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Easy Christmas Turkey Recipe For Two… Below RM50!

by Edwan S. Photography Ryan G. on Thu, December 18, 2014

Don't want to buy a whole turkey but you really want turkey for the Xmas dinner? Our chef-in-residence shares an easy Xmas recipe for two in less than an hour, for less than RM50 and with an Air Fryer. Yeah, You Can Do It!

A lovely Xmas dinner for 2 in less than 1 hour and less than RM50!

It’s that time of the year again and we’re sure a lot of you are going for lots of Christmas or end of the year dinner parties. But say you don’t feel like crowds and loud conversations. Maybe you just want a dinner for two, something more intimate, something just for you and that special someone. Well, I'm going to share with you how to do this in your own home for less than RM50, and I promise it will look spectacular and taste delicious too!

See, you don’t have to spend hundreds of bucks just for a cozy dinner for two at a restaurant. Enter the Philips Air Fryer*! I’m telling you, with this thing, in less than 1 hour and for less than RM50, you can have a holiday dinner for two in the comfort of your own kitchen. In the Air Fryer, there's no need to flip the bird because the machine circulates hot air around food. It's virtually just plug and play. Here’s how.

There isn’t a lot of preparation to be honest. Just buy a turkey drumstick that’s big enough for two, 2 onions, 2 carrots, 1 big sweet potato, a packet of brussel sprouts and some chicken stock. Or choose whatever vegetables you like. If you buy a frozen turkey drumstick, make sure you get it a day in advance and let it defrost completely in your fridge the day before cooking.

That's all you need. Really.

This recipe couldn’t get any easier. I’m giving you guys a guide, but feel free to customize the flavours to suit your tastebuds. All I did was make some slits in the flesh then marinated the turkey drumstick with some salt, pepper and a bit of honey and mustard.

Season well for maximum flavour!

While the turkey marinates, I roughly cut up my vegetables and tossed them with some oil, salt, pepper, honey and mustard as well.

Veggies need some lovin' too.

We’re almost done here. Really! I preheated the Air Fryer to 165 degrees Celsius and laid the vegetables at the bottom of the frying basket.

At 165 C, it's not too hot to burn the meat, but hot enough to cook it well.

Then I put the turkey on top (you might need to trim the drumstick to fit the basket!) and chucked the entire lot in the Air Fryer for 40 minutes. In that time, I could set up a nice table, plates and cutlery. Maybe put on some relaxing jazz music and light up some candles too.

All in one go.

After 40 minutes, I took out the basket, and transferred the turkey to rest for 10 minutes first. Picking out a few of the char-roasted onions and whatever pan juices inside the basket, I made a quick gravy with some chicken stock and flour to thicken it. Once that’s done, just serve the meat and veg on a serving plate, sprinkle with some fresh parsley and voila. Done.

The turkey came out gorgeous, with a burnished caramelised crispy skin. This lovely caramelization is due to the honey. We love the fact that the Philips Air Fryer can caramelize the honey much faster than an oven and at lower temperatures too. To do this with an oven, you really have to crank up the heat to at least 220C. The vegetables took on a lot of flavour too from being cooked together with the turkey. The meat was juicy, flavourful and moist and the vegetables retained great crunch and taste.


The damage? RM15 for 1 turkey leg, about RM10 for the onions, carrots, sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts. Another RM10 for honey, mustard and chicken stock. RM35 for a lovely, all-in-one Xmas dinner for two with minimal prep and cleaning up? You betcha! Now go on. I've showed you how, so it’s your turn to try this out in your kitchen.

Now who wouldn't want some of that?

Don't forget to share this recipe for all your friends and family to enjoy as well. Have a great Christmas everyone!