So you jumped on the air fryer bandwagon. Welcome! The trendy appliance has been all over the internet lately thanks to its ability to fry foods using way less oil than traditional methods. For fried food fans who also want to eat healthy (so… everyone?), it’s kind of a miracle.
If you’re a proud new owner of one of these guys, here are some party foods perfect for breaking out your air fryer. There are the basics, like fries and chicken tenders, plus less expected air fryer recipes like jalapeño poppers and egg rolls. Whether you’re looking for game day party recipes or heading to a BBQ, these easy, healthy appetizers will definitely please a crowd.
You may have made meatballs in a Crock-Pot before, but now it’s time to give the air fryer a try. They only need to bake for 10 minutes and come out just the right amount of crispy. This recipe uses ground chicken and a spicy teriyaki sauce that has two of our favorite things—hot sauce and honey.
Jalapeño poppers are always a hit at parties, but they can be time- consuming to make. This recipe simplifies things by using just four ingredients: jalapeños, cream cheese, parsley, and gluten-free tortilla crumbs. Goat cheese would taste great inside too.
We’d bet regular fries are one of the first things people try to make after buying an air fryer. After all, isn’t that half the reason you bought it?! After that’s out of your system, try your hand at sweet potato fries. Toss slices with salt, garlic powder, black pepper, paprika, and two teaspoons olive oil (yep, that’s it!) before adding them to the fryer.
These are not your average take-out egg rolls, but between the rotisserie chicken they use and the six to eight minutes of fry time, they can be ready just as quickly. Grab a peanut sauce at the store or make your own peanut butter and coconut milk-based spread (there’s a link to it in the recipe).
These wings really could not be any simpler to make. There’s no oil, flour, or baking powder involved, just chicken wings and sauce (BBQ, buffalo, or whatever you prefer). Pop the wings in the fryer for about 25 minutes, then take them out and coat in sauce. Boom! Crispy and juicy wings are ready for ya.
Any pickle fans in the house? These crunchy dill pickle chips are a fun, savory snack. They’re coated in panko and Parmesan, and only take about 10 minutes per batch to make. If you need a last-minute app, you know what to do.
Chicken tenders tend to be associated with Mickey D’s more than any sort of healthy-eating plan, but thanks to the air fryer, you can make juicy tenders with just a light coat of canola oil spray. Crazy, right?! Swap out the mayo for Greek yogurt (and a squeeze of lemon) if you want the dredge to be a little lighter.