I am a big airfryer fan. We have had one since 2011 (make sure you check out our chips) and my mum had an actifry before that. It has really revolutionised the way we cook and we have recently upgraded our air fryer to a double one. Not only are they a more cost-effective way of cooking, but they are also speedy, use less fats and the boys love cooking with them. Maxi makes some sort of chicken in the air fryer for lunch when he is at home most days. So I wanted to share our favorite air fryer recipes. Also, it is if you want to prolong the life of your air fryer then cleaning is key.
Basically, an air fryer is like a mini oven and can cook most things from chicken through to a sponge cake. Because they heat up fast and use air to circulate they cook faster and evenly. They really are perfect for cooking crispy foods and it is claimed they offer a healthier alternative to fried dishes that often require far more oil, such as chips.
Research by supplier Utilita and supermarket Iceland has found that air fryers are significantly cheaper to run than electric ovens. They are also partnering with Tower Airfryers to offer customers an air fryer for only £35 and you can make back the cost of the air fryer back in around 56 days of avoiding the oven. as an air fryer will set you back just 12p per day (at Sept 2022 prices) whereas the average electric cooker costs 87p to run per day.
10 Delicious and Simple Air fryer Recipes
There are a few people that I keep going back to for Simple Airfryer recipes in addition to all the ones the boys send my way on TikTok. So I thought I would share some of our family favourites. We love Bored of Lunch on Instagram.
Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas
We love Chicken Fajitas and I often cook them in the slow cooker but you get more of a shredded chicken vives when you do that. Cooking it in the chicken fajitas in the air fryer is fast, and delicious and gives juicy but firm chicken perfect for adding to wraps. This would also work really well with prawns.
Air Fryer Chicken Kebabs
Seasoned chicken is perfect for cooking in the air fryer and these Chicken kebabs are delicious. The recipe uses chicken breasts, but skinless chicken thighs work really well, are tender and are much more affordable. They are a great way of getting lots of delicious vegetables into kids’ diets (we use whatever vegetables are in season). My Chicken Schwarma Recipe is amazing cooked in the air fryer.
Cauliflower Buffalo Wings
Now I am going to warn you once you have made these cauliflower buffalo wings there is no going back – they are addictive. They are super fast to cook in the air fryer, warm up well and are just delicious, oh and these ones are vegan too.
One of the reasons we have just upgraded to a double air fryer is so we can cook carbs to go with our meals and these Hasselback potatoes make the perfect side dish, I would say they even beat air fryer roasted potatoes – quick, easy and delicious.
I cook all our meatballs in the air fryer now. I buy my pork and beef mince in a combined pack from Aldi and I make breadcrumbs from any bread past its best and freeze it for making them. I have an intolerance to onion and garlic so I add asafetida powder instead.
I turn the whole pack of mince into meatballs and cook them all. A family favourite is to serve them with tomato sauce and pasta. I use the leftovers for meatball subs!
I love roasted vegetables in my air fryer. Personally, we love carrots, parsnips and radish mixed together and this recipe for roasted carrots is a real winner. We are also fans of air fryer butternut squash. What I like is that most kids love carrots so it really is an entry vegetable for getting more adventurous. I have to say I am not a fan of fresh broccoli cooked in the air fryer, but frozen is perfect!
Air Fryer Salmon
You will see a lot of recipes for chicken for the air fryer but this Salmon recipe is flaky and scrumptious with a crisp crust on the outside and inside has a moist and flaky texture plus it is fast at about ten minutes to cook.
Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
These air fryer Brussels will convert any brussel sprout hater. I know that is saying something, but I am a convert to cooking them in the air fryer – it transforms them. These Air Fryer Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts are a revelation!
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
I much prefer sweet potato fries cooked in the air fryer than the oven and this recipe is great, however, I would half the seasoning. We found it a little overpowering (again I have to drop the garlic powder and onion due to food intolerances), but they are delicious with smoked paprika too.
Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken
This delicious Teriyaki Chicken made in the air fryer with a homemade teriyaki sauce that blows store-bought sauces out of the water!
Do you have a family favourite air fryer recipe? I would love to know – share it in the comments.