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This Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice recipe is easy to make and gluten-free. It tastes as good as take-out and is more economical. I loved how little work was involved – no need for constant stirring, no splattering – and all with almost no oil!

Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Hand me the menu for a Chinese restaurant and I guarantee that the first thing I will look for is fried rice. It is my favorite type of Chinese take-out. I have made it at home, but frying it can be a little bit of a pain and it uses oil. So when I got an air fryer, I knew that the first thing I wanted to try making was fried rice.

This Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice tasted almost exactly like take-out. And, it was a lot more economical because while I spent what I would have for take-out rice, I had like double the amount. I loved how little work was involved – no need for constant stirring, no splattering – and all with almost no oil! All four of us thoroughly enjoyed it, so much that there were no leftovers. Here’s how I make Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice.

Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice

Equipment Needed

Cook’s Pro Adjust-A-Measure Set, 3-pieceCook’s Pro Adjust-A-Measure Set, 3-piecePyrex 3-Piece Glass Mixing Bowl SetPyrex 3-Piece Glass Mixing Bowl SetPyrex 3-Piece Glass Measuring Cup SetPyrex 3-Piece Glass Measuring Cup SetRachael Ray Stoneware RamekinsRachael Ray Stoneware RamekinsFat Daddio 7x3 Round Cheesecake PanFat Daddio 7×3 Round Cheesecake PanMCIRCO 7MCIRCO 7″ Nonstick Springform Pan

Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cold cooked white rice
  • 1 cup frozen peas & carrots
  • 6 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 packed cup cooked chicken, diced (I used Perdue Short Cuts Original)
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced

Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

Place the cold cooked white rice into the mixing bowl.

Add the vegetable oil and the soy sauce and mix thoroughly.

Add the frozen peas & carrots, the diced onion and the diced chicken and mix thoroughly.

Pour the rice mixture into the nonstick pan. (If using the aluminum pan then spray it with nonstick cooking spray first.)

Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Place the pan into the Air Fryer.

 Set the Air Fryer to 360 f with a 20 minute cooking time.

Once the timer goes off, remove the pan from the Air Fryer.

Serve with your favorite meat, or just grab a bowl and enjoy!

What’s your favorite kind of fried rice?

If you like fried rice, be sure to check out my beef fried rice recipes! And if you have an air fryer and are into donuts, check out my Easter air fryer donuts recipe as well.

Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice

Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice Recipe From Val's Kitchen
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked white rice, cold
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 6 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced

Instructions

  1. Place the cold cooked white rice into the mixing bowl.
  2. Add the vegetable oil and the soy sauce and mix thoroughly.
  3. Add the frozen peas & carrots, the diced onion and the diced chicken and mix thoroughly.
  4. Pour the rice mixture into the nonstick pan. (If using the aluminum pan then spray it with nonstick cooking spray first.)
  5. Place the pan into the Air Fryer.
  6. Set the Air Fryer to 360 f with a 20 minute cooking time.
  7. Once the timer goes off, remove the pan from the Air Fryer.
  8. Serve with your favorite meat, or just grab a bowl and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 151Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 686mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. Your serving size and ingredients may differ.

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83 comments

Robin Rue April 27, 2017 - 2:58 pm

We eat lots of rice dishes in our house, so I am sure the family would love this. Can’t wait to try it.

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Dave May 17, 2020 - 3:35 pm

Where is the egg. The fried rice recipes I’ve seen has scrambled eggs in it.

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Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen May 30, 2020 - 5:19 pm

I didn’t add any egg because I wasn’t sure because the pan is pretty full as is and I wasn’t sure how it would hold up if it did fit in there. I may give it a try and will update with results.

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Catherine Sargent April 27, 2017 - 3:16 pm

I love fried rice, but I have never made my own. My favorite is shrimp fried rice.

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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle April 27, 2017 - 3:27 pm

I need an air fryer in my life! I keep seeing all kinds of delicious recipes for those things, and they look amazing.

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Ken Easterling March 21, 2019 - 9:48 am

They really are amazing.

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Colleen Lanin April 27, 2017 - 3:41 pm

That looks so good! I’ve been meaning to get an air fryer, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. This sounds like a great one!

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Jen Rattie April 27, 2017 - 4:10 pm

That looks so good. I order fried rice all the time from our local take out place. I think it’s time I put my air fryer to good use with this recipe.

