Air Fryer Cajun Chicken and Vegetables

This air fryer cajun chicken and vegetables recipe is as simple as throwing some diced chicken breast and veggies in a bowl with olive oil and seasoning, give it a toss, and air frying for about 20 minutes. It makes super high volume servings so if you have trouble staying full, this recipe will help.

For example, you could eat 3 servings (9 ounces!) of this cajun chicken and veggies mix-up and get 33 grams of protein with only 255 calories, 9 grams of carbs, and 3 WW SmartPoints! And the recipe makes 10 servings so you’ll have enough to feed the whole crew or hoard some as meal prep for the week. 

two bowls of cajun chicken and vegetables

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Air Fryer Cajun Chicken and Veggies Recipe Walkthrough

This recipe really is as simple as I made it sound above. So, you won’t need much of a walkthrough, but I’ll cover ingredient modification notes below.

You’ll find a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. I’ve included notes in the recipe for making this recipe in a skillet or baking in the oven as well. 

Mix Diced Chicken Breast with Cajun Seasoning and Olive Oil

boneless skinless chicken breast with Louisiana cajun seasoning

I tested several cajun seasonings and ratios for this recipe, and I ultimately landed on a blend of cajun seasoning and standalone herbs and spices. You can see in the photo above that I used Louisiana Fish Fry cajun seasoning, but you could use any cajun seasoning here. 

The key difference to take note of will be the salt content. Louisiana Fish Fry cajun seasoning has 290mg of sodium per 1/4 teaspoon. If you’re using the base recipe with another cajun seasoning, you’ll want to come close to avoid an overly salty finished product.

As an example, the Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning I used in my Cajun Pasta Bake and Cajun Mac and Cheese has 340mg per 1/4 teaspoon. When you’re using a tablespoon, that 50mg difference adds up to a 600mg difference. That’s probably enough for most to notice in the finished product. 

chicken breast, zucchini, bell pepper, and grape tomatoes with cajun seasoning and olive oil

To avoid the salty dilemma altogether, you can use a salt-free cajun seasoning. I tested a batch with 2 tablespoons of Frontier Co-Op’s cajun seasoning (salt free) with added salt and black pepper. You’ll see those notes in the recipe card. 

Air Fry the Cajun Chicken and Vegetables for 20-22 Minutes, Shaking Twice

cajun chicken and vegetables in the air fryer basket

I use a 6.5 quart Ninja Foodi for air frying. You may need to modify the cook time for different types of air fryers, especially different sizes. More surface area (larger baskets) will cook faster. And it’s worth mentioning, I’m not sure you’ll be able to fit all of the chicken and veggies in a smaller basket here. 

Important: Be sure to shake multiple times during air frying to achieve even cooking. Like I mentioned in my sweet chili air fryer chicken and brussels sprouts and air fried jerk chicken, a food thermometer makes life SO much easier when it comes to cooking proteins. When you’re cooking a big batch of chicken and vegetables like this, a thermometer allows you to check pieces of chicken in different spots in the air fryer basket.

Here’s the thermometer I use: Kizen Instant Read Food Thermometer ($22 on Amazon)

cajun chicken and vegetables after air frying

Serving Notes

Like I mentioned earlier, I tested several variations on this recipe. So I guess you could say I’m an expert at consuming at this point. It’s hard to beat serving it over rice with a squeeze of fresh lemon, but you could certainly get more creative. A few ideas: 

And that’s a wrap. There’s a comment section at the bottom of this post in case you have any additional recipe questions. Otherwise, enjoy your air fryer cajun chicken! 

Air Fryer Cajun Chicken and Vegetables

Air Fryer Cajun Chicken and Vegetables

Yield: 10 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Chicken breast, zucchini, red bell pepper, and grape tomatoes tossed in olive oil and cajun seasoning.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, diced
  • 2 Tbsp (32g) Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Cajun Seasoning*
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/8 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/8 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 pint Grape or Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 large Zucchini, diced

Instructions

  1. Mix the diced chicken breast with the olive oil, cajun seasoning and additional dry spices/herbs. Stir to fully coat the chicken before adding the tomatoes, bell pepper, and zucchini. Stir well.
  2. Transfer the chicken and vegetables to the air fryer basket and cook at 400ºF for 8 minutes. Stir and cook for an additional 8 minutes at 400ºF. Repeat once more, cooking for a total 20-22 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temp of 165ºF.
  3. Serve over rice with a fresh squeeze of lemon juice and enjoy!

Notes

*Most cajun seasonings can be quite salty. If you'd like to use cajun seasoning on its own without the additional spices/herbs, use 2 tablespoons of a salt free cajun seasoning + 1 tsp of salt and pepper. Then salt to taste after the cooking. I tested this method using Frontier Co-op Cajun Seasoning.

For Stovetop Cajun Chicken

Split the olive oil and spices in half, seasoning the chicken and vegetables separately. Cook the chicken in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes (until chicken reaches 165ºF) and set aside to rest. Cook the bell pepper and zucchini in the same skillet for 6-8 minutes before adding the tomatoes. Cook for 2-3 minutes until they start to wrinkle before adding the chicken back to the skillet and tossing everything together.

For Oven Baked Cajun Chicken

Mix everything together and do a sheet pan style bake at 400ºF for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken reaches 165ºF. You can line the sheet pan with aluminum foil for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Information Notes

  • Each 3-ounce serving has 1 WW SmartPoint (blue).
  • Since veggies come in all shapes and sizes, I recommend weighing your finished product if you need ultra accurate serving sizes. (My finished products averaged ~ 30 ounces total.)

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Servings Serving Size: 3 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 85Total Fat: 3gCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 11g

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7 thoughts on “Air Fryer Cajun Chicken and Vegetables”

  • This was flavorful and good! It was a tiny salty but not bad. i made a double batch. I will make this again for sure.

  • This dish is amazing! I mean everything about it. Definitely has some spice but such good flavor. I love how simple it is to just throw it all in the air fryer. I must have had smaller chicken pieces because mine was done by 16 minutes (thermometer checked) definite make again and again!!

  • My husband and I loved this dish and after the initial time of making it, we made enough to meal prep for the week! The dish heats up greatly . After the first time we made it, we added all of the ingredients then added the spices. My husband doesn’t handle “spicy” well, and this way the Tony’s was distributed a little more evenly. He noted that it was not as spicy this way.

  • This was delicious! My husband loved how flavorful the chicken was, and I loved that I could incorporate so many vegetables into the dish without thinking about it! Since I don’t have an air fryer, we used the oven directions and they came out perfectly! It’s already back on our meal list to make later this week.

  • I tried this recipe with my family and it was a hit. I didn’t have any Cajun seasoning, so I googled how to make it and used that. In fact, I ended up using that same seasoning on several other things after! Definitely one I’ll revisit often.

  • This was the first recipe I made of yours. I was afraid there was too many spices but my family loved it! A wee too spicy for me but overall the flavors are amazing. My husband even requests this dish and he doesn’t do that very often lol.

  • This is the one, bon ami. We’ve been making this in our house so often, I’m starting to sound like Bobby Boucher. Simple and tasty, make it.

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