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The Best Air-Fryer Recipes of 2023

Whether you're craving appetizers, a main dish or even dessert, these are the tastiest air-fryer recipes of the year

Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Wings with dipping sauce
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Air-Fryer Chicken Wings

You can’t go wrong with these crispy air-fryer chicken wings. Our spice rub has a nice kick from the cayenne seasoning. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Make sure to avoid these common air-fryer mistakes when cooking.

Air Fryer Chicken Parm with a side of broccoli and spaghetti
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Chicken Parmesan

Quick, simple and oh-so-tasty, this air-fryer recipe is the perfect weeknight dish to have on hand. It’s just as crispy as the classic, if not crispier! Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Need some more inspo? Here are more of the easiest air-fryer recipes.

Mom Meat Loaf For 2 with brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes
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Air-Fryer Meat Loaf

If you’re looking for a hearty meal perfect for two, then look no further. This air-fryer meat loaf cooks quickly. Plus, it’s easy to double for sandwiches the next day. —Michelle Beran, Claflin, KS

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Best Ever Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
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Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Using the air fryer is a genius way to make these golden, toasty sandwiches. I think this method gets the cheese the gooiest. If I’m making only one air-fryer grilled cheese, I’ll also pop in a few fries with the sandwich. —Edie DeSpain, Logan, UT

FYI: Never cook these things in an air fryer.

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs with zucchini and tomatoes
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Air-Fryer Chicken Thighs

This air-fryer recipe creates meat that is crispy on the outside but super juicy on the inside. The paprika and garlic seasoning blend comes through beautifully. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Banana Oat Breakfast Cookie
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Breakfast Cookies

I used to buy brand-name breakfast cookies from the supermarket, but since I found this recipe, I’ve enjoyed making my cookies more than buying them. —Linda Burciaga, Taste of Home

Did you know that DoubleTree revealed its legendary chocolate chip cookie recipe?!

Chickpea Meatballs on a white plate
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Chickpea Meatballs

Being a vegetarian, it’s been hard for me not to lean toward heavier, carb-laden foods. This recipe for chickpea meatballs satisfies my cravings and doesn’t leave me with a heavy feeling. —Sara Willen, Cypress, TX

Air Fryer French Fries
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Air-Fryer French Fries

This low-calorie, air-fryer recipe is perfect because I can whip it up at a moment’s notice with ingredients I have on hand. The fries are so crispy, you won’t miss the deep fryer! —Dawn Parker, Surrey, British Columbia

They’re *almost* as good as the best fast-food fries.

Chicken Cordon Bleu
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Chicken Cordon Bleu

My son loves this air-fryer chicken cordon bleu. My recipe has all the yummy flavors in a 30-minute meal. Leftovers freeze well too. —Ronda Eagle, Goose Creek, SC

Air Fryer Quesadillas on a blue plate with a side of salsa
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Air-Fryer Quesadillas

I like to make these air-fryer quesadillas for party appetizers. Just cut them into thinner triangles. You can also switch up the cheese and the salsa to suit your taste. —Terri Keeney, Greeley, CO

Mini Chimichangas on a white background
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Mini Chimichangas

My family raves about these air-fryer chimichangas. Infused with green chiles, the beefy snacks are guaranteed to liven up the party! —Kathy Rogers, Hudson, OH

Air Fryer Puff Pastry Danishes
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Air-Fryer Puff Pastry Danishes

These simple jam-filled pastries are perfect for a holiday brunch spread. They were my dad’s favorite, so the recipe will always be close to my heart. —Chellie Helmke, Jackson Center, OH

Air Fryer Banana Bread
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Banana Bread

Yes, you can make banana bread in the air fryer! This easy air-fryer recipe is a cinch to put together. Eat it while it’s still warm or at room temperature with a spread of butter. —Peggy Woodward, Shullsburg, WI

Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
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Air-Fryer Hard-Boiled Eggs

This is a wonderful alternative to boiling eggs on the stovetop. These air-fryer hard-boiled eggs are just as easy and super quick—a perfect way to put your air fryer to use! —Rashanda Cobbins, Milwaukee

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Buffalo Cauliflower

I love Buffalo wings, but sometimes I’m looking for something a little different. Enter the cauliflower! This air-fryer Buffalo cauliflower is fantastic as an appetizer or as a side dish. —Emily Tyra, Lake Ann, MI

Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken Breast
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Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Chicken Breasts

My husband is not crazy about chicken, but one of his favorite snacks is jalapeño poppers, so I created this dinnertime recipe to give our chicken plenty of flavor. He loves it cooked this way, and best of all is the quick cooking with little cleanup! —Donna Gribbins, Shelbyville, KY

