Can you believe that these chicken drumsticks were cooked in an air fryer?
I am so excited to share with you my latest gadget…an air fryer…after searching on the internet and “flirting” with many models of air fryer I decided to get this one, the reviews were pretty good and the price was good as compared to the other ones in the market.
Since I got this gadget I have tried many things from air fried tofu, eggplant, crab cakes, egg rolls and so on…but the ultimate test would be fried chicken, and guess what, it pass our critique…the drumsticks were crispy on the outside and super moist on the inside…and all with only a spray of olive oil. I am really impressed with it…as I literally do not cook fried food.
I cannot say enough how much I really enjoy using the air fryer, as it is very easy to use and clean. Anyway, I am sure that all of them work pretty similar, so if you like “fried” food, you really need to consider getting one air fryer.
So here is my very simple fried chicken recipe…
- 1 lb chicken drumstick, I used the ones from Butcher Box
- 2-3 garlic cloves finely chopped
- 1 ½ cup water
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon fish sauce (optional)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon cooking wine
- Red pepper flakes to taste
- All-purpose flour
In a medium bowl add the water, salt, garlic, fish sauce (if using, sugar), cooking wine, red pepper flake. Mix well until all the salt and sugar are dissolved.
Rinse the chicken drumstick and place them in the marinade. Make sure that the chicken is all cover with the marinade.
Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator for 3 to 6 hours.
When ready to air fry. Preheat the air fryer according to the manufacturer’s instructions to 350F.
Drain all the liquid from the bowl. Cover the chicken with all-purpose flour. Shake to remove excess of flour.
Once the bucket reaches the temperature, gently layer the drumstick in the bucket. Lightly spray olive oil and cook for 20 to 25 minutes.
After 10 minutes of cooking, you might want to check and flip the drumstick to get an evenly golden brown around it.
Did you know that air fryer cooks by circulating hot air around the food? Moreover, due to the Maillard effect. Maillard effect is the caramelization between amino acid (protein) and sugar.