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18 January 2021

How to Cook Chicken Wings in an Air Fryer

While it might seem easy to dismiss the air fryer as just another appliance du jour; an unimportant device designed to spawn more cookbooks you won’t read, recipes you won’t eat, and maybe even some memes you won’t understand, we recommend you give them another look.

With more than ten million people owning up to cooking with an air fryer, like a macrame plant hanger, it seems this trend is here to stay. And we’re not the least bit unhappy about it! After all, we say the more ways to cook and eat chicken wings, the better!

For those times you can’t get to a Buffalo Wings & Rings or you just want to try out your home head chef skills for the night, consider satisfying your chicken wing craving by cooking up a batch in an air fryer. They’ll cook up fast and with a crispy skin that tastes and looks just like you deep fried them, minus any unhealthy oils and messy clean up.

Read on for an absolutely amazing air fryer chicken wing recipe from our own Chef Dan, along with tips and tricks for cooking chicken wings in the air fryer.

WHAT IS AN AIR FRYER?

Touted as a healthier alternative to deep-frying, the air fryer is essentially a small convection oven that you can use on your counter and store in a cabinet.

Its quick-cooking capabilities are due to a cooking chamber that radiates heat near the food as well as a fan that pushes hot air down and around into the fryer-style basket, thus crisping food up without any oil. And, like the Instant Pot, the air fryer also has an exhaust system to release extra hot air.

Air fryers have temperature and timer controls you can set for the particular food you’re cooking and most models come with removable parts you can put in the dishwasher for easy clean up too.

TIPS FOR COOKING CHICKEN WINGS IN AN AIR FRYER

Just like the delicious wings we cooked up in an Instant Pot, air fryer wings start with thawed chicken and end with a variety of sauces and rubs for dipping and flavor.

When cooking wings in an air fryer, Chef Dan recommends not overcrowding the basket, and to cook in batches if needed. (Read the owner’s manual for your air fryer’s recommended capacity.)

You should also pat the wings dry before cooking and as an option, you can add an extra layer of crispness by spraying the wings with cooking spray before air frying.

If you plan on saucing the air fryer wings, you can toss them in sauce or dip them once the wings are finished cooking. We recommend choosing from among our wide variety of sauce offerings like Korean Gochujang, Ghost Pepper Ranch, Teriyaki, and Bourbon BBQ to add an unparalleled depth of flavor to your air fryer wings.

If you are using a rub or spice, you’ll want to rub a little olive oil on the chicken wings first (or use cooking spray), then add the spice or rub to the wings before air frying. Some of our favorite dry seasonings we think you should add to your wings include our popular Lemon Pepper and Cajun spice mixtures.

Of course, no wings feast would be complete without picking up some delicious Buffalo Wings & Rings sides to go. Popular choices like our Bacon Mac & Cheese, Onion Rings, Saratoga Chips, Tater Tots, and Natural Cut Fries pair perfectly with air fryer wings!

AIR FRYER CHICKEN WINGS RECIPE

Your delicious, healthy air fryer wings are just 30 minutes away!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of chicken wings, split into flats and drumettes
  • Cooking spray
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional: wing spices/rubs and sauces

Directions:

  1. Pat the chicken wings dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper to your liking.*
  2. Spray the basket of your air fryer with the cooking spray.
  3. Put the wings in the basket so that they are not touching. (Bake in batches if necessary.)
  4. Set the air fryer temperature to 375 degrees and cook for 12 minutes.
  5. Remove the basket/tray, flip the wings, and put back in to cook for another 12 minutes.
  6. Flip one last time and turn the heat up to 400 degrees. Let the wings cook for another 5 minutes or so or until the skin is extra-crispy or to your desired doneness.
  7. Remove wings and toss with your favorite wing sauce.

Note: If you want to add spices or a dry rub, do this before putting wings into the air fryer basket. Put wings in a bowl and add a tablespoon of oil to coat wings, then add spices/rubs before cooking.

If this seems like too much work, no problem! Let Buffalo Wings & Rings do the cooking for you — order online today!