Fish Taco Sauce – Creamy & Zesty

This easy fish taco sauce is creamy and tangy with a bit of a kick. Use it as a dip for shrimp or chicken tenders, as well as a sauce for fish tacos. It tastes great with fries, or homemade potato chips too!

This easy fish taco sauce is creamy and tangy with a bit of a kick. Use it as a dip for shrimp or chicken tenders, as well as a sauce for fish tacos. It tastes great with fries, or homemade potato chips too!

Stovetop Baked Beans

These Stovetop Baked Beans are super-fast to whip up and taste great. They’re made with pantry staples in just 20 minutes!

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No barbecue or cookout is complete without a steaming pot of sweet and tangy baked beans… and the fact that there’s no bacon in these beans means everyone can enjoy them, regardless of dietary restrictions. These Stovetop Baked Beans are super-fast to whip up and taste great. I hope, like us, you already have all of these ingredients on hand, too!

overhead view of a serving of baked beans on a plate with a sandwich and corn on the cob.

We decided this recipe had to go on the blog after seeing it in action… Marsha and I were plating one of our grilled recipes for photos and we realized we didn’t have any canned baked beans on hand—or the time to cook up some bacon and do a more time-consuming oven-baked beans version! (On photography days, we have to move fast!) So, we looked through the pantry and found all of these ingredients right there and threw this together in minutes! We took a bite (because dang! they smelled great!) and knew we had a winner.

Ingredients for Baked Beans

Here’s what you’ll need to make stovetop baked beans:

  • Olive Oil: Helps cook the onions without burning them.
  • Salt: Enhances the natural flavor of the onions.
  • Smoked Paprika: Adds a touch of smokiness.
  • Onion: Add texture and sweetness to the beans.
  • Pinto Beans: While Navy beans are the more traditional choice, we used pinto beans because we always have them on hand. They have a great creamy texture and earthy flavor.
  • Dijon Mustard: Adds a bit of spicy tanginess to the sauce.
  • Ketchup: Adds sweetness, acidity, and umami flavor to the sauce.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Enhances the umami flavor of the sauce. You can sub soy sauce for Worcestershire or omit it altogether if you are vegan.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Enhances the tanginess of the sauce. White vinegar also works well.
  • Brown Sugar: Adds a touch of molasses-y sweetness.
  • Water: Prevents the beans from drying out as they simmer.

What Else Can I Add?

If you’re feeling fancy, you can cook up a few slices of bacon or some diced pancetta for a meatier flavor.

Top Tip

Only use enough water to just cover the beans. The water keeps everything loose and moist, but you don’t want the sauce to turn into a soup broth!

Serving Suggestions

These stovetop baked beans are the perfect easy side for any cookout! I love to serve them alongside slow cooker BBQ chicken and grilled corn on the cob.

overhead view of baked beans in a pot.
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Stovetop Baked Beans Recipe

These Stovetop Baked Beans are super-fast to whip up and taste great. They're made with pantry staples in just 20 minutes!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Total Cost ($2.94 recipe / $0.49 serving)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 (1/2 cup each)
Calories 188kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil $0.19
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika $0.16
  • 1 tsp salt $0.05
  • 1/2 onion, diced small $0.47
  • 2 15-oz. cans pinto beans, drained $1.72
  • 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard $0.03
  • 1/4 cup ketchup $0.12
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce $0.02
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar $0.01
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar $0.17
  • 1 cup water, plus more if needed $0.00

Instructions

  • Add the olive oil, smoked paprika, salt, and diced onion to a medium pot. Stir and simmer on medium heat until the onions are glossy and soft.
  • To the pot, add the drained beans, Dijon mustard, ketchup, Worcestershire, apple cider vinegar, and brown sugar.
  • Stir to combine and cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add water, as needed, until beans are just covered. Simmer on medium heat for 5-7 minutes until completely warmed through.

See how we calculate recipe costs here.

Nutrition

Serving: 12cup | Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 881mg | Fiber: 7g
stirring a pot of stovetop baked beans with a wooden spoon.

how to make Stovetop Baked Beans – step by step photos

seasoned sautéed onion in a pan.

Add 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 diced onion to a medium pot. Stir and simmer on medium heat until the onions are glossy and soft.

beans, brown sugar, ketchup, and mustard added to a pot with sautéed onions.

To the pot, add 2 15-oz. cans drained pinto beans, 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard, 1/4 cup ketchup, 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, and 1/4 cup brown sugar.

pouring water over stovetop baked beans in a pot.

Stir to combine and cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes.

stovetop baked beans in a pot.

Add 1 cup water, as needed, until beans are just covered. Simmer on medium heat for 5-7 minutes until completely warmed through.

a serving of baked beans on a plate with a pulled pork sandwich and corn on the cob.

These quick and easy stovetop baked beans will be the hero of your next BBQ!

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Grilled BBQ Chicken

This perfectly charred grilled BBQ chicken breast, fresh off the grill, glistening with sauce is sure to be the star of any cookout!

