17 best air fryer chicken recipes

Some of our most popular content includes the best chicken dinners and the best air fryer recipes. So we thought – why not combine them ?! That’s right, you can make all kinds of chicken meals in your air fryer, not just dinners. Chicken entrees, sides, and snacks can be prepared there, too. Is there anything Our favorite little devices can’t do?

The sky really is the limit: Are you craving a snack (maybe for game day dinner or a cocktail party)? Try our Chipotle Chicken Meatballs, our “fried” chicken (just as crispy as it gets in oil!), Chicken Tenders, Chicken Taquitos, or our Buffalo Chicken Wings. Need something more inclusive for dinner? Try the orange chicken, chicken Parmesan, chicken stuffed with spinach and artichokes, or chimichangas. You won’t believe how delicious they are, with much less effort and mess than other recipes.

Preparing the meal? An air fryer can help you there, too. Prepare a Cornish cilantro-and-lime hen (essentially a baby chicken), breaded chicken breast, sticky chicken thighs, or air-fryer roast chicken at the start of the week and add them to your meals all week long. The best part? Most of these recipes take half the time of their oven or stovetop counterparts. Skip heating your kitchen if you feel like it, or use that space to whip up one of these great side dishes, casseroles, or apps.

Want more air fryer inspiration? Check out our favorite air-fryer breakfasts, air-fryer desserts, and air-fryer appetizers, too.