Air Fryer Monterey Chicken Recipe & Hamilton Beach Digital Air Fryer Review

by Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen

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Air fryers are growing in popularity. If you don’t have one yet, you really are missing something great. In short, an air fryer is a small countertop convection oven. Hot air circulates in the oven with help of a fan, cooking the food inside while crisping the outside while using little to no oil. Recently I received a sample of the Hamilton Beach 3.2 Liter Digital Air Fryer. Today I’m going to share my thoughts on it, along with a recipe for Air Fryer Monterey Chicken.

Hamilton Beach Air Fryer

What is the Hamilton Beach Air Fryer?

For fast cooking with little to no oil, nothing beats an air fryer.  The Hamilton Beach 3.2 Liter Digital Air Fryer is perfect for people who love food with a crispy finish. From French fries and potato wedges to chicken wings, steaks, baked goods and vegetables, the Hamilton Beach 3.2 Liter Air Fryer is the appliance to reach for when you want perfectly cooked food — and you want it fast. You’ll find yourself using the Hamilton Beach Air Fryer for everything from quick snacks and side dishes to family meals, since it cooks food faster than a traditional oven. This 1500-watt air fryer is black with stainless steel accents, giving it a look that easily fits in with today’s modern kitchens. Its dimensions in inches are 12.6 H x 11.22 W x 14.17 D.

Hamilton Beach Air Fryer

Why You Want It

The capacity of this Hamilton Beach Air Fryer holds enough food for 2-4 people. To turn the unit on, give a long press of a few seconds. The temperature is digitally controlled, with a range that goes from 325° to 400° F. It has 8 preset functions, or if you prefer you can use the 60 minute timer for manual settings. To use the controls, just select the time or temperature and then press the more or less buttons until the display shows the setting you want. When the food has finished cooking the air fryer gives off an audible beep to let you know that the food is ready.

The basket that the food goes in is a removable, nonstick basket. The “drawer” that the basket goes into has a smooth and glossy finish. These two things make for a nice and simple cleanup. To clean, just  press the button in the handle and the basket comes out. Clean the two parts and dry them and put them back.

The power cord folds up neatly into the back of the machine, meaning there’s no loose cord on the countertop. I love this feature. The unit itself is pretty sturdy and solid, but it even has nonslip feet to keep it in place for safety.

What Comes With It?

The Hamilton Beach 3.2 Liter Air Fryer comes with the air fryer and nonstick basket.

Hamilton Beach Air Fryer

The Hamilton Beach 3.2 Liter Digital Air Fryer would make a great addition to your kitchen if you want to start air frying.

Be sure to check below, where I’m including a recipe for one of my favorite types of chicken – Air Fryer Monterey Chicken.

Where You Can Buy It?

You can purchase the Hamilton Beach 3.2 Liter Digital Air Fryer from the online store.

How To Learn More Or Connect

You can learn more abut this product and many others on the Hamilton Beach website. Hamilton Beach makes many of today’s most popular mall kitchen appliances including and more. You can keep up with Hamilton Beach on social media, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest

Air Fryer Monterey Chicken Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Air Fryer Monterey Chicken

What do you get when you combine chicken, bacon, cheese and barbeque sauce? Heaven! A local restaurant used to serve this dish and I ordered it probably 75% of the time I went there.

Air Fryer Monterey Chicken is moist, tender chicken breast topped with BBQ sauce, bacon, Monterey Jack and cheddar. The dish takes under 30 minutes to make.

Air Fryer Monterey Chicken is really easy to make. By air frying the chicken, you get a moist and tender chicken breast. Top it with your favorite sassy barbeque sauce and melty cheese and you have a simple but flavorful dish your family will fall in love with and ask for again and again. Here’s how I make it.

This recipe makes 3-6 servings.

Equipment Needed

  • air fryer
  • tongs
  • basting brush
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cup

Air Fryer Monterey Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 generously sized chicken breasts (mine had a total weight of just under 1.5 pounds and took up the entire basket, as shown in the photo below)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 3-6 slices cooked bacon
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • olive oil spray (If you don’t have spray you can use regular olive oil. If using this brush a thin coat of it onto the chicken.)

Air Fryer Monterey Chicken Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

Plug in the air fryer.

Spray both sides of the chicken with the olive oil spray.

Sprinkle the seasonings onto one side of the chicken you just sprayed.

Use tongs to place the chicken into the air fryer’s basket.

Season the other side of the chicken.

Close the air fryer and set it to cook for 22 minutes on 350 degrees.

After 10-11 minutes of cooking time has passed, open the air fryer’s basket and turn the chicken over.

