This air fryer grilled chicken recipe demands just 15 minutes of prep work and 20 minutes of hands-off cook time. The result is 4 jumbo, juicy skin-on chicken breasts, all seasoned and grilled to perfection, along with heaps of buttery potato wedges as a built-in side.
Can I Use an Air Fryer to Grill?
Although the machine is called a ‘fryer,’ it cooks food by blasting hot air onto the food, similar to how an oven works. Hence, you can grill, bake, and roast meat with it just like you can with an oven, but much more quickly.
How Many Calories Are in Grilled Chicken?
According to the USDA’s food database, a piece of boneless chicken breast loses 47 grams of mass and 56 calories when cooked. This is due to the loss of moisture and fat during the cooking process, leaving you a leaner piece of meat.
Although this means a reduction in saturated fat and calorie levels – things that a healthy diet regulates – it is still quite insignificant. By itself it does not make grilled chicken healthier than other meat choices. Plenty of other factors contribute to the nutrition profile.
Is Air Fryer Grilled Chicken Healthy?
Yes, it is.
As with cooked meat in general, grilled chicken provides us with plenty of protein. Since a healthy diet must draw from all food groups, a meal of grilled chicken will be healthier if served with some cooked vegetables.
For this recipe we chose potatoes. Besides complex carbohydrates, potatoes also contain several micronutrients necessary for body growth.
Maintaining a healthy diet also means regulating calories, sodium, and saturated fat. Taking this into account, we carefully adjusted the amount of relevant ingredients, such as salt and the chicken itself, to stay within bounds.
As a result, each portion of our recipe now contains 483 calories, 7.5 g saturated fat, and 525.8 mg sodium. These are good amounts that will keep you on track to meet the recommended nutrition goals.
Ingredients for Air Fryer Grilled Chicken
We’re grilling, so any cut of chicken works fine – even the breast – as long as you keep the skin on. It gives your meat a chewier texture and extra layers of flavor.
If you’re not in the mood for chicken breasts, we suggest chicken thighs since you can get them boneless as well.
Our marinade mix has salt, pepper, mustard, lemon juice, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and red powders like Cajun and paprika for a kick. We also added some oregano — it’s already in the Italian seasoning mix, but we wanted its aroma to be stronger.
This air fryer grilled chicken recipe welcomes all types of potato. We used russets, but we encourage you to use your favorite.
Since we want to make things as simple as possible, we sped up the process with the microwave. It’s an easy method applicable for many root vegetables that are thick and take a long time to cook.
All you need to do is place the veg chunks into a bowl, cover it with microwave-safe plastic wrap, then nuke on medium for 5 minutes. This applies for our potatoes only — different vegetables of different sizes cook at their own pace.
Tips to Cooking Juicy Chicken in an Air Fryer
The best way to keep chicken juicy is to avoid overcooking the meat. You can either follow recipes or learn more about cooking all cuts of chicken in this article.
You can also introduce more liquid to the meat by marinating it for about 15 minutes in a simple salt brine before seasoning. A solution of 2 cups of water and 1 tsp of salt is our favorite go-to.
What to Make With Grilled Chicken
Leftover grilled chicken can be very useful: it makes a delicious taco filling, a protein for salad, or a great flavor boost to accompany your sandwich. Our air fryer grilled chicken recipe uses simple seasonings, so the chicken can be tailored to suit different dishes.
How Long Does Grilled Chicken Last in the Fridge
To preserve the leftovers, place each portion in a separate airtight container or Ziploc bag and refrigerate for up to 5 days. The chicken can also be frozen for 3 months and reheated anytime, but the potatoes should only get refrigerated.
How to Reheat Grilled Chicken
To reheat, air-fry the meat at 350°F for 4 minutes if refrigerated or 15 minutes if frozen.
Or you can microwave meat on medium for 2 minutes if refrigerated, 5 minutes if frozen. Make sure you place the meat into a bowl and cover it with microwave-safe plastic wrap before reheating.
Our suggestions for sides are our favorite sweet, fresh kale salad and iced lemonade. They bring the meal to a healthy 750 calorie yield overall:
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Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
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Air Fryer Grilled Chicken Recipe
A great way to get that grilled flavor without having to fire up the grill.