This super stuffed air fryer loaded potato recipe is one of the best things you will ever taste! These twice-baked potatoes are made with simple ingredients like cheesy and loaded with flavorful grilled chicken, cheese, and bacon. They can be topped with sour cream and chives. I know you have to be getting hungry now!
Whenever we used to eat out more, we always got excited about ordering cheesy twice-baked potatoes. They are family-friendly and kid-approved! We love them because they are so full of flavor, and with the diced chicken, they can also make a satisfying meal or side dish.
Mr. Fearless Dining and I have been working on eating a little better at home, so I was determined to make a non-fried version of homemade potato skins. That is when the idea was born for these super stuffed potatoes! Cooking them in the air fryer is also the perfect way to cook them.
Don’t forget to check out my easy Gluten Free Air Fryer Recipes for more recipe ideas!
Why This Recipe Is Great:
- With all of the added protein, these twice-baked potatoes make a great meal!
- The air fryer cooks a twice-baked potato so much faster than an oven.
- They make great appetizers!
- Kids love them. With the cheese and bacon, you can add extra veggies too! This is the best way to get some veggies into your kids!
This recipe is gluten-free, egg-free, nut-free, and soy-free. I include dairy-free options in the Ingredient Notes section.
- Bacon – You can use raw bacon and cook it, or use pre-cooked bacon. You can also use bacon bits, but read the ingredients to ensure they are gluten free.
- Sour Cream – Use full-fat or low-fat. If you are dairy-free, use Kite Hill or another dairy-free sour cream.
- Cheddar Cheese – I recommend VioLife or Daiya cheeses if you are dairy-free.
- Grilled Chicken – I use chicken breast because they are leaner, but you can use any chicken cut. To save time, you can buy frozen grilled chicken strips like Trader Joe’s Just Chicken.
- Potatoes – Russet potatoes are the best for this recipe because of their silky texture. I prefer using large russet potatoes. Red potatoes are my second favorite.
- Heavy Cream – Do not use half and half. If you are dairy-free, So Delicious now makes a dairy-free heavy cream.
- Chives or Scallions
I wanted to share a few more ingredient ideas to add to your potatoes as well. You can vary the flavors as much as you like!
- Sweet Potatoes taste amazing and would go perfectly with all the other ingredients.
- Ranch Dressing – Drizzle your favorite gluten free ranch dressing on the loaded potato skins. So yummy!
- Jalapenos – If you love a little spice, finely dice some jalapenos and toss on top before putting them in the air fryer.
- Pepper Jack Cheese – Pair the pepper jack with the cheddar or replace it completely. It adds a fantastic element of spice!
If you are trying to decide on what air fryer to get, I have a great list of the best air fryers for gluten free. I include a great pros and cons list for each model.
I had a smaller 3.4-quart Corsori Air Fryer, but they no longer make the one I own. I am recommending the larger version of the air fryer I have. It frequently goes on sale so keep an eye out for sales!
- 1. The size is great for a family of 4.
- 2. Clean-up is really easy.
- 3. It cooks food really well.
- 1. The baskets are dishwasher safe, but tough to fit in our specific dishwasher model.
Which air fryer and what size?
Are you ready to give this easy recipe a try? For this recipe, I cooked my potatoes in this air fryer. You get all of the flavor of loaded potatoes in a lot less time!
I ended up with the small-sized 3.4 qt air fryer, which barely fit my potatoes. If you are a larger family, I highly recommend you get this larger 5.8 qt sized model air fryer. I have a lot of regrets about not getting this larger one. This brand has been great so far and has had no weird off-gassing that we noticed.
It is also important to use a high smoke point oil when using your air fryer. Some oils can get rancid in high heat. Check out my guide to air fryer oil if you need more ideas on which oil to use.
How To Make Air Fryer Loaded Baked Potatoes:
Step 1: Wash your potatoes. Poke holes in the potatoes with a fork to vent the hot air as they cook. Spray the air fryer rack with oil. I like to use avocado oil, which has a good high heat tolerance. I do not recommend using a baking spray because the propellants can leave sticky residue on the rack.
Step 2: Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket and set to cook at 400º F for 15 minutes cooking time. Open the air fryer after 15 minutes and flip the potatoes over. Pierce this side and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
Step 3: Cut your cooked baked potatoes in half and scoop out the potato middles into a large
Step 4: Add the shredded cheese, salt, pepper, and heavy cream. Mash the potatoes until they are creamy.
Step 5: Mix the grilled chicken chunks and chopped crispy bacon into the mashed potato mixture.
Step 6: Scoop the potato and meat mixture into each baked potato skin. This second cooking will help get those potato skins nice and crispy!
Step 7: Top lots of Mexican blend or cheddar cheese. Bake in your air fryer at 350º F for 4-5 minutes to heat and melt the cheese. Eat them hot by themselves or enjoy them as a side dish.
There are so many ways to top these stuffed potatoes. My favorites are a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt and green onions! It makes a simple combination of flavors the whole family will love!
You can use several different kinds of potatoes to make twice-baked potatoes. I prefer russet potatoes because they are large, but you can also use red, white, and sweet potatoes.
Yes, you can make these air fryer-loaded baked potatoes ahead of time. Just follow the recipe as directed, then allow them to cool. After they have cooled completely, tightly wrap them with plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container. Then, when you are ready to serve, bake them until the cheese is melted; add sour cream and chives, then devour!
You can easily make this vegan using a meat replacement like vegan bacon. You will also need to use vegan butter or sour cream instead of heavy cream and vegan cheese instead of regular cheese. Kite Hill makes a great vegan sour cream, and VioLife makes the best vegan cheeses.
If you don’t have an air fryer, no problem! Just bake your potatoes in an oven at 400º F for one hour, then scoop out the middles and stuff as directed in the recipe. Broil your stuffed potatoes to melt the cheese.
You may also love this Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries recipe.
More Potato Recipes To Try:
- Healthier Funeral Potatoes With Fire-Roasted Hatch Chiles
- Bacon Ricotta Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
- Easy Fresh Herb Gluten Free Potato Salad
- Mardi Gras Jambalaya Stuffed Baked Potatoes
Loaded Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes
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- 3 large potatoes * see note
- 2 grilled chicken breasts sliced
- 3-4 slices of cooked bacon
- ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- salt and pepper to taste
- optional 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon chives
- Preheat your air fryer to 400º F.
- Wash your potatoes and pierce each several times with a fork. This will allow hot steam to vent out of the potatoes.
- Cook the potatoes for 15 minutes each side in the air fryer.
- When the potatoes are done, stab a fork inside. If the potato is soft in the middle, it is finished cooking.
- Cut each potato in half lengthwise and scoop the potato middles out of each one into a large bowl.
- Add the heavy cream, cheese, chicken, and bacon to the potato middles and mix well.
- Scoop the potato mixture back into each potato skin and top with shredded cheese.
- Bake at 350º F for 5 minutes until the cheese is melted.
- Serve hot as a meal or side dish.
Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.
Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.
This post was updated from an older July 2020 post with more recipe details and oven baking options.
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