Loaded Air Fried Chicken and Potatoes

Whether you’re completely new to the air fryer or an air frying whiz, I’m confident you’ll appreciate the simplicity of this loaded air fried chicken and potatoes recipe. With four ingredients (not counting spices) and about twenty minutes, you’ll have a high protein dinner for two.

If you split the recipe right down the middle, each serving touts a heart 37 grams of protein with just 21 grams of carbs and 11 grams of fat. That’s a total of 330 calories per serving.

Crispy potatoes and tender chicken smothered in bacon and cheddar cheese for 330 calories? I’ll take that every day of the week, please.

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Ingredients for Loaded Air Fried Chicken and Potatoes

Here are the four primary ingredients you’ll need:

  • eight ounces of boneless skinless chicken breast or tenderloins
  • a can of whole new potatoes (or sliced)
  • precooked bacon
  • reduced fat shredded cheddar

Easy enough, eh?

del monte whole new potatoes

If you wanted to use fresh potatoes, I would peel them, poke holes in them with a fork, and microwave for 3-4 minutes. That should soften them enough to be comparable to the canned new potatoes.

You could also quarter up some baby gold potatoes and air fry them on their own for 10-12 minutes before adding the chicken. Check out my air fryer Greek chicken and potatoes for an example of this. 

Seasoning Your Air Fried Chicken and Potatoes

I’m a bit of a spice lover, but you could simplify the spices even further:

  • olive oil
  • Lawry’s seasoned salt (could stop here)
  • black pepper and paprika

If you have a premixed blend of chicken seasoning, you could use that in similar proportions to season the chicken and potatoes. Don’t think you have to follow my recipes to a T. 

Speaking of, for more diced chicken breast seasoning ideas check out my air fried cajun chicken and veggies, Jamaican jerk chicken and jalapeños, or sweet chili chicken and brussels sprouts.

loaded air fried chicken and potatoes inside chicken

Can I use the oven instead of an air fryer? 

While it’s possible to use the oven for just about any air fryer recipe, some recipes don’t work that well. Good news, though. This one should work fine in the oven. If you wanted to get a crispier potato in the short time frame, try using a wire rack instead of placing them directly on a baking sheet.

Check out my air fryer popcorn chicken for an example of this.

healthy spicy popcorn chicken recipe air fryer

As for cook time, I’ve found that my air fryer an oven times are usually very close together. The popcorn chicken, for example, took maybe 2-3 minutes longer in the oven than the air fryer. With this recipe, you might try 400 for 8-10 minutes and extend as needed to fully cook the chicken.

I use a 5.8qt Digital XL Air Fryer with a barrel pan. You don’t have to use the pan, but you could replicate it with some aluminum foil if you’d like.

loaded air fried chicken and potatoes inside look

Final Notes 

Feel free to add ingredients to the loaded chicken and potatoes before or after cooking. I’ll leave a few suggested toppings in the recipe card’s notes section below but have fun with yours.

And I wanna see what you come up with. Take a photo of your loaded air fried chicken and potatoes and tag me on Instagram @mason_woodruff or join my free Facebook group and share it with the Proton Party.

loaded air fried chicken and potatoes

Loaded Air Fried Chicken and Potatoes

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A simple air fried chicken and potatoes recipe that uses canned potatoes and is loaded with shredded cheddar and bacon. 


  • 8 oz Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, cubed
  • 15 oz can New Potatoes, drained
  • 1 tsp (5g) Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Lawry's Seasoned Salt, or your choice of seasoning blend
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper, optional
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika, optional
  • 3/8 C (42g) Reduced Fat Shredded Cheddar
  • 4 slices Precooked Bacon, cut into thin strips


  1. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and add to a large bowl.
  2. Open and drain the can of potatoes. Use a knife to cut the potatoes into small cubes before adding to the chicken. (You can also use sliced new potatoes to skip this step.)
  3. Add the olive oil and spices to the bowl and stir to fully coat the chicken and potatoes. 
  4. Add the chicken and potatoes to the air fryer basket in an even layer. 
  5. Cook for 10 minutes at 400 degrees or until the chicken is fully cooked. 
  6. Add the shredded cheese and bacon strips on top of the cooked chicken and potatoes and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes or until the cheese melts and bacon is crispy. (You can transfer the chicken and potatoes to a barrel pan, air fryer safe dish, or line your basket with aluminum foil to keep everything together.)
  7. Top with plain fat free Greek yogurt or light sour cream, jalapeño peppers, green onion, or other toppings, if desired. 


  • One serving = half the recipe. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Servings Serving Size: 1 Serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 330Total Fat: 11gCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 37g

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If you love bacon and cheddar, I bet you appreciate the third member of the team—ranch. My chicken bacon ranch mac and cheese and bacon ranch ground chicken quesadillas are worth checking out. And if you’re familiar with Wingstop, you know how awesome their fries are. Both my Wingstop fries and Five Guys cajun fries are pretty darn close to the real thing and save you a big chunk of calories. 