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Liz Mays April 27, 2017 - 4:48 pm

Oh this is something I need to try when we make stir fry. It’s really cool that the air fryer does the job so well.

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Pam April 27, 2017 - 5:49 pm

You can make chicken fried rice in the air fryer? This is such a revelation!

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Cacinda April 27, 2017 - 9:44 pm

I love finding gluten free recipes! This one looks delicious, thanks for sharing!

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Cathy January 16, 2018 - 2:26 pm

This is awesome! However be sure to use gluten free soy sauce for a gluten free version.

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Kelly April 27, 2017 - 9:45 pm

I would have never thought to make fried rice in an air fryer, such a clever idea!

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Theresa April 27, 2017 - 10:50 pm

I have an air fryer but haven’t used it much lately. I need to pull it back out and make this chicken fried rice asap. It sounds like something my whole family will love!

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Toni | Boulder Locavore April 28, 2017 - 10:23 am

This looks so good! I will definitely try this with my air fryer!

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Shontell May 29, 2020 - 1:01 pm

I wonder if riced cauliflower could be used in place of the regular rice and it still turn out?

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Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen May 30, 2020 - 5:16 pm

I haven’t attempted riced cauliflower so can’t say for sure but I believe the recipe would be super similar in timing and temp.

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Seattle Travel Blogger April 28, 2017 - 11:43 am

I really would like to try an air fryer out!
This recipe makes me want to get into it.

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pat. April 28, 2017 - 11:49 am

Fried rice–a favorite always.

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Wendy Polisi April 28, 2017 - 5:20 pm

I was literally just craving fried rice. That looks so good!

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Louise Bishop April 28, 2017 - 5:57 pm

I seriously need to get and air fryer. This rice looks so good! It made my mouth water.

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Kelly Hutchinson April 28, 2017 - 7:36 pm

This looks so good! I have a chicken fried rice recipe, but it is a bit labor intensive. This recipe is so much easier when you use the air fryer.

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Our Family World April 30, 2017 - 3:48 am

This chicken fried rice recipe looks so good! I don’t have an air fryer so I make my friend rice the conventional way. Saving this recipe anyway. Who knows I may get an air fryer on Mother’s day? I’m going to be dropping hints around the house. 🙂

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Amy April 30, 2017 - 10:19 pm

I love chicken fried rice so much. I never thought to prepare it in an air fryer though..great idea.

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Annemarie LeBlanc April 30, 2017 - 10:51 pm

I wish I had an air fryer so I can do more “frying” the healthy way. Your chicken fried rice looks so good I could eat a lot of that! Saving your recipe and I will look for other options to make this without an air fryer.

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Carol Cassara May 1, 2017 - 6:16 am

This fried rice looks amazing! I should really get myself an air fryer it will help me with my diet!

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Amanda Love May 1, 2017 - 6:17 am

I love my air fryer for all the things that it can do! I would love to give this recipe a try. It’s really been helping me come up with recipes with less oil.

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Janell Poulette May 1, 2017 - 2:46 pm

I really need to invest in an air fryer! This chicken fried rice looks so good!

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Jennifer May 3, 2017 - 11:10 am

This chicken fried rice looks amazing! I have never made anything in an air fryer before but I so need to.

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Sharoyn Livingston August 6, 2017 - 1:26 am

This looks so yummy! I am a newbie with my air fryer. I am wondering if you have any problem with small pieces flying around and up against the coils?

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valmg August 7, 2017 - 8:28 am

I did not experience this.

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Rhonda October 12, 2017 - 3:17 pm

Hello, what about the egg? I noticed you left it out, can you include it in the air fryer or do you suggest adding it afterwards? Thank you

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valmg October 14, 2017 - 11:00 am

Hi. I didn’t ad an egg into this one. I’m thinking adding it in afterwards might be better, I don’t know how an egg would stand up to that length cooking time.

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Jenny September 27, 2017 - 9:16 pm

What kind of non stick pan did you use that can fit in to your air fryer? I would love a link-thank you!!

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valmg October 14, 2017 - 11:04 am

This is the nonstick pan that also works http://amzn.to/2z6U1zu. I have also used a 7×2 Fat Daddio Push Pan. I sprayed it with nonstick coking spray as it’s not a nonstick pan. http://amzn.to/2yKaCgt. I’ve updated the post to include both pans.

