The Secret to Fast Food in the Air Fryer – Without the Greasy Fingers

Fried chicken is a favorite cheat day treat, but for those looking to indulge without the guilt, an air fryer is your perfect solution.

Whether it’s spicing up your chicken wings or getting the perfect crispiness on your veggie fries, I’ve got the ultimate tips for creating that crispy, fried texture without the grease.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. You can easily indulge yourself by cooking at home and opting for fresher ingredients instead of ordering out.

And one of the best things about an air fryer is that you can still make delicious food without the need to fry it.

Here are my best tips and recipes for creating the best alternatives to fried chicken and fast food.

Pimp your wings

The secret to getting tasty chicken wings is to marinate them a few hours in advance. Try different flavors such as soy sauce, honey, and garlic. This will not only add flavor but also make your wings nice and tender.

If you’re craving a spicy chicken wing, wait until after your chicken has cooked before coating it with your sauce. Get creative with your glazes—think Korean gochujang or a garlic parmesan topping.

Add a crunchy coating

Add an extra layer of crunch to your chicken wings by coating them with crushed nuts, panko breadcrumbs, or even crushed pretzels before baking. Toss them with a little flour and seasoning to boost the flavor even further.

Make your own sauce

Sauces are a must-have when you’re eating your favorite fast food. But when you’re trying to opt for healthier options, they can become your worst enemy. Pre-purchased sauces are often very high in salt and sugar.

Try making your sauces with fresh ingredients like onions and garlic, adding natural sweeteners like honey, and swapping cream or butter for a healthier fat like olive oil or Greek yogurt.

Replace your fries with vegetables

You can still get that deliciously crispy fries texture by using sweet potatoes or other root vegetables like carrots or parsnips for a healthier option. Don’t forget to add your favorite seasonings: try Cajun seasoning for an extra kick.

Soaking cut potatoes in cold water for at least 30 minutes will help remove excess starch. Be sure to dry them thoroughly before cooking to ensure optimal crispiness.

Martin’s Best Air Fryer Fast Food Treats

Spicy Air Fryer Thai Chicken Wings

(Philips)

Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 18 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

4 cloves of garlic

6 shallots

3 red peppers

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

20g of galangal

1 tablespoon shallot oil

740g chicken wings

2 tablespoons fish sauce

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons rice flour

Method:

1. Mix garlic, shallots, red chillies, turmeric powder, galangal and shallot oil until a paste is formed. Mix chicken wings with fish sauce, sugar and mixed spice paste and marinate for 1 hour in the refrigerator. Add rice flour just before frying.

2. Drain excess marinade from chicken wings. Place chicken wings in basket and slide basket into air fryer. Start unit at 200°C for 18 minutes.

3. Serve the roasted spicy Thai chicken wings with cucumber slices or vegetable salad.

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

    (Philips)

(Philips)

Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 16 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

400g chicken fillets (mini fillets)

½ teaspoon salt

2 pinches of ground pepper

40 g all-purpose flour

2 eggs

100g breadcrumbs

1 tablespoon olive oil

Method:

1. Season the chicken strips with salt and pepper.

2. Put the flour in a bowl. Beat the eggs in another bowl. Add the breadcrumbs to a third bowl.

3. Coat the chicken strips in flour on all sides, dip in the beaten eggs, then coat in breadcrumbs. Brush or spray with oil.

4. Arrange the breaded chicken fillets in a single layer in the basket and slide it into the air fryer. Start the appliance at 180 degrees for 16 minutes.

5. Remove from appliance and serve.

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

    (Philips)

(Philips)

Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 17 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

750g sweet potatoes

2 tablespoons cornstarch

3 tablespoons canola oil

120g Greek yogurt

2 pinches of curry powder

2 pinches of salt

Method:

1. Peel and wash the sweet potatoes. Cut them into fries about 1 cm thick.

2. Soak the sweet potato fries in water for 30 minutes.

3. Once soaked, drain the sweet potato fries well and dry them thoroughly with a paper towel. Place them in a bowl.

4. Mix the cornstarch with the canola oil and add it to the bowl containing the sweet potato fries. Mix well to evenly coat the fries with the cornstarch mixture.

5. Arrange the breaded fries in an even layer in the air fryer basket and slide them into the air fryer. Start the appliance at 160 degrees for 10 minutes.

6. Open the air fryer basket and shake the burners well. Restart the appliance at 180 degrees for 7 minutes.

7. Meanwhile, prepare the dip by mixing the Greek yogurt, curry powder and salt.

8. Once air-frying is complete, serve the crispy sweet potato fries with the curried yogurt sauce on the side.

Air Fryer Taco Burgers

    (Philips)

(Philips)

Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 9 minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

200 g minced turkey

4 soft taco tortillas

2 pinches of salt

50g of pickles

2 tablespoons Greek yogurt

2 teaspoons ketchup

½ teaspoon mustard

3 slices of cheddar cheese

30g iceberg lettuce

1 tomato

Method:

1. Divide the ground turkey into four equal portions. Place each portion on a tortilla and press to flatten the meat evenly around the edges, creating a thin layer. Season with salt.

2. Place the tortillas in the basket and slide them into the air fryer. Start the appliance at 190°C for 9 minutes

3. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Finely chop the pickles and mix them with the Greek yogurt, ketchup and mustard. Mix well.

4. Wash and finely chop the lettuce. Wash and cut the tomato into slices.

5. Once cooked, place a slice of cheddar cheese on each taco, close the air fryer and let sit in a turned off appliance for about 1 minute or until cheese is melted. Remove tacos from the appliance, top with lettuce, tomato and salsa and serve.

Cajun Chicken Avocado Burger

Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

1 red onion, small

240g chicken breasts

1 avocado

1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning mix

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

2 tablespoons of low-fat yogurt

1 pinch of salt

1 pinch of pepper

2 hamburger buns

1 onion, marinated

Method:

1. Peel and finely chop the onion. Chop the chicken in a food processor. Cut the avocado in half, remove the stone and scoop out the flesh. Cut the avocado into 1 cm cubes.

2. In a bowl, mix the chopped onion, chopped chicken and avocado with the Cajun spices. Form each portion into a patty with your hands.

3. Coat the patties with olive oil and place them in the air fryer basket and fry at 180 degrees for 10 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing. Mix the lime with the olive oil, mayonnaise and yogurt. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Assemble the hamburger buns with the lettuce, patty sauce and pickled onion and enjoy.

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