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Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets w/Penne & Cauliflower

Cooking chicken in a Ninja Foodi is a blast. Air Fryer chicken cutlets are one of my new favorites. Fresh or frozen your chicken will come out moist and delicious.

As long as you don’t make this silly mistake with a frozen chicken in a pressure cooker as I did here.

This week in our Ninja Foodi Friday series I kept it simple with chicken cutlets, penne, and cauliflower. I scored a sweet deal on the tri-colored penne at BJs here.

I made sure to put the lever on the top of the Foodi to seal! Crucial tip if you are hyper like me. Or don’t read the directions word for word.

The kids loved the chicken. It was nice and moist.

New to the Ninja Foodi? Check out the complete review on what it is and offers here.

Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets w/Penne & Cauliflower

Got the Ninja Foodi Lid to seal this time!

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

This Chicken Parmesan with Penne recipe is coming from the Ninja Foodi cookbook that comes with the product. I tweaked it because I’m all about using what is in my pantry FIRST.

Since the Ninja Foodi is a pressure cooker and air fryer, you can make air fryer chicken cutlets in any brand fryer.

I didn’t have Parmesan and didn’t add any cheese to the mix.

I used stuffing mix that I got for an incredible deal at BJs, but my kids don’t like it with the water so I continue to use it in recipes that call for breadcrumbs.

I didn’t have any brocolli on hand instead I used frozen cauliflower.

I hope this inspires you to use what you have in a recipe before running to the store to purchase more.

Not sure what to keep in your pantry? These items here are my must-haves.


  • 1 lb. uncooked pasta penne
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 4 uncooked chicken cutlets
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs ( I used stuffing mix)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese ( I skipped)
  • 1 jar marinara sauce 14 cup reserved. I used leftover jar of pizza sauce.
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil- I used my Avocado spray
  • 1 bunch of broccolini- I used a frozen pack of cauliflower I got at Wegman’s for 79¢
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese ( I skipped again)

air fryer chicken cutlets mix

Step 1:

Place your pasta, water and salt into the pot. Assemble pressure lid and put that thing to SEAL.

Select Pressure and set to high. Set the time to 2 minutes.

Get three bowls ready to dip your chicken. Add eggs and 2 tablespoons water to one bowl.

Add breadcrumbs and parm to another bowl.

Add Flour to your last bowl.

Dip chicken into flour mixture first, then coat in egg wash and last toss in the breadcrumbs.

air fryer chicken cutlets and penne pasta with cauliflower

Step 2:

I put all my coated chicken on a plate waiting to put into the Foodi.

When pressure cooking is done, quick release pressure by putting your valve to vent.

Pour marinara or your sauce of choice over penne. Leave 1/4 left to add on top I didn’t do this because my kids like the chicken plain and crispy.

Add broccolini or vegetable of choice. Mix it all up.

air fryer chicken cutlets and penne pasta

Step 3

Add in your reversible rack in higher position. Put the breaded chicken on top of the rack and brush with oil. I sprayed the chicken instead and it came out crispy.

Close crisping lid and set to Air Crisp, temperature 325° and time to 15 minutes.

When cooking is done you can add the rest of the sauce on top and finish it off with mozzarella. You would select broil and time to five minutes if you do this step.

Serve immediately!

My kids loved the chicken cutlets. They ate two whole pieces and said the chicken melts in your mouth. I agree!

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air fryer chicken cutlets

Let me know what you are cooking up in your Ninja foodi lately? Have you made chicken cutlets in your air fryer before?

air fryer chicken cutlets
air fryer chicken cutlets

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Debbie Kreischer

Monday 6th of January 2020

Hi - I'm going to try this tonight, but I REALLY need a compact printed version. So I made my own. Please email me if you would like to offer it up on this page, and I'll send you the Word doc. Thanks!

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