A whole fried chicken dinner being cooked in the nearby air fryer 90 minutes. This is fried chicken with potatoes, carrots, cauliflower and green beans!
I only use one pan to prepare the sauce – which takes a few minutes and is really easy (I promise!).
This is my mid-week roast if I want it a nutritious dinner on the table with minimal effort.
Everyone is talking about air fryers these days and I really wanted to put ours to the test to see if they would work a full fried chicken dinnerwithout having to parboil or pre-cook anything – the answer is a resounding… YES!
Well… except for the sauce.
I think you could use an air fryer to make the sauce, but it’s easier to do it in a pan while the veggies are cooking in the air fryer. And this recipe is all about simplicity.
This is an easy one-pan dinner that tastes amazing and saves SO MUCH on washing up.
📋 What do we need?
- Chicken – Choose the size of chicken that fits well in your air fryer. For my Ninja Max air fryer (<-- affiliate link), this is a 1.5kg chicken that takes about 45-50 minutes to cook.
- vegetables – I use potatoes, carrots, cauliflower and green beans. The carrots and potatoes cook and brown beautifully! You’ll have to keep an eye on the cauliflower and green beans (cauliflower LOVES to char in the air fryer), but as long as they blend in well with the other veggies without big sticky chunks, you should be fine.
- gravy – Broth, cornmeal (cornstarch if you’re in the US), seasonings, and the juices from the roast chicken are all you need to make this easy gravy.
📺 Check out how to do it
Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.
👩🍳PRO TIP Turn your cauliflower florets upside down and place them in the other veggies as you cook them in the air fryer – this will cook them without over-browning.
Don’t want to use a pan at all to prepare your sauce?
Sometimes life calls for a good old bisto sauce (no, this is not a sponsored post). If you want to make this recipe even easier, prepare a pitcher of bisto sauce (or store brand equivalent) in your sauce jar, and if you want even more flavor, stir in the cooking juices from cooking the chicken in the air fryer.
ideas for leftovers
Don’t forget to save any leftover chicken cutlets to prepare:
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Air Fryer Fried Chicken Dinner
A whole roast chicken with roast potatoes and veggies, all made in the air fryer! All done in less than 90 minutes. This is a great way to make an easy roast dinner with minimal washing up!
For the carrots and potatoes:
For the green beans and cauliflower
Remove the chicken from the refrigerator 30-45 minutes before roasting to cool.
1 whole chicken – approx 1-3kg-1.5kg (2.9lb-3.3lb) – ideally free range
Use your hands to rub the oil into the skin of the chicken.
1 tbsp olive oil
Sprinkle with salt, pepper and thyme.
½ tsp salt, ½ tsp black pepper, ¼ tsp dried thyme
Place the chicken at 180°C/350°F for approx. 45-50 minutes – until the skin is golden and the juices run clear (test by inserting a skewer into the thickest part of the thigh – the liquid that will run out should be clear). If you have a temperature probe, the internal temperature should be 75°C/165°F.
Remove from the hot air fryer, place on a board or tray to rest and cover with cling film and a tea towel.
Add the chicken broth to the air fryer basket and swirl around to absorb any chicken juices – this will form the base of the sauce. Pour the liquid into a small saucepan and set aside.
400 ml (1 + ⅔ cup) strong chicken broth
Set the air fryer to 200°C/400°F
Place the potatoes and carrots in the air fryer basket and drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
2 medium-sized potatoes (approx. 175 g each), 2 large carrots (each approx. 85-100 g), 1 tablespoon olive oil, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp black pepper
Mix together and place in air fryer for 12 minutes, shaking once, halfway through cooking.
Place the green beans and cauliflower in the air fryer basket. Drizzle with the remaining 1 tbsp oil and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper.
120 g (4.2 oz) trimmed fine green beans, 1 small head of cauliflower, 1 tablespoon olive oil, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp black pepper
Use a spoon or tongs to mix the potatoes and carrots together, making sure the cauliflower florets are facing down or tucked under the potatoes/carrots and the green beans aren’t sticking out (this will prevent them from doing so) . burn) and cook in the hot air fryer for 10-12 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
Meanwhile prepare the sauce. Place the pan with the chicken broth and chicken juices over high heat and bring to a boil.
Slowly add the cornmeal mash, stirring with a whisk, until the sauce is thickened to your liking.
2 tablespoons cornmeal (cornstarch in the US)
Add any remaining chicken juices from the resting chicken, as well as any leftover juices at the bottom of the Air Fryer basket to give the sauce maximum flavor. Taste it and add a little more salt and pepper if needed.
Salt and black pepper to taste
Remove the vegetables from the air fryer and place in a serving bowl or on the tray with the chicken.
Carve the chicken and serve with the air fried vegetables and gravy.
You need to make sure you can fit the chicken in the air fryer basket, so test it first by putting the chicken in and making sure the legs aren’t interfering with the opening and closing of the air fryer. We also don’t want the legs to touch the item on the air fryer. If this is the case, you may need to snip the legs off with a sharp knife on a sturdy cutting board.
Type of air fryer
I use the Ninja Max Air Fryer (<-- affiliate link) but this guide is for any drawer style air fryer (not grill or paddle style air fryers. I have not tested these. If you have, please let me know comments :-))
Swap out the potatoes and/or carrots for other chunky root vegetables like parsnips, sweet potatoes, or swedes.
Swap out cauliflower and/or green beans for broccoli, chunks of zucchini (zucchini), halved sprouts, and sliced runner beans (same rules apply to: charring and nesting these more tender vegetables to protect them from the high heat of the air fryer).
Nutritional information is approximate per serving (this recipe serves 4 people).
Calories: 660kcalCarbohydrates: 30GProtein: 42GFat: 42GSaturated Fatty Acids: 10GPolyunsaturated fat: 8thGMonounsaturated fatty acids: 20GTrans fats: 0.2GCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 1497mgPotassium: 1187mgFiber: 6GSugar: 6GVitamin A: 7594ieVitamin C: 63mgCalcium: 84mgIron: 3mg
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