Healthy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

I just recently started Weight Watchers again for the new year. It’s time to really get it together. Last year was a mess with eating and I feel like I didn’t focus on the healthy eating as much as I should have. Since I got this air fryer I’ve made so many dishes so it’s definitely helping me eat better. The things you can do with it, are endless.

This chicken recipe is marinated with Greek yogurt. The yogurt makes it super juicy and moist. I love the flavor it gives, too. Instead of using a marinade with oil this is a healthier lighter alternative. You have to give this recipe a try!

Please keep in mind not all air fryers are created equally. You may need to adjust the temp and cook time to your specific model type.

Healthy Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Ingredients:
1 cup non fat Greek yogurt
2 T ranch seasoning
1 T olive oil
6-8 chicken thighs, boneless & skinless

Directions: In a small bowl mix together Greek yogurt, ranch seasoning and olive oil. In a deep dish pan or zip lock bag add the chicken and cover chicken with the Greek yogurt mixture on both sides. Let marinade for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.

To cook, preheat the air fryer. Spray the basket or rack with cooking spray. Line the bottom of the air fryer with foil for easy clean up. (Note: I have an oven air fryer) Add chicken to the rack and cook at 370° for 17-19 minutes, flipping halfway through. I like the nice charred edges on the chicken, however you can reduce time if you prefer. Check the chicken with an instant read thermometer. The internal temp at the thickest part of the thigh should be 165°. You may need to cook the chicken in batches, or if you have an oven air fryer, you can add 2 racks and rotate racks half way through. Let rest a few minutes before enjoying.

Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms

I love stuffed mushrooms.  For someone who never loved mushrooms until I was older, it’s something I really enjoy making now.  You can really mix up recipes and add anything you want to a make a stuffed mushroom.  Any flavor combo you like. 

These were made in the air fryer and they came out SO delicious.  They were tender but not soggy at all, which unforunately is a common occurence for mushrooms since they have a high water content. 

If you love mushrooms and have an air fryer, give these a try. They are so quick to make.  Just keep in mind each air fryer is different and the cook times are estimated based on my specific air fryer.  I use an oven air fryer vs a basket one.  However, you can make this in either, you may jut have to adjust the temp and time.  If you are interested in my air fryer, check out tool bar above that says “Shop Items I Use.”

Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients:
8-10 oz white button mushrooms, cleaned
8 oz cream cheese, soften (whipped or in the tub will work too)
1/2 small onion, diced
3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/2 cup Romano cheese, finely grated
1 garlic clove, grated or finely minced
1 T olive oil
1 t Italian seasoning
1/2 t dried parsley
1 t garlic & herb seasoning, optional (Check it out on top tool bar, “Shop Items I Use”)
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper

Directions: Remove mushroom stems and diced up.  In a medium bowl add in the cream cheese, onion, garlic and mushroom stems.  Mix well.  Add in the bread crumbs, Romano cheese, seasoning and oil and mix well until fully incorporated.  Taste mixture and adjust seasoning to taste.

 

Fill each mushroom evenly with the cream cheese mixture.  You want the filling to be slightly heaping.  Preheat air fryer.  Mine preheats at 400° for 4 minutes.   Place mushroom on rack (if using oven air fryer, that’s what I have) or place in basket. 

Cook mushrooms at 360° for 6-8 minutes. Keep an eye on them so they don’t get very dark on top.  I originally started cooking for 8 minutes and ended up taking them our early since they were golden on top and the mushrooms were tender.  I cooked about 6 minutes.  Remove from air fryer and enjoy!

Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin

I just recently purchased an air fryer! So far, I’m loving it. I’m going to probably be expermenting with it often, so I will definately be sharing any tips and recipes with you.

This first one is going to be for a pork tenderloin. It came out PHENOMNAL. I loved the extra little char on the pork. The flavor was delicious and it cooked rather quickly. Check out the recipe below. I also added the air fryer oven that I have on my Amazon items I use at the top of this page.

Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients:
1 pork tenderloin, 2-3lbs
1/2 T olive oil
2 t ranch seasoning
2 t garlic & herb seasoning
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Directions: Preheat your air fryer at 400° for 4 minutes. (Note: That’s my air fryer preheat, 400° for 4 minutes you can preheat however long your specific air fryer recommends) Next rub the pork with olive oil and season with the seasoning. Rub in to make sure pork is fully coated. You don’t want a lot of extra oil on the pork. Just enough to get the nice char.

Add to your air fryer rack or basket. Cook at 400 for 18-20 minutes. Flip half way through. Remove from oven and let rest. I like my pork completely cooked, meaning very little if no pink at all. You can reduce or add time depending on your preferred doneness. I recommend you use a instant read thermometer to check temperature.

