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Great-grandma's timeless recipe for crispy fried 'chicken.' The best part: because it is adapted for an air fryer, it's a healthier version compared to its fried cousin! Serve with honey-mustard sauce for dipping.


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30 mins
10 mins
40 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Pour flour onto a large plate. Place eggs in a shallow bowl. Combine bread crumbs, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper, chili powder, and salt in another shallow bowl.

  • Coat imitation chicken strips in flour, dip into eggs, then dredge in bread crumb mixture, and place on a plate.

  • Heat an air fryer to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).

  • Place a row of coated strips in the air fryer basket. Spray with a light coat of cooking spray.

  • Cook strips in the air fryer for 6 minutes. Open fryer to flip strips with tongs. Continue cooking until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes more.

Cook's Note:

You can replace eggs with homemade cashew cream, if you prefer. Place 2 cups cashews in a bowl. Add cold water to cover. Refrigerate overnight. In the morning, drain and rinse. Place in blender with enough cold water to cover them by 1 inch. Blend until smooth.

Nutrition Facts

647 calories; protein 76.6g; carbohydrates 86.5g; fat 5.6g; cholesterol 122.8mg; sodium 1171.5mg. Full Nutrition