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I’m no scientist, but I’m sure there must be data about the gravitational pull at cookouts that brings everyone to the hot plate of juicy BBQ chicken breasts, sizzling and saucy straight from the grill. My grilled BBQ chicken is always the first protein to disappear! I’ve compiled all the best tips and tricks for how to make BBQ Chicken the star of any Summer get together.

overhead view of 2 grilled bbq chicken breasts on a white plate.

I’m trying to make your life easier with this super simple recipe, but I fear I’m making the grill master at your house put in overtime because, I promise you, this chicken is going to disappear immediately. Look for a value pack and scale this recipe up, because it’s summer and that means it’s grillin’ time!

Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make grilled BBQ chicken:

  • Chicken Breasts: I like large boneless skinless chicken breasts for this recipe. They’re easy to divide in half and pound nice and thin for a tender bite. I grabbed a 2-pack that weighed in at 1.61 lbs. so there was plenty of chicken for everyone.
  • Olive Oil: Helps the spices stick to the chicken.
  • Salt and Pepper: Enhance the natural flavor of the chicken.
  • Smoked Paprika: Adds a delicious smoky flavor to the chicken.
  • Brown Sugar: Adds texture and ensures you’re going to get those grill marks that make everyone salivate. I find that the extra sugar also helps tenderize the meat.
  • BBQ Sauce: Adds moisture and tangy BBQ flavor!

Serving Suggestions

I like to serve this grilled BBQ chicken with extra BBQ sauce for dipping, some fresh okra, grilled cabbage, and a side of pasta salad!

Tips and Notes

  • I used a Ninja Indoor Smokeless grill for this recipe, so, as an option, if you use an indoor grill too, you can put the chicken breasts on the grill while it’s preheating. This way, the inside will get to a safe temperature quicker but the outside of the chicken won’t burn.
  • If I’m having a big get-together, sometimes I will slice the chicken breasts if they are massive when I put them out on the buffet line. It helps stretch my budget a little further and it’s easier for people to try a little bit of everything.

Storage Instructions

I recommend storing leftover grilled BBQ chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To freeze, wrap individual chicken breasts in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place them in a Ziplock bag to store for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating in the microwave or on the stovetop over medium-low heat.

sliced grilled bbq chicken breast on a wood cutting board.
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Grilled BBQ Chicken

This perfectly charred grilled BBQ chicken breast, fresh off the grill, glistening with sauce is sure to be the star of any cookout!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Total Cost ($8.95 recipe / $2.23 serving)
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 (1/2 chicken breast each)
Calories 309kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the grill to 450°F.
  • Place 2 chicken breasts into a heavy-duty baggie and tenderize with a meat mallet or rolling pin, flattening the meat to 1/2-3/4 inch thickness.
  • Rub olive oil over each chicken breast, covering the entire surface area. Rub salt, pepper, brown sugar, and smoked paprika all over each and set aside. Allow chicken to come to room temperature.
  • Place each chicken breast on the hot grill, preheated to 450°F, and grill on each side for 6 minutes, until they easily move and do not stick to the grates.
  • Baste each breast with BBQ sauce after the first flip. Cook an additional 2 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 155-160°F.
  • Remove the chicken breasts from the grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes, covered with aluminum foil. The breasts will continue to cook in their own juices and reach the safe, mandatory temperature of 165°F.

See how we calculate recipe costs here.

Notes

*For this recipe, 1 serving = 6.4 ounces per person. 3-4 ounces is a typical serving size for chicken, but I was generous and went with 6 ounces per person for this recipe… so you could easily stretch it further if you needed to!

Nutrition

Serving: 6.4ounces | Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 12g | Sodium: 686mg | Fiber: 0.4g
overhead view of a serving of grilled bbq chicken with okra and grilled lettuce.

how to make Grilled BBQ Chicken – step by step photos

pounding chicken breasts in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin.

Preheat the grill to 450°F. Place 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts into a heavy-duty baggie and tenderize with a meat mallet or rolling pin, flattening the meat to 1/2-3/4 inch thickness.

seasoned raw chicken breasts on an orange cutting board.

Rub 2 Tbsp olive oil over each chicken breast, covering the entire surface area. Rub 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 2 tsp brown sugar, and 1 tsp smoked paprika all over each and set aside. Allow chicken to come to room temperature.

grilled chicken breasts on an indoor grill.

Place each chicken breast on the hot grill, preheated to 450°F, and grill on each side for 6 minutes, until they easily move and do not stick to the grates.

basting grilled chicken breasts with bbq sauce on an indoor grill.

Baste each breast with 1/4 cup BBQ sauce after the first flip. Cook an additional 2 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 155-160°F.

tenting grilled bbq chicken breasts with foil.

Remove the chicken breasts from the grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes, covered with aluminum foil. The breasts will continue to cook in their own juices and reach the safe, mandatory temperature of 165°F.

a serving of sliced grilled bbq chicken on a white plate with pasta salad and okra.

