After its solid run as a crowd-favorite in the last holiday season, this trendy appliance has proven it is more than just hype and earned its place on our kitchen countertops. Yes, we are talking about none other than the air-fryer! It not only reduces the amount of oil used in cooking, it also gives you some free time that would have been lost to traditional cooking methods that require your full attention. Say hello to some extra feeding time or a much needed social media break!
As great an appliance as it is, it still can’t do all the work. You will need to prepare the ingredients before placing them in your air-fryer. To keep things simple, we gathered delicious air-fryer recipes that use a maximum of 10 ingredients for you to try making. Enjoy munching into these 10 crunchy snacks, without the guilt you feel after eating or feeding your kids deep-fried food. Happy air-frying!
Kale is one of the superfoods highly recommended to incorporate into your diet. Be warned—turning the kale into chips is an easy and addictive process. The trick to making them crunchy is to ensure the kale is as dry as possible before seasoning. After mastering the art of making kale chips, you can now experiment with other vegetables (such as eggplant, sweet potato, or zucchini) until you find your family’s favorite vegetable chips!
Chicken tenders are always a hit with kids, but the required deep-frying to cook the tenders are just not as appealing to their moms. By making them on an air-fryer, you can drastically reduce the amount of oil while still maintaining a crunchy exterior and juicy interior. These tenders are best served with fries or chips, which can also be made on your air-fryer.
Cheese sticks is another sure crowd-pleaser with the kids. The recipe includes ingredients for a light breading mix, but you can also make them with spring roll wrappers the next time you want to prepare this snack. Also, instead of snack-size cheese sticks, you can always buy a block of cheddar cheese (or Eden cheese) and slice into sticks yourself.
Pizza is always a good idea. While this recipe is a far cry from a traditional pizza, it can be made in less than 10 minutes, which makes it worth a try. The toppings can be whatever you please, so it is also a good choice for families with varying dietary restrictions. Speaking of toppings, make sure to use a stainless steel rack (or something similar) to weigh down and keep the ingredients in place and prevent them from flying around the air-fryer.
A taquito is a rolled taco or flauta that consists of a deep-fried tortilla and filling. This recipe calls for ground beef, but a taquito can actually be made with the filling of your choosing, such as ground chicken, cheese, or a combination of both. If your family likes their food a little spicy, try slicing up some jalapeños and adding them to the recipe.
These onion rings are crunchy on the outside and surprisingly sweet on the inside. The key is to be generous with your seasoning and your patience. They need to placed in the air-fryer in a single-layer, without touching each other to achieve maximum crunchiness. You can serve your onion rings with marinara sauce or any dipping sauce you like.
We all know how to make french fries on an air-fryer, it might even have been the first thing you ever made on the appliance. We can elevate this timeless classic by simply adding new flavors that are equally loved, in this case, garlic and parmesan cheese. Finish off the fries with chopped parsley and you’re good to go!
Don’t wait for a camping trip to whip up a serving of these sumptuous s’mores. There’s just something so satisfying about the combination of these three ingredients. If you feeling like taking this recipe to the next level, opt for a caramel-filled chocolate to add a new dimension of flavor to this popular treat.
Craving for corn on the cob, but don’t feel like cranking up the grill? Cooking sweet corn on the air-fryer does not come out exactly the same, but it’s still pretty close. Feel free to add whatever seasoning you like to the butter. Also make sure to keep an eye on the corn because leaving in the air-fryer it too long results in popcorn. Although, that’s not exactly a bad thing!
The recipe suggests coating this sweet snack in cinnamon sugar after baking, but if your kids prefer Nutella or chocolate sauce, go ahead and make the swap. A star-shaped tip is recommend to achieve the traditional form of the churro. However, you can easily substitute this by cutting a hole in the corner of a ziplock or freezer bag.