16 Healthy Air Fryer Comfort Food Recipes – Eat This Not That

When trying to eat healthy, the one texture you often miss is crunch. After all, what’s better than a perfectly crispy potato chip or a crispy bite of breaded fried chicken? Crispy screams comfort food, but healthy cooking techniques, like steaming and using less fat, often leave out that satisfying texture for calorie-conscious reasons. This is where the air fryer comes in. Its greatest fame is its ability to cook food to a satisfying crisp without excess oil. Here are our favorite crispy comfort food recipes you should be making in the air fryer tonight! Plus, don’t miss our 22 Meals to Melt Belly Fat in 2022.

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Don’t stop at chips. All kinds of vegetables can be crispy in an air fryer. In this recipe, we use thin slices of zucchini, sweet potatoes and beets to add color and nutrition. Bonus: they’re seasoned with a tangy ranch mix.

Get our recipe for Ranch Flavor Vegetable Chips.

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Admit it, fries are one of the main reasons you bought an air fryer in the first place. Show Me the Yummy recommends a bath in sugar water to remove excess starch and a layer of cornstarch before cooking.

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air fryer chicken strips
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Baked chicken fingers never quite reach the crunch of fried fingers. Use your air fryer to cut calories while keeping the crunch.

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The kid in you will rejoice when you take a piece of this crispy fried stuffed pasta out of the air fryer and dip it in your favorite marinara sauce.

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The sweet crunch of fried coconut pairs perfectly with the tender shrimp. The trick to getting a superb level of crunch is to toast the coconut before coating the shrimp. Serve with your favorite dip.

Get our Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp recipe.

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Panko breadcrumbs are crispy in the air fryer without excess oil, giving these pork chops an irresistible crunch.

Get our air fryer breaded pork chops recipe.

air fryer falafel
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The perfect falafel gets a little crunch in a hot oil bath, but the air fryer does the job without it. After cooking, pile on a Greek salad or layer on pita bread with tzatziki, pickled red onions and cucumbers.

Get our perfect air fryer falafel recipe.

small hasselback potatoes
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These mini potatoes are the perfect combination of crispy and chewy. To perfectly cut a hasselback potato, use wooden chopsticks or round wooden spoon handles on either side of the potato as a knife stop to create even-depth cuts.

Get our recipe for Air Fryer Baby Hasselback Potato Bites.

sweet and sour crispy cauliflower bites
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For this irresistible dish, bite-sized florets of cauliflower are coated in flour, crisped in the air fryer, then tossed in an easy homemade sweet and sour sauce. However, you can save even more time by using your favorite bottled sauce when needed.

Get our Sweet and Sour Crispy Cauliflower Bites recipe.

Air Fryer Cauliflower Bites
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If you prefer spicy flavors, try these keto-friendly almond flour-coated bites tossed in traditional Buffalo sauce. Then serve with lots of crunchy fresh celery and a light blue cheese vinaigrette.

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Deep fried chicken
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You don’t need much to make the crispiest, healthiest fried chicken you’ve ever tasted. Show Me the Yummy uses a spicy layer of crushed corn flakes for incredible crunch, but use what you have on hand. You can also use this coating for chicken breasts if you want to go the cutlet route.

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RELATED: 21 Healthy Chicken Recipes You Can Make In 15 Minutes (Or Less!)

deep fried meatballs
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You can of course bake or fry meatballs, but you won’t get the 360 ​​degree crispy exterior that an air fryer will give you.

Get our Air Fryer Meatballs recipe.

air fryer mozzarella sticks
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Do you think your local restaurant or bar uses part-skim mozzarella for their mozzarella sticks? Probably not. With your air fryer, you can control the type of cheese and cut calories.

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Sesame Soy Garlic Chicken Wings 2
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Baked chicken wings are fine, but they often end up overcooked before the outside reaches the desired crispiness level. The air fryer gives you the crispiness you crave without diving into the fryer. Turn them into Buffalo wings with a different sauce and light blue cheese dressing.

Get our recipe for Sesame Soy Garlic Chicken Wings.

vegetarian pizza calzone
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Pizzeria calzones get their crispy exterior from very hot commercial ovens that cook them quickly. Here, the air fryer does the work.

Get our recipe for Air Fryer Veggie Calzones.

Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan
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Brussels sprouts go from a healthy vegetable to a crispy, salty, and comforting food when tossed in a deep fryer. Avoid excess oil but all the satisfying crunch by using an air fryer.

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