Air Fryer Mac-and-Cheese Tuna Bites


  • 2 cups Uncooked whole-grain elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups Cheddar cheese, low-fat, shredded
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese, low sodium, shredded
  • 1 cup 2% milk, divided
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • 1 can (142 g or 170g) Chunk Light Tuna in Water or Albacore Solid White Tuna in Water
  • 1 Egg
  • 1½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp Grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • ½ tsp Garlic powder
  • Non-stick cooking spray



1. Cook macaroni according to directions; drain. Add macaroni back to the pot, and add cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, ½ cup milk, and turmeric; mix well. Add tuna; stir to mix well. Let sit until cool enough to handle with hands.

2. While mac-n-cheese is cooling, spray the Air Fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray and preheat the Air Fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes.

3. Place remaining ½ cup milk and egg in a small mixing bowl; whisk until well combined. In another small mixing bowl, place Panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, paprika, and garlic powder; mix to combine.

4. Using a spoon, scoop about 2 tbsp of mac-n-cheese and roll tightly into a ball .
Roll each ball in the milk and egg mixture until well-coated, then roll in the Panko mixture until all sides are coated. Reshape into a firm ball

5. Place balls in the Air Fryer basket and spray each mac-n-cheese ball with nonstick cooking spray. Be sure not to overlap balls (cook in batches, if necessary).

6. Cook for 5 minutes or until golden brown on top; then turn each ball, spray other side with cooking spray and cook for another 4 minutes, or until bites are crispy and golden. Enjoy warm with your choice of sauce.