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The Game-Changer Kitchen Gadget I Didn’t Know I Needed

Philips AirFryer XXL

This post was written in partnership with Philips. An airfryer was provided for testing. As always, all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting our sponsors who help us create great content!

I saw the Philips Airfryer XXL when I was at the Consumer Electronics Show, and I finally did a deep dive into the appliance that I had been admiring from afar. It had been popping up on the Instagram feeds of many of my favorite food bloggers, and I had become mildly obsessed with the idea of “frying” things with little to no oil.

I’m not usually one to buy a lot of gadgets for my kitchen— I’m more likely to use my cast-iron skillet, a sheet pan, or dutch oven to do most things, but the airfryer idea was one I liked a lot for one reason:

 It cooks food the way I like to eat it. Crispy.

I’m not really a steamer, a braiser or a boiler— most of what I cook at home is pan-fried or high-heat roasted. If you come over for dinner on any given weeknight you’re likely to be served roasted salmon over a rice bowl, pan fried whitefish (dusted in quinoa flour so it has a bit of crunch) with roasted veggies, baked chicken tenders with roasted cauliflower… those kinds of things. So if there’s a gadget that fries and roasts (bakes and grills too!) golden food with little to no oil, and does it without me having to do much more than toss food into a basket? I’m intrigued.

When Philips sent me my airfryer, I decided to test it out with a crowd-pleaser; Chicken wings. It’s a weeknight favorite, and my family loves them. I usually just bake them “plain” and everyone adds their favorite sauces or flavors: I love lemon pepper spice, Spencer loves buffalo sauce, and Annie likes Honey Garlic (Mike’s a vegetarian so he sits this one out!). Obviously they’re a perfect game day snack too.

If you’re thinking about getting an airfryer (or are still, like, ‘What’s an airfryer?’ here’s the breakdown, and why it just may earn permanent place on my countertop.

Philips AirFryer XXL

It’s all about that Crunch

Like almost everyone, I love fried food. But when I eat it at a restaurant, I can’t be sure of the quality of the oil they’re cooking it in. Deep frying food at home, however, involves another  sobering task: Seeing just how much fat is required to get all that delicious flavor. The Philips Airfryer XXL has a work-around: Instead of using tons of oil to fry your food, it uses powerful hot air—plus, a tablespoon or less of oil—to cook your food and still deliver on crunch and FLAVOR. When it comes to the oil, the choice is yours: I love using Avocado oil or olive oil, or even some clarified butter, because there’s just nothing better than than that.

I often bake breaded chicken tenders in the oven, but the breading can end up looking pale and tasting “uncooked” without the proper distribution of fat. I have to give them an uneven drizzle of olive oil, and that doesn’t really work to make the entire tender golden brown. The airfryer turned out golden, crispy wings every time, thanks to its circulating air and heat that gets all around the food you’re cooking. It can also remove and capture excess fat thanks to its new and unique Twin TurboStar technology, so it’s working hard to crisp your food, and make it healthier.

Philips AirFryer XXL

Cooking is Easy, Cleanup is Easier

The Philips Airfryer XXL cooks many recipes faster than your oven would, which makes sense, since it’s smaller and has an air circulator that operates like a convection. My chicken wings were done in 30 minutes, which is about the same time it would take to cook under a broiler, but I didn’t have to hover to make sure they weren’t burning, so that was a load off my mind (I am a great cook, but have been known to burn dinner on occasion).

Also, I was thrilled to learn that all the parts— every last one of them— are dishwasher-safe, so clean-up is a cinch.

Philips AirFryer XXL

Size matters

This is where the rubber meets the road, since I have four mouths to feed, and don’t want to be making dinky portions of anything. The Airfryer XXL is big enough to roast a whole chicken (intact, not in pieces!) or two bags of French fries, so you won’t have to cook in batches, then try to figure out how to keep batch #1 warm while it waits for batch #2.

OK, back to the chicken wings I made: Here’s my “recipe” (I hesitate to call this a recipe, because I did next to nothing and they were sooo good!)

  1. Turn the Philips Airfryer XXL to 350 degrees.
  2. Rinse and pat dry 1 1lb. bag of chicken wings and toss them in 1 tbsp. olive oil.
  3. Place the wings in the basket. You can use the double-layer shelf if you have the Party Master Kit, but it’s not necessary.
  4. Cook for 25-30 minutes, opening every 8-10 minutes to turn them with tongs and check for doneness. I moved mine around 3 times in the 25 minutes they were cooking to get them brown all over.
  5. Transfer them to a bowl and toss with your favorite sauce or spice.

Happy Game Day!

What would YOU make in an airfryer for game day? Let me know in the comments!

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