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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. 

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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. 

Notes

  • 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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Joey

Thursday 16th of April 2020

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

Joan Woodburn

Sunday 8th of March 2020

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

Mason Woodruff

Wednesday 11th of March 2020

Thanks for the feedback, Joan! I'm happy to help my fellow minimalist cooks. Hope you enjoy everything else you try just as much. :D

Alexis B Coffey

Tuesday 28th of January 2020

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

Mason Woodruff

Wednesday 29th of January 2020

Try lining the basket with foil next time. It may affect the cook time a little, but cleanup will be a breeze!

Beth

Wednesday 15th of January 2020

Amazing! While family loved it!!!

Cherlyn

Tuesday 26th of November 2019

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.

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