6 healthy fast food swaps you can make in an airfryer

After all, it’s most popular job is to give you the taste of fried food without the oil. A Godsend right?

The Body+Soul team are big fans of airfryers, (case in point; this story about the cleverest snack yet or this one about banana bread with hidden veggies you can’t even taste). We love them not only for their ability cook with up to 90 per cent less fat (*praise emoji*) but also their rapid air technology which cooks food 1.5 times faster than in an oven, as the Philips XXL does, which means you can get home-made healthy fast food in your mouth quicker.

And if you haven’t invested in one yet, these healthy recipes will prove why an airfryer deserves to go from your wishlist to your countertop. You’re welcome.

Healthy crispy spring rolls

Servings 4 persons, Preparation time 20 minutes, Cooking time: 5 minutes


  • 120 g cooked chicken breast
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 30 g carrot
  • 30 g mushrooms
  • ½ tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp chicken stock powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 8 spring roll wrappers


  • Tear the cooked chicken breasts into shreds. Slice the celery, carrot and mushroom into long thin strips.
  • Place the shredded chicken into a bowl and mix with the celery, carrot and mushroom. Add the ginger, sugar and chicken stock powder and stir evenly to make the spring roll filling.
  • Whisk the egg, then add the corn starch and mix to create a thick paste. Set aside.
  • Place some filling onto each spring roll wrapper and roll it up, then seal the ends with the egg mixture. For a crispy result, lightly brush the spring rolls with oil.
  • Preheat the Airfryer to 200°C.
  • Place the rolls into the Airfryer basket and slide the basket into the Airfryer. Set the timer for 4 minutes. Serve with sweet chilli sauce.

Air fried chicken

Serves 4-6


  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ¾ cup plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • salt, to season
  • 500g chicken wings
  • 500g chicken drumsticks
  • extra virgin olive oil cooking spray
  • chipotle mayo and lemon wedges, to serve


  • In one large bowl, whisk together buttermilk and mustard. In another large bowl, stir together flour, paprika, coriander and garlic powder.
  • Sprinkle salt over chicken wings and drumsticks, then add to the buttermilk mixture. Mix well until chicken is evenly coated.
  • Transfer the chicken to the flour bowl and toss again until evenly coated. Remove chicken from the bowl onto a tray, and spray all over with olive oil.
  • Place chicken into the XXL Philips Smart Airfryer basket. Select the chicken drumsticks program from the smart chef programs, and press the dial to begin cooking.
  • Note: To check that they are cooked through, either cut one open and ensure there is no pink chicken remaining or use a meat thermometer and check the temperature has reached at least 70C.
  • Serve with chipotle mayo and lemon wedges.

Airfryer san choy bao

Preparation and cooking time: 20 mins. Serves 4


  • 120g mung bean vermicelli noodles
  • 3 Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 3 tbsp sweet chilli sauce, plus extra to serve
  • 3 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 500g extra lean pork mince
  • 4 button mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup canned sliced water chestnuts, drained, finely chopped
  • 8 iceberg lettuce leaves
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 green shallot, thinly sliced
  • sesame seeds, to garnish


  • Place noodles in a large heat-proof bowl and cover with hot (not boiling) water. Set aside for about 10 minutes. Once softened, strain and roughly chop with a pair of scissors.
  • Meanwhile, combine oyster, sweet chilli sauce and sesame oil in a small jug. Place pork, mushrooms, chestnuts and oyster sauce mixture into a Philips XXL baking master kit accessory tray. Place tray inside the basket of the airfryer.
  • Set the temperature to 200C and the time to 8 minutes. Press the centre dial and cooking will begin. Once time has elapsed, open the drawer. Use a spoon to break up the mince mixture, then close the drawer and set the temperature to 200C and the time to 5 minutes. Press the centre dial and cooking will begin again.
  • Meanwhile, arrange lettuce leaves on a serving platter.
  • Divide noodles and mince mixture among lettuce cups. Top with carrot, shallot and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Serve with extra sweet chilli sauce on the side to drizzle over the top as desired.

