Udon Noodles With Soft-Boiled Egg, Soy and Black Pepper

4 large eggs (optional)
Sea salt
26 ounces (750 grams) thick, round Japanese udon noodles, preferably fresh or frozen
2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
2 teaspoons mirin
6 tablespoons unsalted butter (may substitute vegan butter such as Miyoko’s), cubed
4 scallions, thinly sliced
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

If you’re including the eggs, bring a small saucepan of water to a boil; in a medium bowl prepare an ice bath and set aside. Add the eggs to the boiling water and set a timer for 6 minutes. As soon as the buzzer goes off, drain the eggs and transfer to the prepared ice bath. Let cool completely, about 5 minutes. (This will make very soft-boiled eggs — if you prefer firmer yolks, cook for 1 more minute.) Peel the eggs.

In a large saucepan of salted boiling water, cook the noodles according to the packet instructions until al dente, 1 to 3 minutes. Drain, then divide the noodles among four bowls.

While the noodles cook, in a small saucepan, combine the broth, soy sauce or tamari, and mirin and set over low heat until hot, about 5 minutes.

Pour the hot broth over each bowl of noodles and top each with an egg. Divide the butter cubes among the bowls and let them melt into the noodles. Garnish with scallions and season with a generous amount of black pepper. (Use as much as you like, but this dish is meant to be very peppery.) Finish with a drizzle of sesame oil, sprinkle with a little sea salt, if desired, and serve hot.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 563; Total Fat: 27 g; Saturated Fat: 11 g; Cholesterol: 45 mg; Sodium: 1064 mg; Carbohydrates: 70 g; Dietary Fiber: 3 g; Sugar: 3 g; Protein: 9 g.

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken Breasts

4 (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more as needed
4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons minced fresh chives

Place chicken breasts between two sheets of parchment or plastic wrap. Using a mallet or rolling pin, pound each to an even thickness of 1/2 inch. Do not make them any thinner or they could dry out.

In a small bowl, combine sugar, coriander, salt, mustard powder and cayenne. Place chicken breasts in a bowl and rub well with spice mixture. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours.

Remove chicken from fridge while you heat the grill.

Light the grill, building a hot fire, or heat your gas grill to high. Once grill is fully heated, brush breasts lightly with olive oil and place chicken on the grill. Cook until undersides are browned and chicken is about halfway cooked, 3 to 5 minutes.

Flip breasts and grill until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes more.
Transfer chicken to a platter.

In a small bowl, whisk together mustard and chives. Whisk in 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Serve chicken with mustard for dipping.

Shrimp Etouffee

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3/4 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1 tablespoon hot sauce, or to taste
1 dried bay leaf
2 teaspoons store-bought or homemade Creole seasoning (see Tip)
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 scallion, green parts chopped
White rice, for serving

In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery and bell pepper, and cook until softened, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 more minute.

Sprinkle the flour over the ingredients and stir constantly until lightly toasted, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, and stir and cook for 1 more minute.

Pour in the stock and 3/4 cup water. Cook until the liquid is reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add the hot sauce, bay leaf, Creole seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil, and cook until the mixture starts to thicken, about 2 minutes.

Stir in the shrimp and reduce the heat to medium. Simmer until the shrimp is cooked through and opaque, about 5 minutes, turning each piece halfway through. Remove from the heat. Taste and adjust seasoning. Sprinkle the scallions on top. Serve warm over rice.

Tip:
To make your own Creole seasoning, combine 1 tablespoon smoked paprika, 1 tablespoon chile powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or less, if desired), 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper in a small bowl and stir together. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

Sheet Pan Sausage with Pineapple and Ginger

2 cups pineapple chunks, in 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger (from 1 1/2-inch piece)
4 teaspoons finely grated lime zest (from 1 to 2 limes)
Kosher salt and black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne
1 large red onion, halved and thinly sliced into half-moons
1 pound sweet or spicy Italian sausage
1/2 cup cilantro leaves and tender stems, roughly chopped

FOR THE GINGER-LIME VINAIGRETTE:
1 tablespoon lime juice, plus more to taste
1 small garlic clove, finely grated or minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely grated or minced
Kosher salt and black pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Heat oven to 450 degrees and, if you like, line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, toss together pineapple, sugar, oil, ginger, lime zest, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, allspice and cayenne until well combined.
Stir in three-quarters of the onions. (Reserve remaining onions for serving.)