How To Make Air Fryer Monterey Chicken

Close the air fryer and allow the chicken to cook until there’s 5 minutes left on the timer.

Open the air fryer and brush the barbeque sauce onto the chicken.

How To Make Air Fryer Monterey Chicken

Place the strips of bacon on top of the chicken.

How To Make Air Fryer Monterey Chicken

Sprinkle the cheese on top of the bacon.

How To Make Air Fryer Monterey Chicken

Close the air fryer and let it finish cooking.

Once the chicken has finished cooking, be sure to remove the basket from the air fryer right away. The air fryer basket will be messy but it is super easy to clean.

Let the chicken rest for about 5 minutes before cutting in order to have the juiciest, moistest chicken possible.

Serve and enjoy!

Air Fryer Monterey Chicken Recipe From Val's Kitchen

What can I serve with Air Fryer Monterey Chicken?

Sides that work well with this dish include mashed potatoes, french fries, rice and mac and cheese. Alternatively, you could serve a green salad.

Yield: 6 servings

Air Fryer Monterey Chicken

Air Fryer Monterey Chicken Recipe From Val's Kitchen
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 generously sized chicken breasts
  • 1/2-3/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 3-6 slices cooked bacon
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • olive oil spray

Instructions

Plug in the air fryer.

Spray both sides of the chicken with the olive oil spray.

Sprinkle the seasonings onto one side of the chicken you just sprayed.

Use tongs to place the chicken into the air fryer’s basket.

Season the other side of the chicken.

Close the air fryer and set it to cook for 22 minutes on 350 degrees.

After 10-11 minutes of cooking time has passed, open the air fryer’s basket and turn the chicken over.

Close the air fryer and allow the chicken to cook until there's 5 minutes left on the timer.

Open the air fryer and brush the barbeque sauce onto the chicken.

Place the strips of bacon on top of the chicken.

Sprinkle the cheese on top of the bacon.

Close the air fryer and let it finish cooking.

Once the chicken has finished cooking, be sure to remove the basket from the air fryer right away. The air fryer basket will be messy but it is super easy to clean.

Let the chicken rest for about 5 minutes before cutting in order to have the juiciest, moistest chicken possible.

Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 350Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 961mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 28g

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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14 comments

Samantha Donnelly February 3, 2020 - 7:47 am

I have often looked at getting an air fryer as love the sound of them and so much healthier. This recipe sounds amazing. Definitely one to try out on my family

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Sarah Bailey February 3, 2020 - 7:57 am

Oh gosh now that chicken looks so good – I have to admit I know little about air frying – it is something I really need to look into more as it’s seems like an interesting way to cook.

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Lor Vet February 3, 2020 - 10:17 am

Everything looks so yummy…but I have to admit that I’ve never heard about air frying before . And we need something like that in our kitchen. Definitely should give it a try 🙂

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Yeah Lifestyle February 3, 2020 - 1:46 pm

Your Monterey Chicken looks so moist! I have been gifted an air-fryer this Christmas but still not used it yet. I am going to try your recipe to see how it turns out

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Rebecca Smith February 3, 2020 - 4:44 pm

Monterey chicken is such a delicious dish and what a great idea to make it in an air fryer! I love the look of the Hamilton Beach air fryer.

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Rhian Westbury February 4, 2020 - 3:38 am

We call this chicken hunters chicken and it’s so tasty. I love our air fryer and definitely need to use it more x

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Mellissa Williams February 4, 2020 - 4:57 am

I really need to get myself an air fryer, they sound like such a great device! This chicken sounds absolutely incredible.

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Liam Wilkinson February 4, 2020 - 5:34 am

Ive had an air fryer for a while and i rate them lots, i havent done this recipe though i do enjoy hunters chicken, so im keen to try this.

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Kacie Morgan February 4, 2020 - 5:58 am

This looks so good – chicken and cheese – what a heavenly combo of ingredients! I need to splash out on an air fryer.

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Melanie williams February 4, 2020 - 1:31 pm

Ooo what an amazing little gadget for the kitchen. Ideal to rustle up some dinners and lunches too – my other half loves chicken!!

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Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog February 4, 2020 - 4:47 pm

We’d love to try cooking with an air fryer and it must be so much more healthier than conventional cooking in a normal fryer! cool!

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Jenny February 4, 2020 - 5:04 pm

I’ve never heard of air frying before but you make it seem like something even I could do!

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Kara Guppy February 5, 2020 - 5:16 am

I really want an air fryer, they look like a great way of cooking healthily

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Yaya February 5, 2020 - 6:56 am

Air fryers are so popular now, aren’t they?! I can see why! I am obsessed with my good old slow cooker, but this is a great new device to try.

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