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Air Fryer Spiced Chicken and Vegetables

This Air Fryer Spiced Chicken and Vegetables recipe is an easy weeknight dinner that is so flavorful, juicy and crispy, you won’t believe it’s healthy!

Chicken and vegetables on grey plate.

About Air Frying

What is an air fryer? An air fryer is an appliance that mimics fried food using only hot air and little to no oil. So, essentially it is a healthier option for those who like crispy, crunchy, fried goodness.

Is air fried food healthy? Heck yeah! Air frying uses little to no oil!I

Which air fryer to get? I own the Ninja Air Fryer but have also used a Philips Air Fryer. Both worked great! I honestly didn’t prefer one over the other. Since performance was similar, I recommend the Ninja Air Fryer as it is significantly more affordable. I also recommend getting an air fryer that has a 3.5 qt basket or larger if you plan on making food for more than one or two people.

Most air fryers do more than air frying. Some have options to roast, reheat, dehydrate, etc. I even saw an instant pot/air fryer all-in-one combo appliance! The options extend far past making healthy fries. Think ravioli, homemade chips, chicken wings, baked goods and so much more. This recipe is a perfect example as it isn’t traditionally a deep fried meal but the air fryer gives it a wonderful crispiness and is really quick to make.

Is an air fryer easy to clean? Yes! Most air fryers have a “basket” you pull all the way out of the appliance making it super easy to rinse out. So, far I haven’t had any foods bake on or harden on any area of the air fryer. Is rinses out like a dream! Most baskets and miscellaneous accessories are dishwasher safe as well!

How big is an air fryer? I’m not going to lie. This isn’t a small appliance. It is about the width of a crockpot but twice as tall. So, consider storage space! If you live near a close friend or family member, you could always switch off buying kitchen appliances/gadgets and just borrow and lend as needed!

Chicken and vegetables on grey plate.

Other Weeknight Meals

If you’re looking for other quick weeknight meals give One-Pan Caprese Chicken, One-Pan Honey Garlic Chicken or One-Pan Salmon Dinner a try! Not into sheet pan meals? Try Honey Curry Chicken in the slow cooker. So good!

About the Recipe

One-Pan Meal: This recipe makes the entire meal in the air fryer all at the same time. Easy peasy. 

Chicken Spice Rub: The chicken is coated in a simple spice rub which creates a crunchy flavorful crust in the air fryer. 

Crispy, Not Crunchy: The crispy level of this recipe is somewhere between oven baked and pan fried. 

Chicken and vegetables on grey plate.

Recipe Hints

Pre-heat Your Air Fryer:Preheating your air fryer for 2-3 minutes helps achieve optimum crispiness.

Flip Your Chicken: Flip the chicken halfway through to make sure both sides get that nice crispy crust from the spice rub! 

Shake Your Basket: Once or twice during cooking, pull the basket out of the air fryer and give it a good shake. This helps the veggies crisp more evenly.

How We Make Air Fryer Spiced Chicken and Vegetables

Air Fryer Spiced Chicken and Vegetables on grey plate.

Air Fryer Spiced Chicken and Vegetables

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
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This Air Fryer Spiced Chicken and Vegetables recipe is an easy weeknight dinner that is so flavorful, juicy and crispy, you won’t believe it’s healthy!


Spiced Chicken Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin

Vegetables Ingredients:

  • 1 red onion
  • 1 large potato
  • 2-3 large carrots
  • 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Preheat Air Fryer: Set air fryer to "air fry"  and preheat to 325 degrees. 
  • Prep Chicken: In a small bowl combine all the chicken spices (chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cumin and paprika) to make a spice rub. Coat the chicken breasts with 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil followed by the spice rub. Set aside.
  • Prep Vegetables: Peel carrots and potato (optional). Cut the carrots into 1/2" – 1" pieces and the potatoes into 1/2" – 1" cubes. Cut the onion in half and removed the outer layer. Then cut each half into fourths. Make sure to separate all the layers of the onion. Put all veggies in a bowl. Coat with 1/2 Tbsp. of olive oil and a pinch of salt. 
  • Air Fry: Dump the vegetables into the preheated air fryer basket. Place the chicken breasts on top of the vegetables and close the air fryer. Cook for 35 minutes. Halfway through cooking, flip the chicken and give the veggies a good shake. 
  • Enjoy! Serve immediately and enjoy! Store leftovers in sealed containers in the fridge. 


Tip: Preheat your air fryer for 2-3 minutes to achieve the crispiest chicken.


Serving: 0.5recipe | Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 722mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g
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  1. I’m using chicken tenders how long would you recommend and then how long for the veggies to make them soft?

    1. Hi Melissa! I have not made this recipe with chicken tenders but this is what I would do. Still air fry the veggies for the full 35 minutes but don’t put the chicken tenders in the air fryer until the last 15-20 minutes. So, the whole process would look something like this:

      – Air fry veggies only for 15 minutes.
      – Shake veggies + put chicken tenders on top of veggies and air fry for 10 minutes
      – Flip chicken tenders + shake veggies and air fry for an additional 10 minutes.

      Just make sure the chicken is fully cooked before eating! Also, the smaller you cut the veggies, the softer they’ll be. Enjoy!

    1. Hi Stephanie! I haven’t tried this exact recipe with frozen chicken. However, if I was going to use frozen chicken, I would give the chicken a little head start by putting the chicken breast in the air fryer WITHOUT the veggies for about 10 minutes or so. Then I would take the chicken breast out of the air fryer, put the veggies in and then put the chicken breast on top of the veggies and proceed with step 4 of the recipe. Again, I haven’t tried this before. So, be sure the chicken is fully cooked before eating. Good luck!

  2. 5 stars
    We bought an air fryer yesterday and your recipe was the first meal we cooked with it. It was super, super delicious!!! We both, my husband and I cannot understand that we didn’t look into an air sooner. It was fast, no mess on the stove top, kitchen was cleaned up afterwards super fast and it was so easy. I followed every step of your recipe, I just omitted the chili powder, because that would be too hot for us. Plus I added a red bell pepper and a half zucchini to the vegetables. Now I will look into more of your recipes and look forward to new cooking experiences.

    1. So happy you like the recipe, Sonja! I LOVE my air fryer! I also can’t believe I used to go without one! Love your addition of zucchini and bell pepper. Yum!