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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 is the limitless flavor combinations. While some people prefer traditional buffalo sauce with varying heat levels, others 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 that requires little to no oil, saving you from excessive saturated fat and calories.
Cooking delicious chicken wings in your air fryer.
- 2 lbs Chicken Wings (fresh or thawed)
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Pepper
- 1 Sauce of choice
Spray oil on the air frying pan to prevent sticking.
Set your air fryer to 380 ° F | 187 ° C and cook wings for 12 minutes.
Shake the basket, moving the wings around, and cook wings for another 12 minutes.
Shake wings one more time, and increase the air fryer temp to 400 ° F | 205 ° C and cook the wings for another 5 minutes. This will help crisp up the outside of the wings.
Toss wings in your favorite sauce and serve.
Half a pound is one serving
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Best wings ever and so easy. Used recipe as written with one exception. Instead of 5 minutes at 400 I cooked it for 3 minutes at 400, coated the wings in buffalo sauce and back in for another 3 minutes at 400 to caramelize the sauce a bit. So easy and so good.
Great idea! Glad they were easy and delicious. 🙂
Frozen chicken tenders did not cook in 12 minutes. What am I doing wrong?
Richard, if they are frozen and precooked, it could be that they are thicker than other tenders/strips and just need more time. Or maybe you’re trying to cook many at once. Layering them will increase cook time. Feel free to message us on Facebook if you have more questions and need direct answers.
it says fresh or thawed, nothing about frozen.
Hello, Brenda. At the end of the day, I always say don’t cook meat frozen. Although I have cooked burgers or chicken nuggets frozen, but not full-fledged wings or a roast. The meat has too much mass to cook evenly.
Is this recipe meant for frozen or thawed wings?
The recipe says fresh or thawed wings.