Tender and juicy grilled BBQ chicken is sure to be the star of any cookout!

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Grilled Chicken

I brine large chicken breasts, then coat them in a sweet and savory spice rub to create the juiciest grilled chicken you’ve ever tasted!

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During grilling season, I make this Grilled Chicken for my family at least once a week. It’s one of those simple recipes that works for even the pickiest eaters! I brine large chicken breasts, then coat them in a sweet and savory spice rub to create the juiciest grilled chicken you’ve ever tasted! Everyone at my house loves this chicken, and the delicious char from grilling takes the flavor to the next level.

overhead view of 2 sliced grilled chicken breasts on a white plate.

Juicy grilled chicken is a staple at my house this time of year. I never have to worry if my picky toddler will finish her dinner or if my husband will go back for seconds. It’s one of the magical recipes that’s a winner every time. The best part is, the leftovers are great to use in just about every Budget Bytes chicken salad recipe we have on the blog which makes lunches the rest of the week a no-brainer. To top it all off, using the grill means my house isn’t sweltering hot in the middle of the summer! Need I say more?

Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make grilled chicken:

  • Chicken: I like large boneless skinless chicken breasts for this recipe. They’re easy to divide in half and pound nice and thin for a tender bite. I grabbed a 2-pack that weighed in at 1.61 lbs. so there was plenty of chicken for everyone.
  • Brine: A simple mixture of kosher salt, granulated sugar, and water infuses the chicken with flavor, helps to combat moisture loss, and makes the meat super tender.
  • Spice Rub: A blend of salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika, onion powder, and brown sugar creates a savory, spicy, and smoky flavor with just a hint of sweetness.

Serving Suggestions

I love serving this grilled chicken sliced over a fresh green salad, but it’s truly so versatile! Lemon butter green beans, cheesy broccoli rice, or grilled vegetable pasta salad would all be delicious with this tasty chicken recipe. A light drizzle of Homemade Balsamic Glaze can take your grilled chicken to the next level!

Tips and Notes

  • Make sure to use kosher salt for the brine. The flat, flaky crystals dissolve extremely well in water and creates a crystal-clear brine.
  • Don’t skip the brown sugar; it helps develop that beautiful char.
  • Putting the smooth part of the breast down on the grill first helps ensure you get those glorious grill marks on the top! So, start with the smooth side down to ensure you get some sexy grill marks on that bird!
  • If your chicken is sticking to the grill, allow it to cook for another minute or two. It should lift off easily when you flip.

Storage Instructions

I recommend storing leftover grilled chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To freeze, wrap individual chicken breasts in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place them in a Ziplock bag to store for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating in the microwave or on the stovetop over medium-low heat.

Our Favorite Cost effective grill

When I was looking for a grill for us to use in the Budget Bytes kitchen, I wanted one that was easy to find, simple to set up, easy to clean, and didn’t make me miss my charcoal grill. I went with the Ninja Sizzle Smokeless Grill after contemplating a few different ones that would be widely available at Walmart, Target, and Amazon.

The cheapest grill option I found was a simple and small camping charcoal grill. That’s also a great option if you want to grill outside, get that smokier grill flavor, and don’t mind keeping charcoal on hand.

The Ninja Sizzle Smokeless Grill we ended up deciding on comes with a grill top and a flat top, so it’s perfect as a quick, clean option for grilling at home or even in an RV/camper. (I have since bought one for my chef kit and my in-laws bought one for their camper!)

close up of sliced grilled chicken breasts on a white plate.
overhead view of 2 sliced grilled chicken breasts on a white plate.
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Grilled Chicken

I brine large chicken breasts, then coat them in a sweet and savory spice rub to create the juiciest grilled chicken you've ever tasted!
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Total Cost ($9.02 recipe / $2.25 serving)
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 (1/2 chicken breast each)
Calories 253kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts* $8.03

Brine Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup kosher salt $0.14
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar $0.18
  • 2 quarts water $0.00

Rub ingredients:

Instructions

  • Create your wet brine: Combine 1/4 cup kosher salt and 1/4 cup granulated sugar in 2 quarts of cold water. Whisk to combine.
  • With a fork, poke holes all over the chicken breasts and then transfer to a Ziplock bag. Pound chicken breasts to 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch with a tenderizing mallet or rolling pin inside a Ziplock bag.
  • Pour the wet brine into the Ziplock bag with the tenderized chicken breasts. Close the bag and allow it to brine at room temperature for 30 minutes, or in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  • Make the seasoning blend by combining the salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic powder, smoked paprika, onion powder, and brown sugar in a bowl.
  • Remove the chicken breasts from the brine, pat dry on both sides with paper towels, drizzle with olive oil, and rub with the seasoning blend on both sides.
  • Preheat grill to 475°F. Note: If you are using an indoor grill, we found putting the chicken on the grill while it’s preheating helps get the middle of the breast to temperature in a timely manner and keeps the outside from overcooking and burning. If your chicken has been in the refrigerator, allow it to come to room temperature for at least 10 minutes before starting the grilling process.
  • Cook the chicken for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until the internal temp reads between 155-160°F. The chicken will continue to cook while it’s resting (because it’s so hot and juicy!) so you can remove it a little early, just make sure it reaches the internal temperature of 165°F while resting, or you may need to throw it back on the grill for a couple more minutes.

