5 Air Fryer Recipes That Aren’t Breaded

The main idea behind an air fryer is making fried foods without all the oil that comes with deep frying. You can make your favorite crispy, flakey, crunchy chicken tenders, french fries, fried pickles, or popcorn shrimp at home.

But an air fryer can do much more and become a powerhouse in your kitchen for everything from roasted sweet potatoes to beef jerky. Here are five things you can make in an air fryer that aren’t breaded.

Deluxe Air Fryer
Deluxe Air Fryer

1. Rotisserie Chicken or Pork Loin

OK, for our No. 1 pick: It’s technically two recipes, but using the rotisserie setting gives you lots of options for delicious dinners. Try this Peruvian Chicken in the air fryer, and you’ll never want what’s sitting under a warming lamp at the grocery store again. And a juicy pork loin in the air fryer is simple and delicious. You don’t have to do anything other than brush it with a little oil and season it the way you like it.

Peruvian Chicken
Peruvian Chicken

2. Roasted Vegetables

The beauty of the roast setting on an air fryer is that you can use it like an oven without waiting for it to preheat. Toss vegetables with 1 tbsp of oil and season them how you like. Use the two cooking trays and the Roast setting to make roasted green beans, bell peppers, thin asparagus stalks, carrots, zucchini, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, and more.

3. Seafood

You might think Coconut Shrimp is your only seafood option in an air fryer. But roasted shrimp with a little oil and seasoning is perfect in just four minutes using the air fryer roast setting. You can also roast salmon, cod, or tilapia.

4. Dehydrated Fruits

Create your own dried fruit snacks for a fraction of the cost using the dehydrate setting on the air fryer and one of your favorite fruits. Apple chips, banana chips, and pineapple chips are just the beginning of what’s possible.

5. Jerky

Skip the nitrates and filler and make jerky at home with your own choice of meat. Try beef jerky from a sirloin or flank steak for starters, then experiment with game meats and poultry. For chewier jerky, slice your meat against the grain.

Teriyaki Beef Jerky
Teriyaki Beef Jerky

We still love our tater tots and chicken tenders, and we love them even more in the air fryer. But it’s also a wonderful kitchen tool for everyday dinners, loads of healthy vegetables, and for making specialty foods at home like dried fruits and beef jerky. What non-fried foods do you make in your air fryer? Share them in the comments below or at #howipamperedchef.

18 Responses to 5 Air Fryer Recipes That Aren’t Breaded

  1. Shirley Davis August 30, 2020 at 1:41 pm #

    How much?

    • Beverly September 4, 2020 at 11:27 am #


      The deluxe air fryer is $279 and you can get the deluxe skewers for $25. You will love it!!

    • Kym September 5, 2020 at 11:49 am #

      Hi Shirley. The Air Fryer is $279. Or you could Host a party in September and get it 60% off!

      • Sharon August 1, 2021 at 9:46 am #

        Hi! I just hosted a party and got the Air Fryer for free!

    • Stephanie D'Andrea January 17, 2022 at 3:48 pm #

      Deluxe Air Fryer
      Item Number: 100194


  2. heather September 26, 2020 at 7:21 am #

    Is there a baking tray to use in the air fryer for the bake setting? I’d love to use the Air Fryer or stuff like Cinnamon Rolls, biscuits, and other items that I cant put on the trays that come with it?

    • LYNN HULSE October 1, 2020 at 10:24 am #

      They came out with a stoneware pan that will fit in the Air Fryer.

      • Sheila Matson January 22, 2021 at 3:55 pm #

        How do I cook a steak in their delux air fryer

    • Jennifer Norman October 21, 2020 at 8:30 am #

      There are 2 metal trays that you could put a piece of parchment onto to make the cinnamon rolls so that the icing doesn’t spill down.

    • Neva M October 9, 2022 at 6:28 pm #

      Yes! pampered chef has a set of 3 baking pans in a set.& the smaller ones will fit in the air fryer…
      I saw some cheaper ones at Walmart and picked a couple of those up for my hubby to use as he’s terrible about trying my cookie sheets in the regular oven! They seem to work fine too, but Pampered chef pans are better quality… I also use precut parchment paper in the bottom to make clean up easier

  3. Carolyn Kraham October 26, 2020 at 7:23 am #

    Yes, Heather, there are lots of trays, pans, baking sheets in our catalog that can be used in the Deluxe Air Fryer

  4. Stacy Kornbau November 15, 2020 at 10:01 am #

    Can you possibly post some more recipes for the air fryer. I just got mine & I’m wanting some recipes for burgers, & other main dish ideas. I have the Season’s Best cookbook.

  5. Matt Freund January 7, 2021 at 2:46 pm #

    Thanks for the good recipes. I am going to try a few.

    • Kim April 13, 2022 at 11:42 am #

      This looks awesome, I’ve always wanted to try homemade jerky

  6. Bill Stewart January 26, 2021 at 9:52 pm #

    Quick and easy after school snack for kids.

    “Crinkle fries and chicken nuggets”

    Add single layer of fries to one tray, if desired sprinkle with salt prior to placing into fryer. Turn fried on to custom 12 mins @ 400degrees. Insert tray into the slot just above the rotisserie-slot and close door. (Top slot results in crispier fries).

    Place desired number of nuggets onto second rack. At 9 minutes insert nuggets into fryer.

    Once cooking has ended serve up some of the best fries out there. Ketchup or mustard or sauce optional.

  7. Janice Osowicki September 7, 2022 at 11:48 am #

    What’s the best way to toast bread in the air fryer?

  8. Carolyn Sibbick September 19, 2022 at 4:02 pm #

    What temperature do you cook rotisserie pork loin at? It defaults to 400, is that correct?

  9. Torie Bishop March 9, 2023 at 11:46 am #

    I would love to try the jerky. Never made it before.

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