21 thoughts on “Loaded Air Fried Chicken and Potatoes”

    • I can’t wait to try your air fryer recipes! I bought an air fryer a few months ago and have only used it once. These recipes sound amazing, I will be trying them soon! We are trying to eat healthier and with high protein, these recipes will be perfect! I would love to win your special contest!

  • I had a “clean out the freezer” night this week and had frozen chicken and potatoes so i altered this recipe a bit to fit what i had. I oven roasted the potatoes and chicken, then threw it all in a skillet with these ingredients. It reminded me of cheesy fiesta potatoes from Taco Bell, which we all know Are the absolute best. Thanks for always curbing my craving for crappy food with healthier alternatives!

  • This recipie LITERALLY is so yum, so easy, and so quick! Even my fiancée, who is normally skeptical of new recipes, commented on how good it was and how quick the clean up was! It’s also a great meal prep! It’s on a rotation at our house now! It was the first thing we tried in our air fryer, and it turned out GREAT!

  • I don’t have an air fryer but I love this recipe. So I modified with frozen potatoes cooked in the skillet and some meal prepped chicken tenders (of Mason’s recipe, duh) and wow. So. Good. Instead of shredded cheese I used a bit of ff cream cheese, cheddar powder, and light butter to make a cheese sauce. Nothing compares to a non cheat meal that feels like one.

  • I just purchased an air fryer and Mason’s recipes have been a lifesaver! This was the very first recipe I tried in it, and it was a blinding success! I actually roasted new potatoes from scratch for 10 mins, then added the marinaded chicken and after another 10 mins modified with a lite 3 cheese blend – there is something about having that stringy melted mozzarella with every bite that makes it feel way more naughty than it is. Whack some hot sauce on there and it’s heaven on a plate….and it is extremely macro friendly to boot! Super easy, and will be a staple for me.

  • This was really good. Super easy and quick too! I’ve never had canned potatoes before and was a little weirded out by the smell, but they were actually really good! No bacon on mine, but jalepeno slices were a must. Thanks for sharing!!

  • This was extremely good! WW just started their “new” program and I ended up with 11 points for this as opposed to 7 on the Green program, but it was worth every single point. The hubby liked it as well, and he is NOT a chicken fan. The bacon made up for that! Thanks so much, loving your recipes.

  • Needed a new meal prep recipe and this was perfect! I do not have an air fryer so I had to change it up a bit. In a hot cast iron skillet I put sliced potatoes in it to give them a nice crust then finished them off on a separate tray in a 375 oven. In the same cast skillet cooked the chopped chicken and bacon. When the bacon was done I removed it, added chopped onions and mushroom to the skillet. Once everything was done, added everything to the cast iron then put them in separate containers. I added the cheese when I warmed up a meal. It is definitely a new favorite!!

  • I added just half a slice of finely chopped real bacon, and it was amazing!!! The taste of a cheesy greasy fried meal, but still healthy♡

  • First, how am I just learning about these canned potatoes? I was scared of them, but they are delish. Second, this is such a quick and easy meal. Good on a busy night, for a quick lunch, or when I don’t want to eat what the family is having. Can make it for myself when everyone else gets nuggets and fries and I don’t feel deprived at all.

  • Y’ALL. When it’s 3pm on a Friday and you’re wondering what to make for dinner that won’t blow your macros but also want to celebrate the end of the week, this is your recipe!! I make it with broccoli on the side or I throw the broccoli in it and make it in the oven and it’s SO good. Also it makes for great Saturday afternoon leftovers if you have any left 😋

  • Normally I veer off from using potatoes cause they seem to be a pain to peel, cut and cook for dinners. This recipe that uses canned potatoes is a game changer. I have never used canned potatoes and you literally can’t tell the difference. The recipe is quick, easy, and DELICIOUS.

  • Topped these with sour cream and cheese! Delicious! I will say the recipe is very easy to follow. Food is fabulous. Clean up though is the worst. (Washing dishes stinks anyway) I would recommend getting food out of the air fryer and immediately start soaking.

    Don’t skip on this recipe though. Especially if you love loaded potatoes

  • Hi Mason,
    I live alone and don’t like to spend a lot of time cooking for just me, I used to cook for my family of eight when my kids were little so I’ve spent a lot of time in the kitchen. Just cooked your Loaded chicken and potatoes and that is the easiest, yummy recipe I have cooked in my air fryer! I used half can of potatoes, two chicken tenders, three slices of
    bacon and cheese. Thank you so much and I’ll be trying more of your recipes

  • Absolutely 🔥🔥🔥🔥, love using my air fryer to make some great food in!!! Thanks Mason as always!

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