This Air Fryer chicken and broccoli dinner is so light and healthy! It’s also really quick and easy to make, which makes it the perfect dinner for busy weeknights!
Air Fryer Chicken Dinners
An Air Fryer is perfect for cooking chicken, and the way I think of it, is a small powerful fan oven that makes cooking and cleaning up really easy.
For example, you can make the best ever chicken fajitas in the Air Fryer (and I love this shrimp fajitas version!), the chicken turns out so moist and juicy, and I love how the vegetables get charred in the Air Fryer.
And the reason why I love using my Air Fryer so much, is that the food is ready in no time. I mean, you can cook up a complete meal in just 10-15 minutes!
Another delicious meal that you can make in the Air Fryer is this Air Fryer chicken and potatoes, it’s so simple yet so flavorful and ready in no time. And of course, this delicious chicken and broccoli, so let’s get into it!
Here’s what you’ll need to make Air Fryer chicken and broccoli:
- Chicken breast – boneless and skinless, cut into 1-inch pieces.
- Broccoli and mushrooms – you can also add zucchini, onion, green beans, etc.
- Oil – a small amount of oil will help crisp up the chicken and vegetables rather than drying them out and steaming them.
- Seasonings – garlic and ginger is what I start all Asian inspired recipes with, I also add soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, and sriracha for the marinade. Feel free to add other flavors that you like such as hoisin, fresh chili, oyster sauce, etc.
How to Make Air Fryer Chicken and Broccoli
- In a large bowl, toss the chicken with broccoli, mushrooms, and seasonings to combine.
- Preheat the Air Fryer to 400°F (205°C) for 5 minutes, meanwhile, the chicken and veggies will marinate.
- Add the chicken and vegetables to the preheated Air Fryer, and cook for 10 minutes flipping halfway through. The chicken is ready when it’s slightly charred.
And that’s pretty much it. The result is delicious chicken pieces and perfectly cooked broccoli with Asian flavors.
NOTE: It’s important to understand that this is not a saucy stir fry recipe since it’s entirely made in the Air Fryer, but if you want to toss the chicken and broccoli in sauce after air frying, that’s super easy to make!
Make it Saucy!
Double the marinade amounts, take half of it, and mix with ¼ cup of water and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Then in a small saucepan on the stovetop, simmer the sauce until it thickens.
Toss the Air Fryer chicken and broccoli in the sauce and serve over rice.
Or, make my Instant Pot Chicken and Broccoli recipe instead! Plenty of sauce in that recipe.
How to Know if Chicken Is Cooked
You can check the doneness of the chicken by using a fork and a knife and cut through a piece to see if the meat is well cooked in the middle.
But the best and safest way to check is using an instant read thermometer as it will ensure that your chicken is safe to eat. Simply insert the thermometer in the center of the chicken piece, and the internal temperature of the chicken should hit 165°F (75°C). If it hasn’t reached that temperature, just cook for an additional 2-3 minutes and check again.
Whilst this recipe is great to be served on its own, I like to serve it in a bowl with a drizzle of sauce. And that’s honestly my favorite part! You can either make your own homemade sauce, or simply use mayo, sriracha, or hot sauce. Below are my favorite homemade options:
Creamy sriracha mayo – Adds creaminess and flavor to the dish and this is what you see in the image. Simply mix 1 cup of mayo with 2 tablespoons of sweet chili sauce, and 1 tablespoon of hot sauce or sriracha. If you like it spicier, feel free to add more sriracha or cayenne powder. It’s the same sauce I make for my delicious egg roll in a bowl!
Sweet and sour sauce – ditch the store-bought bottle, and make your own! Seriously, it’s SO easy, healthier, and tastes much better than store-bought sauce.
- An Air Fryer. I recently bought this Air Fryer and LOVE IT! It’s also the one you see in the pictures here.
- Spatula: I like using silicone spatulas not to damage my pots and pans.
- Stainless steel locking tongs
- I love these measuring spoons to measure out the seasonings.
- These are the mixing bowls that you see in all of my pictures, they’re honestly the best!
- This air fryer magnetic cheat sheet is very handy, it contains cooking time and temperature to cook 66 most common ingredients which I find very useful.
- I also really like these air fryer parchment liners, they’re not just for steaming and you can use them for cooking things like fries or chicken without worrying that the food will stick to the basket. They’re also quite cheap and there are 100 pcs in a package.
- And for a full set of air fryer accessories, I recommend this set
- 1 lb (450g) 2-3 medium chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 teaspoons oil peanut, vegetable, or canola
- 7oz (200g) broccoli florets about 2 cups, cut into small bite size pieces
- 1 cup mushrooms sliced 3 mm/ ⅛" thick
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger grated or minced
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce all-purpose or light
- 1 teaspoon sriracha or hot sauce
- Creamy sriracha mayo
- Air fryer
- Preheat the Air Fryer to 400°F (205°C).
- In a large mix bowl, toss the chicken with broccoli, mushrooms, and seasonings to combine.
- Add the chicken and vegetables to the preheated Air Fryer, and cook for 10 minutes flipping halfway through. The chicken is ready when it's slightly charred.
- If your Air Fryer basket is small, cook the chicken and vegetables in batches as overcrowding the basket will result in steamed chicken and vegetables and they won’t char.
- This recipe makes 2-3 generous portions.
- Nutrition is calculated per serving assuming 2 servings, excluding rice.
- To make a sauce (optional): After air frying, you can make a sauce to toss the chicken and vegetables in. Here’s how you make it: double the marinade amounts, take half of it and mix with ¼ cup of water and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Then in a small saucepan on the stovetop, simmer the sauce until it thickens. Toss the Air Fryer chicken and broccoli in the sauce and serve over rice.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.
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