tortilla crumbs nice and crunchy. 

Get the recipe from Vegetarian Mamma: Air-Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

More Recipes That Prove Baked > Fried

No air fryer (yet)? No problem. These crunchy and craveable recipes come together right in your oven and still have way less fat and calories than their fried counterparts.

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