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Elaine October 21, 2017 - 10:37 pm

I have a Emeril LaGasse air fryer. It has a barrel pan. Can I make it in that pan? My a/f is a 3.5 qt I have not used any pans other than what came with it. Also, you put cubed raw chicken? Still new at using my a/f. Just bought a cookbook…Air Fryer Cookbook by Lesley Lynn Hudson. Have not tried any recipes yet just got it. Thanks for the recipe. Keep them coming…

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valmg March 11, 2019 - 6:19 am

I used cooked chicken, I’m not sure if you could use raw chicken for this recipe. Just got a larger air fryer so am looking forward to sharing some new air fryer recipes. I haven’t used the Emeril Air Frye. If that’s the one with the oven it looks nice!

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Pace November 18, 2017 - 10:34 am

I am not giving up my gluten. You people are weird.

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valmg November 18, 2017 - 8:22 pm

I love gluten as much as the next person. For some, giving it up is a choice. That’s not always the case, as for people like my youngest it’s a proven health issue and giving it up is far better then the things that happen by ingesting it.

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Alesha January 6, 2019 - 1:09 pm

You can’t consider this meal as gluten free because of the soy sauce. As a celiac diease family soy sauce is a no no because it DOES contain wheat. Also the acid contains gluten. I am always looking for new recipes for my family to eat that are gluten free but unless you find a gluten free soy sauce this recipe is not gluten free.

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valmg January 7, 2019 - 12:27 am

There are gluten-free soy sauces available, we use Kikkoman. https://www.kikkomanusa.com/homecooks/products/products_hc_details.php?pf=00082

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valmg January 7, 2019 - 12:31 am

My husband reminded me we just finished La Choy, I think their bottle read ok but I can’t access their website right now to verify for you.

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Sorg December 30, 2017 - 8:17 am

Do the OP and people replying realize that soy sauce is made from wheat and contains quite a bit of gluten? You need to mention these things when claiming a recipe is gluten-free. The only soy sauce variety you can use if you want a truly gluten-free variety is Tamari, or specifically-labeled as gluten-free, otherwise you’re likely ingesting plenty of it.

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valmg December 30, 2017 - 8:16 pm

I know gluten can hide in many places and know how to read a label. My soy sauce is gluten-free.

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DB May 23, 2019 - 7:36 pm

Claiming your recipe is gluten free without specifying a gluten free soy sauce is misleading.

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valmg May 29, 2019 - 10:59 am

There is discussion of brands in the comments, I’m happy to edit the post to remind people to check their labels.

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lauren predmore January 1, 2018 - 5:30 pm

Did you put the pan in the fryer basket?

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valmg January 1, 2018 - 8:22 pm

Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I put the cheesecake pan into the air fryer basket.

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Angela January 7, 2018 - 12:44 pm

I don’t have a pan that will fit in my basket. Wondering if I could line my basket with aluminum foil instead?

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valmg January 13, 2018 - 12:46 am

Definitely! I have made a makeshift foil basket in the past (before I got the pan) and it worked fine. I used 2 decent sized pieces and created a lip by folding up all four sides.

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Brooke January 12, 2018 - 11:13 pm

Hi, what type of onion did you use? Like a white or yellow? I know some are sweeter than others and was just wondering.

Thanks!

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valmg January 13, 2018 - 12:45 am

Great question. I ued a white onion.

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Darlys Cagle January 20, 2018 - 9:56 pm

My air fryer did not come with very good instructions. I did not know you could put a pan in the air fryer basket. Is this true of all air fryer brands?

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valmg February 11, 2018 - 2:12 pm

I don’t want to say yes for sure since I’ve only tried two of them. Which brand do you have and I’d be happy to try and research the answer.

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Wan February 26, 2018 - 9:50 pm

I tried the Fried Rice recipe and it turned out so good. Super easy, and made within a short amount of time. I will be making this often.

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stellans April 30, 2018 - 7:21 am

I am so happy to find this recipe – we’ll be trying it out tonight. Thank you so much!

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Quana December 24, 2018 - 11:24 pm

I can’t waittotrythis recipe! Thanks Val!

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valmg December 27, 2018 - 9:43 am

You’re welcome! 🙂

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Pam January 5, 2019 - 2:17 pm

I love this recipe but I had a problem with a heavy crust on the top. Almost burnt. Do you have the same experience?

