It’s no secret I’m obsessed with my air fryer. Here are my favorite healthy air fryer recipes, all of which are easy and tried and tested!

The air fryer makes cooking healthy meals so incredibly easy!

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a collage of healthy air fryer recipes

Air fryers one of the best ways to make healthy food! It comes out so good every time and you really don’t need to add a lot of fat. I have several air fryers and THIS ONE is my favorite.

If you’re new to the world of air frying, you can find all of the info you need here to choose one, how to cook in an air fryer and most importantly, what you can cook in an air fryer!

Healthy Air Fryer Recipes

The collection of air fryer recipes below some of our healthier favorites.

  • the air fryer cooks healthy lean meats so nicely, perfectly juicy with a crust on the outside
  • an air fryer recipe requires less fat and less time than conventional methods
  • these are the tried and true family favorites
  • vegetables roast perfectly and caramelize beautifully

Our Top 5 Healthy Air Fryer Recipes

1. Whole Chicken

AIR FRYER WHOLE CHICKEN is so incredibly juicy and tender. It makes a great meal dinner with crispy skin and tender meat. It is also great for meal prep!  TIPS: Start the chicken breast side down and flip after 30 minutes.

a cooked whole chicken in an air fryer basket
Air Fryer Whole Chicken
The air fryer is the best way to cook a whole roasted chicken for dinner. Perfectly juicy every time.
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2. Pork Tenderloin

AIR FRYER PORK TENDERLOIN is incredibly quick and easy.  When cooked properly, it’s so juicy you can practically cut it with a spoon! Recipe Tip: Be sure to let the tenderloin rest at least 5 minutes before cutting.

plated Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin
Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin
Air Fryer Pork tenderloin cooks up juicy and tender every time.
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3. Air Fryer Chicken Breast

AIR FRYER CHICKEN BREASTS are lean, healthy, and very juicy. They’re great with air fryer veggies or sliced and served over a salad. Recipe Tip: Chicken breasts can vary in size from 5-10 oz so cooking time. Check them a bit early and cook until the temperature in the thickest part reaches 165°F.

4 air fryer chicken breasts on a plate with green beans in the background
Air Fryer Chicken Breasts
Air Fryer Chicken Breasts are perfectly seasoned, tender & juicy!
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4. Air Fryer Vegetables

You can cook almost any veggie in the air fryer either individually (more below) or a VEGETABLE MIXTURE. Favorites include cauliflower, asparagus, zucchini, and brussels sprouts. Simply season and enjoy.

close up of Air Fryer Vegetables
Air Fryer Vegetables
Perfectly seasoned and air fried until crispy, these Air Fryer Vegetables are ready in 20 minutes!
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5. ‘Boiled’ Eggs

Did you know that you can make BOILED EGGS in the air fryer and best of all, the shells just slide right off? They’re not technically boiled of course since no water is needed. They can be cooked to soft, medium, or hard and eaten as snacks on the go or added to a spinach salad!

air fryer hard boiled eggs on a marble
Air Fryer Eggs (Boiled Eggs)
Air Fryer Boiled Eggs come out perfect every time, whether you prefer soft, medium, or hard yolks!
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Healthy Air Fryer Dinner Recipes

Dinner is ready in a fraction of the time in an air fryer. Meats come out tender and juicy with a nice crust, crumbs and coatings crisp up beautifully, and clean up is a breeze.

