Chef's easy potato air-fryer meal ready in minutes – foodies can't get enough

Poppy, 30, tried McCain's new air fryer fries
-Credit: (Image: @poppycooksTikTok)


A TV chef has shared an easy air fryer recipe perfect for mid-week meals.

Michelin-trained chef Poppy O'Toole is making dinnertime delicious with her incredible online recipes. Her signature dishes take the humble potato and turn them into magic.

Poppy, who regularly appears on ITV's This Morning, has amassed over 74.2 million likes on TikTok, where she shares her most popular 'carboholic' treats. Despite losing her job in 2020, Poppy has made the best of a bad situation and shot to fame – she has even cooked alongside Jamie Oliver.

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The self-confessed 'carbie' is renowned for her quick and easy meals and often uses an air fryer. In her latest viral TikTok video, she demonstrated how to incorporate McCain's new Air Fryer Fries into meals.

She prepared coconut prawns with bang bang sauce on a bed of chips – a dish that takes just 10 minutes to prepare and five minutes to cook. It likely takes even less time to eat, given how delicious it is.

Ingredients you need:

  • 150g raw king prawns

  • Three tablespoons of plain flour

  • One teaspoon of garlic granules

  • One teaspoon of onion granules

  • One teaspoon of cayenne pepper

  • One teaspoon of dried basil

  • Half a teaspoon of chilli flakes

  • Salt and pepper

  • Two eggs

  • 75g of desiccated coconut

  • 75g of panko breadcrumbs

  • 75g of mayonnaise

  • One tablespoon of sweet chilli sauce

  • One teaspoon of hot chilli sauce

  • One lime, zested 1/2 juiced

  • 200g of tenderstem broccoli

  • Two spring onions - sliced for garnish

  • One sliced red chill

  • 250g of McCain Air Fryer Quick

  • Crispy French Fries

How to cook:

Step 1: Start by preheat the air fryer to 200C. Then in a large mixing bowl, whisk together the plain flour, salt and pepper. In another dish, whisk the egg with the dried herbs and spices. Season the egg mix well with salt and pepper then set aside. In a large bowl or dish mix together the panko breadcrumbs and desiccated coconut.

Step 2: Tip the prawns into the mixing bowl and coat in the flour then pass them through the spiced egg mixture. Shake off the excess egg and, using your hands, transfer to the bowl of panko and coconut. Press the coconut onto the prawns so it sticks.

Step 3: Tip the prawns into the air fryer basket and spray with oil. Air fry for 4-5 minutes until the coconut and panko is toasted on the outside and the prawns are cooked, turning halfway.

Step 4: At the same time as the prawns, drizzle the tenderstem broccoli with oil, salt and pepper and air fry for five minutes.In another dish, whisk together the egg with the dried herbs and spices. Season the egg mixture well with salt and pepper then set it aside.

Step 5: When the prawns go into the air fryer, in the other basket pour in the McCain Air Fryer French Fries and cook for 5 minutes, shaking halfway. This recipe is perfect, because everything cooks at the same time!

Step 6: While everything is in the air fryer, in a small bowl mix together the lime zest and juice, mayonnaise and chilli sauces. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Step 7: Serve up the prawns, tenderstem broccoli and the McCain Air Fryer French Fries with plenty of the spicy bang bang mayo and a sprinkle of sliced spring onions and chopped chilli.

Poppy expressed her enthusiasm about the new product, stating: "I can't control my excitement because McCain has launched a new air fryer range, including these fries that take five minutes."