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Quinoa is a plant-based crop plant that is known for its rich nutrients. It is filled with a lot of health benefits including high protein, B vitamins, dietary minerals, dietary fiber, and much more things. You can use Quinoa for a lot of recipes. The good news is you can make the Quinoa recipe healthier by cooking it in the air fryer. In the below part of the article, we will let you know how to air fry quinoa.
Air fry is one of the best ways to keep your food healthier. As you don’t require using oil while preparing the food in the air fryer, they don’t get the additional fats like the other methods of cooking. Keep going through the article to find out how to make various Quinoa recipes with the air fryer.
How to Air Fry Quinoa
You can make a lot of things with Quinoa and cook them in the air fryer. Below, we will let you know about some of the popular air-fried quinoa recipes.
How to Air Fry Quinoa Crusted Chicken Tenders
The fried chicken tenders are something that we all love. You can use the quinoa for the chicken tender crust instead of the unhealthy bread. Make sure to collect the ingredient before you begin. For this recipe, you will require fresh boneless chicken breast tenderloins, cooked quinoa, salt, parmesan cheap, garlic powder, eggs, cooking spray, and dried spices of your choice.
Here are what you need to do:
The first thing you need to do is to prepare the ingredient for cooking. Add the cheese, herbs, garlic, salt, black pepper, etc. to a plate. In another one adds the two eggs. Beat the eggs lightly.
Now remove the package from the chicken strip. If they are frozen, it would be better if you thaw them first. The frozen one will not catch the dip well.
After that dip, the chicken strips one by one in the egg and then put it in the mixture we have created earlier for the crust. Press it lightly to mix them well.
Now turn on your air fryer and put it in 400 F for around 3 minutes to preheat. To make sure that the food will not stick in the basket, you may spray the bottom of the basket with a non-stick oil spray.
Once the preheating is complete, take off the air fryer basket and add the prepared chicken strips to the bottom. Organize them in a single layer with a few gaps in the middle. Don’t add them in multiple layers as it can cause uneven cooking.
Once you are close to the cooking duration, start checking them frequently. If requires, adjust the cooking duration. Check the time with a thermometer when you are done. The inside temperature should be around 170 degrees.
Once cooked perfectly, take the basket off and put it on a heat-resistant surface. You can then transfer the food to the serving plate and serve instantly with your favorite dipping.
How to Air Fry Quinoa Burger
You can make a unique burger with quinoa. For this recipe, you will require quinoa, salt, black pepper ground, breadcrumbs, eggs, feta cheese, salt, burger buns, tomato slice, beans lettuce, spices, etc. Check out the details of the recipe below.
The first thing you need to do is to add the quinoa with water in a saucepan. Then put it on the stovetop to boil. Once it starts boiling, lower the heat to medium-low and then cover it. Keep cooking until the quinoa become tender and water is absorbed. This shouldn’t take more than 15 to 20 minutes.
Now mash the black beans using a fork. You might keep some of the beans raw in the paste. The next thing you need to do is to mix the other ingredient with the quinoa. Add the breadcrumbs, garlic, cumin, salt, pepper, egg, and other spices of your choice along with the mashed beans. Then mix them well and form patties.
The next thing you need to do is turn on the air fryer and put it to preheat. Note that preheating is not absolutely necessary but it helps to make your food quicker. Moreover, you can get a crispy crust of the burger patties while the inside will be tender. Simply turn on the air fryer and put the machine into preheating mode. If there is no preheating mode, you need to adjust the temperature and duration to 375 F and 3 to 5 minutes for preheating.
Once the preheating is done, add the food to the air fryer basket. Make sure to organize them in a single layer for the best outcome. If you are cooking a lot of them at once, you should consider cooking them in smaller batches instead of stacking to get the perfect cook. Now put the basket back to the machine.
Now resume the machine’s operation and adjust the cooking temperature to 400 F and cooking duration to 10 minutes. The cooking duration may vary a bit based on your air fryer and the patties. After cooking for around 5 minutes, you should flip them to burger patties. Start checking them frequently after cooking for 8 minutes. Adjust the cooking duration as needed.
Once they are perfectly cooked, take off the air fryer basket and put it on a heat-resistant surface. Then leave them for a few minutes to cool down. After that, take out the burger patties and assemble your burger. You can add the lettuce, tomato slices, onion rings, sauces, and other things while assembling the burger. That’s it, time to enjoy.
Quinoa is one of the best sources of plant-based protein. If you are going veg, the above recipes will be a great option for you. Let us know about the outcome if you are going to try them.