What if I told you that you can take your favourite deep fried recipes and make them in a healthier way without losing any of the flavours? Are you feeling some doubt? No worries, I was a doubter as well. Perhaps it’s because I’ve never, EVER been able to make anything BUT soggy sweet potato fries until now. I have officially mastered the art of a crispy sweet potato fry after trying the Philips Airfryer. When Philips offered me the Airfryer to try out, I had no idea if I’d be impressed but after using it for a few days I am pleasantly surprised.
For Mother’s Day each year we head out to enjoy some time together on our back deck. On of my favourite meals is sweet potato friends and chicken drumsticks which would be deep fried if I had my way…alas because I am focusing on my health, we haven’t been having them this way. Yet another reason I was eager to try this baby out!
The Philips Airfryer uses a new technology which circulates hot air with speed and precision, cooking the food using LESS oils. The most oil you’ll use is just 1 tablespoon…compare that to a whole pot to deep fry and you can begin to imagine the health benefits. Combine this with simple clean-ups and you’ll understand why I was excited to try this baby out.
The unit has a digital touch face that can memorize your favourite settings. Adjustable temperature control can be set up to 390 degrees F and the timer can be set for up to 60 minutes of cooking time. The basket is dishwasher safe, making clean up easy. Inside the box there is a rack which you can use inside the basket to layer foods and a recipe book which is worth checking out – it even has desserts!
Sweet Potato Fries
The very first thing I made was sweet potato fries, how could I not after far too many batches going soggy in the oven.
I preheated the Airfryer to 200 degrees F. Then I cut up my sweet potatoes into sticks, tossed them in a teaspoon of coconut oil. Once the Airfryer was ready, I put them into the basket of the Airfryer.
I set the timer for 9 minutes and closed the Airfryer. When it beeped, I was greeted with crispy sweet potato fries! After a bit of salt and a side of aioli I was ready to eat. It really was that simple. There was just a wee bit of oil in the bottom of the drawer which was simple to clean.
Simple, Delicious Chicken Drumsticks
Next I wanted to try some chicken. One of our FAV dishes are chicken drumsticks and for this recipe, I used a rub.
For the rub I used:
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 2 Tablespoons poultry spice (or your fav chicken seasoning)
- 2 Tablespoons Club House Montreal Chicken
I covered the drumsticks in a bit of olive oil (about a teaspoon) and rubbed the spices all over. At this point I preheated the Airfryer to 200 degrees C (390 F) and once it was ready (after about 3 mins) I placed the drumsticks into the basket, set the timer for 10 minutes and closed it up.
After those 10 minutes, I reduced the heat to 150 degrees F and set it for another 8 minutes. When the timer rang and I pulled out the basket, I was greeted with these gorgeous drumsticks!
The meat inside was fully cooked and super moist! This was another simple dish that is packed with flavours and healthier than a deep-fried version.
My opinion? Well this unit is simple to use and produces healthier options which I LOVE. I have a long list of recipes I plan on trying, but for now I’d definitely give it a thumbs up!
Disclosure: I received this product in order to perform this review, all opinions are my own.