Delicious and flavorful Air fryer stuffed chicken breast with pesto cream cheese. A complete meal with chicken and potatoes made in the air fryer in under an hour, it’s so easy. If you have an air fryer and need inspiration on how to quickly treat your family to a delicious and easy dinner, read on.
Complete Meal in the Air Fryer
An air fryer is actually a fantastic thing! It saves on electricity, and it quickly prepares the food. Of course, it has its limitations in terms of how much you can fit in it, but it’s actually possible to cook a complete meal without any problems.
Chicken is a great choice—it’s inexpensive, kid-friendly, and it tastes good. But to avoid having the same whole chicken every time, chicken breast is also a good solution. It’s low in fat, and if you “indulge” it a bit with some spices or fill it with something delicious, it’s actually not bad at all.
You can easily prepare multiple things in your air fryer at once. Start with what needs the longest cooking time and add the other ingredients gradually so that everything is ready at the same time.
As a little bonus when cooking chicken this way, you can also make gravy at the bottom of the air fryer drawer. It goes really well with the dish and adds that final touch.
If you want some variation, you can try using other root vegetables instead of just potatoes. It could be parsley root, sweet potatoes, carrots, or similar—only your imagination sets the limits. In this recipe, I have chosen to fill the chicken with cream cheese seasoned with a good green pesto, but it could easily be mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, or other delicious fillings. The cream cheese goes really well with the chicken and gives a wonderfully creamy texture to the dish.
I hope you feel inspired to try the recipe and make a complete meal in your air fryer.
Potatoes – Small potatoes are preferable as they cook faster. Otherwise, you can cut larger potatoes into quarters.
Chicken breast – You can find chicken breast at any supermarket; look for nice large ones with enough space for filling.
Olive oil – Olive oil is used for the potatoes. Alternatively, if you have an oil spray, you can use that instead.
Sliced air-dried ham – You can use Jámon, Parma ham, or similar.
Green pesto – Find a good pesto; it makes a difference in taste. Alternatively, you can make your own. It’s used for both the cream cheese filling and the potatoes.
Salt & pepper – Salt and pepper are essential.
Cherry tomatoes – Cherry tomatoes add a nice acidity, and they taste great when roasted.
Water and chicken stock – You can do without them, but a bit of gravy is nice.
Cream cheese – I used neutral cream cheese, but you can also use a herb-flavored one.
How to make air fryer stuffed chicken breast?
Here’s a brief description of how to make a complete meal in your air fryer all at once. Make sure to season well; the potatoes can handle some salt. The air-dried ham adds a bit of saltiness to the chicken, so don’t overdo it with the salt.
Add water and stock to the bottom of the air fryer drawer and place the rack inside.
Place the pre-washed and drained potatoes in a bowl along with oil, pesto, salt, and pepper. Transfer them onto the rack in the air fryer. Start it and cook for 15 minutes.
While the potatoes are cooking in the air fryer, prepare the chicken breasts by filling them with a mixture of cream cheese, pesto, salt, pepper, and finely grated garlic. Finish by wrapping the ham around the chicken breasts to hold the cream cheese in place.
After 15 minutes, place the chicken breasts on top of the potatoes in the air fryer. Cook everything for an additional 25 minutes. When there are 10 minutes left, add the cherry tomatoes to the air fryer.
Once the time is up, remove the tomatoes, chicken, and potatoes. Pour the gravy from the bottom of the drawer into a jug. Serve everything immediately.
Find the full recipe further down this page.
Frequently asked questions
The leftovers can be easily reheated and served the next day or taken for lunch.
Yes, certainly. You can use parsley root, parsnips, carrots, or even sweet potatoes. Experiment and let your imagination guide you in choosing what to include.
Other air fryer recipes you might like
- Air fryer Italian vegetables
- Asparagus with puff pastry in air fryer
- Top sirloin cap roast in air fryer
- Air fryer asparagus with prosciutto
- Whole chicken in air fryer
Tips and tricks for the recipe
- Do you have any leftover vegetables that need to be used? Just add them to the drawer along with the potatoes. There are almost no limits to what you can include.
- Try making the dish with red pesto instead of green.
- Serve all the elements together as a complete meal made in the air fryer. It’s easy, delicious, and something the whole family will love.
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Recipe for stuffed Chicken Breast with Potatoes in the Air Fryer
Here’s our recipe for a delicious whole meal made in the air fryer. It has potatoes at the bottom, stuffed chicken breasts on top, and some tasty tomatoes to finish. At the bottom, a delicious sauce is made that you can pour over the dish at the end.
We hope you feel inspired to try the recipe. It’s something our entire family loves having on the menu, and we make it again and again with different variations.
Air fryer stuffed chicken breast
- 1 kg potatoes small
- 800 g chicken breast
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 8 slices Parma ham or other air-dried ham
- 1 tbsp green pesto
- ½ tsp salt or to taste
- Pepper to taste
- 150 g cherry tomatoes
- 3 dl water
- ½ chicken stock cube
Filling for the chicken breasts:
- 100 g cream cheese neutral
- 1 tbsp green pesto
- ¼ tsp salt
- Pepper to taste
- 1 clove garlic finely grated
Pour water and chicken stock cube into the bottom of the drawer of your air fryer.3 dl water, ½ chicken stock cube
Wash the potatoes in cold water and drain them in a colander.1 kg potatoes
Then place them in a bowl along with olive oil, salt, pesto, and toss them thoroughly to distribute the seasoning evenly.1 tbsp olive oil, ½ tsp salt, Pepper, 1 tbsp green pesto
- Transfer the potatoes to the drawer of your air fryer. Set the temperature to 180 degrees Celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit) and cook for 15 minutes.
While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the chicken breasts. Remove any tendons or excess fat, then make a lengthwise cut in each chicken breast without slicing all the way through.800 g chicken breast
In a bowl, thoroughly mix the cream cheese, pesto, salt, pepper, and finely grated garlic.100 g cream cheese, 1 tbsp green pesto, ¼ tsp salt, Pepper, 1 clove garlic
Fill each chicken breast with the cream cheese mixture using a spoon, and wrap two slices of air-dried ham around each breast to secure the filling.8 slices Parma ham
- After 15 minutes, place the 4 chicken breasts on top of the potatoes in the air fryer. Set the timer for 25 minutes and maintain the temperature at 180 degrees Celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit).
When there are 10 minutes left on the timer, add the cherry tomatoes between the chicken breasts and continue cooking.150 g cherry tomatoes
- Once the cooking time is complete, everything is ready and prepared for serving.
- Arrange one chicken breast on a plate along with potatoes, cherry tomatoes, and a drizzle of the sauce. Serve immediately.
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