See how we calculate recipe costs here.

Notes

*For this recipe, 1 serving = 6 ounces per person. 3-4 ounces is a typical serving size for chicken, but I was generous and went with 6 ounces per person for this recipe… so you could easily stretch it further if you needed to!

Nutrition

Serving: 6ounces | Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 7877mg | Fiber: 1g

how to make Grilled Chicken – step by step photos

pouring water over sugar and salt in a large white bowl.

Create your wet brine: Combine 1/4 cup kosher salt and 1/4 cup granulated sugar in 2 quarts of cold water. Whisk to combine.

pounding chicken breasts in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin on an orange cutting board.

With a fork, poke holes all over 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts and then transfer to a Ziplock bag. Pound chicken breasts to 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch with a tenderizing mallet or rolling pin inside a Ziplock bag.

pouring brine into a ziplock bag with chicken breasts.

Pour the wet brine into the Ziplock bag with the tenderized chicken breasts. Close the bag and allow it to brine at room temperature for 30 minutes, or in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

spices and brown sugar in a white bowl.

Make the seasoning blend by combining 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/4 tsp cayenne, 1 tsp garlic powder, 2 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp onion powder, and 1 tsp brown sugar in a bowl.

pressing seasoning onto chicken breasts on an orange cutting board.

Remove the chicken breasts from the brine, pat dry on both sides with paper towels, drizzle with olive oil, and rub with the seasoning blend on both sides.

2 raw chicken breasts on a grill.

Preheat grill to 475°F. Note: If you are using an indoor grill, we found putting the chicken on the grill while it’s preheating helps get the middle of the breast to temperature in a timely manner and keeps the outside from overcooking and burning. If your chicken has been in the refrigerator, allow it to come to room temperature for at least 10 minutes before starting the grilling process.

2 fully cooked chicken breasts on a grill.

Cook the chicken for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until the internal temp reads between 155-160°F. The chicken will continue to cook while it’s resting (because it’s so hot and juicy!) so you can remove it a little early, just make sure it reaches the internal temperature of 165°F while resting, or you may need to throw it back on the grill for a couple more minutes.

overhead view of a sliced grilled chicken breast on a plate with salad.

Juicy, tender, and full of flavor, this grilled chicken is a winner every time!

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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

These Air Fryer Chicken Tenders are crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and perfect for a quick & easy lunch or dinner meal.

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I’m on a roll with these air fryer recipes y’all! And since I loved how well my air fryer chicken nuggets turned out, I wanted to try some air fryer chicken tenders next. This time I combined panko and regular breadcrumbs for the perfect texture and I used chicken breast tenderloins to make things super easy. They’re perfectly golden and crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and a lot fresher than frozen chicken tenders! So get your favorite dipping sauce ready, because these air fryer chicken tenders are perfect for a quick & easy lunch or dinner meal.

Overhead view of Air Fryer Chicken Tenders on a white serving plate with two dipping sauces on the side.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Here’s everything you need to make these crispy air fryer chicken tenders:

  • Chicken Breast Tenders: I like purchasing the chicken that is already cut into tenders or tenderloins. But you can also make your own tenders by cutting a boneless, skinless chicken breast lengthwise into strips.
  • All Purpose Flour: A light coating of flour helps the egg coating adhere to the chicken. 
  • Eggs: Eggs help the breadcrumb mixture adhere to the chicken tenders. You can also use buttermilk instead of eggs like we did for these air fryer chicken nuggets.
  • Panko and regular breadcrumbs: I used a combination of panko breadcrumbs and regular breadcrumbs. The regular breadcrumbs are finer in texture and provide a more even coating. The panko breadcrumbs give the tenders that crispy crunch that I love. Combined they provide the perfect balance.
  • Seasoning: A mix of salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, smoked paprika, garlic & onion powder, flavors the chicken and the breadcrumbs.

Homemade Dipping Sauces

Wanna make your own dipping sauce for these chicken tenders? Well here are some of our favorites:

Recipe Tips For Success!

  1. When adding the breading, roll and press the chicken tenders into the breadcrumb mixture making sure it’s completely coated evenly all the way around.  
  2. Don’t crowd the basket. Making sure there is enough space around each chicken tender allows the hot air to circulate evenly and helps the tenders get nice and crispy. So cook the chicken tenders in two separate batches if you need to.
  3. Don’t forget to preheat the air fryer. Similar to preheating your oven, it’s a good idea to preheat your air fryer so the chicken tenders can cook evenly and get crispy on the outside.
  4. Spray the tops of the chicken tenders with cooking spray and repeat when it’s time to flip the tenders. This also helps the tenders to get crispy on both sides!