Air Fryer Cookie Pie sliced on a wood board
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Cookie Pie

My mom used to make cookie bars for every school event growing up. This is my updated version. It takes half the time and tastes just like Mom used to make. —Ashley Long, Mission, KS

Air Fryer Garlic Bread
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Air-Fryer Garlic Bread

This air-fryer garlic bread turns out perfectly toasted in a hurry. I use fresh garlic, but substitute a half-teaspoon garlic powder if you don’t have any fresh on hand. —Peggy Woodward, Shullsburg, WI

Oven Roasted Carrots Air Fried with onions
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Air-Fryer Carrots

I love roasting carrots to bring out their sweetness. I think thyme really complements the flavor of these air-fryer carrots, but feel free to mix it up and use other herbs, like rosemary or tarragon. —Marlene Schott, Devine, TX

Air Fryer Potato Chips
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Air-Fryer Potato Chips

For Christmas one year, I received an air fryer. Potato chips are simple to make in it and are an essential, crispy side for lunch. —Melissa Obernesser, Oriskany, NY

Air-Fryer Chicken Tenders

I added all the components of a loaded baked potato—cheddar, potato, bacon, sour cream and chives—to this air-fryer recipe. Every kid will love this quick and easy dish! —Cyndy Gerken, Naples, FL

Cinnamon Breakfast Bites
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Cinnamon Breakfast Bites

These scrumptious breakfast treats are so quick and easy to make, and the air fryer gives this a crispy, sugary coating that’s hard to resist. —Ruth Hastings, Louisville, IL

Pork Tenderloin Medallions
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Pork Tenderloin Medallions

I needed to use up meat in my fridge, but I didn’t want to wait for it to roast. I tried this air-fryer recipe, and not only was it quick, but my family loved it. You can play with different preserves to make your favorite flavors. —Lynn Caruso, Gilroy, CA

Crispy Potato Pancakes
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Air-Fryer Latkes

Hot, crispy potato latkes are such a treat, but who wants to deal with all the oil and grease? I tried making air-fryer latkes, and they came out just as good without all the cleanup. —Nancy Salinas, Grand Rapids, MN

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Homemade Air-Fryer Churros

Serve these cinnamon-sugar air-fryer churros fresh and hot with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. They’re sure to become a family favorite! Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Air Fryer Fried Pickles
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Air-Fryer Pickles

Enjoy deep-fried pickles? You’ll love this version even more. Dill pickle slices are coated with panko bread crumbs and spices, then air-fried until crispy. Dip them in ranch dressing for an appetizer you won’t soon forget. —Nick Iverson, Denver

Fish And Fries with lemon and tartar sauce
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Fish and Fries

Looking for the best air-fryer recipes? Try these simple fish and chips. The fish fillets have a fuss-free coating that’s healthier but just as crunchy and golden as the deep-fried kind. Simply seasoned, the crispy fries are perfect on the side. —Janice Mitchell, Aurora, CO

(Try these other air-fryer fish recipes too!)

Air Fryer Nashville Hot Chicken
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Air-Fryer Nashville Hot Chicken

I live in Tennessee and absolutely love our state’s famous Nashville hot chicken. To make cooking it easier, I thought I’d try air-frying. I’m so glad I did—this Nashville hot chicken recipe is almost better than the original. —April Lane, Greeneville, TN

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

I am crazy about chocolate chips, and this chewy cookie has enough to satisfy me. My husband and kids love these cookies. This big batch is perfect for our family. —Diane Neth, Menno, SD

Check out these other air-fryer desserts you’ll want to make tonight.

Air Fryer Egg Rolls
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Air-Fryer Egg Rolls

My mom taught me how to make egg rolls, and since she passed away I think of her every time I make them. These air-fryer egg rolls taste so good, you’ll never want a fast-food egg roll again. —Jenniffer Love, South Waltham, MA

Air Fryer Cinnamon Tea Rolls
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Cinnamon Rolls

By starting with refrigerated crescent roll dough, you can have fresh, homemade cinnamon rolls in only a few minutes, especially if you use an air fryer. Try different glazes on these air-fryer cinnamon rolls to make them your own. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Southern Style Oven Fried Chicken
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Air-Fryer Southern-Style Chicken

I call this America’s best air-fryer recipe. The secret is in the herby, golden-brown breading that makes the chicken super moist and flavorful. —Elaina Morgan, Rickman, TN

Air Fryer St Louis Toasted Ravioli
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Air-Fryer Ravioli

While visiting a friend in St. Louis, I tried fried ravioli at almost every restaurant we visited. When I got home, I had to try to replicate them, and I think this air-fryer recipe comes pretty close. —Cristina Carrera, Kenosha, WI

