How to Make Sheet Pan Dinners for the Air Fryer

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Healthy Air Fryer Sheet Pan Dinners

Today I am so excited to share with you how you can make a “sheet pan” dinner in your air fryer! Keep reading to learn a couple of helpful tips when cooking sheet pan dinners in the air fryer. Then, see a few of my favorite sheet pan or one-pot dinners that you can whip up in the air fryer.

You can make these recipes with me in this YouTube video!

Can you cook an entire dinner in the air fryer?

A common concern about the air fryer is that you can’t actually make a full, complete dinner with it. Well, if you’ve been to Fabulessly Frugal before or seen my YouTube channel, then you know that just isn’t true! My goal is to show you what you can actually do with your air fryer! The air fryer is perfect for making complete dinners for a smaller crowd.

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What is a sheet pan dinner?

The air fryer is a great kitchen tool that you can use to make tasty, full, and filling dinners. I like to call these sheet pan dinners. So, what exactly is a sheet pan dinner? A sheet pan dinner is a dinner that is complete and filling. Normally, they are packed with a hearty protein and a healthy side (like vegetables) that you can cook all in one!

It is called a sheet pan dinner because you normally cook the entire meal on a cookie sheet in the oven. But because we are learning to use our air fryer, I have 5 “sheet pan” dinners that you can cook entirely in your air fryer!

How to change oven recipes for the air fryer?

Did you know you can adapt almost any sheet pan dinner for the air fryer? This is just one of the many reasons why I love to use my air fryer. Normally, you cook these recipes in the oven, but converting recipes for the oven is actually so easy.

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2 tips for converting recipes for the air fryer

I like to keep changing recipes for the air fryer simple. Here are two things to keep in mind when you convert oven recipes for the air fryer. You can watch my complete guide to converting recipes for the air fryer in this video or you can read it here.

Tip #1: Drop the temperature by 10-25 degrees

I like to start by dropping the temperature by 10-25 degrees as it is written in the oven recipe instructions.

For example, if I am cooking a recipe that calls to cook something at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, I will cook it in my air fryer at 380 degrees Fahrenheit.

Tip #2: Cut the baking time in half

After lowering the temperature by 10-25 degrees, I then cut the baking time in half as it is written for the oven.

For example, if a chicken recipe says to cook it in the oven for 20 minutes, I will cook it in air fryer for 10 minutes.

Then, I use my instant read thermometer to gauge whether or not my food is done cooking. I will then add more time as needed until my food comes to temperature.

In the example of the chicken recipe, my chicken will be done cooking once it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. If, after cooking for 10 minutes, my chicken is not done, I will cook it in the air fryer for an additional 2-3 minutes (depending on how close it is to doneness).

the best sheet pan dinners in the air fryer

Air Fryer Pro Tip: Get an instant read food thermometer.

If you have not already invested in a good instant read food thermometer, you need to get one if you want to see success in the kitchen. Pair your instant read thermometer with this free internal temperature guide to get ultimate results and be a boss in the kitchen!

5 Air Fryer Sheet Pan Dinners that are Easy and Tasty!

1. Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken & Veggies Dinner

This teriyaki chicken and vegetable dinner is so good and packed with healthy and flavorful foods and flavors. You are going to love this simple homemade teriyaki sauce. You can have this dinner on the table in 30 minutes!

Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

air fryer teriyaki chicken and veggies in a bowl
If you love teriyaki sauce but the ingredients sound intimidating, this easy recipe is the perfect starting place.
Check out this recipe

2. Honey Garlic Chicken, Potatoes, and Vegetables Dinner

Are you looking for a simple air fryer dinner with a variety of sides and tasty flavors? Then you’ve got to try this honey garlic chicken recipe with potatoes and broccoli. I love how quick this one comes together.

One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies for the Air Fryer or Oven

Sheet pan chicken and veggies
I love this easy, healthy dinner recipe! One-pan chicken and veggies with a simple, delicious honey garlic marinade!
Check out this recipe

3. Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers is a classic, filling, and delicious dinner idea. You will be so surprised with how fast this one comes together in the air fryer. My favorite part about this recipe is that you can easily adapt the recipe ingredients to only be your favorite ones!

Quick and Easy Stuffed Peppers in the Air Fryer

Tasty and quick stuffed peppers in the air fryer are the perfect weekday meal!
Check out this recipe

4. Quick and Easy Chicken and Vegetables

Are you in pinch for time? Then you need to whip together this healthy, filling, and easy chicken and vegetable dinner. You will be surprised with how tasty this air fryer recipe actually is!

Healthy Air Fryer Chicken and Veggies

air fryer chicken and veggies
You'll love how quick and easy it is to cook up healthy chicken and veggies in the air fryer! Only 10 minutes to cook!
Check out this recipe

5. Air Fryer Healthy Zucchini Boats

Does your family love spaghetti like mine does? Mix things up with this simple and healthier version of zucchini boats all in the air fryer. I love how tasty this recipe is and that even my picky eaters like it too (for the most part)!

Air Fryer Zucchini Boats

A quick and easy, low carb dinner in the air fryer! These air fryer zucchini boats are simple to make and are bursting with all the right, fresh summer flavors. With only 5-ingredients, this recipe will be just what your family needs this summer!
Check out this recipe

Final Thoughts

Sheet pan dinners in the air fryer is such a quick and simple way to get a complete dinner on the table fast! Share with us in the comments below what your favorite sheet pan dinner is!

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Categories: Healthy, Meat and Poultry, Air Fryer

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