12 Air Fryer recipes that turn fast food favorites into healthy meals

From french fries to fried rice, now you can indulge guilt-free.

byNicole Sheinzok| PUBLISHED Jan 25, 2019 5:48 PM
12 Air Fryer recipes that turn fast food favorites into healthy meals
Recipe and photo via Karen’s Kitchen Stories. Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Move over Instant Pot—there’s a new kitchen gadget taking the Internet by storm. Meet the Air Fryer: a device that helps you make deep-fried favorites (think onion rings and chicken nuggets) without all the grease and fat. If you were lucky enough to snag one as a gift (or you were wise enough to treat yourself), check out our recipe round-up below, chock full of healthier, air-fried takes on beloved fast food staples. And dig in!

Save yourself another trip to Chick-Fil-A (and the hassle of dragging your kids out of the playplace) by whipping up the chain’s beloved chicken nuggets at home in your new Air Fryer.

Recipe and photo via By Pink By Pink

Problem: French fries are the one food everyone in your family loves, but also the food you feel guilty for feeding your kids so darn often. Solution: This crispy, oil-free version you can make in an Air Fryer in just 20 minutes.

Recipe and photo via Brand New Vegan Brand New Vegan

You’ll wow the guests at your next party when you let them know these finger-lickin’ good wings are actually air fried. Just scale back the Sriracha if your kids don’t like spice.

Recipe and photo via Karen's Kitchen Stories Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Chinese takeout again? Nope. Not when it takes less than 30 minutes to make your favorites in the Air Fryer.

Recipe and photo via This Old Gal This Old Gal

And here’s a perfect side for that sweet and sour pork. (There’s a skillet version, too, if you’d like to use your air fryer to make the main dish.)

Recipe and photo via Ginny McMeans at Vegan in the Freezer Ginny McMeans at Vegan in the Freezer

Everyone knows that deep-fried turkeys are a Thanksgiving-Day delight, but now you can get the same delicious flavor year-round by air frying a turkey breast.

Recipe and photo via Blue Jean Chef Blue Jean Chef

This dinnertime classic gets a slimming makeover, clocking in at less than 300 calories a serving, when you whip it up in an air fryer. Better yet, it only takes about 30 minutes to make four servings (and half that time for two).

Recipe and photo via Skinnytaste Skinnytaste

No need to grab a greasy bag of fast food to fulfill your fried fish cravings. Instead try this easy recipe that only takes five minutes of prep.

Recipe and photo via Stay Snatched Stay Snatched

You don’t have to wait for the next state fair to pig out on fried pickles. This tasty recipe is all the reason you need to indulge—guilt free.

Recipe and photo via The Creative Bite The Creative Bite

This one checks all the important boxes for a working mom: Pork chops are almost always affordable, and this tasty recipe cooks up in just 15 minutes.

Recipe and photo via Skinnytaste Skinnytaste

Guess what? You don't have to stop by a diner, drive-in or dive for this junk-food classic. You can make grease-free onion rings in just 10 minutes at home with your Air Fryer.

Recipe via Tom G at Genius Kitchen Tom G at Genius Kitchen

Looking for a hit appetizer for your next Super Bowl party? How about this four-ingredient vegan recipe with a little kick that won’t leave your guests with greasy fingers?

Recipe and photo via Glue & Glitter Glue & Glitter