Lemon garlic air-fried chicken with crispy Brussel sprouts

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For the chicken
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp (15ml) dried herbs (such as rosemary, basil, and oregano)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 3 Tbsp (45ml) olive oil
  • 4 chicken pieces, thighs and drumsticks
For the Brussel sprouts
  • 500g brussels sprouts, halved
  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp (15ml) onion powder
For the lemon sauce
  • 1 Tbsp (15ml) butter
  • 1 Tbsp (15ml) olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) flour
  • 300ml cream
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 10g parsley, finely chopped
  • Salt and milled pepper


  • In a bowl, whisk together the garlic, onion powder, dried herbs, a generous pinch of salt and pepper, lemon zest and juice, and olive oil.
  • Place the chicken in a bowl and pour the lemon mixture over.
  • Toss well to ensure all the chicken is coated.
  • Marinate at room temperature for 10-15 minutes.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 185°C.
  • Air-fry the chicken for 30 minutes, or until cooked through and the skin is crispy.
  • In the meantime, cook the Brussel sprouts – place the sprouts in a bowl.
  • Drizzle over the olive oil and add the onion powder with some salt and pepper.
  • Toss well to coat evenly.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 200°C. Add the sprouts and cook for 15 minutes until crispy and cooked through.
  • Prepare the lemon herb sauce – Melt the butter and olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion with a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes until translucent. Add the garlic, and sauté for a further 3 minutes.
  • Tip in the flour and stir thoroughly. Cook, stirring, for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Add a dash of cream and whisk to remove the flour clumps. Add the rest of the cream. Bring to boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes until thickened.
  • Finish with the lemon juice, lemon zest, chopped parsley and extra salt and pepper if necessary.
  • Serve the chicken with brussels sprouts on the side, and drizzle over the warm sauce. Garnish with chopped parsley.