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Air fryer cajun chicken recipe

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I love to make flavoured chicken and this air fryer cajun chicken recipe is one of my favourites. It is super simple to make your own dry rub / cajun seasoning, sprinkle liberally and then get cooking! I often make a huge batch of this, such as this recipe, and then use it for a couple of uses including cajun chicken pasta and serving in a tortilla wrap.

My air fryer is one of my favourite ever kitchen purchases! These days I have a Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 and it is absolutely fantastic!

It is super convenient, and fast, to make a batch of this chicken, and it is ideal for lunches too. I love having tasty chicken on hand for a favourite of dishes, and it takes just minutes to turn this into a hearty dinner when we’re short on time.

cooked cajun chicken on baking paper in an enamel baking tray

Ingredients for air fryer cajun chicken:

640g chicken mini fillets

Cajun seasoning – if you don’t want to make your own I love the one from Schwartz!

Method for cooking cajun chicken in the air fryer:

Add your chicken to a bowl.

Add your cajun seasoning and rub all over the chicken fillets.

Raw cajun chicken dressed with the dry rub in a glass bowl

Lightly oil the air fryer basket (if desired – I use spray rapeseed oil)

Add your chicken mini fillets to the air fryer.

Cook on 200C (400F) for 20 minutes, turning 10 minutes in.

If you overload the air fryer basket a little, like me, then you’ll want to give these a shake a couple of times during the 20 minutes.

Check the temperature before serving. Chicken should be at least 74C/165F internally before serving.

Top off with a little fresh lime juice if you have some, for an extra bit of flavour.

Tomato and chilli salsa in a serving dish with a side of air fryer tortilla chips

What to serve with cajun chicken?

There are so many delicious options to serve alongside this cajun chicken. We love air fryer jacket potatoes, tortillas, no yeast flatbreads, coleslaw, garlic and herb dip, roasted peppers, air fryer roasted tomatoes, spicy rice, hasselback potatoes or air fryer chips. Yum!

What types of chicken can you use for this?

Just about any chicken you like! Chicken thighs work great, as they bring some extra succulence to this recipe. Chicken tenders or strips will take the same time as the above recipe. You could also use chicken legs or chicken wings if you fancy something a little different.

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Want to make cajun chicken with vegetables?

Our favourite vegetables to have with this cajun chicken would have to be red onions or yellow and red peppers. These work so well, and really work alongside the cajun seasoning.

Whatever vegetables you want to add just check the timings for the air fryer and put them in during the cooking of the chicken. If you’re using large pieces of vegetables, such as pepper, you may be able to fix this with the chicken and the cajun seasoning and cook it all together at the same time.

Another option is to skewer the chicken alongside the peppers and onions, to make a kebab!

Looking to try chicken wings in your air fryer?

I love making chicken wings in the air fryer. Not only are they fast, and convenient, but they are cheap AND taste absolutely delicious too! You can mix up the dressings, and make multiple flavours from one tray of chicken wings.

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Fancy trying something different in your air fryer?

Can you freeze this cajun chicken?

Yes! I would advise freezing it when dressed, but before cooking, just for the best results.

Defrost in the fridge for 24 hours then cook as per above.

Chicken Tikka breasts on a plate

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A cooked pizza, made in the air fryer, topped with nduja sausage, peppers and chilli

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Air fryer cajun chicken

Cajun chicken made in the air fryer. Juicy, succulent and packed full of flavour with a homemade seasoning mix.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, chicken, chicken wings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 211 kcal

Ingredients

  • 640 g chicken mini fillets
  • Cajun seasoning see my recipe

Instructions

  1. Add your chicken to a bowl.
  2. Add your cajun seasoning and rub all over the chicken fillets.
  3. Lightly oil the air fryer basket (if desired – I use spray rapeseed oil)
  4. Add your chicken mini fillets to the air fryer.
  5. Cook on 200C (400F) for 20 minutes, turning 10 minutes in.
  6. If you overload the air fryer basket a little, like me, then you’ll want to give these a shake a couple of times during the 20 minutes.
  7. Check the temperature before serving. Chicken should be at least 74C/165F internally before serving.

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

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cooked cajun chicken on baking paper in an enamel baking tray
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