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3 noteworthy air fryer recipes by Louisa Holst 

After her first smash-hit air fryer cookbook, our local best-selling author Louisa Holst is back with her second must-fry book. She’s serving up snacks, roasts, quick meals and dessert – all from her air fryer!  

Lemon and sage roast chicken 


Swap out the lemon for lime, orange or grapefruit if you prefer.  


2 lemons 
1 (about 1.25kg) whole chicken 
45ml soft butter 
Handful fresh sage leaves 
30ml olive oil 
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 


  1. Cut one of the lemons in half, then cut each half into thin half-moon slices. Cut the other lemon into quarters. 
  2. Use your fingers to gently separate the skin from the chicken breast to create a pocket. Spread the soft butter carefully under the skin. Then, place the lemon slices and a few sage leaves under the skin. 
  3. Put any leftover slices of lemon along with the lemon quarters and a sprig of sage into the cavity of the chicken. Tie the legs closed with string. 
  4. Pat the chicken dry and rub with olive oil. Season well with the salt and pepper. 
  5. Preheat the air fryer to 160 °C. Put the chicken, breast side down, into the basket of the air fryer and cook for 20 minutes. 
  6. Turn the chicken over and baste with a little more olive oil. Cook for a further 20-30 minutes until the chicken is cooked and golden, and the juices run clear. Use a meat thermometer to check: the temperature should be 85°C. 
  7. Remove from the air fryer and set aside to rest for 10 minutes before carving and serving.


Bean and biltong nachos 


These nachos are topped with spicy beans and biltong. They’re easy to prepare in the air fryer and will go down very well with a cold beer. 


250g packet of nacho chips
1 can (400g) red kidney beans, drained 
200g baby rosa tomatoes 
30ml canola oil 
15ml Mexican taco spice 
50ml ready-made chipotle or BBQ sauce 
125ml biltong, thinly sliced 
Half a red onion, thinly sliced 
250ml grated Cheddar 
1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced 
Sour cream and fresh coriander, to serve 


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 200°C. Place the nachos in the air fryer basket and heat for 2-3 minutes until crisp. Toss halfway through the cooking time. Remove from the air fryer and set aside. 
  2. Mix together the beans, tomatoes, oil, taco spice and chipotle or BBQ sauce in a bowl. Toss to coat. 
  3. Put the bean mixture into the basket of the air fryer and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring halfway through the cooking time. Remove from the air fryer and set aside. 
  4. Divide the nachos between two ovenproof containers or aluminium foil containers. 
  5. Top the nachos with the bean mixture. Sprinkle with biltong, sliced onion and cheese.
  6. Put one of the containers into the air fryer and cook at 200 °C for about 5-6 minutes until the cheese has melted. Repeat with the remaining batch. 
  7. Serve hot, topped with avocado, sour cream and coriander.

Spiced roasted butternut salad with peaches 


The sweet and spicy flavours of this colourful salad are sure to be a hit at your next braai. Simply add 250ml cooked couscous or quinoa and top with crumbed feta if you prefer a more substantial salad. 



500g cubed butternut 
1 onion, cut into wedges 
30ml canola oil 
20ml Cape Malay or mild curry powder 
1 green pepper, seeded and diced
1 can (410g) sliced peaches, drained 
125g snow peas, raw or blanched 
15ml mixed seeds, toasted  


30ml canola oil 
15ml chutney 
25ml red wine vinegar 
1ml ground turmeric 
5ml soy sauce 
1 fresh chilli, seeded and chopped 


  1. For the salad, cut the butternut pieces in half if they are quite big. Put the cubes into a bowl and add the onion wedges. Add the oil and toss to coat. 
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 180 °C. 
  3. Place the butternut and onion in the air-fryer basket and cook for 15 minutes. Remove the ingredients from the air fryer and return to the bowl. Add the curry powder and stir to coat well. 
  4. Return the ingredients to the basket of the air fryer and cook for a further 15-20 minutes until tender. Remove from the air fryer and set aside to cool. 
  5. Add the green pepper, peaches and snow peas. 
  6. Mix together the dressing ingredients. 
  7. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and sprinkle with the seeds to serve.


Words: Chad January  
Recipes: Louisa Holst  
Photographs: Donna Lewis 

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