If cooking lean meat, check it early to ensure it doesn’t overcook and use an Instant Read Thermometer. A thermometer costs less than $20 and can ensure meat is always perfectly cooked, a small investment that is well worth it.

plated Air Fryer Chicken Thighs
Air Fryer Chicken Thighs
These 3 ingredient air fryer chicken thighs are so easy to cook in the air fryer! They turn out crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside every time.
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cooked Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers in the air fryer
Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers
These Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers are loaded with simple, flavorful ingredients and come together so quickly!
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cooked and plated Air Fryer Salmon with lemon slices
Air Fryer Salmon
This Air Fryer Salmon is tender, flaky, and cooked to perfection!
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Air Fryer Turkey Burgers on a bun
Air Fryer Turkey Burgers
Tender, juicy, & so easy to make, these Air Fryer Turkey Burgers are perfect for any day of the week!
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Close up of an air fryer pork chop
Air Fryer Pork Chops
Brined pork chops are rubbed with spices and air-fried until juicy & tender!
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Air Fryer Split Lemon Pepper Chicken Breast with cucumbers and garnish
Air Fryer Bone-In Chicken Breasts
Lemon pepper chicken breasts made in the air fryer are juicy, tender, & perfectly seasoned!
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Vegetable Sides Made in the Air Fryer

Air fryer vegetables come out caramelized and delicious, much like roasted veggies. You can cook just one kind or use a mixture. Simply season and cook.

When combining varieties, harder root vegetables (like sweet potato, turnip, or carrot) should go in first and softer veggies (like zucchini and bell peppers) can be added a bit later.

Air fryer asparagus on a serving tray
Air Fryer Asparagus
This crispy air fryer asparagus is ready in under 15 minutes with just a few pantry staples!
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plate of Air Fryer Zucchini
Air Fryer Zucchini
Crispy, golden, and savory, this air fryer zucchini makes the perfect appetizer or side dish.
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top view of cooked Sesame Air Fryer Green Beans
Sesame Air Fryer Green Beans
Sesame green beans are tossed in an Asian-inspired sauce with chili flakes to give them a bit of a kick!
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close up of Garlic Butter Air Fryer Mushrooms in a bowl
Garlic Butter Air Fryer Mushrooms
Air Fryer Mushrooms are easy, elegant, and full of garlicky flavor!
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daikon radish fries on a plate
Air Fryer Daikon Radish Fries
Crispy Daikon Fries are a delicious, low-carb appetizer or snack! Daikon Radish Fries baked in the air fryer come out tasting just like real French fries with a slightly softer texture!
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AIR FRYER BRUSSEL SPROUTS on a plate with fancy spoon
Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
With a pleasantly chewy texture and a hint of crispness at the edges!
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close up of Air Fryer Butternut Squash on a plate with a fork
Air Fryer Roasted Butternut Squash
This butternut squash is perfectly seasoned with cinnamon & brown sugar, then air fried until tender!
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summer squash in an air fryer
Air Fryer Squash
Air Fryer Squash is not only low carb but it’s super easy to make too! This squash is a delicious side for almost any meal.
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top view of Air Fryer Carrots on a plate with a fork
Air Fryer Roasted Carrots
These carrots are perfectly seasoned and then air-fried until crispy on the outside, tender on the inside!
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top view of Air Fryer Cauliflower on a plate with a fork
Air Fryer Cauliflower
Seasoned Air Fryer Cauliflower is ready in less than 20 minutes, making it the perfect side dish!
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Air Fryer Broccolini on a plate with lemon
Air Fryer Broccolini
Lemony garlic broccolini is cooked in the air fryer until perfectly crisp & tender!
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Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes

Air Fryer Potato Wedges
Potato wedges are seasoned and air-fried until crispy on the outside, tender on the inside!
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close up of Air Fryer Baked Potatoes cut open with butter and seasoning
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
Air Fryer Potatoes are so easy to make. Serve with sour cream, bacon, and chives for the perfect side dish!
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Air Fryer potatoes being served
Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes
Perfectly seasoned and crispy, these Air Fryer Potatoes make a great side dish!
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  1. Add a small amount of healthy oil. While you don’t need much, you do need a little bit.
  2. Dry vegetables well after washing or they will steam instead of crisp.
  3. Cook in a single layer and do not overcrowd the basket or the air won’t circulate properly. Cook in batches if needed.
  4. Shake/Flip as to allow them to crisp or brown evenly.
  5. Check foods early as appliances can vary.

What is your favorite healthy air fryer recipe? Leave a comment below!



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