Air Fryer Chicken Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara Dip

Hot and comforting with a satisfying crunch, air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks are amazing. This game day appy will definitely remind you why you love the air fryer so much! This tasty air fryer appetizer is easy to make with ground chicken and mozzarella sticks. You can also call them mozzarella stick chicken fries but whatever the name, know that they are addictive!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks with marinara dip. This air fryer appetizer is easy to make with ground chicken and mozzarella sticks.

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Italian breadcrumbs and Italian seasoning add a touch of Italy to these ground chicken and mozzarella sticks. They are perfect served with marinara sauce on the side for dipping.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks with marinara dip. This air fryer appetizer is easy to make with ground chicken and mozzarella sticks.

Air Fryer Chicken Mozzarella Sticks Ingredients

The chicken mixture which encloses the cheese calls for ground chicken, egg, Italian breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper. You could sub ground turkey instead of the chicken for a very similar taste.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks with marinara dip. This air fryer appetizer is easy to make with ground chicken and mozzarella sticks.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks with marinara dip. This air fryer appetizer is easy to make with ground chicken and mozzarella sticks.

You need all-purpose flour for dredging, a cream and egg mixture to stick to the floured chicken and then a panko and breadcrumb mixture to coat the mozzarella stick chicken fries.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks with marinara dip. This air fryer appetizer is easy to make with ground chicken and mozzarella sticks.

Directions for Making this Air Fryer Appetizer

First of all, combine the chicken with an egg, some breadcrumbs, garlic, and seasonings. Mix it until everything is distributed pretty much evenly. Now you can wrap some of this mixture around mozzarella sticks cut in half lengthwise.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks with marinara dip. This air fryer appetizer is easy to make with ground chicken and mozzarella sticks.

Wrap these in plastic then keep the refrigerated. This helps the chicken mixture stick to the mozzarella because you won’t want these ground chicken and mozzarella sticks falling apart in the air fryer!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks with marinara dip. This air fryer appetizer is easy to make with ground chicken and mozzarella sticks.

Once the mozzarella stick chicken fries are nice and cold, you’re going to be coating them, so plan this ahead. You will need to put flour and garlic salt in one dish, whisked cream and egg in another and then panko and Italian breadcrumbs in a third.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks with marinara dip. This game day appy is also known as mozzarella stick chicken fries.

Dredge the air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks in the flour mixture and then the egg mixture and finally the crumbs.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks with marinara dip. This game day appy is also known as mozzarella stick chicken fries.

When I do this, I find it easier to use one hand for the dry dipping then the other for the egg mixture and then once they have the crumb coating on I can again use the ‘dry’ hand to press the crumbs in. Everyone has their own favourite method for dredging and dipping so do whatever works for you.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks with marinara dip. This game day appy is also known as mozzarella stick chicken fries.

Now your game day appy is prepared you can cook the air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks in the air fryer until golden brown. I usually slice one in half at this point just to double-check the chicken is cooked through. This air fryer appetizer is great served with marinara sauce.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks with marinara dip. This game day appy is also known as mozzarella stick chicken fries.

How to Store Leftovers

One of the best things about this game day appy is how well they reheat. Simply pop the air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks back into the air fryer and the inside will stay moist and warm up which the coating stays crunchy. So if you were wondering whether to make a double batch, you totally should.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks with marinara dip. This game day appy is also known as mozzarella stick chicken fries.

You could also warm them back up in the oven if you have it on for something else. I wouldn’t recommend the microwave for this because then they will get a bit soggy.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks with marinara dip. This game day appy is also known as mozzarella stick chicken fries.

Other Dipping Options

Not a fan of marinara? Any other dipping sauce would be good with mozzarella stick chicken fries. For something creamy consider Caesar or ranch dressing or warm alfredo sauce. Blue cheese dressing would work if you want an extra cheese hit. No such thing as too much cheese, right?

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks with marinara dip. This game day appy is also known as mozzarella stick chicken fries.

