This chicken ball recipe was created in order to road test the Tefal Actifry 2 in 1. To see how something I would normally fry would stand up to a healthier air fry treatment.
I have heard people rave out air fryers where only a tablespoon of oil is needed to fry food. In fact you can fry 1.5Kg of fries in this amount of oil in this particular Actifry.
There are a few Tefal Actifry appliances on the market, this particular one has both a bowl and a tray. This allows you to cook a few different items together.
I love the healthy idea of cooking this way, but in the past I haven’t felt the need to rush out and purchase one for the kitchen. Disclaimer, I didn’t rush out and purchase this one either, it was gifted to me to try. My curiosity on if they actually worked or not lead me to saying yes.
I am not one for lots of extra appliances in the kitchen. I feel if you are serious on cutting down your intake of oily foods, non-stick pans and clever oven cooking are the way to go.
Did I really need another space eating appliance in my kitchen?
Would it achieve better results than I was already getting using non stick pans or using some spray oil on ingredients in the oven?
Most importantly, would it end up like my bread maker, and die a death in storage?
All I really knew about the Actifry was supposedly how awesome they were in making chips (fries). Due to the appliance being called an Acti ’fry’, that’s what I thought they did, fried stuff. I assumed that the sole existence of this appliance was to fry food in a healthy way. I was wrong.
When I read the accompanying recipe book, it didn’t excite me. I didn’t see recipes for healthy fried food. They were all normal meals that could be achieved with minimal oil in non-stick pans. Or oven cooking with a spray of oil.
I was concentrating on the ‘fry’ in Actifry and sort of missing the point in regard to what an Actifry 2 in 1 is all about and can achieve.
You can cook complete meals in a virtually oil free environment. Steak and chips for example. Chips are ‘frying’ in the bottom bowl of the Actifry and your steaks get cooked on the top tray.
Basically vegies down the bottom and meat up the top, with endless combinations. You can even make dessert in it. I am also wondering if a 'hands free' risotto is possible due to the mixing paddle in the bottom bowl? Stay tuned for that, possibly very messy, epic failure of an experiment.
I could easily see how a meal normally made in a fry pan would work in the appliance. My personal goal was to determine if you could achieve a good result on a recipe where shallow or deep frying would normally be involved.
To test if it would, work a chicken version of my prawn balls were whipped up and cooked in the Actifry. To my surprise they worked really well.
Sure you didn’t have oil infused bread, but that’s a good thing. Isn’t it? No oil is used at all in the recipe or cooking method using the Actifry.
After the success of the chicken balls I gave the appliance the chip/fries test. The simplicity of making chips/fries in this method is actually brilliant. All you need to do is peel and slice up your potatoes into the chip/fries size you desire. Give them a wash under cold water, and then dry them off thoroughly in a tea towel. Place them in the bottom bowl of the Actifry and sprinkle one tablespoon of oil over the chips. Shut the lid and cook for 45 minutes.
What were the chips really like? Actually pretty good. A mixture of crunchy chips with fluffy centres and a few which didn’t crisp up as much. The boys and I thought they were a winner. With using only maximum one tablespoon of oil, in a very hassle free way, chips/fries will be made more often in my household.
What I liked about the Actifry
Easy to use
Super easy to clean
Place what you want to cook in it, set the timer and walk away
Gives you more time to do something else while dinner is cooking
Uses minimal oil to ‘fry food’
None really, I am still in the honeymoon stage with my relationship with the appliance.
You can't 'fry' food which has a wet coating with a good result, it will end up gloopy.
Items you would generally deep fry like doughnuts etc would not work.
It is large appliance which is an issue for me as I have a small kitchen with no storage space.
Will the Actifry join the bread maker? I genuinely thought it would join the bread maker in storage, but it has earned a home snuggled in between the microwave and the sink. It has been victorious in taking over some of my very precious kitchen bench space.
Belly Rumbles was gifted the Tefal 2 in 1 Actifry to road test.
Asian Chicken Balls
- 7 slices white bread sandwich slices, finely diced
- 500 grams chicken mince
- 1 small red chili finely chopped
- 2 spring onions finely chopped
- ½ cup coriander finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- In a medium bowl place diced white bread.
- In another medium bowl place the rest of your ingredients and mix very well, until completely combined.
- Roll generous tablespoons of mixture in to balls and coat with the diced bread.
- Place approximately 8 balls on the top tray of your Actifry and cook for 15 minutes. Repeat with remaining balls.
- If you don’t have an Actifry please follow the instructions in the original prawn ball recipe. Alternatively spray with oil and oven bake for 25 minutes.
- Serve with either sweet chili sauce.