How to Make Pigeon Air Fryer Recipes

Author: Jenny J Brown
April 29, 2023
How to make pigeon air fryer recipes
How to make pigeon air fryer recipes
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The process is simple and results in juicy meat cooked without drying out. Of course, pigeon meat can be a bit tough if it isn't cooked right, but after trying this method, you'll be on your way to becoming the pigeon master you were destined to be.

Cuisine: pigeon recipes

Keywords: How to make pigeon air fryer recipes

Cooking Time: 30M

Recipe Ingredients:

Suppose you're looking for a new way to cook your pigeons. Look no further than the air fryer. The process is simple and results in juicy meat cooked without drying out. Of course, pigeon meat can be a bit tough if it isn't cooked right, but after trying this method, you'll be on your way to becoming the pigeon master you were destined to be.

Recipe-1: Roasted Pigeon

Roasted Pigeon
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  • Two pcs pigeons
  • 1 tsp fenugreek leaves
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garam masala

Cooking Process

  • Get the pigeon ready.
  • Make sure that all of the feathers are taken out well.
  • Cut off the legs, the tips of the wings, the neck, and the head. Crush all the extra parts and save them for the sauce.
  • If the heart, liver, and gizzards are still inside, check the cavity and take them out.
  • Add salt and pepper to the pigeon.
  • Over medium to high heat, melt the butter and oil in a cocotte, then sear the pigeon.
  • Turn the pigeon to get a golden brown color on all sides. Then, take the birds out of the pan.
  • The pigeon needs 30 minutes in the air fryer set to 120°C. Put the pigeon fryer into pieces, cover it with foil, and let it rest for 5 minutes.



  • 4 pcs Pigeon
  • 3 cups water(Hot water)
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 5 grams Pigeon Peas
  • Paper towel
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek leaves
  • 1 tsp chili powder/paprika
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • Coriander leaves/Bay leaf
  • One lemon wedges

Cooking Process


The first step to becoming the pigeon master you are destined to be is understanding the nature of your kitchen conveyance.

Pigeons are small and can fit into any size of the air fryer, from a tiny one to a massive contraption requiring five people to move it from your countertop to the table.

That gives you many options, which means that no matter what type of air fryer you have or where it came from (some pigeons are shipped in bulk), there's going to be a way for you to cook them, so they come out perfectly crispy every time.

But before we get into all that, let's talk about nutrition.


Ensure that your pigeon is completely thawed and dried before cooking it. It will take longer to cook if the pigeon has not been melted. Also, if the pigeon has not been dried, it will not cook evenly.


Spice it up! Now that you have your bird, it's time to season up your meat with some spices. The two most common spices are salt and pepper. You can also use paprika for a slightly smoky flavor or garlic powder for extra savory goodness.

If you're looking for something even more unique, try experimenting with other spices, such as cumin or chili powder. And if all else fails, go ahead and try making a spice rub from scratch.


Line the basket with parchment paper. This will prevent the oil from splashing out of the basket and onto your countertop, which can be messy and frustrating.

You don't need to worry about crowding in too many birds. There's no such thing as pigeon overcrowding. You want each bird to stay in its own space so they don't touch each other or their sides.


After 20 minutes, the bird will be cooked and ready to serve. To check if it's done, cut into the thickest part of the thigh and check for clear juices running from the meat. If there is still pink in one area of a leg, cook for another 5 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit before checking again.

If you want a crisp golden-brown exterior on your pigeon, leave it under the broiler for 2-3 minutes before serving to brown up all sides evenly. This recipe works best with fresh pigeons that have been refrigerated overnight; however, frozen birds can also be used as long as they are entirely thawed before cooking begins to cook evenly throughout.


To check for doneness, insert a meat thermometer into each pigeon's leg to get an accurate reading. They are done when they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. If you do not have a meat thermometer, you can also check for doneness by cutting a small slit into the thickest part of the pigeon's leg.


Once you've added all of your ingredients, take a moment to simmer and enjoy the aroma of your dish. You can also add butter for that extra bit of richness, texture, and flavor.
You're ready to eat.

If Cooked Correctly, Pigeons Can be Pretty Tasty, Like any Other Bird

Pigeons are a tasty, healthy alternative to other meats. They're also packed with protein, iron, and zinc—and they don't even have to be cooked in an air fryer.

You can cook pigeons yourself or buy them at your local grocery store. Pigeons can be good eating if you cook them correctly, but some tips will ensure your pigeon has the perfect crispy skin every time.

How to Make Pigeon Air Fryer Recipes [FAQs]

1. What is a squab?

To clarify the difference between "pigeon" and "squab," a squab is essentially a domesticated, farmed, young pigeon.

2. What is a Chinese Fried Pigeon?

Chinese Fried Pigeon or Chinese Fried Squab is an exceptional dish and a Hong Kong classic.

3. what ingredients do you need?

Ingredients Here's what you'll need: 2 whole squabs three ⅛-inch thick ginger slices(smashed) 3 cloves garlic(smashed) 1scallion(cut into large pieces and smashed) 10 rock sugar(or granulated sugar) 3 tablespoons salt ¼ cup Shaoxing wine ¼ cup light soy sauce 1Chinese spice packet for braising 8 cups water (enough to cover the squab)

4. What are the cleaning tips for a Squab?

Ensure the pigeon/squab is cleaned well, removing any internal organs.

5. What is the best way to cut a chicken breast?

The best cut is a small horizontal cut 1 to 1½ inches wide between the tail and the bottom of the breast.

6. How do you clean the entrails?

Once the cut is made, you'll have to carefully use two fingers to pull out the entrails–including the heart, gizzard, liver, lungs, and any glands attached to the cavity.

7. What do you do with the legs?

After thoroughly cleaning the insides, use kitchen shears to clip off the nails and tuck the feet inside the cavity.

8. What are the best pigeons for roasting?

The best pigeons for roasting are young birds.

9. Is the bird of prey young?

As squab (farmed) pigeons are never any older than one month old, it's best to buy these unless your game merchant can guarantee that wild birds being sold are young (younger wild birds tend to have paler flesh - also look out for birds with a good layer of fat under the skin).

10. What is the best way to serve a roast pigeon?

For a more hearty, comforting meal, serve the pigeon with redcurrant jelly, pan juices, and roasted vegetables.


Look, there's nothing wrong with being a pigeon master. We respect your decision and hope this article has helped you grow into the chef we all know you can be. Click here to check our another delicious air fryer churros recipe.

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