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Cooking the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey with Air Fry Technology [+Recipe!]

by Bill Welles

In our last blog, we covered the broad spectrum of kitchen ranges and everything you needed to know to make a confident and informed purchase. We discussed brands, finishes, features, and everything else that makes ranges unique and effective cooking appliances.  

One of our favorite features is the built-in Air Fry technology that you can find in select Frigidaire, LG, and Samsung ranges. Air Fry is a super-charged burst of heat that circulates hot air inside your appliance to produce rapid fried cooking results in far less time than a traditional deep fryer. But it’s not just speed—air frying allows you to make healthier and delicious meals for the entire family because it requires little to no oil. You can easily prepare your favorite fried cuisine at home without the grease, splash burns, or messy oil involved. 

An air frying oven range can be great for snack foods and appetizers, but it can also be used for any entrée or main course. With the holidays quickly approaching, you might need a little help streamlining your dinner menu. If you’re tired of dry, overcooked, oven-roasted turkey year after year, there are other options out there. It might be time to reinvent the perfect thanksgiving turkey—with Air Fry technology.  

Air Fry Turkey Dinner 

A successful Thanksgiving meal always comes down to perfecting the turkey, but since the beginning of time, ladles of gravy and piles of mashed potatoes have been used to resurrect dry, flavorless Thanksgiving birds. But all the fixings in the world can’t bring a holiday turkey back to life if it’s already lacking its natural juices and succulent flavor.  

Luckily, with an air frying range, your turkey will always come out with a perfectly crisp outer skin without sacrificing any juicy flavor. This way, you won’t need cranberry sauce to save your meal, but you can still enjoy it on the side.  

This Ain’t No Jive Turkey  

Turkeys are an important aspect of every holiday season, and if you can prepare the perfect Air Fry turkey, this tasty bird can become a year-round favorite. An air frying range operates as what is essentially a boosted convection oven. This is what allows the turkey to fully cook much faster than a regular oven roast.  

You can prepare the turkey with a traditional brine or stuffing, but it is not necessary with an air frying cooking method. If you are going to brine or baste your bird, make sure to pat the turkey dry and refrigerate for a few hours before going in the oven—the dryer the exterior, the faster it will cook. An Air Fry turkey is best kept simple—a good slather in butter and your favorite herbs and spices is all you need for a successful turkey dinner.  

The air frying oven range uses almost zero oil when cooking a turkey—all you need is just enough to brush onto the bird before going in the oven. Doing so will retain that firm texture on the skin with minimal fat or oil involved. If you’d like your Air Fry turkey dinner to have golden-brown skin with a little crispy crunch, it's no secret that air frying is the perfect cooking technique for your Thanksgiving menu.  

RECIPE Herb-Crusted Air Fry Turkey 

  • PREP TIME: 8 HOURS (To let turkey chill)
  • COOK TIME: APPROX 2 HOURS
  • TOTAL TIME: APPROX 10 HOURS
  • SERVINGS: 8

If you aren’t already flapping your wings with excitement, you will be after we explore this recipe for an herb-crusted Air Fried turkey dinner. It cooks in a fraction of the time of a traditional roasted turkey, leaving you more time to prepare your favorite side dishes. Set the table—it's time to dig in.  

This recipe for juicy, buttery herb-crusted turkey is the perfect holiday meal to prepare in your Frigidaire Air Fry range. It's a simplistic recipe that features all your favorite classic fall flavors.  

Ingredients: For the turkey

  • 1 (12-pound) turkey
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1/4 cup thyme leaves
  • 3 tablespoons rosemary, minced
  • 4 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons fennel seeds, ground

Ingredients: For the brine

  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup sage leaves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Ingredients: For the gravy

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon minced sage leaves

Directions:

  1. Mix plenty of salt, minced garlic cloves, minced sage leaves, and sugar to rub over the exterior of the bird. Once fully coated, place in the refrigerator uncovered for eight hours. 
  2. After your turkey has chilled for the full eight hours, remove the turkey from the fridge, give it a cool rinse, and pat dry. Now it’s time to preheat your Air Fry oven range.  
  3. Set your oven to 350 degrees and while your appliance is warming up, grab a small bowl and mix thyme leaves, minced rosemary, some additional garlic, ground fennel seeds, and a healthy pour of grapeseed oil.
  4. Once you have your rub prepared, loosen the skin around the turkey breast and apply the oily-herb mixture underneath. Any remaining oil can be applied on top of the bird and in the cavity so the flavor and aroma can be fully absorbed. 
  5. The big question is always “how long to cook an Air Fry turkey?” It doesn’t take long—once your bird is ready to go, toss it in the oven, select “Air Fry,” and cook for two hours.  
  6. While dinner is in the oven, it’s time to whip up that gravy. In a medium saucepot, heat butter and slowly add in flour to act as the thickening agent. 
  7. Let it cook for about three minutes and slowly whisk in apple cider and chicken stock. Stir in a little more sage for a fresh, earthy aroma while it comes to a boil.
  8. Let it simmer and stir repeatedly for 7 to 10 minutes until thick or to the consistency of your liking.   
  9. Once the two hours are up and the gravy boat is ready to pour, your Air Fry turkey dinner is complete and it’s time to eat. This recipe is for one 12-pound turkey that should feed eight hungry guests. And if you’ve got leftovers, that means turkey sandwiches!  

Other Holiday Favorites 

If turkey isn’t your go-to holiday meal, your air frying range can handle any kind of cuisine. If air-fried ham better suits your taste—go for it. If you ignore the holiday bird and prefer to dive right into the side dishes and buttered rolls, you can try air fryer green beans, air fryer sweet potatoes, and air fryer bread knots.

The culinary possibilities are endless with an air frying range—the only limitations are your waistline preventing you from eating more. But if a busted button-fly won’t stop you, explore our line of air frying oven ranges and prepare the perfect Thanksgiving turkey with Air Fry. If you have questions before you gobble-gobble, give us a call or visit us at East Coast Appliance to find out more.