3 Full Air Fryer Dinners

By: Cassy Joy Garcia

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Whether you have minimal kitchen equipment or you’re just trying to keep your house cool in the heat of the summer, we’ve got you covered with three complete dinners made in the air fryer. 

Top down view of three plated air fryer dinners on a gray and white marble surface.

Air Fryer Dinners

These complete air fryer dinners were inspired by Cassy’s sister, Kim (she developed the steak one!). She was in the middle of a kitchen reno, had limited cooking gadgets, and no oven or stove. Enter the air fryer! She realized it was still entirely possible to cook a home meal from start to finish (including dessert) in the air fryer. We are always looking for new and inventive ways to make getting dinner on the table a little easier and more efficient, so we’re bringing you 3 different air fryer dinners! They’re easy to prep and cook up so quickly. I’ll be the first to share: I was a little skeptical about cooking meat in the air fryer, but now I am a believer! The steak was beautifully medium (the way I like it) with a crust on the outside, the chicken was super juicy, and the salmon had crispy skin and a tender flake. 

Can you cook an entire meal in an air fryer?

You can absolutely cook an entire meal in the air fryer! Each of these recipes is written for 2 servings, and everything cooks together in the air fryer. How easy is that?!

Dinner 1: Steak, Fries, Broccoli, and Chocolate Chip Cookies

It doesn’t get more classic than a steak and potato meal (with some crispy broccoli for an added veggie component) finished with chocolate chip cookies. If you’re a fan of classic flavors like I am, this meal is for you!

Two air fryer steak dinners plated with broccoli and steak fries.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 8-10 ounce ribeye (or steak of choice)
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 8 ounces of frozen steak fries
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 package of Immaculate Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

How to Cook a Steak Dinner in the Air Fryer

Ribeye steak being placed in basket of air fryer.
Steak after being cooked in air fryer.
Broccoli and French fries in the air fryer basket.
Cooked fries in the air fryer basket.
Raw cookie dough in a parchment lined air fryer basket.
Air fried cookies in a parchment lined basket.
  1. Preheat the air fryer. Preheat your air fryer to 400℉.
  2. Prep the ingredients. Season both sides of the steak with salt and pepper. Toss the broccoli florets in a bowl with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. 
  3. Cook the steak. Add your steak to the air fryer first and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the steak from the air fryer and let it rest on a cutting board. 
  4. Add the fries and broccoli. Add the fries and broccoli to the air fryer and cook for 10 minutes. Then remove the broccoli and toss the fries. Cook the fries for an additional 8 minutes. 
  5. Enjoy the steak, potatoes, and veggies. Slice the steak against the grain and serve alongside the broccoli and fries. 
  6. Bake the cookies. Preheat the air fryer to 330℉. Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper. Place the cookies approximately 1” apart in the basket. Bake for 12 minutes. 
  7. Serve dessert and enjoy!

Dinner 2: Salmon and Veggies

Light, satisfying, and full of flavor, this air fryer salmon and veggies dinner makes for a delicious summer-inspired meal.

Salmon dinner plated with medley of vegetables and a lemon half.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 8-10 ounce salmon filet
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced
  • 1 small yellow squash, sliced
  • 1 small red onion, cut into large chunks
  • 1 teaspoon of dill
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon, sliced, for garnish

How to Cook Salmon in the Air Fryer

Chopped and sliced vegetables on a epicurean cutting board with a butcher knife on a marble surface.
Salmon filet and vegetables side by side in an air fryer basket.
Hand seasoning salmon filet.
Salmon and vegetable medley cooked in air fryer basket.
  1. Preheat the air fryer. Preheat your air fryer to 400℉.
  2. Prep the ingredients. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the salmon filet and season with salt and pepper. Slice the zucchini and yellow squash into half-inch slices and cut into half-moons (depending on the size of your squash). Cut one small, red onion into quarters, and then halve the quarters. Toss the vegetables in a bowl with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with dill.  
  3. Cook. Add the salmon filet, skin side down, to one side of the air fryer basket and the prepared vegetables to the other side. Cook for 10 minutes. 
  4. Serve and enjoy! Finish the salmon with a squeeze of lemon juice and serve alongside the vegetables. Enjoy! 

Dinner 3: Chicken, Peppers, and Potatoes

This air fryer chicken breast is so delicious that, once you try it, you may never want to prepare your chicken breast another way! This meal is beautifully rounded with plenty of protein, carbs, and healthy fats, and one of the juiciest preparations of chicken breast you’ll ever eat. 

