Show-Stopping Air Fryer Party Food Recipes for 4th of July Bash

Written by: Caleb Aguilera & the COSORI Chefs and Staff

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Time to read 6 min

Independence Day is around the corner, and that means delicious potlucks, fun with loved ones, and vibrant fireworks sparkling in the sky. If you’re wondering what culinary wonder you should surprise the potluck crowd with, we’ve got you covered with our tasty air fryer recipes. These dishes taste like delicious, fried freedom while still going easy on the calorie count. 

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Yield: 6 pieces 

Prep Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 22 minutes


Ingredients

  • 6 pieces chicken, bone-in, skin on (cut of your choice)

  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt, divided, plus more for sprinkling

  • 2 cups buttermilk

  • 2 ounces vodka

  • 1 tablespoon black pepper, divided

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 egg + 1 egg white

  • Several fresh thyme sprigs

  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 cup cornstarch

  • ½ tablespoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ tablespoon dried oregano 

  • ½ tablespoon dried thyme leaves

  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder

  • ½ tablespoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • Grapeseed or canola oil, for spraying


Items Needed

  • Rimmed baking sheet

  • Wire baking rack

  • Meat thermometer


Instructions

1. Set the chicken on a plate or rimmed baking sheet, skin-side up, and sprinkle with kosher salt. Let the chicken sit for 30 minutes in the refrigerator before starting the marinating process.

2. Combine the buttermilk, vodka, 2 tablespoons salt, ½ tablespoon black pepper, bay leaves, eggs, fresh thyme, and hot sauce in a large bowl. Submerge the chicken pieces in the mixture and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.

3. Combine the flour, baking powder, cornstarch, paprika, cayenne, oregano, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, 1 tablespoon salt, and ½ tablespoon black pepper in a bowl. Whisk to combine.

4. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk marinade and shake to remove excess. Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture and set each piece on a rimmed baking sheet fitted with a wire rack. 

5. Allow the battered chicken to rest for 30 minutes before air frying.

6. Select the Preheat function on the COSORI Air Fryer, adjust temperature to 380°F, then tap Start/Pause. 

7. Place a single layer of chicken, skin-side down, in the baskets. You may need to work in batches.

8. Select the Air Fry function, adjust temperature to 380°F and time to 12 minutes, then tap Start/Pause. When the timer goes off, spray any parts that still look floury with grapeseed or canola oil. 

9. Flip the chicken over and cook for an additional 10 minutes at 380°F. Test the thickest part of the chicken with a thermometer, being careful not to touch the bone with the tip of the thermometer. The internal temperature should be between 160°–165°F.

10. Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Smokey Honey BBQ Air Fryer Pork Chops

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes


Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ white onion, roughly chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped

  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • 8 ounces canned tomato sauce

  • 3 tablespoons honey

  • 4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


Pork Chops

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 

  • 2 bone-in pork chops (about 1 pound), ½–¾ inches thick 


Items Needed

  • Medium saucepan

  • Blender, food processor, or immersion blender

  • Brush 


Instructions


1. Make the BBQ sauce: Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the oil, then add the onion and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes, or until the onion and garlic have softened. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Simmer the sauce on low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the bottom from burning. Transfer the sauce to a blender or food processor, or use an immersion blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed. 

2. Place the crisper plate into the COSORI Air Fryer basket.

3. Select the Preheat function, adjust temperature to 450°F, then tap Start/Pause.

4. Prep the pork chops: Combine the salt, pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and chili powder in a small bowl. Brush the olive oil on both sides of the pork chops, then season both sides with the spice mixture.

5. Place the pork chops onto the preheated crisper plate.

6. Select the Broil function, adjust time to 8 minutes, then tap Start/Pause. 

7. Remove the basket after 4 minutes of cooking, then brush the BBQ sauce over the tops of the pork chops. Return the basket to the air fryer.

8. Flip the pork chops over when 2 minutes are left on the timer and brush with more BBQ sauce.

9. Remove the pork chops when done and allow to rest for 5 minutes, then serve with more BBQ sauce if desired. 

Air Fryer Hot Dogs

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes


Ingredients


Kimchi Slaw

⅓ cup kimchi, finely chopped

  • 1 medium carrot (2.8 ounces), grated

  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced

  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ lime, juiced 


Sriracha Mayo

  • ¼ cup avocado-oil based mayo

  • 1–2 tablespoons sriracha, depending on how spicy you like it

  • 1 teaspoon lime juice, freshly squeezed 


Hot Dogs

  • 4 all-beef hot dogs

  • 4 hot dog buns, preferably split-top


Items Needed

  • Squeeze bottle 


Instructions

1. Combine all of the kimchi slaw ingredients in a medium bowl and toss to combine. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed, then set aside.

2. Stir together the mayonnaise, sriracha, and lime juice in a small bowl. Taste and adjust the spice level as desired. Pour the sauce into a squeeze bottle, then set aside. 

3. Place the crisper plate into the COSORI Air Fryer basket.

4. Select the Preheat function, then tap Start/Pause.

5. Cut 5 slits into each hot dog (just slightly into the top, not all the way down). Place the hot dogs onto the preheated crisper plate.

6. Select the Air Fry function, adjust temperature to 400°F and time to 5 minutes, then tap Start/Pause.

7. Remove the basket when 1 minute remains on the cook time, place the hot dogs into the buns, place the filled buns onto the crisper plate, then close the basket to finish cooking.

8. Remove the hot dogs when done, top with the kimchi slaw, drizzle the tops with the sriracha mayo, then serve. 

Fully Loaded Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Yield: 4 servings  

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes


Ingredients

  • 4 medium russet potatoes

  • Oil spray

  • 3 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup whipped butter

  • ½ cup sour cream

  •  cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • 2 stalks green onion, chopped

  • ¼ cup chopped bacon


Instructions

1. Scrub the potatoes and rinse well to remove excess dirt. Pat dry with paper towels.

2. Spray the potatoes with oil spray.

3. Combine the salt and pepper in a small bowl, then sprinkle the seasoning over the tops of the potatoes. 

4. Cut a shallow slit into the top of each potato.

5. Place the crisper plate into the COSORI Air Fryer basket.

6. Wrap the potatoes with foil and set aside.

7. Select the Preheat function, adjust temperature to 400°F, then tap Start/Pause.

8. Place the wrapped potatoes onto the preheated crisper plate.

9. Set temperature to 400°F and time to 30 minutes, then tap Start/Pause.

10. Remove the potatoes carefully when done and let sit for 3 minutes. When the foil is cool to the touch, remove the foil wrappings.

11. Place the potatoes onto a plate with the slit sides up. Open the slit on each potato to make a wedge to fill with toppings.

12. Top the potatoes with butter, sour cream, shredded cheese, green onions, and bacon.

13. Serve warm.

Tips for Your Fourth of July Bash

Now that you’re prepped with show-stopping recipes, don’t forget the decorations, snacks, and drink showstoppers as well. The foundation of any 4 th  of July decoration is the classic red, white, and blue. Throw a red, white, and blue tablecloth over your table before the party starts. Pair that with matching napkins, plates, utensils, and snacks. Sliced bananas, watermelon, and blueberries are easy-to-prepare snacks that’ll match the decor. For drinks, try a refreshing sangria or lemonade to quench your thirst. 


These simple tips can help you bring your 4 th  of July bash to the next level. Enjoy!