Air Fryer Nirvana: JUICY filet mignon & JUICY Cornish Hens

Hello, Air Fryer Nirvana! 🔴LIfe-Changing JUICY filet mignon & Life-Changing JUICY Cornish Hens 🔴 made separately in my little 3.2 quart Farberware Air Fryer.

January 4th, 2018 Edit:  Passed my Faberware Air Fryer to a friend (who is still loving it!) and I currently enjoy using my Phillips Avance XL Digital Airfryer.  I upgraded last year, but wanted to use it for a long time before I wrote about it.  I plan to do a separate post on the whole gadget, but it has been holding up well and I love a separate grill tray accessory. I use it all the time to cook proteins (like the filet mignon below) to perfection.

Hello, Air Fryer Nirvana! Why?  Because the air fryer made these meats better than I ever have!!! 

(4 Recipes at bottom of post)

👍My previous air frying recipes this week didn’t prepare my family, or me, for the beyond-juicy & tasty-deliciousness we encountered with tonight’s meal!  I am not sure words can do these home-cooked meals justice, but here it goes:

🍽I made filet mignon in my air fryer and it is probably the best steak I have made all year.  Almost no gristle and each bite was tender & overflowing with juices.  I served it with my air fryer hash browns and air fryer carrot chips.

🍗Then, I made 2 Cornish Hens (in separate batches) and they were both the juiciest and most delicious chickens I have ever had in my own home.  The skin was completely crispy on the outside and again, overflowing with juices in the inside.  It was BETTER than the 2 rotisserie chickens I buy every week.

🔴I said, “this air fryer thing is game-changing!”🔴

But it was one of my daughters who said, 

“NO, MOM, these dinners are LIFE-CHANGING!!  They are just so amazing!”  

She’s right because the road to better meals at home 

just made a sharp turn into Tasteville, USA and we are never going back.

😉I am not a chef.  I only want to cook easy, quick things that taste delicious.  I love a good gourmet meal like anyone else, but I have 3 kids and an unofficial degree in short-order cooking. I joined Weight Watchers last year and I’ve lost -47 pounds and my journey to healthier, smarter eating is on a straight path to goal & maintainence.  The ability to cook something insanely delicious like this has me so very excited for all the future possiblities.

I am also including the recipes for the 🥔Hash Brown/Potato Pancakes as they were a delicious side dish and could be used for breakfast or dinner.  The 🥕carrot chips still need work, but I am including my recipe, but am open to any ideas you may have on how to make them better (just list in the comments below).  Making the carrot ships was a nice way for me to eat a bunch of carrots.

👩‍🍳Here are my oh-so-simple recipes:

Always adjust timing / temps for your own machine

🍽Filet Mignon:

Cook Time:  9 minutes at 390 (flipping every 3 minutes) My steaks were approximately: 5 ounces each & I made 2 at a time.

  1. Spray air fryer basket with canola or non-stick spray
  2. Brush with Olive Oil
  3. Season (I used a pinch of salt and pepper)
  4. Bake at 390 for 3 minutes, and then flip the steak(s) over and cook for another 3 minutes…I needed 3 more minutes to make it medium-rare.

That’s it!  No gristle and I will say that cleaning up after the steak was easy, but a greasy clean up….I actually put the basket and rack in the dishwasher, top rack, pot mode, and they cleaned up beautifully.

Edit Fall 2017: After I purchased a Phillips Avance XL air fryer. I now do my steaks on 360 for 8-12 minutes. (And I do preheat the airfryer first). Still perfect steak every time!


🍗Cornish Hens: Cook Time:  23-25 minutes at 390 (no flipping or shaking)

Recipe for 1 Cornish Hen (but maybe a larger unit could do two!)

  1. Spray air fryer basket with canola or non-stick spray
  2. Remove insides livers. Rinse hen & pat dry with a paper towel.
  3. Brush with Olive Oil
  4. Season (I used McCormick’s Perfect Pinch Salt-free Garlic & Herb only)
  5. Bake 25 minutes at 390.  Check inner thigh with meat thermometer and make sure it registers at 170.  Perfection!

This Hen recipe was inspired by the following blog article.  It suggests tying the legs & she uses slightly different seasonings, but her timing was spot on!


🥔Potato Pancakes/Hash Browns:

🔹Cook Time:  10 minutes at 390/400 (pull out half way through and spray tops with canola oil spray, but do not shake)

🔹SmartPoints:  3 sp for the entire batch or 1 sp per serving.

🔹A serving is approx 1/2 cup size.


  • 2 ounces of liquid egg whites
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 2 tablespoons of chives (I used fresh, but dried are fine, too!)
  • Pinch of Salt & Pepper
  • 6 ounces (approx. 2 cups) of Trader Joe’s Frozen – Shredded Hash Browns
  • (These are just frozen shredded potatoes, so any will do, including fresh ones like Simply Potatoes which I also used for a version of this made into silicon muffin tops)
  1. Spray air fryer basket with canola or oil-spray.  I would not use just a regular non-stick spray, because we need a little more of the oil taste where we can get it.
  2. In a medium/large bowl, mix all the ingredients together until well-coated.
  3. Divide mixture into 3 parts as you place it directly into the basket – like 3 triangle wedges (please see the photo above for a visual of what I mean).  The idea is to leave a lot of airflow.  (I tried making these by just dumping the whole thing in there, but it didn’t crisp up enough.)
  4. Bake for 10 minutes at 390/400 until crisp, but pull basket out once to respray the tops.
  5. Enjoy immediately or save in a leftover dish for the next day.  I reheated mine on 250 in my toaster over, but you can probably warm them in the air fryer on a low setting as well.

(I was planning a longer post about my Hash Brown adventures as I tried them many different ways, but that will have to wait for another day – this recipe can be made into those silicone muffin cups, but you only get crispy tops and more potato-y insides. I did 8 silicone cups of hash browns for 7 minutes at 400)


🥕Carrot Chips:

(Glad I can add them on here as they were only ok and do not deserve their own separate post yet!)

  1. Spray air fryer basket with canola or oil-spray.
  2. In a separate bowl, dump a bag of pre-cut carrot chips and drizzle/brush with 2 tsp of canola oil.  Mix throughly.
  3. Place in basket.  Cook at 320 for 15 minutes and pull basket out to shake it, then, spray tops again and cook at 390/400 for another 15 minutes.
  4. Optional:  Add Salt after they are done

😳I think I may need an extra air fryer, though.  I am anxious for a digital display and the ticking timer is going to cause me to have a nervous breakdown, but my model is cooking so beautifully….I will have to ponder my next move as it is apparent that I am already outgrowing this perfectly-sized for my countertop air fryer.  I may keep this as then I could make chicken in one and other things in the other….Hmmm..Hmmm….🤔

♨️I think an air fryer is like a microwave that toasts things.  Not sure how I ever lived without one.  Seriously, why did I wait so long? (Oh, because they are big and take up space, but I haven’t used my stove since last week!). Perhaps I am being a bit dramatic, but if you already have an air fryer, then you know I am not exaggerating.🤗I am now returning to my happy food coma. 🤗

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