Air Fryer Apple Fritters With Brown Butter Glaze
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Air-Fryer Apple Fritters

An air fryer makes these easy apple fritters healthier than old-fashioned fritters, yet they are still just as delicious. They’re a quick and easy dessert that includes a scrumptious brown butter glaze! —Alyssa Castriotta, North Scituate, RI

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Pork Tenderloin

I originally developed this air-fryer recipe to cook on the stove and finish in the oven, but you can make it even quicker in an air fryer—and it’s just as tasty. —Lynn Faria, Southington, CT

Air Fryer Garlic Rosemary Brussels Sprouts
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Garlic-Rosemary Brussels Sprouts

This air-fryer recipe is my go-to Thanksgiving side dish. It’s healthy and easy, and it doesn’t take very much time or effort to make. I usually use rosemary for my turkey, so this lets me use up some of the leftover herbs! —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, UT

Air Fryer Taquitos
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Air-Fryer Taquitos

I love these any-occasion air-fryer taquitos. Spice them up by adding sliced jalapeños, if desired. —Mark Webber, Valdez, AK

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Honey Cinnamon Roll-Ups

This cinnamon treat reminds me of baklava, but with only a few easy ingredients, it’s a fraction of the work. My Aunt Adele shared the recipe with me, and I think of her whenever I make it. It’s one of my favorite air-fryer snacks! —Sue Falk, Sterling Heights, MI

Cheesy Breakfast Egg Rolls
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Cheesy Breakfast Egg Rolls

Whether you have to run out the door in the morning or you take a few minutes to relax at the table, these breakfast egg rolls will hit the spot. The egg-and-sausage mixture can be made the night before, so in the morning, just roll, fry and go! —Anne Ormond, Dover, NH

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Air-Fryer Cowboy Casserole

When it starts to get cold, I love to make this quick and creamy tater tot bake. It’s a delightful homey dinner that’s easy to put together. I make it ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator. Then I just pop it into the air fryer when I get home. —Donna Donhauser, Remsen, NY

Baked Sweet Potato Fries
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Sweet Potato Fries

I can never get enough of this air-fryer recipe! Even though my grocery store sells them in the frozen foods section, I still love to pull sweet potatoes out of my garden and slice them up fresh! —Amber Massey, Argyle, TX

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Scotch Eggs

These air-fryer Scotch eggs are amazing hot right after cooking, but I also love eating them cold for a snack before a soccer or baseball game. —Dorothy Smith, El Dorado, AR

Air Fryer Pork Schnitzel With Dill Sauce
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Air-Fryer Pork Schnitzel

This air-fryer recipe is one of my husband’s favorites because it reminds him of his German roots. Cooking pork schnitzel in an air fryer is genius because we can eat in a jiffy. —Joyce Folker, Paraowan, UT

Air Fryer Stuffed Pork Chops
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Air-Fryer Stuffed Pork Chops

These air-fryer stuffed pork chops are one of my favorite dishes to serve guests. I know they’ll love them! —Lorraine Darocha, Mountain City, TN

Broiled Cod
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Air-Fryer Cod

This air-fryer cod recipe will convert even the biggest fish skeptic. It’s healthy and delicious—no breading needed! —Kim Russell, North Wales, PA

Air Fryer Low Carb Pork
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Pork Chops

These air-fryer pork chops get their rich flavor from Creole seasoning and Parmesan cheese. Bonus: They’re low in carbs too! —Dawn Parker, Surrey, British Columbia

Ground Beef Wellington
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Ground Beef Wellington

Trying new air-fryer recipes—like this Wellington—is one of my favorite hobbies. I replaced the filet mignon with ground beef, while still keeping the beefy goodness. —Julie Frankamp, Nicollet, MN

Baked Parmesan Breaded Squash
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Breaded Summer Squash

This air-fryer recipe for summer squash comes out beautifully crisp. You don’t have to turn the fried pieces, but do keep an eye on them. —Debi Mitchell, Flower Mound, TX

Leftover Turkey Croquettes
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Turkey Croquettes

I grew up with a family that looked forward to Thanksgiving leftovers. But we didn’t just reheat turkey and spuds in the microwave—we took our culinary creativity to a new level with recipes like these air-fryer turkey croquettes. Serve them with a crisp green salad for an unforgettable meal. —Meredith Coe, Charlottesville, VA

Air Fryer Red Potatoes
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Air-Fryer Red Potatoes

Roasting is one of my favorite ways to prepare veggies. Some fragrant rosemary, fresh or dried, gives these air-fryer red potatoes a distinctive but subtle taste. The dish is simple to prepare yet elegant in color and flavor. It’s a wonderful addition to any menu. —Margie Wampler, Butler, PA

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