Air Fryer Main Dish Recipes

Find dozens of main dish recipes you can make in your air fryer.

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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Rating: 4.73 stars
Tasty, quick, chicken thighs, with juicy meat and a crispy skin; you will love this chicken that is ready for the table in less than 30 minutes!

Air Fryer Keto Chicken Wings

Rating: 4.17 stars
These air-fried chicken wings are finished in under 15 minutes and a great dish if you are on the keto diet. If desired, separate wings into drumettes.

Sexy Air-Fried Meatloaf

Rating: 5 stars
What is sexier than an easy dinner that doesn't take a lot of time or strange ingredients, heat up the house, or require a lot of clean up? This is a spicy, saucy, juicy meatloaf made in an air fryer. In less than an hour - but more importantly, with very little effort - you can have a delicious and tender meatloaf on the table. Serve with mashed potatoes.

Air-Fried Crumbed Fish

Rating: 4.69 stars
Crumbed fish is one of my favorite fried items, and this air-fried version of the recipe gives me great flavor without the fat.

Air Fryer Ranch Pork Chops

Rating: 4.53 stars
What could be simpler than ranch seasoning mix and 10 minutes in the air fryer? I prefer my chops slightly pink to ensure juiciness, but feel free to add an extra minute on each side for well done. Try different varieties of ranch mix (like spicy or bacon) to change up the flavor.

Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

Rating: 4.33 stars
Coconut shrimp come out great in the air fryer, and are served with a simple spicy honey-lime dip.

Air Fryer Rib-Eye Steak

Rating: 4.67 stars
These air fryer rib-eye steaks definitely rival a steak cooked on a grill.

Breaded Air Fryer Pork Chops

Rating: 4.65 stars
Use your air fryer to make perfectly tender and juicy pork chops in just 10 minutes. You can play around with different crouton flavors for variety.

Air-Fried Sesame-Crusted Cod with Snap Peas

Rating: 5 stars
Cod fillets are lightly coated with sesame seeds and air-fried in this easy dinner recipe featuring sugar snap peas and orange wedges on the side.

Air Fryer Potstickers

Rating: 4 stars
Air-fried potstickers, crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. Serve with the dipping sauce of your choice.

Basic Air Fryer Hot Dogs

Rating: 4.66 stars
Perfectly crisp hot dogs and toasted buns made in minutes with the help of your air fryer. Top with ketchup, mustard, relish, chili, or condiments of choice.

Air Fryer Meatballs

Rating: 4.88 stars
After cooking meatballs in the air fryer, I will never bake them in the oven again. The insides stay nice and tender while the outsides get a slight crisp on them. The best part is that you can make them ahead of time and freeze for later use. I have included those directions in the notes. Dip meatballs in marinara, if desired.

Inspiration and Ideas

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Crumbed Chicken Tenderloins (Air Fried)

Rating: 4.71 stars

These beat chicken nuggets any day and the recipe is so simple. I tend to use chicken tenderloins but you can use sliced chicken breasts if easier.