30 Great Recipes using your Ninja Foodi: A Complete Guide

If you have a Ninja Foodi at home, you might be puzzled as to what you can make with it. This is just one in a long list of kitchen appliances that often sit on a shelf, unused, because their owner doesn’t know what to make with them. But, look no further. 

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Once you realize the full potential of your Ninja Foodi, you will find yourself wanting to use it for every single meal that you make. This appliance is hassle-free and makes cooking so much easier. And what is even better is that the list of things that you can make using your Ninja Foodi is seemingly endless. 

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In this guide, we’ve compiled a list of the 31 best recipes that you can make using your Ninja Foodi, including both sweet and savory dishes. So, to find out some of the best things you can cook in your new appliance, keep on reading. 

This instant pot competitor will pressure cook chicken breast, pork chops, chicken thighs, or baked potato to your heart's content. You can even make fried chicken and chicken tenders with your Ninja Foodi pressure cooker though you'll get better results with the Ninja air fryer for chicken pieces in my experience. Give the Ninja air fryer a try with your favorite chicken recipe.

Starter Dishes

  1. Ninja Foodi Mac and Cheese

Let’s kick off this list with one of the most superior foods on the list, and that is mac and cheese. There are lots of different ways that you can make mac and cheese, and no matter whether you make it from scratch or use a store-bought mix, it always tastes insane.

Mac and cheese can make a great starter, an excellent side dish, and even a wonderful main meal. No matter when you want to eat your mac and cheese, this is a great recipe to follow. 

  1. Ninja Foodi Pasta Salad

If you are looking for a healthier meal to start with, then we would recommend giving this Ninja Foodi pasta salad recipe a whirl. Again, this can also make a great main meal, so you can eat it whenever you like.

The best pasta salads are served on a hot summer’s day, alongside BBQs or with a nice cold glass of fresh lemonade. So, if you want a stress-free recipe to follow, this is the one for you. 

  1. Ninja Foodi Risotto

Finally, there’s no denying that risotto makes a wonderful starter. You only have to listen to Gordon Ramsay shouting at the chef’s messing up the risotto appetizer on Hell’s Kitchen to know this.

The best risottos are creamy and contain a mixture of flavors, and this recipe just does this. Whether you want a risotto to kick off a three-course meal, or to accompany a main meal, this is a wonderful recipe to follow. 

Main Courses

  1. Ninja Foodi Mostaccioli

Moving onto main course recipes, let’s start with none other than Mostaccioli. This dish is a great choice if you have hungry stomachs to feed, as it is incredibly filling.

Mostaccioli is a cheesy noodle and beef casserole that tastes perfect when cooked in your Ninja Foodi. It is effortless to make, and packed with flavors, so if cheesy noodles are your thing, this is the recipe to make in your Ninja Foodi. 

  1. Ninja Foodi Taco Pie

Everybody loves tacos, right? Taco Tuesday is great, but if you really want to take it to the next level, you should consider making taco pie in your Ninja Foodi. This recipe takes all the best ingredients in tacos and bakes them into one pie.

With the ability to customize the ingredients to your family’s favorite flavors, it is clear that this is a great choice for dinner time. So, it is definitely a dish to consider making. 

  1. Ninja Foodi Meatloaf

Another firm favorite all across the USA is meatloaf. This meal is like a warm hug, and it is an excellent comfort food for when you are having a bad day. This great recipe allows you to effortlessly make meatloaf for your whole family, which is why it is such a great choice for times when your focus needs to be elsewhere.

So, if you want to use your Ninja Foodi to take it back to basics, this is a wonderful recipe to follow. 

  1. Ninja Foodi Roast Chicken

Alternatively, if you want to make a full cooked dinner, you can use your Ninja Foodi to roast a chicken. You will be limited in the size of chicken that you can use to the size of the appliance, but it is surprising just how well a Ninja Foodi can roast your chicken.

You will need to cook all of your vegetables, but if you want to make roasting your bird less stressful, this is the recipe for you. 

  1. Ninja Foodi Pot Roast

Sticking to the same theme, you can also use your Ninja Foodi to make a scrumptious pot roast. Just like meatloaf, a pot roast is another wonderful comfort food. So, if you have had some bad news or are feeling under the weather, this is a great one to choose.

This recipe only requires 5 ingredients, and then the Ninja Foodi does all the work for you. So, for hassle-free cooking when you simply don’t feel like making anything, this is a wonderful recipe. 

