Well, as many of you know, I am a sucker for fried foods, lol. At our house, we have a deep fryer on the counter, that we use on a regular basis – albeit with Peanut Oil – but, still not a very healthy option. So, fast forward to a few months ago – my brother-in-law gave us a Hot Air Fryer – which, I have to admit, I sort of rolled my eyes at it. After all, how can you “fry” something with “hot air?”
Well, my brother-in-law kept asking what we thought about it – but, since we hadn’t tried it, I couldn’t answer that question. So, I tried it on some small things, like a piece of a cut up turkey, and some frozen wings – and they turned out ok. The frozen wings were definitely better than cooking them in the microwave, lol.
So, last night, I decided to put this “Air Fryer” to the test – and did a head to head test with the Air Fryer vs the Deep Fryer – knowing that I would be able to tell my brother-in-law that the Air Fryer doesn’t hold a candle to the traditional Deep Fryer.
Well, I started with some boneless Chicken Breasts, sliced them in half, so they aren’t so thick, then lightly coated them with Olive Oil.
I then dredged them in a mixture of bread crumbs, salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and cayenne pepper. Then I started with the Air Fryer, cooking them for 10 minutes at 390 degrees – flipping them at the 6 minute point. They were cooked to perfection, very moist and tender – yet fully cooked.
Now, for the traditional Deep Fryer – all preparations were identical – but they were fried at 375 degrees for approximately 8 minutes. As with the Air Fryer, the Chicken Breasts were cooked to perfection, moist and tender, but fully cooked.
The picture with 2 breast pieces are from the Air Fryer – and as you can see – the color and appearance of the Chicken Breasts are very different between the 2 fryers – as was the taste. Now, for the results:
As I stated earlier, part of my purpose was to prove what I already “knew” – and that was that the traditional Deep Fryer would produce a much “tastier” end product than the Air Fryer. I tasted the 2 different types, then had my son, Jesse try them both, then had my wife try them both – and all 3 of us had the same opinion – and it was not even a close call: the winner is – HOT AIR FRYER!
While the consistency and texture of the Chicken Breasts were very similar with both fryers – the taste could not have been more different. The most telling sign, and the first thing that I noticed is that with the chicken cooked in the Air Fryer – you could immediately taste the mild bite from the Cayenne – while with the chicken cooked in the Deep Fryer, you could not taste any Cayenne at all – as though it was cooked with a different breading. The overall taste of the Chicken Breasts cooked in the Air Fryer was FAR better than those cooked in the traditional Deep Fryer. I could not have been more wrong in my perception of what this Air Fryer was capable of. This experiment has made a believer out of me, and now I am anxious to cook more things in the Air Fryer.