Spread pineapple mixture onto the sheet pan in one layer. Nestle sausages among the pineapple mixture. Roast until fruit is caramelized and sausages are browned and cooked through, about 30 minutes. Halfway through baking, flip the sausages and toss the pineapple mixture.

Meanwhile, make the vinaigrette: In a small bowl, combine lime juice, garlic, ginger and a big pinch each of salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in oil. Taste and season with more salt and lime juice if you’d like.

Pull the pan out of the oven, drizzle vinaigrette over sausages and pineapple, and toss gently to combine. Garnish with reserved onion and cilantro, and serve.

Air Fryer Chick Fil A Nuggets

2 6 oz chicken breast cut into 2-inch pieces
1 cup pickle juice
1 large egg
3 Tbs milk
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp corn starch
2 Tbsp powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
oil for spraying

Place chicken pieces and pickle juice in a plastic bag. Close and place in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a shallow bowl whisk together egg and milk.

In another bowl, whisk together flour, corn starch, powdered sugar, salt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper. Set Aside.

Remove chicken pieces from the refrigerator. Grease the Air Fryer basket with a little oil. Coat chicken pieces in egg mixture, then coat it in flour mixture, then shake off any excess flour and place it in the basket. Repeat until the bottom of the air fryer basket is full. Make sure none of the pieces are overlapping nor should they be touching.

Close the air fryer basket and cook on 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes, flipping halfway. Spray any flour spots when flipping.

After 12 minutes is up, increase the heat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

Remove and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Air Fryer Chick Fil A Sandwich

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts Mine were 6-8oz each.
1 cup pickle juice
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt Adjust to taste.
1/4 teaspoon pepper Adjust to taste.
1 tablespoon Powdered/Confectioner’s Sugar or Sweetener
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper Optional for the spicy chicken sandwich
1 egg beaten
peanut oil

Sandwich Toppings
2 buns
4 slices dill pickle chips
2 slices leaf lettuce Optional for deluxe sandwich
4 slices fresh tomatoes Optional for deluxe sandwich

Chick-fil-A Sauce
1/4 cup mayo
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons BBQ Sauce hickory smoked
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon of cornstarch and 1 teaspoon of water, stirred into a slurry

You can use a sealable bag or a large bowl to brine the chicken. Add the chicken breasts to the bowl or sealable bag along with the pickle juice and buttermilk. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Add the flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and sweetener to a large bowl, large enough to dredge the chicken. Stir to combine.

Add the egg to a bowl large enough to dredge the chicken.

Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil.

Remove the chicken from the marinade and dredge both breasts in the beaten egg and then the flour. Place the chicken in the air fryer basket. (The use of the egg is optional and will help keep the breading intact on your sandwich. I often make this without using the egg).

Spritz the top of the chicken with peanut oil. Spray from a distance.

Air fry on 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

Open the air fryer and flip the chicken. Be careful with tongs. You don’t want to lose any of the breading on the chicken. Your chicken may be fully cooked at this point and you may only need a couple of minutes to crisp this side of the chicken. Spritz this side of the chicken.

Air fry for an additional 5-7 minutes until the chicken is crisp. You should also use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken has reached an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees.
Every air fryer model and brand will cook at varying speeds. Monitor your results carefully, and adjust as needed.

For toasted buns, toast the buns for 3-4 minutes on 400 degrees. You can butter them too.

Remove the chicken from the air fryer and assemble the sandwich.

Chick-fil-A Sauce:
Combine the mayo, honey, BBQ sauce, and mustard in a bowl.

Add the cornstarch slurry to a separate bowl along with 2 teaspoons of the sauce. Stir to thicken and add it to the bowl with the sauce.

Stir to thicken.

Air Fryer Kentucky Kernel Chicken Tenders

1 lb chicken tenders
1/2 cup Kentucky Kernel seasoned flour
1 egg, beaten, *if egg-free use Dijon mustard or egg-free mayo
1 teaspoon water
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs

Heat air fryer to 370°F.

In a shallow bowl whisk the egg and water together and set aside.

Place the Kentucky Kernel flour and breadcrumbs in 2 separate shallow bowls.

Pat thawed chicken tenders dry. Then brush them lightly with olive oil on both sides.

Working in small batches of 3-4 tenders, dredge the chicken tenders in the Kentucky Kernel seasoned flour, then dip them in the egg mixture, then finally coat with seasoned bread crumbs.

