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Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Fritters {Air Fryer or Stove Top}

Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Fritters are an easy low carb dish! These fritters can be made in the Air Fryer or stove top of for a quick, yet low carb meal. 

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Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Fritters are a go to easy low carb chicken dinner (or reheat for lunch)!

You can dip them in some healthy ranch dip or with an extra serving of broccoli with some addictive air fryer broccoli. 

I prefer to use boneless skinless chicken thighs for my fritters so they don’t dry out. But, you can use chicken breasts too. 

Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Fritters stacked

When I developed this recipe, I cooked them on the stove top in a frying pan, as well as in my Air Fryer.

Stove Top vs Air Fryer for Broccoli Cheddar Fritters

You can use either method.

But… my preference is the air fryer. 

Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Fritters finished in air fryer

I found that with the stove top version I needed to use alot more oil and those fritters had a bit more of a oily feel. I also found that the ones done on the stove top were more likely to fall apart.

Falling apart isn’t a huge deal because the change doesn’t taste, but I like to dunk my fritters, and prefer them whole!

Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Fritters before cooking in air fryer

Let’s get down to the best tips for making these.

How to make perfect broccoli cheddar chicken fritters

It really is as simple as adding all of the ingredients to to a large mixing bowl.

PRO TIP 1 – Cut your chicken up into small bite size pieces. I find the fritter stays together better this way, AND you get a more even cook. This way to you don’t end up with a very crisp outside, and raw inside.

Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Fritters Ingredients

PRO TIP 2- use a cookie scoop. This allows you to make your fritters pretty much the same size and allows them to cook at the same rate. I use 2-3 scoops per fritter, just making sure I use the same amount of scoops for all of them.

Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Fritters scoop

You will have to work in batches no matter which method you use. I use a Power Fryer XL, and so I can do 4 fritters at a time in mine.

Can I freeze these?

Oh, you sure can freeze these. You have 2 options. 


You can cook them and freeze them.

If you choose this method make sure you absolutely use chicken thighs and not breasts. These will be far too dry if you use chicken breasts, cook, freeze, and reheat.


My preferred method is to mix it all up, and assemble your fritters on a parchment lined cookie sheet (like I show you here with meatballs). Then, all you do is pull it out of the freezer and cook it.

Note you will have to increase the cooking time, and you want to turn the heat down as the fritters will need more time to cook all the way through, and you don’t want the outsides to burn in the process.

So, there you have it, broccoli cheddar chicken fritters in your air fryer or on the stove top! 

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Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Fritters {Air Fryer or Stove Top}

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Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Fritters are an easy low carb dish! These fritters can be made in the Air Fryer or stove top of for a quick, yet low carb meal. 

Course Air Fryer
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli cheddar, Chicken fritters, Low Carb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 fritters
Calories 166
Author Steph


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into small pieces
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, steamed, and chopped fine
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Olive oil


  • In a large bowl, combine the bite size chicken pieces, garlic powder, eggs, almond flour, shredded cheese, broccoli, salt and pepper.
  • Gently combine.

Air Fryer Directions

  • Using scoop the mixture into a GREASED basket. Make uniform sized fritters in your air fryer. The number of fritters will depend on the size of your air fryer. Use the back of a spoon to flatten them.
  • Set your air fryer to 400F and cook for 8 minutes.
  • Flip and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • If you do thicker fritters, the cook time will need to be increased. Always check for doneness before removing from the air fryer.
  • Repeat these steps until all of your "batter" is used up.

Stove top directions

  • In a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • When oil is hot, add the fritter mixture a scoop at a time.
  • Flatten out the tops with the back of your spoon and sauté uncovered 4-5 minutes.
  • Flip and saute 3-4 minutes on the second side until chicken is fully cooked. Note: you may need to add more oil.


Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 11g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

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  1. Excited to try these!
    What would be your advice on using coconut flour instead of almond flour?

    1. I think the flavor will be a bit different but it should do the job in terms of binding!

    1. I was thinking about the same. And she responded it will be more of a burger 🍔. And she’s right

  2. 5 stars
    These were delicious! I made them with regular flour & chicken breasts as that’s what I had in the house. A hit with the kids as well as the adults. I served with brown rice and we ate them as a main meal.

    1. Thanks for letting me know! I am happy to hear it was such a success with your family. Broccoli can be a hard sell!

  3. These were absolutely delicious, I used chicken thighs because that’s all I had. Thank you for this easy recipe.

  4. I used canned chicken – lol We are in a pandemic and its all I could find – so yummy!! thank you!!

  5. Can i use regular flour instead of almond flour. I cant seem to find almond flour anywhere.

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  7. Thank you! I just got an instapot for Christmas that is also an air fryer,and can pressure. I am looking for low carb meals that can be made in this. This looks delicious!

  8. Has anyone done these in their airfrier from frozen? Curious for temp and time!
    Loved them when we made them so I froze a batch but haven’t made them yet.

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