I keep seeing recipes on air fryer Facebook groups that use baking powder to coat chicken for frying. Well, I’m here to tell you that flat WORKS! You will simply be amazed! I can’t convey how crisp this chicken came out. My husband said I could “do this one again and SOON!” I want to caution people who must restrict potassium this techniques is not for you, as 4 tsp. baking powder has 2020 mg potassium. You could substitute 1/4 c. almond, coconut, low-carb bake mix or Parmesan cheese instead of the baking powder if you are potassium shy. Might not come out quite as crisp, but doable. The sauce I made for this is one I’ve used in many of my recipes, as I find Puerto Rican Sofrito to be almost addictive it is so delicious! This dinner tonight, served with steamed cauliflower and fresh green beans, was a big hit with my husband!
Added note: Please don’t think MORE is better when it comes to this coating. This isn’t like flour coatings, where more may be better. With the baking powder coating, MORE is NOT BETTER! Too much baking powder will taste sharp, almost bitter. Been there.
INGREDIENTS FOR THE CHICKEN:
2 medium chicken breasts, skin left on
4 tsp. baking powder (I use aluminum free)
¼ tsp. each onion and garlic
¼ tsp. sea salt
1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper
INGREDIENTS FOR THE SAUCE:
2 T. butter, unsalted
1 T. my Sofrito Sauce
1 Roma tomato, chopped
Dash each salt and pepper
½ c. heavy cream
½ c. water
(thickener of choice if you feel a need)
DIRECTIONS: De-bone the chicken breasts (I buy with the rib frame so I can boil the bones for broth and any bits of meat for my dog). If your chicken breasts are quite large, often these days, slice them laterally and splay them out for more even cooking. Measure and stir the baking powder and spices on a paper plate and coat the chicken pieces well on all surfaces. Set aside for a few minutes. Preheat your air fryer. Place breasts into basket skin-side down on piece of parchment paper lining, as mine tended to want to stick to my basket. Set fryer to 375º and cook 18 minutes skin-side down. Open fryer, turn and cook skin-side up another 18 minutes. Check them at 15 minutes both sides if your chicken breasts are small…….also air fryers can vary.
While they are cooking, melt the butter in a medium skillet. Add the Sofrito Sauce and simmer on low heat for 2 minutes. Add chopped tomato and simmer 3-4 minutes to break them down a bit. Finally add cream and water and simmer 3-4 more minutes, allowing to reduce and slightly thicken. If not thick enough for you preference, add a light dusting of your favorite thickener, stir and simmer 1-2 more minutes. Serve with sauce spooned over each breast.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 2 servings, each contains:
736 cals, 51.5g fat, 9.1g carbs, 1.9g fiber, 7.2g NET CARBS, 60g protein, 1180 mg sodium