One of my favorite things to cook in the air fryer is chicken wings. When prepared at home, the perfect chicken wing texture is difficult to achieve without a deep fryer. However, when cooked in an air fryer chicken wings, whatever flavors you choose, cook thoroughly with a crisp outer skin and juicy inside texture you love about restaurant wings.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings: A Healthier, More Satisfying Option
Restaurant-style chicken wings are a game-night favorite in countless establishments across the United States and beyond. However, many wing lovers find themselves seeking out healthier options, due to restricted diets or health issues. Many restaurants achieve the delicious taste and texture of their wings by deep frying–which requires the wings to be submerged in hot oil. This process adds unwanted artery-clogging saturated fat and calories.
While most people choose to bake their chicken wings as a healthier alternative to deep frying, it’s difficult to achieve a satisfying crisp-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside texture in a conventional oven. While the flavor will be fine, the texture will be softer and less appealing than traditional, restaurant-style wings.
However, when prepared in the air fryer, you won’t notice a difference between air fryer chicken wings and traditional restaurant-style wings. Thanks to your air fryer’s rapid air technology, the chicken wings will cook thoroughly with a crisp finish without drying out.
Recipes for Air Fryer Chicken Wings
The great thing about chicken wings are the limitless flavor combinations. While some people prefer traditional buffalo sauce with varying heat levels, other prefer more exotic flavors, like Thai options, Asian flavors, or even savory Italian flavors. There are also varying options for those with dietary restrictions. People on ketogenic diets will likely prefer spicy buffalo or parmesan garlic wings with lower sugar content. However, those trying out a low calorie, low-fat diet might prefer sweet and sticky barbecue wings featured in our Whole Shebang Air Fryer Cookbook.
Whatever your flavor preferences, enjoy your wings without the guilt by preparing them in an air fryer, a method which requires little to no oil, saving your from excessive saturated fat and calories.