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valmg January 5, 2019 - 2:48 pm

No that hasn’t happened to me and I’ve made it many times.

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Bearchef January 17, 2019 - 6:08 pm

Mine got a very crispy layer on top too. I don’t know what I did To make that happen

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valmg July 19, 2019 - 7:58 am

Hi. Thanks for reading. No two things cook the same, even if the ingredients are identical down to a grain of rice. I’ve had a couple of people message me with the same question, I suggested they try stirring once party way and that seemed to work better for them.

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Suzy October 6, 2019 - 5:48 pm

I loved the crispy top!!! Actually left it in longer to create it!

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Emily May 30, 2020 - 5:14 pm

Just give it a stir a couple of times during the cooking time. I like a little crunchy, but it cooks quite evenly if you stir it up a time or two!

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Ron Fitchett January 8, 2019 - 11:43 pm

Someone mentioned earlier about shrimp fried rice. Do you put uncooked shrimp mixed with rice etc into Air Fryer or cook separately? If uncooked shrimp mixed with rice and other ingredients to go in Air fryer, doesn’t shrimp become rubbery texture?

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valmg January 10, 2019 - 9:03 am

Hmmm. I can’t say for sure as I haven’t tried it. Your logic seems sound.

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Go Blue January 10, 2019 - 3:23 pm

I LOVE fried rice!! I recieved a Nuwave air fryer for Christmas. Your fried rice recipe was the first recipe I tried!! It was THE BEST fried rice I’ve ever had!!! Do you have more air fryer recipes??

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valmg January 19, 2019 - 10:33 pm

Thank you so much! It’s been my most popular recipe for 2 years now. I will be adding more air fryer recipes this year as I just got a new one so plese check back.

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mimi January 11, 2019 - 3:39 pm

Can I use brown rice instead of white?

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valmg January 13, 2019 - 11:18 am

Hi! Since the rice is already cooked I don’t see why not. Brown rice is a nuttier flavor and slightly more chewy sometimes, but it should still work. Would love toi know how it turns out if you try it!

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Kerri January 21, 2019 - 8:40 pm

I just got an air fryer for Christmas and haven’t tried it out yet. This recipe is going to be the first one I try!

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valmg January 22, 2019 - 2:35 pm

Thanks for visiting. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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jenne April 6, 2019 - 11:35 pm

We bought a new air fryer. This looks delicious to make. Thank you for this

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Adam June 30, 2019 - 6:56 am

Do you recommend to stir the rice half way through the cooking time? Does the rice at the bottom of the pan get “fried” even if it’s not stirred? Thank you!

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valmg July 19, 2019 - 7:57 am

Hi. Thanks for reading! I have had a few people say they love my recipe but do like to stir once part way. I’ve done it both ways without much difference – not stirring is as easy as it gets, stirring once isn’t that hard.

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Shari August 4, 2019 - 3:16 pm

Wonderful! Easy!
I used scallion & canola oil & did stir after 10 min. of cooking time.
Thank you for this recipe.
Shari

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Cheryl August 21, 2019 - 5:30 pm

The most amazing dish ever.
I do have a Ninja Foodi and this recipe is what I make everytime I want a fried rice recipe.
Thank You so much for sharing

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Randy Greer February 10, 2020 - 9:17 pm

This looks really good, we have a recent air fryer purchase and still learning. Could a person use a regular stainless steel pan for this recipe? I don’t have either of the two you mention.

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valmg March 20, 2020 - 12:58 pm

Hi. You should be able to use any ovenproof dish or mold in an airfryer, including glass, ceramic, metal and silicone.

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Emily May 30, 2020 - 5:05 pm

I love this recipe! I’ve made it 20 times since I got my air fryer. I’m trying to count calories at the moment, and wish there was a quick reference for it on this recipe. Time to do math! Thanks for the easy go-to dinner either way!

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Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen May 30, 2020 - 5:13 pm

I’ve been trying to go through my recipes and add info like this, I just updated so it’s there now. Thanks for reading and I’m so glad you enjoy it!

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Emily May 30, 2020 - 5:17 pm

DELIGHTED by your fast reply! So helpful, since I’m currently thawing some chicken to make this again today. Is a cup a serving?

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Emily May 30, 2020 - 5:19 pm

P.S. Now that I know you’ve added calories to some of your recipes, I will be looking for more. It’s so hard to calculate – at least for me!

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