If you're like Michael and I, you enjoy some good deep-fried food every now and again. The unfortunate thing about loving fried foods is that deep frying is not the healthiest way to cook food. But there's this new gadget called an Air Fryer that allows you to have your fried food and eat it too!
An air fryer is a counter top kitchen appliance that uses little to no oil but offers the same yumminess as those deep-fried delicacies that many of us crave. Some foods will need to be spritzed with a little olive oil, coconut oil or whatever kind of oil you use. Since the fryer cooks with hot air the best way to brown foods is to spritz them with a little oil.
Since you don't cook with oil, there is no oil splattering, and it doesn't heat up our 5th wheel (or home) like an oven does. Getting an even cook on your foods might require some turning of foods or shaking the food in the basket…but heck…we'll consider that a little bonus…exercise!
There are several brands to choose from: GoWise, Power XL Pro, NuWave Brio, etc. as well as a couple of different sizes with the 3.7 quart and the 5.3 quart seeming to be the most popular. I have a 3.7 quart GoWise, and it's a good size for just the two of us…if we have any more people to feed I have to cook in batches.
I initially used my air fryer to reheat leftovers like fried chicken, biscuits and breaded fish, and it worked amazingly well at crisping those things up and giving them new life.
We also tried cooking frozen French fries, fish, chicken nuggets/patties, mozzarella sticks and onion rings. Foods that would either have been heated in the oven and not gotten very crispy or been soaked in oil in a conventional fryer. Those foods turned out really good too.
Then it was time for me to get adventurous and try cooking some 'real' food…good and nutritious food. Two rib eye steaks and baked potatoes (cooked separately) was my first experiment…and oh boy, what an experiment! The potatoes were fluffy like baked in the oven and the steaks were browned, juicy and cooked to our liking. SCORE!
Then I did a little more experimenting using our son Dan's family as guinea pigs. I tried cooking a whole chicken, which turned out awesome…crisp skin and juicy meat. Boneless pork chops went over well too…they were tender and juicy. Hamburgers were ok…but I think we all decided we'd prefer them grilled.
Chicken wings and homemade Crab Rangoon both went over REALLY well…pretty sure that those will become staples in the air fryer. My daughter-in-law, Amanda, may require that I bring the air fryer and the ingredients for crab rangoon every time we visit from here on out. :-)
?The possibilities are out of this world – Stromboli, fresh French fries, American fries, meatloaf, egg rolls, fried pies, fish, grilled cheese, etc. I still have a LOT of recipes I want to try using my air fryer.
There are several places you can find recipes and helpful tips for the air fryer – Facebook has several air fryer groups that offer recipes and tips, and Pinterest is another plentiful source for recipes. You can also find recipes at Kelly's Kitchen (just click on the highlighted text, and it will take you to the website); my personal recipe site.
If you don't have an air fryer yet, it might be something you want to consider. If you already have an air fryer but haven't used it much....do it! You'll be glad you did.
I can't really tell you about this handy dandy appliance, and the yumminess it provides and not leave you with a recipe now, can I?
Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe
1 bag frozen wings
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Place frozen wings in fryer basket and lightly spray with EVOO. Set to 400 degrees and cook for 40 minutes, shaking basket or turning wings every 10 minutes. Each time you stir the wings lightly spray the top wings with EVOO.
When the timer goes off, pour a small amount of BBQ sauce over wings and stir wings until all wings are lightly coated in sauce.
Turn the air fryer on to 400 degrees and cook another 6 minutes, turning halfway.
**You could use any kind of sauce: teriyaki, hot sauce, etc…or even one of your own making.