Maximise the use of your airfryer and whip up healthier versions of your favourite dishes these recipes (har cheong gai included!).
Airfryers are fast becoming a staple on the countertops of home kitchens as more people seek to live healthier lives – cutting out sugar, meal prepping and using less oil, which this nifty device is useful for. By utilizing hot air circulation to cook the ingredients from every angle, it requires little to no cooking oil compared to traditional cooking methods.
And it’s not just for frying up baskets of less sinful fries and nuggets for your house parties. If you own an airfryer (or are considering getting one), use it to its full potential to whip up a wholesome meal of grilled veggies, roasted meats and even brownies that you can later slather some yogurt over.
The Shape team recently had a guilt-free afternoon treat of har cheong gai and chocolate fondant, which were prepared right in our office with the new Philips Avance Collection Airfryer XXL ($499)– it’s big enough to fit a whole chicken! At first, we were slightly apprehensive of how authentic the har cheong gai could taste sans the deep frying process. But we were curious to see how its new fat removal technology fared. The verdict? Tastewise, it doesn’t top those found in zichar restaurants, but we were impressed by the decent crispy exterior. It was also rather satisfying to witness the layer of extracted oil and fat that remained at the bottom tray of the airfryer! Keen to try it for yourself? Have a go with these recipes below.
Har Cheong Gai
- 3 garlic cloves (finely minced)
- 3 tbsp Chinese rice wine
- 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1/4 cup Potato Starch & 1 tbsp Cornflour
- 2 tsp har cheong (prawn paste)
- 1 egg
- 1kg of chicken wings
- Combine all ingredients (except 1/4 cup potato starch & 1 tbsp cornflour) in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the chicken wings into the mixture and marinate well.
- Place chicken wings in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
- Remove wings from the refrigerator, and coat them with potato starch and cornflour.
- Lightly coat wings with cooking spray, before placing them in the Airfryer.
- Set temperature of Airfryer to 180 deg C, and fry for 10 minutes.
- Remove from Airfryer, and set them on a tray to cool.
- 2 medium-size tomatoes
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 onions
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1 eggplant
- 1 small zucchini
- 2 medium size tomatoes
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Fresh thyme
- Fresh baguette
- Cut 2 tomatoes into small cubes. Add finely sliced garlic and onions.
- Mix with 2 tbsp olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place in a suitable oven dish (approximately 21cm by 21cm).
- Remove the core of 2 tomatoes and the ends of the eggplant and zucchini, then cut them into medium sized cubes and add to the oven dish.
- Sprinkle the vegetables with 2 tbsp olive oil and fresh thyme.
- Bake for 20 minutes at 160 deg C and stir them once while cooking. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve with a fresh baguette.
Whole grain spelt banana bread
- 70g oz butter
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 egg
- 2 bananas
- 1 cup whole-grain spelt flour
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- Butter the Airfryer baking accessory and line with parchment paper.
- Cream the butter with the light brown sugar. Mix in honey. Add egg and mix for 3 minutes.
- Mash the bananas. Sift the spelt flour. Fold in the mashed bananas, the cinnamon, the baking powder and a pinch of salt. Spoon into the baking pan. Garnish the top with 1 sliced banana.
- Bake in the Airfryer for 50 minutes at 135 deg C, until golden brown.
- Let cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then remove from pan.
- 100g chocolate chips (55 per cent sweet)
- 60g butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp flour (for 4 tart-size chocolate fondants)
- Melt chocolate chips and butter over heat
- Beat 2 eggs
- Mix eggs, sugar and melted chocolate and butter mixture
- Fill them into 4 tart trays
- Bake for 3 minutes in the Airfryer and serve
Recipes: Philips Singapore