Air fryer chicken dinner plated with potatoes and vegetables.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 8-10 ounce chicken breast
  • ¼ red bell pepper, sliced
  • ½ yellow onion, sliced
  • ¾ pound of red potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 2 tablespoons Balanced Bites Diner Blend
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

How to Cook Chicken in the Air Fryer

Hand using butcher knife to cut potatoes.
Hand using butcher knife to slice bell pepper.
Hand using butcher knife to slice onion.
Hand seasoning chicken breast.
Chicken and potatoes in air fryer basket.
Chicken air fryer dinner cooked in air fryer basket.
  1. Preheat the air fryer. Preheat your air fryer to 400℉.
  2. Prep the ingredients. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the chicken breast and season with 1 tablespoon of the Diner Blend. Slice the bell pepper and yellow onion into half-inch slices and quarter your red potatoes. Toss the potatoes in a bowl with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and season with 1 tablespoon of the Diner Blend. Keep the bell pepper and onion separate.  
  3. Cook. Add the chicken breast to one side of the air fryer basket and the potato wedges to the other. Cook for 10 minutes. While the chicken and potatoes are cooking, toss the red bell pepper and onions in the bowl that the potatoes were in to pick up any remaining seasoning and a light coat of olive oil.
  4. Toss and add vegetables. Flip the chicken over and toss the potatoes, making room in the air fryer basket for the peppers and onions. Add the bell pepper and the onions and cook for an additional 8 minutes.
  5. Serve and enjoy! 

What foods are best cooked in an air fryer?

There are so many different options for cooking in the air fryer – the sky is *almost* the limit! The air fryer is a great way to crisp up vegetables (think: brussels sprouts, asparagus, cauliflower, green beans, etc.) and perfect for meats because the high-speed air gives a great crust to the outside while keeping the inside moist and perfectly cooked (air fryer bacon might just change your life). Any form of potato (French fries, potato wedges, tater tots, hash brown coins, etc.) come out super crisp. It’s fun to see what delicious concoctions you can create with the air fryer! 

Air fryer dinner recipes on a gray and white marble surface.

Can you put raw meat in the air fryer?

Yes! Air fryers use high-speed, hot air to cook the food, and it brings the food to temperature just like you would achieve in an oven or on the stove. When in doubt about cook times, I always like to use a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temps are where I would like them to be.

What is the best air fryer?

We've tested and can recommend 2 different air fryers – the Cosori Max XL and the Ninja AF 101. Both of these models perform great! If you're looking to save space, go with the Ninja. If you want a bigger air fryer that can make more food per batch, the Cosori is your best bet!

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3 Full Air Fryer Dinners

Whether you have minimal kitchen equipment or you’re just trying to keep your house cool in the heat of the summer, we’ve got you covered with three complete dinners made in the air fryer. 

  • Author: Melissa Guevara
  • Yield: 2 servings each 1x
  • Category: Air Fryer Recipes
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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Steak Air Fryer Dinner

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 810 ounce ribeye (or steak of choice)
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 8 ounces frozen steak fries
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 package Immaculate Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Salmon Air Fryer Dinner

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 8-10 ounce salmon filet
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced
  • 1 small yellow squash, sliced
  • 1 small red onion cut in large chunks
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon, sliced, to garnish

Chicken Air Fryer Dinner

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 chicken breast
  • ¼ red bell pepper, sliced
  • ½ yellow onion, sliced
  • ¾ pounds red potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 2 tablespoons Balanced Bites Diner Blend
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

Steak Air Fryer Dinner

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400℉.
  2. Season both sides of the steak with salt and pepper. Toss the broccoli florets in a bowl with the olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
  3. Add your steak to the air fryer first and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the steak from the air fryer and let it rest on a cutting board.
  4. Add the fries to the air fryer and cook for 10 minutes. Then toss the fries and push them to one side of the air fryer basket and add the broccoli to the other half. Cook for an additional 8 minutes.
  5. Slice the steak against the grain and serve alongside the broccoli and fries.
  6. To make the cookies, preheat the air fyer to 330℉. Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper. Place the cookies approximately 1” apart in the basket. Bake for 12 minutes.
  7. Serve dessert and enjoy!

Salmon Air Fryer Dinner

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400℉.
  2. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the salmon filet and season with salt and pepper. Slice the zucchini and yellow squash into ½” slices and cut in half (depending on the size of your squash). Cut one small, red onion into quarters, and then halve the quarters. Toss the vegetables in a bowl with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with dill.
  3. Add the salmon filet, skin side down, to one side of the air fryer basket and the prepared vegetables to the other side. Cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Finish the salmon with a squeeze of lemon juice and serve alongside the vegetables. Enjoy!

Chicken Air Fryer Dinner

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400℉.
  2. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the chicken breast and season with 1 tablespoon of the Diner Blend. Slice the bell pepper and yellow onion into ½” slices and quarter your red potatoes. Toss the potatoes in a bowl with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and season with 1 tablespoon of Diner Blend. Keep the bell pepper and onion separate.
  3. Add the chicken breast to one side of the air fryer basket and the potato wedges to the other. Cook for 10 minutes. Toss the red bell pepper and onions in the bowl from the potatoes to pick up any remaining seasoning and a light coat of olive oil from the bowl.
  4. Flip the chicken over and toss the potatoes, making room in the air fryer basket for the remaining vegetables. Add the bell pepper and the onions and cook for an additional 8 minutes.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

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