I will be the first to own up that I am quite a dinosaur in the area of kitchen tools and aids. My 3-in-1 grill/oven/microwave has served me well for the past 7odd years and I have not gone around looking at new kitchen tools.
So I was a tad worried if I know how to use the Philips Avance XL Airfryer when I finally laid my hands on it. After opening it up and having a quick glance / look at the manual, my immediate thought was “So that’s it? Pop it in, set temperature and then the time?” LOL
Above: The Philips Avance XL Airfryer is a spunky looking kitchen tool with the stylish black and smooth lines.
:: User Experience
Eating Healthy, the Air-fried way!
Being a noob at using this, I really wanted to try out a single meat item first. The entire concept of airfrying is truly exciting for me as eating healthier is definitely one of the things that I am concerned about when it comes to cooking for the family. Chicken is one of the regular items we cook at home so I decided to roast some drumsticks.
Here’s how they turned out:
Here’s a close up – can you see that there is no oil residue near / below the chicken pieces? I am certainly impressed at how healthy this cooking method is!
A quick look at the container below strainer shows very little oil. As I was lifting the pieces out of the strainer with a pair of tongs, I was pleased to hear the unmistakable crackling sound of a well-roasted chicken. The skin was crispy just like how it usually is when I use my oven.
For this latest model, the Philips Avance XL Airfryer has 50% larger capacity. That worked beautifully for me as I could roast 4 drumsticks all at one go – perfect for my family size! This saves me much time as compared to having to roast them in 2 batches!
:: The taste test
Because we had marinated the chicken pieces for about 6 hours so the meat was flavorful. When it comes to cooking, I very rarely deep fry our dishes because I believe in healthy eating and I do not like it when the meat is too dry.
However, this was not the case with the Philips Avance XL Airfryer – check out how my chicken drumsticks turned out!
The meat was still flavourful yet still moist. An additional plus point which I like about using the Philips Avance XL Airfryer is that unlike deep frying where the herbs may float off, the herbs which I use for marinating stay on the chicken. This ensures that the taste from the herbs stays locked in. J
Now, are you keen to try out my herb roasted chicken drumsticks? Here’s the recipe to share!
:: The Gathering List
1. 4 chicken drumsticks
2. Dried Mixed Herbs
3. 1 teaspoon of Chili Powder
4. 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
5. Grounded Black Pepper
6. Lemon Juice
All of the items listed from 2 to 5 are from McCormicks
Optional: Red Wine Marinade
:: The Cookout
1. Rub in Lemon Juice (I use around 2 teaspoons) and 2 table spoons of Red Wine Marinade
2. Sprinkle and rub garlic salt and a few dashes of black pepper to the chicken
3. Add a few dashes of herbs (according to taste)
4. Leave to marinade for at least 1 hour
5. Pre-heat fryer to 180◦ for about 5 mins
6. Add drumsticks to the basket
7. Roast on 200◦ for the first 10 mins and then 180◦ on another 5
Disclaimer: I was invited to share my User Experience using Philips Avance XL Airfryer. All opinions and sharing I have given are mine and may differ from others.
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PHILIPS EXPERIENCE SHOWROOM
Address: 620A Lorong 1 Toa Payoh Building TP4 Level 1 S(319762)
Tel: 6882 5800
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9.00 am – 7.00 pm Saturday: 9.00 am – 1.00 pm. Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
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