  1. Ninja Foodi Cream Cheese Shredded Chicken

If you fancy something a little more fancy, then you can make Cream Cheese Shredded Chicken using your Ninja Foodi. This recipe uses lots of different ingredients and because of this it is packed with wonderful flavors that make it insanely yummy to eat.

From the cream cheese, to the seasoning on the chicken, to the fact that this dish also contains bacon, there is something for everyone in this recipe. So it is definitely worth considering this if you want to take your evening meal to the next level. 

  1. Ninja Foodi Asian Sticky Wings

If you like something a little more spicy, then you can also use your Ninja Foodi to make Asian Sticky Wings. It might be a bit of a stretch to call wings a main meal, but pair these with one of the great sides we’ll be moving onto shortly, and you have a wonderful dish at your hands.

These wings are packed with different herbs and spices to give them a truly authentic taste. So, if you love Asian cuisine, these are the best options for you. 

  1. Ninja Foodi Spaghetti Sauce

Finally, we couldn’t leave out the classic Italian dish of spaghetti. While you cannot use your Ninja Foodi to make the entire dish, you can use it to create your sauce, and that is half the battle. For a truly delectable spaghetti sauce, follow this recipe.

Then simply boil some water, cook your spaghetti, drain it, then add it to the sauce. This sauce is effortless, and tastes truly authentic, so it is definitely worth making if you fancy spaghetti for your lunch. 

Side Dishes

  1. Ninja Foodi Corn on the Cob

Now, let’s take a look at some wonderful side dishes you can make in your Ninja Foodi, starting with corn on the cob. Corn on the cob is one of the most American side dishes that you can get, and it is guaranteed to be a hit whenever you serve it.

No matter how it is cooked. Cooking your corn on the cob in your Ninja Foodi tastes absolutely wonderful, and it is also fairly easy to do. So, if you want to give it a go, check out this recipe.

  1. Ninja Foodi Mexican Rice

Another wonderful side dish that can really level up your main meal is Mexican rice. This rice is packed with lots of additional ingredients that gives it a flavor that regular rice simply cannot achieve.

The great thing about this type of rice is that it is also packed with lots of fresh ingredients, making it healthier as well as tastier. Pair it with a Mexican dish, or pair it with any meal for that matter, and it will taste great! Check out this recipe to give it a try. 

  1. Ninja Foodi Fried Pickles

Yet another American favorite is fried pickles, and you can also use your Ninja Foodi to make these. Fried pickles are usually fried in fat, but for a healthier and cleaner way to cook your fried pickles, you can use your Ninja Foodi.

This appliance will air fry the pickles, achieving the same flavor and texture without any of the unhealthy oil needed. Add a splash of Cajun flavoring to this recipe to take it to the next level, and it tastes absolutely wonderful.  

  1. Ninja Foodi Mashed Potatoes

Alternatively, you can use your Ninja Foodi to make the classic side dish of mashed potatoes. You might not be obsessed with mashed potatoes, but they are something that most people enjoy, and they are very filling.

Ninja Foodi mashed potatoes are full of flavor and a great side dish for almost any meal. So, you should definitely consider giving this recipe a go. 

  1. Ninja Foodi Fries

If you are more of a fry lover, then you can also use your Ninja Foodi to make these. Our favorite fries recipe for Ninja Foodi includes 3 different seasonings to make these fries something special.

They are crisp on the outside, fluffy and soft on the inside, and packed with flavor, which is everything that good fries are. So, if you are looking for the perfect ‘fries’ recipe to pair with almost anything, this is the one that we would recommend. 

  1. Ninja Foodi Sweet Potato Fries

While fries in the Ninja Foodi are much healthier than regular fries, an even cleaner option is sweet potato fries. These fries have become something of a craze in recent years because they taste so good, and are better for you than fries made with regular potatoes.

Whether you want to pair them with a good steak, or a burrito, sweet potato fries are the supreme side dish, so this is a recipe that you should try. 

Sauces

  1. Ninja Foodi Cowboy Dip

Now, we can all agree that there isn’t anything better than chips and dip, so let’s kick off these sauces with the ultimate cowboy dip. This recipe is packed with flavors from cheese to beans to sausage, there is something for everyone, and that is what makes it so great.

No matter whether you want to pair it with some chips, or even some fries, this cowboy dip is guaranteed to be a hit. So, next time you have friends around, give this recipe a whirl. 

  1. Ninja Foodi Spinach Artichoke Dip

If you are a lover of cheese (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), this is another wonderful dip to give a go. This recipe contains lots of cheese along with spinach and artichoke to create a truly unique flavor to pair with your chips.