What to Serve with Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Enjoy these easy chicken tenders with a side of roasted broccoli, air fryer french fries, or a simple Caesar salad. These tenders would also taste great with a side of oven baked steak fries or a simple pasta salad. And of course you can never go wrong with classic homemade mashed potatoes or homemade applesauce.

Side view of air fryer chicken tenders on a serving plate with one being dipped in honey mustard sauce.
Overhead view of Air Fryer Chicken Tenders on a white serving plate with two dipping sauces on the side.
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Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

These Air Fryer Chicken Tenders are crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and perfect for a quick & easy lunch or dinner meal.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Total Cost $8.56 recipe / $2.14 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4 (2 tenders each)
Calories 254kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders (about 1.25lb) $6.99
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt, divided $0.08
  • 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper, divided $0.05
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour $0.04
  • 2 large eggs $0.33
  • 1/2 cup plain regular breadcrumbs $0.40
  • 1/2 cup plain panko breadcrumbs $0.32
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning $0.10
  • 1 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.10
  • 1 tsp onion powder $0.10
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika $0.05
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  • Place the chicken tenders on a cutting board. Season them on both sides with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Next sprinkle the flour over the chicken tenders and toss to coat evenly.
  • In a shallow bowl, add the eggs and whisk them together. In another shallow bowl, add the regular breadcrumbs, panko breadcrumbs, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika. Mix the seasoning into the breadcrumbs.
  • Now line up the chicken tenders, beaten eggs, and breadcrumb mixture. Using tongs or your hands, begin to coat the chicken tenders by first dipping them on both sides in the egg mixture, then transfer them to the breadcrumbs. Pat the breadcrumbs into the tenders and coat them evenly on both sides. Set the coated chicken pieces to the side on a clean plate or cutting board.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Place the chicken tenders in the basket in a single layer, making sure no pieces overlap. About 4 tenders at a time. Spray the tops of the chicken tenders with cooking spray. Air fry for 7 minutes then flip the chicken tenders over. Spray the tops of the chicken again with cooking spray and air fry for another 6 minutes until golden brown.
  • Remove the chicken tenders from the air fryer basket and repeat with the second batch of tenders. Let the tenders cool for 3-5 minutes, then serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

See how we calculate recipe costs here.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tenders | Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 1179mg | Fiber: 2g
Overhead view of air fryer chicken tenders in an air fryer basket.

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Tenders – Step by Step Photos

Overhead view of seasoned chicken tenders on a cutting board.

Place 8 boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders on a cutting board. Season them on both sides with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper.

Overhead view of chicken tenders tossed in flour on a cutting board.

Next sprinkle 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour over the chicken tenders and toss to coat evenly.

Overhead view of breadcrumbs and seasoning in a bowl.

In a shallow bowl, add 2 large eggs and whisk them together. In another shallow bowl, add 1/2 cup regular breadcrumbs, 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper, 1 tsp Italian seasoning, 1 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, and 1/2 tsp smoked paprika. Mix the seasoning into the breadcrumbs.

Overhead view of chicken tenders breading station.

Now line up the chicken tenders, beaten eggs, and breadcrumb mixture. Using tongs or your hands, begin to coat the chicken tenders by first dipping them on both sides in the egg mixture, then transfer them to the breadcrumbs. Pat the breadcrumbs into the tenders and coat them evenly on both sides. Set the coated chicken pieces to the side on a clean plate or cutting board.

Overhead view of breaded chicken tenders added to air fryer basket.

Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Place the chicken tenders in the basket in a single layer, making sure no pieces overlap. About 4 tenders at a time. Spray the tops of the chicken tenders with cooking spray.

Overhead view of chicken tenders being flipped in air fryer basket.

Air fry for 7 minutes then flip the chicken tenders over. Spray the tops of the chicken again with cooking spray and air fry for another 6 minutes until golden brown.

Overhead view of cooked air fryer chicken tenders in an air fryer basket.

Remove the chicken tenders from the air fryer basket and repeat with the second batch of tenders.

Overhead view of 8 cooked air fryer chicken tenders in an air fryer basket.

Let the chicken tenders cool for 3-5 minutes, then serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

Overhead view of air fryer chicken tenders and steamed broccoli on a plate.

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Blackened Chicken

Blackened chicken is seasoned with a blend of sweet and savory spices, then pan-fried until perfectly tender on the inside and charred and crispy on the outside!

Blackened chicken is seasoned with a blend of sweet and savory spices, then pan-fried until perfectly tender on the inside and charred and crispy on the outside!

Air Fryer Potatoes

Air fryer potatoes are soft on the inside, crispy on the outside, and made for dipping. They’re the perfect side for any meal!

