Crispy Air Fryer Broccoli Bites


Nik Sharma

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Crispy Air Fryer Broccoli Bites with Buffalo Sauce

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Of all the textures, crispy is my favorite, and these chickpea flour battered broccoli bites fall into that important category of food snacks. To make the batter crispy, I’ve used a science trick by mixing chickpea flour with cornstarch, cold water, and oil to make a slurry. The starch in cornstarch is unique because it can form gels with water very easily, and during cooking, it undergoes physical changes due to processes like gelatinizing, retrogradation, and dehydration. This means the starch will absorb water during cooking and change its physical structure to move from soft to crispy. I’ve doubled down on the crispy texture by using an air fryer that uses super-fast fans to circulate heat rapidly, which helps dry and crisp the food even better. I serve the bites with this ridiculously good Buffalo Sauce from Primal Kitchen made with avocado oil and cayenne. 

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  • Yield: 4


3/4 cup/120 g chickpea flour

3/4 cup/105 g cornstarch

1 tsp fine sea salt

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

3/4 cup/180 ml cold water

1/2 cup/120 ml neutral oil

12 oz/340 g bite-sized broccoli florets

Primal Kitchen Buffalo Sauce, to serve 



  • Cauliflower florets can be used in place of broccoli.
  • I’ve used this air fryer to test and make this recipe. 

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