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Who needs ovens when you have a Dyson Supersonic hair dryer?
Lucy Rennick

4 Apr 2018 - 12:43 PM  UPDATED 2 Mar 2021 - 5:40 PM

Being a great home chef is about backing yourself – even if your methods are a little unconventional. This is exactly what The New Yorker food writer Helen Rosner was doing when she used a hair dryer to dry out a roast chicken.

To be clear: this wasn’t your regular hair dryer. Rosner’s appropriated kitchen appliance of choice was a top-of-the-line Dyson Supersonic model – in Australia, it normally retails from $499. As well as leaving you with gorgeous tresses, this hair dryer is apparently the key to crispy, golden chicken. Who knew?

Rosner shared her ingenuity on Twitter, to a strong response. Her tweet amassed 1700 likes, and received more than 180 tweets in return, with half the respondents giving her digital pats on the back, because who wouldn’t want to use a hair dryer to cook a chicken?

Rosner herself jumps back into the thread occasionally, to show her loyal followers pictures of accompanying vegetables, and to extol the various merits of her Dyson (apparently, it’s a lot quieter than other hair dryers, and creates excellent airflow for cooking chooks).

And, because people are the worst, she also has to defend herself. "[P]eople were, in roughly even groups, thrilled or repulsed by the sight of a beauty appliance in the kitchen," she explained on The New Yorker's site.

On her Twitter feed, she shares an after-shot featuring a perfectly golden brown bird, fit for even the fanciest dinner party. Take that, trolls.

Keen on giving Dyson roast chicken a crack?

You can purchase the Supersonic hair dryers from the Dyson website, and peruse our collection of roast chicken recipes today.

And you can read about Helen Rosner’s cooking-with-Dyson adventures on The New Yorker site.

Other ways to roast chicken (with or without a hair dryer)
Lau's family roast chicken with fried rice

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Peruvian-style roasted chicken (pollo a la braza Peruano)

This is not your ordinary roast chicken and once you try it I guarantee you’ll be hooked. Marinating the chicken overnight will make all the difference, so try not to skip this step. It’s perfect picnic food – serve with a cold beer, plenty of bread and napkins and a salad or two. You’ll want for little else.

Lemon roast chicken with parsnip puree

This succulent lemon chicken balances perfectly with the sweetness of the parsnip puree. It's a marriage made in heaven, and a great alternative to roast chicken and potato mash.

Peking roast chicken

This recipe is for a Chinese banquet favourite, Peking chicken roasted until the skin is crisp, then served with stir-fried greens, spring onion, hoisin sauce and wrappers.

Pot-roast chicken with sides (grydestegt kylling med persille)

This pot-roasted chicken is cooked with lots of parsley, and is served with rhubarb compote, cucumber salad, crushed potatoes and lettuce salad with granny dressing on the side.