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Potatoes, or “spuds” as my Irish brother-in-law affectionately calls them, are truly a favorite for just about everyone. Potatoes can be cooked 1,000 ways and they always steal the show! These air fryer potatoes are proof of that. Soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, they’re like mini baked potatoes. They are seriously delicious dipped in ketchup, mayo, or Comeback Sauce. This air fryer potato recipe is great to use with whatever potatoes you have on hand, making it the perfect recipe for fridge clean out day.

air fryer potatoes in a bowl with ketchup.

Why Make Potatoes in the Air Fryer?

Listen, we love roasted potatoes. They’re simple and delicious. But sometimes you need potatoes right now, and roasting just isn’t quick enough. Using an air fryer, these potatoes are roasted to perfection in less than half the time. So, the next time you have a potato emergency, this air fryer potato recipe is here for you. You can thank us later!

Ingredients for Air Fryer Potatoes

Here’s what you’ll need to make air fryer potatoes:

  • Potatoes: You can use any variety of mini potatoes. We found some tri-color potatoes on sale, so we used those!
  • Oil: Helps keep the potatoes moist as they cook and helps them get nice and crispy on the outside. We used olive oil, but you could also use vegetable or canola oil.
  • Spices: A combination of garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper creates a smoky and savory flavor and the paprika adds a pop of color.
  • Fresh Parsley: Adds a little bit of greenery and freshness.

Should I Soak the Potatoes?

We did not do this, but cutting and soaking potatoes in cold water releases some of the starches and can make the potatoes crispier! Our potatoes were more like tiny bites of the perfect baked potato!

What Else Can I Put On Air Fryer Potatoes?

We love the seasoning mix listed in the recipe below, but the sky is the limit! Here are some other ways you can season your air fryer potatoes:

What To Serve With Air Fryer Potatoes

These air fryer potatoes are a great side dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They go great with dishes like Breakfast FrittatasAir Fryer Bacon, Homemade Meatloaf, or Baked Chicken Drumsticks.

Or, if you want to just add some dip and serve them as a snack, try dipping them in Comeback SauceLemon Dill Tahini DressingChimichurri Sauce, or Homemade Ranch Dressing.

seasoned potatoes in an air fryer basket with herbs.
fork dipping an air fryer potato into ketchup.
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Air Fryer Potatoes

Air fryer potatoes are soft on the inside, crispy on the outside, and made for dipping. They're the perfect side for any meal!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Total Cost $3.60 recipe / $0.90 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 106kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F for 4 minutes. Wash and quarter the baby potatoes.
  • Add the potatoes to a large bowl. Toss the potatoes with olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Cook for 15 minutes in the air fryer, until golden brown with crispy edges, stopping halfway through to shake.
  • Garnish with minced parsley and additional salt and pepper, if needed.

See how we calculate recipe costs here.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 17mg | Fiber: 3g
seasoned potatoes in a bowl with herbs.

how to make Air Fryer Potatoes – step by step photos

cutting tricolored potatoes on a bamboo cutting board.

Preheat the air fryer to 400°F for 4 minutes. Quarter 1 lb. of baby potatoes.

seasoned potato wedges in a white bowl.

Add the potatoes to a large bowl. Toss the quartered baby potatoes with 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp onion powder, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

seasoned potatoes in an air fryer basket.

Cook for 15 minutes in the air fryer, until golden brown with crispy edges, stopping halfway through to shake. Garnish with 1 tsp minced fresh parsley and additional salt and pepper, if needed.

fork dipping an air fryer potato into ketchup.

These air fryer potatoes are the ultimate crispy side dish!

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Perfect Sauteed Shrimp

This sauteed shrimp recipe comes out juicy and seasoned to perfection in less than 10 minutes! Here are the secrets…

This sauteed shrimp recipe comes out juicy and seasoned to perfection in less than 10 minutes! Here are the secrets to how to saute shrimp.

Sauteed shrimp in pan.

Here’s a recipe that knocks us off our feet every time. This really is the perfect sauteed shrimp! This basic kitchen skill is something that many home cooks have yet to master. It’s easy once you know a few tricks on how long to cook shrimp and how to season it.

What we love about this recipe: Turns out, it tastes even better than good: it’s truly great! The tender, juicy savory flavor is so remarkable, you won’t be able to stop taking bites. We can’t, and it’s always a hit with our kids. Here’s our secret seasoning blend and exactly how to make what we think is the best sauteed shrimp.

What type of shrimp to buy for sauteed shrimp?

There are lots of options for shrimp at the store, which can be overwhelming (frozen, fresh, tail on, shell on, size, and more). Here’s what to look at for this sauteed shrimp recipe:

  • Find medium or large shrimp. Medium shrimp may be labeled 41 to 50 count, and large is labeled as 31 to 40 count, indicating how many shrimp per pound.
  • Use tail on or peeled. The best shrimp for this recipe is tail on or peeled. Tail on looks nice, but you do have to pull them off when eating. If you accidentally buy shell on shrimp, don’t worry: you can remove the shell with your fingers before cooking, leaving the tail on.
  • Fresh or frozen. Both are essentially the same freshness since most shrimp are immediately flash frozen after they are caught. Just make sure to thaw the shrimp in advance.
  • Wild caught. Fish that is wild caught in your country is usually a sustainable choice. There are also quality options in well-regulated farms; see Seafood Watch Consumer Guide.