Note: Every air fryer is different. You may have to adjust the recipe to your specific type and model of air fryer. The best thing to do is use an instant read thermometer to check your pork. My air fryer is listed in Items I use on top of this page as well as the garlic & herb seasoning

Baked Buffalo Chicken Dip

One of my favorite party dips is buffalo chicken dip! I make it a lot when I go to parties or events. I seem to always get asked to make this dip. I love it because it reminds me of chicken wings which I LOVE! You can easily adjust the spice level on the dip.

There are a few different variations out there. I traditionally bake mine in the oven vs use a crockpot. However, I LOVE the idea of the crockpot because you can keep in there to serve and it will remain warm. See the notes after the recipe for tips on baking, making ahead of time and what chicken to use! Enjoy!

Baked Buffalo Chicken Dip

Ingredients:
3 cups cooked chicken, (canned chicken, rotisserie chicken or 2 chicken breasts shredded)
2 8 oz packages cream cheese
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup Frank’s Red Hot (more or less based on taste)
1 cup Ranch salad dressing

Directions: Preheat oven to 375. In a deep sauté pan add in hot sauce on medium heat. Add in the cream cheese and heat until melted. Add in Ranch and mix well. Fold in the cheese and let it melt slightly. Stir in the chicken to completely coat. Add the chicken mixture to an oven safe dish. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until bubbly and completely warmed through. Serve with celery, crackers or your choice of chips.

Note: You can make ahead and bake when needed. Just add about 10-15 minutes to cooking time when the dip is refrigerator cold. You can use any kind of chicken you’d like. If you’d prefer you can add all these ingredients to a crockpot and cook on low 2-3 hours. This is great for a party if you want to keep the dip warm.

Smothered Mushroom Pork Chops

These smothered pork chops are a delicious and quick week night dinner. I enjoy pork dishes but sometimes I need to spice it up a bite. This dish does it. I put together one night and luckily I took pictures along the way because it came out delicious. Give it a try! Yum!

Smothered Mushrooms Pork Chops

Ingredients:

6 boneless pork chops, (about 1/2 inch thickness)
2 T olive oil
16 oz sliced mushrooms
1 medium onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups of half and half (or heavy cream)
3 T whipped cream cheese
2 T Worcestershire
1/4 cup Romano cheese, finely grated
2 t rosemary
salt (more for seasoning pork)
pepper (more for seasoning pork)
chives, optional

Directions: Heat a large sauté pan on high heat. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper generously on both sides. Add in 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan and let heat 1-2 minutes. Next sear pork chops on both sides till you get a golden color. About 2-3 minutes per sides. Cook in batches if needed. Once pork chops are browned, remove from the pan and set aside.

Next add in the last of the olive oil. Let heat. Then add in the mushrooms, garlic and onion and let cook until tender. Cook the mushrooms until most of liquid cooks out. Season with salt and pepper. Add in the Worcestershire.

Once veggies are tender, pour in cream and let simmer 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Next add in the cream cheese and continuously stir till the cream cheese melts. Mix in the Romano cheese and season the sauce with rosemary and salt and pepper to taste.

Add the pork chops back to the pan and let simmer on low 5-6 minutes till the pork chops are cooked through and the sauce has thickened.

To serve add the pork chop and top with a generus amount of mushrooms sauce. Top with chopped chives if so desired.



Deliciously Easy Creamed Spinach

I love love love creamed spinach! I usually get as a side dish when I’m out having a steak dinner. I’ve made a few version at home, but this is by far the best one yet! It’s beyond simple! You can’t ask for anything quicker, honestly. I am so excited to have another veggie side dish that’s super simple to make and taste phenomenal. This recipe is perfect to make ahead of time, perfect for holidays and perfect to make for a crowd.

Deliciously Easy Creamed Spinach

Ingredients:
1lb frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 1/2 cups half and half or heavy cream
1/2 cup shaved parmesan
1/4 cup+ 1T grated Romano cheese
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, diced
1/2 T flour or 2 t xanthan gum
2 t olive oil
1 t crushed red pepper flakes, optional
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Directions: Heat a medium sauté pan on medium high heat. First squeeze out all the extra liquid from the thawed spinach before putting into the pan. Add in the olive oil and let heat 1-2 minutes. Next add in the onion and garlic. Let cook until fragrant and slightly tender.

Next add in the cream and xanthan gum (or flour). Cook for 5-6 minutes on medium stirring often. The mixture should start to become slightly thicker.

Next add in the cheeses and mix until fully melted. Season with crushed red pepper, (if using) and salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Note: This can easily be made ahead of time and re-heated the day you are going to use it. Some water may accumlate in the spinach but when you heat it, that will evaporate. Also, sometimes people say using half and half will not make the cream spinach thick enough, for me that was never never