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air fryer ground chicken

Ground Chicken Air Fryer Recipe

Summer Yule
Cook ground chicken in an air fryer! Everyone loves this healthy air fryer ground chicken that’s low carb, keto, Paleo, and gluten free.
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 170 kcal


  • 8 ounces ground chicken (227 grams)
  • ¼ tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Note: Use 92% lean ground chicken for this recipe, the fat helps keep the chicken from drying out.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 375F (190C) for 5 minutes. Crumble the raw ground chicken in your hot air fryer basket or on an air fryer tray. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put the tray in the top rack position if you have an air fryer oven.
  • Air fry the ground chicken for 4 minutes at 375°F (190°C). Then flip and stir the chicken and crumble the ground chicken even smaller. Air fry an 1 additional minute.


This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). Chicken (particularly skinless chicken) counts as a lean protein, meaning it's a relatively low-fat protein source. You get a lot of protein per calorie with chicken, more than a lot of other sources (such as many beans).
So why is protein from chicken (and other sources) important for weight loss? Protein is (in general) considered the most filling macronutrient. Aside from its role in preserving lean muscle mass, protein can help our meals to feel more satisfying.
To create a meal with ground chicken for weight loss, I would add a lot of non-starchy vegetables. The veggies will add filling fiber and fluid volume that is lacking in the chicken. An example of what this could look like is a broth-based chicken and veggie soup.
Ground chicken isn’t just for losing weight, however. You can make moderate or high calorie meals with ground chicken depending on what other ingredients you add. For example, you could make a high calorie meal easily by using your chicken in a creamy pasta dish.
Below, I have one of my favorite recipes using ground chicken. I know you’re going to love it!

Recipe Using Ground Chicken

Serves: 2 
how to use air fryer ground chicken
Chop the shallot into ½-inch dice (1.27 cm) and the carrots and celery into ¼-inch dice (0.6 cm). Mix with the olive oil.
Preheat the air fryer to 375F (190C) for 5 minutes. Put the prepared veggies on a hot air fryer tray and air fry for 8-10 minutes. Use the top rack position if you have an air fryer oven.
While the veggies cook, melt the butter together with the Frank's RedHot in a small saucepan on the stovetop to make the Buffalo sauce. Stir the sauce into the cooked ground chicken. Add the cooked veggies.
Fluff the squash strands in your cooked spaghetti squash halves. Fill each spaghetti squash boat with half the Buffalo chicken mixture. Drizzle with ranch dressing and sprinkle with blue cheese. Enjoy!
buffalo chicken stuffed spaghetti squash
Nutrition information is for one 4-ounce serving of 92/8 lean ground chicken air fried in oil. Each ground chicken stuffed spaghetti squash has 764 calories, 54.8g fat (16.4g saturated fat), 21.8g total carbohydrates, 5.1g fiber, 49.1g protein, 83.3% DV calcium, 13.5% DV iron, 146.3% DV vitamin A, 9.7% DV vitamin C. 


Calories: 170kcalProtein: 19.8gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2.7gPotassium: 591.9mgCalcium: 1% DVIron: 5% DV
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