How to sauté shrimp: step by step

Shrimp is so easy to cook on the stove, you’ll find yourself whipping up sauteed shrimp on the regular! Here are the basic steps for how to sauté shrimp:

Shrimp in bowl

Step 1: Toss the shrimp with seasonings in a bowl. Use our secret seasoning blend (below), or you can simply use salt and pepper. Do this first so the shrimp are evenly coated in spices.

Sauteed Shrimp Step 2

Step 2: Heat butter or olive oil in an aluminum or cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Add the shrimp.

Sauteed Shrimp Step 3

Step 3: Cook 1 to 2 minutes per side until the shrimp are just opaque and cooked through: not longer. The biggest mistake people make with shrimp is overcooking it, which makes it tough. Cook it just enough so it’s tender and juicy.

💡Pro tip: The best skillet for sauteing is aluminum, copper, or cast iron, which gets the best sear and caramelization on the outside of the shrimp. Non-stick works too: there will be less browning, but it will still taste delicious.

Best seasoning for shrimp

The shrimp seasoning in this recipe is simple but ultra effective. We based the recipe on our Magic Seafood Seasoning, which we’ve been using for years and always gets great reviews. People take one bite and say, “What’s in this?” For this sauteed shrimp, we used a pared down version of that blend so you only need 4 spices. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Smoked paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Cumin
Sauteed shrimp recipe

Other seasoning variations

Of course, the sky’s the limit when it comes to sauteed shrimp! You don’t have to make our perfect seasoning blend: though of course we hope you do! This shrimp comes out fantastically with just a little S&P. Or, you can mix it up with other sauces and seasonings. Here are a few other shrimp seasoning ideas:

How to saute shrimp

How to thaw shrimp

Frozen shrimp is so convenient: you can pull it out of the freezer at moment’s notice for a quick meal! The only problem is…it’s easiest if you remember the day before. But if not: we’ve got a quick fix for you! Here’s the best way to thaw shrimp for this sauteed shrimp recipe:

  • Day before: Place the frozen shrimp in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Day of: Place the frozen shrimp in a large bowl with very cold water. Stir the bowl every 5 minutes to break up clumps of shrimp that freeze together. The shrimp should defrost in about 15 minutes. Make sure to pat it dry before using!

Make it a meal!

Sauteed shrimp is ready in 10 minutes, and you only need a side to make it a meal! Here are a few quick healthy side dish recipes to make it into a tasty, filling easy dinner:

Dietary notes

This sauteed shrimp recipe is pescatarian, gluten-free and dairy free (with olive oil).

Fresh or frozen shrimp?

Both work! Buy fresh if you can, but frozen is just as delicious. If using frozen, thaw the shrimp completely and pat dry before cooking for even browning.

What kind of pan should I use?

A large skillet or sauté pan with a heavy bottom is ideal for even heat distribution. Aluminum, copper, or cast iron are excellent choices.

What’s the secret to perfectly seared shrimp?

Medium high heat is key! Get your pan nice and hot with a drizzle of oil before adding the shrimp. Don’t overcrowd the pan – cook the shrimp in batches to avoid them steaming instead of searing.

How long does it take to cook shrimp?

Shrimp cook very quickly! Depending on the size, they typically only need 1 to 2 minutes per side, until they turn opaque and pink. Overcooked shrimp become rubbery, so watch them closely.

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Sauteed shrimp

Perfect Sauteed Shrimp (Really!)


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

This sauteed shrimp recipe comes out juicy and seasoned to perfection in less than 10 minutes! Here are the secrets to how to saute shrimp.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, deveined (tail on or peeled)
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon smoked paprika (or substitute standard paprika)
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon cumin
  • 3 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 3 lemon wedges
  • Fresh cilantro or parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Thaw the shrimp, if frozen. Pat the shrimp dry. In a medium bowl, mix the shrimp with the salt, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the butter on medium high heat. Add the shrimp and cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side until just opaque and cooked through, turning them with tongs.
  3. Spritz with juice of the lemon wedges and serve immediately.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Sauteed
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Diet: Gluten Free

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More great shrimp recipes

Shrimp is one of our favorite ways to a fast and healthy meal! Here are a few more great shrimp recipes we make on the regular:

Air Fryer Pork Chops

These Air Fryer Pork Chops are the perfect weeknight recipe! They’re deliciously seasoned and ready in just 30 minutes!

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If you’re looking for a simple yet flavorful pork recipe, these Air Fryer Pork Chops are it! Coated in a sweet and savory spice blend and cooked to crispy perfection, this air fryer pork chops recipe is a far cry from the leathery chops you may have experienced in the past. We’re raiding the pantry for this one, utilizing staples that really pack in the flavor for not a lot of added cost. With this easy dinner recipe, you’ll have tender, juicy pork chops in 30 minutes!

partial overhead view of an air fryer pork chop on a white plate with potatoes and green beans.

