I have made chicken wings by baking them in the oven and by frying them. Both ways have led to some crispy and tasty wings. But now that I have an air fryer, and I have tasted air fried chicken wings, I don’t plan on making them any other way!
The first time I made chicken wings in the air fryer, I knew my new appliance was a complete game changer. As soon as the wings were done “frying”, I knew they would be different. They were a different kind of crispy. You could tell that the fat had melted under the skin and the meat would be tender and juicy. When I tossed them in the buffalo sauce, I needed almost DOUBLE the sauce I usually use! The extra crispy skin soaked it all in.
This wing recipe calls for buffalo sauce, but you could really sauce these wings with any sauce! If you choose a sugary wing sauce, (like barbecue) I highly suggest you toss the wings in the oven after saucing, to get them nice and caramelized.
air fryer chicken wings
- 2 lbs chicken wings
- salt and pepper
- 1/4 c vegetable oil
- 2 c buffalo saucebbq sauce, or your favorite sauce for wings
- 1 c 2 sticks of butter
- 1 1/3 c hot sauce
- 2 t garlic powder
Cut chicken wings into drummetes, flaps, and tips. Start by cutting near the joint, then bend the bones to crack the joint, and then finish cutting through the joint. If the knife does not cut through the joint easily, just wiggle the knife until you find the right spot. You will be frying the drumettes and flaps. You won’t be cooking the flaps, but save them for later! Keep them in plastic freezer bags in the freezer for making future chicken broth or stock.
Place the chicken in a large bowl. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Coat the chicken in vegetable oil.
Place the wings in the basket of your air fryer. Fry at 400°F for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
If you're making buffalo sauce, make it now. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the hot sauce and garlic powder.
In a large bowl, toss wings in your sauce. Serve immediately.
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