I am taking part in the #AirfryerTakeIn challenge by Philips . The idea is to recreate a few favourite take-away dishes using their brand new Airfyer, so I thought I would start with something my children absolutely love, but which I never cook for them – Home made chicken nuggets and chips.
Weirdly enough, the only time the children get to eat this meal is when we are in France. They always manage to seek them out on the menu. Nuggets, burgers and steak this is their food of choice when on holiday. It’s probably an adverse reaction to my rarely cooking these dishes at home. And the fact that children instinctively love junk food. Again, mine probably love it because I rarely make it and certainly would never buy any form of chicken nugget. But I do confess to having a stash of fish fingers in the freezer at all times 😉
So I was keen to put the Airfryer through its paces by making my own chicken nuggets and chips from scratch and seeing how they turned out. I much prefer the idea of a Take-In than a take-away. Take-aways are so expensive, always taste worse than home-made and are often so salty that I find myself waking up in the middle of the night gasping for water. I imagine the amount of salt, sugar and flavourings and preservatives that go into take-away foods will continue to cause long-term impact on our health and wellbeing.
So, my personal preference is to avoid the take-aways completely and just go for the Take-Ins every time!
Here are some facts about the Philips AirFryer:
“The Philips Airfryer is a healthier, ‘no oil’ fryer that uses Rapid Air Technology allowing you to ‘fry with air’ for food crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Rapid Air Technology enables you to fry, bake, roast and grill your favourite foods with little or no oil, meaning you can swap traditional take away foods for deliciously healthy low-calorie dishes”.
You can read more about the TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS and the AirFyer retails at £180.00
The recipes I used came in a recipe pack provided when you purchase an AirFyer. There are sweet as well as savoury and when I come back from my summer holiday, I will be carrying on with the #AirFryerTakeIn challenge and giving you my honest feedback on what I think of both the dishes and the gadget itself.
Chicken Nuggets in the AirFyer
- The nuggets cook in ten minutes
- Great crisp outer shell
- Only 1/2tsp oil used
- Golden in appearance
- Basket had minimal amount to clean at the end of cooking
- Recipe booklet said it made enough for 10 nuggets but it also said that this was enough to serve 4 people, it definitely wasn’t. It was enough to feed 3 kids or 2 adults (250g minced chicken)
- Calorie breakdown stated calories per 6 nuggets. Why for 6 nuggets when the recipe says it makes 10 (I got 15 out of the mixture)? Surely it would be better to state how many calories are in each nugget. This could be confusing if you are strictly calorie counting as part of your diet.
Chips in The AirFryer
- The chips only required 1/2tsp oil
- Overall good golden colour
- Simple to prepare – they only need 30 minutes soaking in cold water before frying for 20 minutes (approx)
- Light and fluffy texture with a crisp exterior
- Even though I only made half the recipe (2 large potatoes), some of the chips were not fully cooked through even though I shook the pan as suggested.
- I would be wary of filling the basket too full as I imagine it would be hard to shake the basket around and disperse the chips so that they all retain an even colour and are cooked evenly.
Disclosure – I was provided with my Philips AirFryer and shopping vouchers to purchase ingredients for my challenge. However, all views expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any.