Shake off excess breading and immediately place them in the air fryer.

Allow enough room between the tenders so that the air can flow adequately. Cook for 10 minutes, flip, and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes on other side or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

Notes:
Cooking time may need adjusted based on the thickness of your chicken tenders and the brand of your air fryer.

Indoor Grill Pork Chops

2 boneless pork chops, 3/4 to 1 inch thick
1 tbs olive oil
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl, then transfer to a ziptop bag and add pork chops. Seal bag and make sure the pork chops are well coated. Marinate in refrigerator for 15 minutes to overnight.

Remove seasoned pork chops from fridge and let rest on countertop for few minutes. Preheat your grill.

When grill is hot, add pork chops, close lid and let cook 4-6 minutes or until an internal temperature of 145°.

Remove pork chops to a plate and let rest 5 minutes before enjoying.

Air Fryer Glazed Pork Chops

2 center-cut, bone-in pork chops, 1 ½ – 2 inches thick
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1–2 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees for 5 minutes.

Rinse pork chops with cool water and pat dry completely with a paper towel.

In a small bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients.

Coat the pork chops with olive oil and rub in the mix. Rub it in well and liberally. Use almost all of the rub mix for the 2 pork chops.

Cook pork chops in air fryer at 400 degrees for 12 minutes, flipping after 6 minutes.

Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1/2 onion, sliced
1 tbs chili powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon sugar
3 tbs vegetable oil

Slice chicken breast into 1/4 inch thick slices. Slice peppers and onions. Place it all in a large bowl.

In a small dish, combine chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, cayenne and sugar. Whisk it all together.

Pour 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil into bowl with meat and vegetables and toss to coat. Sprinkle in the seasoning mix and continue to toss to coat everything well.

Preheat air fryer for 5 minutes at 380°. Add everything to air fryer basket or tray and air fry at 380° for 15-18 minutes. Mix everything every few minutes to evenly cook.

When done, juices at bottom of air fryer basket or tray can be mixed in.

Air Fryer Glazed Chicken Breast

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 6-8oz each
3 tbs olive oil
3 tbs balsamic vinegar
2 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tbs brown sugar
11/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dry crushed rosemary
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder

Combine all ingredients, except chicken, in a shallow baking dish and whisk together.
Add chicken and coat well so it’s all submerged in the mixture. Marinate for at least 30 minutes. 2 hours is better; overnight is best!

Preheat air fryer to 360 degrees for 5 minutes.

Add chicken breasts to air fryer and air fry at 360 degrees for 18 minutes, turning after 10 minutes.

After time is complete, remove chicken and place on a plate or cutting board to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Air Fryer Chipotle Chicken Breast

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 6-8oz each
3 tablespoons canned adobo sauce (see notes below)
2 teaspoons chipotle chile pepper powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt to taste (about 1/2 1tsp)

In a shallow baking dish, mix the adobo sauce (see notes for substitution), chipotle chile powder, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, oil and salt. Mix until well combined.
Add chicken breast and rub mixture into chicken. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes. (4 hours is better, overnight is best).

Preheat air fryer at 360 degrees F for 5 minutes. Then place the marinated chicken into air fryer, air fry at 360 degrees F for 17-19 minutes (depending on size), flipping halfway through. Internal temperature of chicken should be 165 degrees F when done.

Once done, remove chicken and let it rest for 5 minutes before enjoying.

NOTES

Adobo sauce: The adobo sauce will be in 7oz cans of chipotles with adobo sauce. Simply use 2 tablespoons of the sauce for this recipe. For a substitute, use: 2tbs tomato paste, 1tbs cider vinagar, 1 tsp cumin and an extra tablespoon of olive oil.

Air Fryer Chicken Sandwich

Chicken Marinade

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt

Breading

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1.5 cups Panko breadcrumbs

Spicy Mayo

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon hot sauce

Pound the chicken breasts to even thickness (about 1/2) and cut crosswise to make 2 equal halves. Set aside.

In a large container or ziptop bag, add buttermilk, garlic powder and salt; whisk until well combined. Add chicken breasts to the buttermilk mixture and marinate in the fridge for 2-24 hours.
Setup Breading Station: In a medium bowl, mix together flour, cayenne pepper, ground black pepper, onion powder and salt. In another bowl, beat 2 eggs. Finally on a wide plate add the panko breadcrumbs.

