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Garlic Chicken in a Ninja Air Fryer

Updated on June 22, 2019
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Stephen P Signorelli has been air frying for a long time and even once air fried Pop Tarts.

Garlic stuffed air fried chicken made easy and simple!

Air Fryers are the new culinary it thing. I am serious, turn on any cooking show or peruse your local bookstore for recipe books and you will find more air fryer recipes than you can count. There IS, however, a pretty good reason for this: air fryers are healthy, fast, simple, and versatile.

Well I am not one to jump on any bandwagon, but...well...yeah I am jumping on this bandwagon. Truth be told, I have been using an air fryer long before it was cool because of it's speed, ease of use, and for health reasons. Frying, especially deep frying, will literally clog your arteries like flushing your Sheepdog's fur down the kitchen sink after you decided to try to save some money by cutting his hair yourself and ended up making your dog look like it was having chemotherapy.

You can air fry many many things. Fish, pork chops, scallops, veggies, frozen tater tots, and so on and so on. The list is virtually endless. However for this article, I will be focusing on my all time favorite air fry recipe: garlic stuffed chicken!

in this air fryer thou shall cook
in this air fryer thou shall cook

Step 1: Get an air fryer!

The fact that I have to spell this out makes me realize humanity is not long for this world. But anyway, the first thing you need to do is get yourself an actual air fryer.


I recommend this one:

Since it's a ninja, you may need to subdue it in one on one combat first.
Since it's a ninja, you may need to subdue it in one on one combat first.

This is a Ninja 4 Quart AF100 air fryer. This is my main air fryer and it works very well. It can air fry, roast, reheat, and dehydrate and is so easy to use even my mom figured it out without blowing her house up and killing everyone at the Final Stop Retirement Village.

Honestly, any decent air fryer will do the trick, just remember you get what you pay for!

Step 2: Ingredients

This is simplicity itself. You will only need a few things: Chicken (duh), fresh garlic, olive oil, kosher salt.
oy vey this salt is so good
oy vey this salt is so good
a clove a day keeps vampires away
a clove a day keeps vampires away
oh nom nom nom
oh nom nom nom
Ready for the air fryer!
Ready for the air fryer!

Step 3: prepare your chicken!

So take your three boneless chicken breasts (I hope you bought organic) and cut them horizontally almost but not quite in half.

Take 3 cloves of fresh garlic (one clove per chicken breast).

Cut the cloves into sections.

Stuff the chopped cloves between the two halves of the chicken breasts.

Make three small incisions on the top of each chicken breast.

Plus smaller chopped pieces of the fresh garlic cloves into those incisions.

Spray or brush olive oil on BOTH SIDES of the chicken breasts.

Place into the air fryer container

Sprinkle the kosher salt on top of the chicken breasts.

Place the container into the air fryer

Set the air fryer temperature to 380 degrees

Set the time to 27 minutes

Turn on the air fryer and go have a drink and wait.

my my do you look tasty!
my my do you look tasty!

Step 4: Make a side dish

It is always good to have a side dish with your chicken. You can make whatever you want, but try and keep it healthy since the entire point of this is to eat healthier.

Personally, I am a big time spinach fanatic so that is what I usually go with.

I either will get some Popeye Spinach in a can or some frozen ready to cook spinach from Publix.

I am what I am and that's all that I am!
I am what I am and that's all that I am!

Step 5: Enjoy!

When the Ninja Air Fryer beeps, your garlic stuffed chicken is done! Be careful now, that container is rather hot so use some oven mitts or you will burn yourself and have to forgo your career of being the next Rodin.

Choose the beverage of your desire. I usually go with green tea personally, but you do whatever floats your boat. Take in that aromatic garlic smell as your mouth waters at the prospect of diving into that savory healthy garlic goodness chicken.

In all seriousness, this is a fast, simple, easy, and healthy option for dinner. The combined ingredients were cheaper than ordering pizza or going to a fast food place. Plus, there is nothing unhealthy here. No oils, no butter, nothing. I mean, as long as you don't go crazy loco with the salt, this is pretty much as healthy as you can get!

So there you have it, my favorite air fryer recipe made easy. Garlic stuffed chicken with a side of spinach: healthy, inexpensive, and tasty as hell

Truly I am a culinary master!
Truly I am a culinary master!

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Thank you for reading this article. Please feel free to comment below! let me know if YOU have any recipes you would like to share or if you tried this one, tell me how it came out and if you liked it!

Thanks again for reading and have a great day!

© 2019 Stephen P Signorelli


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    • Stephen P Signorelli profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephen P Signorelli 

      13 months ago from USA

      Great! Definitely let me know how it turned out!!!

    • Stina Caxe profile image

      Cristina Cakes 

      13 months ago from Virginia

      Looks great. We had chicken thighs marinated in a garlic herb dressing and cooked in the air fryer tonight. It wasnt bad but your garlic stuffed chicken looks amazing. I will definitely be trying that soon!


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