Anything else from ketchup or mustard to Frank’s Red Hot would be great. If you do like spice, these ground chicken and mozzarella sticks can be dipped in marinara which you have previously livened up with hot sauce!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks with marinara dip. This game day appy is also known as mozzarella stick chicken fries.

Mozzarella Stick Chicken Fries FAQs

Can I use a different kind of cheese?

Mozzarella is typically used for cheese sticks because it holds its shape and stretches out when it melts but you can use another kind of cheese if you prefer, such as pepper jack for example. It’s easier to use readymade cheese sticks than cut your own cheese but you can also do that if there is a particular kind of cheese you want to try for this air fryer appetizer.

How do you get the coating to stick?

It’s important to let the ground chicken and mozzarella sticks chill in the refrigerator because this helps the coating adhere and stay on during cooking. Also, let the egg mixture drip off before pressing the chicken sticks into the panko breadcrumb mixture. You can also refrigerate this air fryer appetizer after breading and before cooking, so the layers can solidify a little and are even less likely to flake off.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks with marinara dip. This game day appy is also known as mozzarella stick chicken fries.

Air Fryer Chicken Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara Dip Recipe

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks with marinara dip. This air fryer appetizer is easy to make with ground chicken and mozzarella sticks.

Air Fryer Chicken Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara Dip

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, chicken
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 459kcal
Author: Bella
Air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks are amazing. This game day appy will definitely remind you why you love the air fryer! This tasty air fryer appetizer is easy to make with ground chicken and mozzarella sticks. You can also call them mozzarella stick chicken fries.
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Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds ground chicken  
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon red pepper flakes 
  • 1 Teaspoon Italian seasoning 
  • 4 eggs large, divided
  • 1 Cup bread crumbs Italian, divided 
  • 1 Tablespoon parsley chopped
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon garlic minced, approx. 4 garlic cloves
  • 9 cheese sticks  mozzarella
  • 1 Cup all purpose flour 
  • 2 Teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 Cup heavy cream 
  • 1 Cup panko
  • 1 Cup marinara sauce

Instructions

  • Combine ground chicken, salt, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, 1 egg, ½ cup Italian bread crumbs, parsley, and minced garlic in a mixing bowl. Thoroughly mix.  
  • Cut cheese sticks in half down the length.  
  • Lay a sheet of plastic wrap over a plate. Remove ¼ cup of the ground chicken and place onto the plastic wrap. Lightly flatten ground chicken with a spoon and form into a rectangle. *Lay a cheese stick next to the chicken as you work to aid in measuring. You will want the chicken to be slightly longer than the cheese.*
  • Place the cheese stick into the center. Use the plastic wrap to wrap the cheese with the chicken. *Twist both ends of the plastic wrap in opposite directions to tightly seal the chicken around the cheese stick and help it to hold its shape. Place onto a baking sheet and store in the fridge as you work.*
  • Repeat steps 3 and 4 with remaining chicken and cheese sticks.  
  • Prepare a dredging station. In a shallow dish, combine flour and garlic salt. Add whisked eggs and heavy cream to a second dish.  In a third shallow dish, combine remaining Italian bread crumbs and panko bread crumbs.  
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.  
  • Dredge the chicken in the flour, then the eggs, after excess eggs have dropped off roll each stick in the bread crumbs. Press crumbs gently to adhere.
  • Lightly spray the air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange chicken sticks in a single layer. Cook for 12 minutes, stopping once halfway through to turn
  • Serve with marinara sauce as dip and garnish with parsley.

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Nutrition

Calories: 459kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 207mg | Sodium: 1393mg | Potassium: 798mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 449IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 4mg

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

Whether you make these air fryer chicken mozzarella sticks as a game day appy or a snack, you’ll love them. They offer plenty of mouth-watering flavours as well as a wonderful crunch and they pair beautifully with marinara sauce.

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  1. Parissa S wrote:

    5 stars
    I have never had these with chicken. They sound amazing. I can’t wait to try in my new air fryer. loving it so far

    Posted 2.19.22 Reply