The spice rub for these air fryer pork chops is the real star of the show. Classic onion and garlic powder combine with smoked paprika for a smokey, savory flavor, while brown sugar adds a balancing sweetness and delightful texture to the crust. A little bit of ground mustard adds pleasant bitter notes and tanginess. This rub is super versatile and also works great on extra firm tofu and chicken!

Ingredients for Air Fryer Pork Chops

Here’s what you’ll need to make Air Fryer Pork Chops:

  • Pork Chops: We were able to fit two boneless center-cut pork chops in our air fryer basket. You’ll want chops that are 1-1 1/2 inches thick to ensure they stay nice and juicy.
  • Seasoning: Smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, ground mustard, and dark brown sugar create a smoky, sweet, savory, and tangy spice rub. Make sure to save extra for dusting on top when you flip the chops– this helps them crisp up beautifully.
  • Cooking Oil: We like budget options like canola or vegetable oil, but olive oil will also work.

MORE SEASONING IDEAS

If you want to switch things up, here are some other ways you can season your air fryer pork chops:

Tips For Making Air Fryer Pork Chops

  • Seasoning the chops with the seasoning rub 20-30 minutes before cooking and letting them sit on the counter at room temp will ensure 1. the flavor is as maximized as possible and 2. the outside doesn’t overcook while the inside gets to the proper temperature. Giving your chops a little extra time on the counter before they hit your air fryer ensures that they will have a nice crust on the outside while remaining juicy on the inside!
  • There should be about 1 Tbsp of the seasoning leftover. Save it and sprinkle it over the chops after flipping them. This will help to ensure they stay nice and crispy.
  • Remove your pork chops from the air fryer as soon as they reach 145°F and let them rest for at least 3 minutes before slicing to lock in the juices.

What to Serve with Air Fryer Pork Chops

These air fryer pork chops are so versatile and pair well with just about anything you can imagine. You could make a simple side saladsteamed green beans, or creamy polenta. Or use your air fryer to quickly whip up some air fryer Brussels sprouts!

overhead view of a partially sliced air fryer pork chop on a white plate with potatoes and green beans.
overhead view of a partially sliced air fryer pork chop on a white plate with grits and green beans.
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Air Fryer Pork Chops

These Air Fryer Pork Chops are the perfect weeknight recipe! They're deliciously seasoned and ready in just 30 minutes!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Total Cost ($3.82 recipe / $1.91 serving)
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 373kcal
Author Jess Rice

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine the smoked paprika, garlic powder, ground mustard, onion powder, brown sugar, salt, and pepper.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 420ºF for at least 5 minutes. Pat pork chops dry with a paper towel.
  • Drizzle the cooking oil over top of pork chops on cutting board, then add the seasoning mixture. Rub the pork chops until they are well coated in oil and spices. The brown sugar will caramelize in the air fryer and make the texture of the pork chops perfect! Reserve at least 1 Tablespoon of the sugar seasoning mixture to rub on top when you flip half way through!
  • Place the pork chops in the air fryer basket and cook for 7 minutes. Flip, sprinkling reserved seasoning mixture evenly over top and cook for 8 minutes more.
  • Use a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature has reached 145ºF, and if not, cook for 1-2 minutes longer.
  • Remove from heat and let the pork chops rest for 3 minutes and then serve with your favorite simple sides!

See how we calculate recipe costs here.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pork chop | Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 17g | Sodium: 1845mg | Fiber: 1g
three-quarters view of a partially sliced air fryer pork chop on a white plate with grits and green beans.

how to make Air Fryer Pork Chops – step by step photos

spices in a white bowl.

In a small bowl, combine 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp ground mustard, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 4 Tbsp dark brown sugar, 1 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4  tsp pepper. Preheat the air fryer to 420ºF for at least 5 minutes. Pat 2 boneless center-cut pork chops dry with a paper towel.

seasoned raw pork chops on a red cutting board.

Drizzle 1 Tbsp cooking oil over the top of the pork chops on a cutting board, then add the seasoning mixture. Rub the pork chops until they are well coated in oil and spices. The brown sugar will caramelize in the air fryer and make the texture of the pork chops perfect! Reserve at least 1 Tablespoon of the sugar seasoning mixture to rub on top when you flip halfway through!

spooning spices over seasoned pork chops in an air fryer basket.

Place the pork chops in the air fryer basket and cook for 7 minutes. Flip, sprinkling the reserved seasoning mixture evenly over top, and cook for 8 minutes more.

cooked seasoned pork chops in an air fryer basket.

Use a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature has reached 145ºF, and if not, cook for 1-2 minutes longer. Remove from heat and let the pork chops rest for 3 minutes and then serve with your favorite simple sides!

partial overhead view of a partially sliced air fryer pork chop on a white plate with grits and green beans.

These juicy, crispy air fryer pork chops are the perfect weeknight meal!

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