I must say I really do love my Tefal ActiFry and I have to admit before I had one I thought they were all about chips; but I was wrong, check out my Sweet Chilli Chicken Wings recipe. The ActiFry is fantastic for cooking speedy and healthier meals; my sweet and sour chicken cooks in under 30 minutes. Armed with my now ageing Tefal rice cooker cooking the rice for me, dinner was served in next to no time and was virtually fuss free.
Please note; I used the Tefal ActiFry Express XL for this recipe which does cook up to 30% faster than the ActiFry Family. Therefore timings may have to be increased by a couple of minutes.
I used Ketjap manis which is Indonesian sweet soy sauce but you can use dark soy sauce if you don't happen to have any. I really like it as it's thicker and sweeter and it can be found in any good supermarket in the World foods section if it isn't with the Chinese ingredients.
Friday, 7 August 2015
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Takeaways are big business in the UK with Brits spending more than £6 billion on takeaway meals each year. But this means that in just one year Britons feast on more than 12,000 tonnes of saturated fat from those takeaways. As Friday night is the most popular time for Brits to order a takeaway, Tefal asked me to take part in the ActiFryDay Challenge which is to swap a Friday night takeaway for healthier alternatives.
Supplied with the ActiFry Express XL, the recipe and ingredients I was all set to cook!
Sweet and Sour Pork cooked in a far healthier way.
Using the ActiFry doesn't mean you have to completely give up the food you love - just use less oil.
I'm loving my ActiFry Express and yes it does cook quicker than the ActiFry Family. The ActiFry Express XL cooks up to 30% Faster than the ActiFry Family.
Sunday, 23 November 2014
Chips was the first thing I cooked - within an hour of this machine arriving chips had to happen. Soft and fluffy on the inside, crispy (yes really) on the outside, but we'll talk about chips another day.....
Chicken wings with a nice sweet and spicy coating topped with toasted sesame seeds are so good to eat. But for good measure I wanted more - how about if they were coated in a Chinese Five Spice batter, fried using hardly any oil, and then coated in Sticky Sweet Chilli goodness - how does that sound?
Would the batter actually stay on the wings or would my bright idea turn into a disaster? Read on to find out.
My ActiFry arrived as a result of a challenge set by Tefal which was to cook my guilty pleasure. The lovely Camilla over at Fab Food 4 All was sent an ActiFry for the challenge. Once she had cooked her guilty pleasure she had to nominate someone else to take on the challenge and she chose me - Cheers Camilla!
On with my Sweet Chilli Chicken Wings. You will notice the batter is quite thick - I decided it would have more chance staying on the wings once cooking in the ActiFry.
You will need a Tefal ActiFry:
20 chicken wings
1 tablespoon Chinese five spice
1 egg - free range of course and lightly beaten
*You will also need 1 tablespoon oil for cooking in the ActiFry
The sauce isn't anything tricky - mix together in a small bowl and set aside:
100ml (half a bottle) Sweet Chilli Sauce (Blue Dragon original dipping sauce) available in any good supermarket.
1 tablespoon Ketjap Manis - Indonesian sweet soy sauce - just use dark soy if you can't get it
1 teaspoon soft brown sugar
a couple of tablespoons of toasted sesame seeds to sprinkle
How to do it:
Put the flour and cornflour into a bowl along with the Chinese Five Spice and add the egg and give it a good mix. Add the water and whisk till there aren't any lumps. The batter will be quite thick but fear not - it will be fine. No need to add salt to this mixture just the five spice will be fine.
Trim the very end part (the bit with no meat) off of each chicken wing and discard. Pop them into a large bowl and pour over the batter. Mix using your hand to coat each wing well.
Add the wings one at a time to the ActiFry. Drizzle with one spoonful of oil, shut the lid and set the time to 30 minutes.
Now after a few minutes of cooking I thought I'd done a wrongen - oh my, the batter wasn't looking good in the ActiFry. BUT after 15 minutes it all looked okay and although the wings didn't stay perfectly coated they were looking good.
In any case these wings were going to get a coating of sticky sweet chilli goodness and since they weren't being judged by Monica on MasterChef it really didn't matter.
Once they emerge from the ActiFry using tongs as they are piping hot, coat each wing in the sticky sauce and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. The wings were perfectly cooked and not at all dry. Yep we're very impressed with the Tefal Actifry.
The #ActiFry Guilty Pleasure Challenge:
I'm nominating Jo over at Jo's Kitchen to receive an ActiFry from Tefal and take on the Tefal #ActiFry challenge - can't wait to see what Jo will cook!
Pop over to see how Camilla got on with the #ActiFry guilty pleasure over at Fab Food 4 All.
Do you have a Tefal ActiFry? If so please tell me your favorite recipe in a comments below.
Disclaimer: Many thanks to Tefal for sending me an ActiFry Family along with a few goodies and a Salisbury's gift voucher. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to write anything positive.