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Air Fryer Chicken and Broccoli

This air fryer chicken and broccoli recipe is a lifesaver on busy weeknights. Tender chicken and perfectly cooked broccoli are ready in minutes, and can be served however you like, whether you’re in the mood for a spicy kick or a savory Asian-inspired twist. 

Air fryer chicken and broccoli in a white bowl.

My go-to air fryer chicken and broccoli recipe

I absolutely love this recipe for cooking chicken and broccoli in the air fryer. It’s a breeze to prepare, and it’s totally versatile and can form the base for any number of different meals.

Some of my faves are served over rice with a drizzle of hoisin sauce, tossed with pasta and a dollop of pesto, or just as is with a creamy dipping sauce! 😋

Cooked chicken and broccoli in air fryer basket.

What do you need?

  1. Diced chicken: I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe. You can substitute chicken thighs or turkey breast if you prefer. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces of a similar size so they cook evenly.
  2. Broccoli: Cut the florets into even-sized pieces to ensure they cook at the same rate as the chicken.
  3. Light olive oil: You can use other cooking oils with a high smoke point, such as avocado oil or grapeseed oil, if you prefer.
  4. Seasoning: I used a simple blend of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Feel free to experiment with different seasoning blends to suit your taste preferences. Try Italian seasoning, lemon-pepper, or even a spicy Cajun blend for a kick of heat.

Let’s cook this broccoli and chicken in the air fryer!

1

Prepare.

Rinse the broccoli and pat dry, then cut the broccoli and the chicken into bite-sized chunks. Toss together in a bowl with a drizzle of oil and the seasoning.

Chicken and broccoli in bowl with oil and seasoning.

2

Pop it in the air fryer.

Preheat the air fryer to 200°C/ 400°F (if your air fryer doesn’t have a preheat mode, just set it to air fry for 3-4 minutes). Then pop the broccoli and chicken in the air fryer basket.

Uncooked chicken and broccoli in air fryer basket.

3

Air fry.

Air fry the chicken and broccoli at 200°C/ 400°F for 10-14 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Shake the basket to redistribute the food (or toss quickly with tongs) a few times during cooking to ensure it cooks evenly.

Air fried chicken and broccoli in air fryer basket.

Check the temperature in the centre of a few of the largest chunks of chicken to ensure it has reached at least 74°C/ 165°F all the way through.

Variations and serving ideas

  • Toss with teriyaki sauce before cooking, and serve over a bed of fluffy jasmine rice.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese when there are 2-3 minutes of cooking time remaining.
  • Toss with your favorite pasta and a dollop of pesto.
  • Add it to a grain bowl, topped with sliced almonds and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Air fried chicken and broccoli with rice.

Air fryer chicken and broccoli in a white bowl.

Air Fryer Chicken and Broccoli

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This air fryer chicken and broccoli recipe is a lifesaver on busy weeknights. Tender chicken and perfectly cooked broccoli are ready in minutes, and can be served however you like, whether you’re in the mood for a spicy kick or a savory Asian-inspired twist. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Serves3

Ingredients

  • 1 lb / 450 g diced chicken breast
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1 tablespoon light olive oil

Seasonings

  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

Directions

  • Preheat air fryer to 200°C/ 400°F.
  • Rinse the broccoli, pat dry, and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  • Place broccoli and diced chicken breast into a bowl, drizzle with oil, and add seasonings. Toss to coat.
  • Place chicken and broccoli in air fryer basket, and air fry for 10-15 minutes until chicken is cooked through [Note 1]. Shake basket (or toss the food with tongs) 1-2 times during cooking to redistribute the food and ensure it cooks evenly.

Notes

  1. Check the internal temperature of the chicken in a few places to ensure

Nutrition

Calories: 213.7kcal  Carbohydrates: 0.01g  Protein: 32.1g  Fat: 8.6g  Saturated Fat: 1.5g  Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.1g  Monounsaturated Fat: 4.6g  Trans Fat: 0.02g  Cholesterol: 96.8mg  Sodium: 175.6mg  Potassium: 560.1mg  Fiber: 0.01g  Vitamin A: 54.1IU  Vitamin C: 1.9mg  Calcium: 8mg  Iron: 0.6mg

Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.

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