Take the marinated chicken, one at a time and let the excess buttermilk mix drip off, then coat it in flour. Shake off excess flour and dunk into egg mixture. Let excess egg drip off and then place it on the plate with the panko breadcrumbs. Coat well with the breadcrumbs, pressing in if need be. Set aside and repeat with remaining chicken.

Spray air fryer basket or tray with non-stick cooking spray or olive oil and preheat air fryer at 390° for 5 minutes. When ready, place chicken into air fryer and use air fry setting at 390°(F) for 12 minutes, flipping halfway through.

While chicken is cooking, use a small bowl and mix mayonnaise with hot sauce. Set aside. You can also toast the sandwich buns and set aside.

When the chicken is done, check for internal temp of 165°(F). Then place chicken on buns with the spicy mayo spread, fresh lettuce and tomatoes. And of course, top with pickles! Enjoy!

Air Fryer Coriander Crusted Pork Chops

2 boneless pork chops, at least 1 inch thick
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp course salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp olive oil

Preheat air fryer at 400°(F) for 5 minutes.

Mix all dry ingredients in a small bowl.

Coat pork chops with olive oil and rub in all the seasoning mix.

Place seasoned pork chops into air fryer. Set air fryer to air fry setting at 400°(F) for 10 minutes (8-9 for thinner chops, 11-12 minutes more for thicker chops). Flip halfway through cooking time.

When time is complete, remove pork chops to a plate and let rest five minutes before serving.

Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapenos
Bacon
Cream cheese
Shredded cheddar or Mexican cheese
Optional: scallions

Slice 8 large jalapeños in half lengthwise and scoop out the insides.

Cook 8 strips of bacon at 400 degrees until crispy.

Crumble the bacon and mix with a block of softened cream cheese and a generous helping of shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese.

Stuff the peppers and bake at 370 for 7 minutes.

Air Fryer Crispy Mushrooms

1 8 oz. package Baby Bellas
1/2 cup flour
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
1 1/2 garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4-tsp. salt and pepper adjust to taste
olive oil spray

Wipe any excess dirt from mushrooms using a towel.

Cut each mushroom into quarters and then cut each piece in half again (each mushroom will equal 8 pieces).

Pour 1/2-cup flour onto a plate.

Whisk 3 eggs in a bowl.

Pour 1 1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs into a bowl.

Add the garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.

Stir until completely combined.

Toss the chopped mushrooms in the flour until coated, then dunk the mushrooms in the eggs, and finally toss them in the spiced breadcrumb mixture until completely coated.

Repeat with the remainder of the mushrooms. Arrange the mushrooms on a plate or flat surface.

Spray lightly with a can of olive oil.

Turn the Air Fryer ‘On’. Set to 360°F and 7 minutes.

Arrange 1/3-of the mushrooms in the Air Fryer basket. (Make sure the mushrooms are not over-crowded). Push the basket into the fryer and cook for 7 minutes.

Remove the mushrooms from the fryer when fully cooked. Repeat with the other two batches of mushrooms.

Sprinkle with a little more salt after removing from the fryer.

Serve immediately. Can be enjoyed alone or with any variety of dipping sauces.

Air Fryer Tortelloni (or Dumplings, Wontons, Crab Rangoon, Ravioli, or Pierogi)

Tortelloni (or dumplings, wontons, rangoons, ravioli, or pierogi)
Cooking spray

Toss or spray fresh tortellini with a little bit of olive oil.

Air fry on 375* for about 8 minutes, shaking occasionally (a little longer if they are frozen)

Serve with whatever sauce you’d like.

Air Fryer KFC Chicken (with Popeye’s Variation)

Mix the following:

2 cups white flour
2/3 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon thyme
1/2 tablespoon basil
1/3 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon dried mustard
4 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons garlic salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons white pepper

Chicken pieces of your choice

Optional: Some people brine the chicken in buttermilk first.

Beat 2 eggs in a bowl big enough to roll the pieces of chicken around in, make sure you cover the chicken with egg and then put them in another bowl with enough of the flour mixture so that you can get it on there thick.

22 minutes at 360 in the air fryer (for drumsticks) and it’s almost perfection. It’s a combo of regular recipe and crispy – not as gooey as regular, but not nearly extra crispy.

For Popeye’s, add:
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
2 teaspoons paprika

For Popeye’s mild, add:
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon White Pepper
1/2-1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika

Some recipes add sugar:
1 teaspoon Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Brown Sugar