It is thick, and gooey, and even rather healthy, which is why it makes such a wonderful snack. So, we would definitely recommend giving this recipe a try if you want to level up your chips and dip game. 

  1. Ninja Foodi Pumpkin Purée

Finally, let’s wrap up the sauce section with pumpkin purée. As soon as the holiday season rolls around, pumpkin purée becomes scarce because it is simply such a big holiday staple.

You can’t do Thanksgiving or Christmas without pumpkin purée, so if you cannot find a tin of this delicacy, you can use your Ninja Foodi to make your own. This isn’t a dish on its own, but pumpkin purée is a key ingredient in so many recipes, so if you are struggling to buy some at the store, consider making your own with this recipe. 

Breakfast Dishes

  1. Ninja Foodi Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but when it is early in the morning, the last thing that you really want to be doing is cooking. That is where your Ninja Foodi comes in so handy.

Oatmeal is one of America’s best loved breakfast dishes, and you can make this in your Ninja Foodi. You might think that oatmeal is boring, but this recipe is everything but boring, as it contains both apple and cinnamon to switch up the flavor. So, if you want an effortless breakfast, this is the one for you. 

  1. Ninja Foodi Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Alternatively, if you fancy treating yourself to a fancy breakfast, you might choose to treat yourself to this recipe. Buttermilk blueberry breakfast cake is an absolute delight, it takes all the best aspects of blueberry muffins and puts them all in one cake which is effortless to bake.

This cake is sweet and moist like any good cake should be, and it really will start your morning off right. So, if you fancy a treat, check out this recipe.

  1. Ninja Foodi Strawberry Jam

While this isn’t a breakfast dish on its own, strawberry jam is often an essential at breakfast time, and you can make your own with your Ninja Foodi.

You can easily buy strawberry jam at the store, but nothing tastes better than homemade. So, if you want to level up your breakfast game, give this recipe a go.

Snacks

  1. Ninja Foodi Movie Popcorn

The ultimate snack for movie night is popcorn, and you can make that in your Ninja Foodi. Regular popcorn is often unhealthy because it contains lots of oil and butter, but you don’t need to use this in your Ninja Foodi. So, for healthier, and saltier, popcorn, consider using this recipe.

Desserts

  1. Ninja Foodi Pumpkin Pie

Let’s kick off this desserts section with the absolute classic that is pumpkin pie. With a variety of flavors including nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice, pumpkin pie is a solid reminder of the holiday season, and because of this it is a great comfort food. So, if you need a comfort treat, give this recipe a try. 

  1. Ninja Foodi Blueberry Crisp

Another great treat is Blueberry crisp. This works excellently as a dessert, or simply as a snack because it is packed with lots of flavor.

You can make it all year round, but it tastes best when blueberries are in season because you get lots of fresh flavor. So, if you are a lover of blueberries, give this a go. 

  1. Ninja Foodi Apple Fritter

There’s no denying that apples are one of the best ingredients for sweet treats, so this is the first of a few Ninja Foodi apples recipes that we will look at.

Apple fritters are coated with cinnamon and sugar-free glaze, to make a yummy and healthy treat when you need one. Follow this recipe to make them in your Ninja Foodi. 

  1. Ninja Foodi Apple Cider Bundt Cake

Another wonderful apple flavored treat is Apple Cider Bundt Cake. This is a showstopper, and not something that you will make regularly. But if you are looking for a great dessert for when you have friends around, this is a great Ninja Foodi recipe to follow. 

  1. Ninja Foodi Apple Cake

If you would prefer plain apple cake, then this is the recipe for you. This cake is delicious and healthy, with a caramel glaze that compliments the flavor of the apples perfectly. So we would definitely recommend trying this in your Ninja Foodi. 

  1. Ninja Foodi Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

Alternatively, if you are a lover of cheesecake, then this recipe is perfect for you! Cheesecake can sometimes be a hassle to make, but this Ninja Foodi recipe is super easy to follow, and delicious to boot. So, why not give it a try. 

  1. Ninja Foodi Confetti Cake

Finally, let’s wrap this up with a recipe that is guaranteed to be a hit with the kids. Confetti cake has become a craze in recent years, and it is easy to see why. If you have limited time to make this cake, but still want to treat the kids, follow this Ninja Foodi recipe to bake your own confetti cake. 

Summary 

In short, this has been a complete guide to 31 of the best recipes that you can make in your Ninja Foodi.

So, if you are stumped with what to make next with this device, check out this guide to help. 

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