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Air fryers are all the rage right now and if you've been hanging around here long, you know I love my air fryer! Air fried foods don't have the greasy taste that fried foods have because an air fryer uses hot air to cook your food. It's kind of a mini-convection oven, so if you take the time to learn how to use it properly, you can have delicious, crispy, food that everyone will believe you fried.
If you're using an air fryer, you're probably already trying to be a little more health conscious. I was recently sent a copy of a wonderful air fryer cookbook that is targeted at diabetics, but really, if you're just trying to eat a little better and maybe lower carb, this book will work great for you, too. Many of the recipes use ingredients like whole wheat panko instead of regular breadcrumbs or spices to add flavor, so it's easy to modify for your own use if necessary.
The Easy Air Fryer Cookbook: Healthy, Everyday Recipes for People with Diabetes is a wonderful cookbook to get you started on a low-carb, diabetic-friendly air fryer journey. You'll find recipes like Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Southwestern Egg Rolls, Nashville Hot chicken and Salmon Sliders with Fennel Slaw as well as things like Cauliflower Tots, Spicy Green Beans and Mexican Street corn. There's a ton of healthy recipes packed with flavor that are sure to please the whole family.
Because everyone always wonders if you can make tasty fried chicken in the air fryer, I decided to test out the recipe for Buttermilk Fried Chicken along with Spicy Green Beans. The recipe below calls for whole chicken breasts, but I used chicken tenders because that's what I had in my fridge. You can use regular chicken breasts and get the same results. As you can see, the chicken is crispy and the inside was amazingly tender and juicy. That's what happens when you cook with an air fryer. It seals the flavors in so your meat doesn't dry out. You'll want to cook your chicken until it reaches 165 degrees for food safety and remember some air fryers may cook more quickly than others. It's a good idea to check your food a few minutes before you expect it to be done.
Here are the two recipes I made to get you started. You can pick up your own copy of The Easy Air Fryer Cookbook: Healthy, Everyday Recipes for People with Diabetes at Amazon. The book is also at other bookstores.
As a side note, the air fryer I used to cook these dishes is the Ninja Foodi 6.5 Quart. I love my Ninja Foodi because not only is it an air fryer, it is also a pressure cooker and dehydrator. It stays on my counter and is used almost daily!