I followed the directions that came with the fryer and peeled and chopped the potatoes, soaked them in cold water and dried them, then air -fried them with a little oil and salt for 15-20 minutes, shaking them once or twice as they cooked. As a side dish for two people, I could easily fit plenty of fries in my air fryer.
I think just about any “sturdy” vegetable would air -fry up nicely with a little of oil and salt, and I could see that throwing a few veggies in the air fryer would make for a fast, easy side dish with just about any dinner. It needed a few minutes to heat up, but it was hot by the time I was finished slicing the sprouts and tossing them in a little oil and salt.
A few months back, I went to a kitchen appliance trade show and was surprised by the large number of manufacturers coming out with air fryers. “Enjoy great tasting fried food” reads the cover recipe booklet for Philip's new Air fryer XXL, a lovely sounding idea.
I called in one of Philips new XXL models, which is both large and a good representative of the best of the industry's offerings. It arrived in the morning and, lacking other options in my fridge and pantry, I made baked potatoes for my wife Elisabeth and me.
Second, the fan that that runs whenever it's on is loud, effectively sucking the conversation or ambient music right up into the ether. Let's be clear, though: an air fryer would be flattened in a mano a mano with a real Escalator and its big tub of hot oil.
Few of us deep-fry at home, though, as it involves that huge amount of hot oil which you have to deal with after dinner. The air fryer fries were nicely browned and crisp, but a bit hollowed out, seemingly at the expense of some pleasant creaminess inside.
While all three specimens were reminiscent of special treats' mom would make for my sister and me when we were kids, and she didn't want to cook, they were in no way as good as real French fries. With a bit of tweaking, like preheating the sheet pan for the oven version, I guessed I could bring each of those home-cooked numbers up a point, but none of the fries I'd made were terribly compelling.
Elisabeth checked at the grocery store near my house and after flipping through a bin of chickens, she couldn't find one smaller than 3.5 pounds. Considering it's an organic market and those birds tend to be smaller than the typical Oven Suffer Roaster, this was disconcerting.
In my relatively tiny oven, I perched the larger bird on a bunch of vegetables: onion quarters, whole carrots, and fennel. When I pulled the oven chicken out, I put the veggies in the roasting pan up by the broiler for a quick bit of extra browning.
The idea is that you're supposed to cook it all in batches, a detail that subtly pops up on the very last line of the recipe. The recipe starts out right, marinating chicken thighs in buttermilk for hours before dredging them in flour, and dropping them into the air fryer.
Taking a bite, the meat was surprisingly juicy, but the crust was horrible, with a peculiar texture that, while sloughing around between my teeth, reminded me of shale. Railed against the heretical idea of ranch dressing being served alongside his flats and brunettes.
“If someone ever gives you ranch dressing,” he exclaimed before downing a shot of Jameson's, “you throw that shit against the wall!” Nothing flew against the wall in my test kitchen, but attempting fried chicken in an air fryer was miserably unworthy of reproduction.
Instead, if you're into the air -frying idea, save the potentially significant amount of money you'd spend on one (high-end models can cost $400 or more) and upgrade to a convection feature the next time your real oven croaks. The marketing materials for the scores of companies that make these hot- air blowers will tell you that they are a great way to cook that cuts down on fat.
Better to eat well most of the time then go to your favorite fried chicken place on your birthday, or do it up at home with a couple of liters of canola oil and a Dutch oven. Food writer Joe Ray (Joe_diner) is a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of The Year, a restaurant critic, and author of Sea and Smoke with chef Blaine Wetzel.
The egg-shaped ovens are everywhere and fans love them for making everything from chicken tenders to banana bread. If your countertop already houses a toaster oven, consider this the ideal more-than-2-for-1 upgrade.
For one thing, the shape is sleek and angular, meaning it will fit more easily into a corner and sit flush against your backslash. And most of these combo machines are stainless steel, while many solo air fryers are shiny plastic.
In the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances Lab, we tested 15 different air fryer toaster ovens for their ability to air fry, bake, broil, and, of course, toast. Size: Most toaster ovens can fit a whole, four-pound chicken, but if you're tight on space, you might not need the extra height.
If you mostly plan on using your toaster oven for bread and heating foods, a compact model is sufficient. We recommend digital for more precise cooking control when it comes to setting the temperature and timer.
If you don't mind guessing, or keeping an additional timer close by, mechanical dials will save you money. Air fryer toaster ovens usually include an additional basket or rack for air frying.
The baskets usually sit on the baking/broiling pan and provide safe cooking at high temperatures as well as easy maneuverability and cleanup. If the basket cannot fit on the pan, a pan can usually be placed in the position below the air frying rack; this style makes it tricky to remove the air frying rack from the toaster oven to check on food or remove without dripping grease everywhere.
It made chicken wings super crispy in 20 minutes, as well as fries in even less time. Just keep an eye on food when experimenting for the first few time to prevent accidental burning.
It uses a basket that sits atop the broiling pan to air fry, which prevents grease from dripping onto the elements and makes cleanup easy; all accessories are dishwasher safe. Bread toasted well and evenly, too, in addition to cake that baked quickly with just a small dome that needed to be trimmed.
Bread toasted very evenly, and the cheese on a 12-inch frozen pizza melted with no hot or cold spots. It comes with high-quality accessories, including an extra large baking/broiling pan, an air fryer rack, and rotisserie spit for chicken and other roasts.
Large, yet sleek design Intuitive controls Tested well across the board, from air fry to bake and broil Yes, when not in use, this air fryer toaster oven can be stored upright, perfect for the smallest kitchens.
It has a sleek design with modern accents, like a rose gold trim around the handle and smooth buttons. It also toasted bread evenly, gently baked a cake with no dome or cracks, and cooked up a frozen pizza quickly.
Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping Institute Senior Testing Editor & Producer Nicole is a recipe developer trained in classic culinary arts and culinary nutrition who specializes in testing and developing kitchen appliances; she currently runs the Good Housekeeping Kitchen Appliances Lab. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses.