Although I am trying to follow the Slimming World diet I still find myself reaching for the takeaway menu far too often. I was recently challenged to swap my takeaway for a Take In using the new Philips Airfryer.
I have had a Philips Airfryer for a few years but I have to admit that it was gathering dust on top of one of the kitchen cupboards as I only ever saw it as a way to cook chips. As well as a brand new Philips Airfryer I was also sent a variety of recipe cards to use as inspiration for our take in.
It was hard to choose which recipes to make (you can see a huge selection of recipes for the Airfryer on the Philips website) but we eventually opted for a traditional fish supper with chips and mushy peas preceded by some spicy chicken wings.
The chicken wings were the easiest (and most delicious) thing I have made in a long time. I basically added a load of spices to some oil and rubbed it all over the chicken wings before throwing them in the Philips Airfryer. 10 minutes later delicious, freshly cooked chicken wings that could beat any bought from a take away easily. As you get to add your own spices you can make them as spicy as you want which is perfect for us as we love really spicy chicken wings.
Whilst we were picking at the chicken wings I moved on to the main course.
I used strips of pollock as the fish as it is lovely and firm and really cheap too. The recipe suggests soaking the potatoes in water for atleast 30 minutes but I find microwaving them for 6 minutes in a bowl really helps to soften them up and get them ready for cooking. The crispy crumb on the fish was absolutely fantastic and the addition of the tortilla chips to this mix was what made it so tasty.
I am going to have to try to make our own KFC chicken breast strips using this crumb as we all enjoyed it so much. If I can come up with a healthy alternative to fried chicken I would definitely be on
Not only was this all easy to cook, it tasted delicious and was a lot healthier than a takeaway and took about the same amount of time as it would have been to have ordered one too. To be honest it was a win-win situation as it also cost a lot less than a takeaway would have cost.
As well as the recipe cards for the fish and chips, there were also cards for Indian, Chinese, Italian, and even some American dishes such as Meatloaf for us to try. It will be a long time before we reach for the takeaway menus again and instead will be kerbing our cravings using the Philips Airfryer and creating our very own Take Ins.