Some people can’t bear the thought of putting raw meat in a fryer, but others swear by it. If you’ve been wondering whether you should cook chicken wings and drumsticks in your air fryer without pre-cooking them, here’s the answer.
In short: yes, you can put raw chicken in an air fryer.
However, it should be thoroughly cleaned beforehand. Since we’re talking about raw meat, you’ll need a thorough clean before and after cooking in the air fryer – preferably with lemon juice or vinegar to kill germs even more effectively. And if you have any questions, read on!
First things first: make sure your air fryer can handle raw meat
If you bought your air fryer second-hand or an older model, you may want to check with the manufacturer first. You’ll save yourself a lot of hassle if it turns out that model can’t handle raw food – and let’s face it: who really wants to spend time scrubbing after every meal?
The good news is that most companies will tell you whether or not their air fryer can handle raw food. Even if you’re unsure, it’s usually a safe bet to say “yes” – after all, an air fryer isn’t any more dangerous than a standard oven when used properly!