Airfryer fish and chips

Preparation time: 15 mins. Cooking time: 12 minutes Serves 2


  • 200 g white fish filet (tilapia, cod, pollack)
  • 30 g tortilla chips
  • 1 egg
  • 300 g (red) potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice


  • Preheat the AirFryer to 180°C.
  • Cut the fish into four equal pieces and rub with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Let the fish rest for 5 minutes.
  • Grind the tortilla chips very fine in the food processor and transfer the ground tortilla chips to a plate. Beat the egg in a deep dish.
  • Dip the pieces of fish into the egg one by one and roll the pieces of fish through the ground tortilla chips so that they are completely covered.
  • Scrub the potatoes clean and cut them lengthwise into thin strips. Soak the potato strips in water for at least 30 minutes. Drain them thoroughly and then pat them dry with kitchen paper. Coat them with oil in a boil.
  • Insert the separator in the AirFryer basket. Position the potato strips on one side and the pieces of fish on the other.
  • Slide the basket into the AirFryer. Set the timer to 12 minutes and fry the potatoes and the fish until they are crispy brown.

Airfryer salmon burrito bowl

Preparation and cooking time: 20 mins

Serves 4


  • 2 fresh corn cobs, silks and husks removed, each sliced into 4-6 pieces
  • 2 chorizo, thinly sliced
  • 4 skinless, boneless salmon fillets, diced (about 500g)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper, to season
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 4 cups of cooked rice (save time and use microwave rice)2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • lime wedges, to serve
  • coriander, to serve (optional)


  • Place corn and chorizo into the basket of a Philips Airfyer XXL with Smart Sensing Technology. Set the temperature to 200C and the time to 10 minutes. Press the centre dial and cooking will begin.
  • Meanwhile, toss salmon pieces in cumin and paprika then season with salt and pepper.
  • Once cooking time has elapsed, open the Philips Airfryer basket and place salmon and onion pieces on top of the corn and chorizo. Set the temperature to 200C and the time to 6 minutes. Press in the centre dial and cooking will begin again.
  • Meanwhile, arrange rice, lettuce and tomatoes into four wide serving bowls.
  • Top with corn, salmon, onion and guacamole. Serve with lime wedges and coriander if using.

Italian chicken filo sausage rolls

Have your sausage roll and eat it too! With filo instead of puff pastry and chicken instead of beef it’s the healthier way to enjoy this footy food favourite.

Preparation time: 15 mins. Cooking time: 13 mins. Makes 12


  • 4 thin chicken sausages (250g)
  • ¼ cup smooth ricotta
  • 2 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons pizza sauce (paste)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • finely grated zest of ½ lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon dried Italian herbs, plus extra to garnish
  • 3 sheets chilled filo pastry
  • extra virgin olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  • Remove the outer skin casings from the sausages and discard. Place sausage fillings into a large bowl. Add ricotta, breadcrumbs, pizza sauce, parsley, zest and Italian herbs. Mix until very well combined.
  • Lay one sheet of filo pastry on a clean, dry surface. Spray generously with olive oil. Repeat layering with pastry and oil, finishing with a layer of pastry.
  • Divide sausage mixture in half. Spoon each portion down the length of both short sides of the pastry rectangle. Brush exposed pastry with a little egg.
  • Cut pastry sheet in half widthways. Roll up pastry towards the centre, to enclose sausage filling.
  • Use a serrated knife to cut each roll into 6 short pieces.
  • Remove the mesh basket from the Philips Airfryer XXL with Smart Sensing Technology and arrange rolls inside, seam-side down.
  • Brush the tops of each roll with a little egg, then sprinkle with extra herbs. Return the basket to the Airfryer and set temperature to 200C and time to 13 minutes. Cook until pastry is golden brown and filling is cooked through. Serve.

Recipes created by Philips Kitchen Ambassador and Chef Elle Vernon using the Philips Airfryer XXL with Smart Sensing Technology.