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Air Fryer Cajun Chicken and Vegetables

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This bold and tasty Air Fryer Cajun Chicken and Vegetables recipe has everything you need for a complete and healthy meal!

Tender chicken and veggies paired with a tasty seasoning blend make for a great dinner that’s ready in just 15-20 minutes.

air fryer cajun chicken and peppers on a white plate with rice and broccoli

Why you will love this air fryer cajun chicken and vegetables recipe

This Cajun chicken dish combines bite sized pieces of tender, juicy meat with a medley of veggies and a bold and slightly spicy Cajun seasoning mix for a mouthwateringly easy meal that’s ready in just 10 minutes of cook time.

You’re going to love this one for evenings where you’re short on time and looking for a cost efficient meal you can have at home.

Serve it on its own or over white rice or brown rice for an even heartier dinner!

chicken, broccoli, bell peppers, olive oil, and spices in small ingredient bowls

Ingredients you will need

Chicken breasts: You could also use chicken thighs if you prefer dark meat, but I like to use chicken breasts for this recipe.

Vegetables: Start with a combination of red bell peppers, yellow bell peppers, green beans, broccoli, and sweet potato cubes, then add or substitute veggies as you see fit.

Cajun seasoning: This spice mix is packed with warm, savory flavors with a slight kick of heat. If you can’t find store bought Cajun seasoning, it’s fairly easy to mix up your own!

How to make Cajun seasoning

To make your own Cajun seasoning, combine paprika (smoked paprika is particularly good here), salt and black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, dried thyme, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.

The quantities of each can easily be adjusted to your preference, so feel free to add more or less of each ingredient based on what you like. If you like things extra spicy, use more cayenne and/or add some red pepper flakes or chili powder as well.

What vegetables should I use?

For this Cajun chicken recipe I love starting with colorful bell peppers and adding broccoli, sweet potato, and green beans. You can also add some onions, mushrooms, green bell peppers, zucchini, or asparagus.

Root vegetables like carrots, potatoes, or turnips are perfect for a heartier option. Honestly, any vegetable chopped to the right size will taste great covered in Cajun seasoning and air fried for a nutritious meal!

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How to make air fryer cajun chicken and vegetables

  1. Season the chicken and veggies. Add the chicken and vegetables to a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Add the Cajun seasoning and toss until everything is well coated.
  2. Air fry the chicken and veggies. Place the chicken and veggies in the air fryer basket. Try to make a single layer if possible so the hot air can properly circulate, but a little bit of overlap is fine. Air fry for 10 minutes at 400 degrees F and give it a shake or mix halfway through.
  3. Serve. Cajun chicken and vegetables can be eaten as-is, served over rice or cauliflower rice, or on a bed of leafy greens for a tasty salad!

How to store air fryer chicken

Knowing how to store chicken properly is important for optimal flavor and texture when reheating. llow leftovers to cool, then transfer to an airtight container or plastic bag. Keep in the fridge for 3 to 4 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

air fryer cajun chicken and vegetables in an air fryer basket with a lemon and a fork next to it

How to reheat chicken in the air fryer

Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees F, then add your leftovers and cook for about 4 minutes. Give everything a good mix and give it another 3 to 4 minutes, until it’s properly heated through.

From frozen, make sure the chicken and veggies fully thaw before you air fry them for the best result. The leftovers do freeze and reheat pretty well, so if you’re not planning on eating them the next day, this recipe is good for longer term meal prep as well.

Should you put raw chicken in an air fryer?

Yes, you can cook raw chicken in your air fryer! As long as you cook the chicken all the way through (to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees F) it’s perfectly safe to add raw chicken right to the air fryer basket.

a wooden spoon with chicken, broccoli, and bell peppers

More air fryer recipes

My air fryer is an absolute game changer when it comes to healthy recipes. On a busy weeknight, I love making Chicken Nuggets, crispy Chicken Sandwiches, and even this more elegant Marinated Chicken Thigh recipe using my air fryer. It’s perfect for easy chicken recipes!

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Air Fryer Cajun Chicken and Vegetables

Tender chicken and veggies paired with a tasty seasoning blend make for a great dinner that's ready in just 15-20 minutes.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer cajun chicken, air fryer cajun chicken and vegetables
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 251kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup green beans, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup sweet potato, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF.
  • Place the chicken and vegetables in a large mixing bowl. Add the olive oil to the bowl and toss to coat. Then sprinkle the cajun seasoning and salt into the bowl and toss the chicken and veggies to combine.
  • Place the chicken and vegetables in the air fryer basket in a single layer if you can, they may overlap a bit and that's ok. Air fry for 10 minutes, shaking halfway through. Serve over rice or exactly as is!

Nutrition

Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 743mg | Potassium: 780mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 6565IU | Vitamin C: 84mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.

Notes

  • Before serving, drizzle some fresh lemon juice or sprinkle lemon zest over the chicken and vegetables. This adds a zesty and citrusy element that complements the Cajun flavors.
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