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Best Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe


air fryer chicken wings with french fries and dip

Mike Garten

Meet a game changer: Once you’ve had air-fryer wings, we guarantee you’ll never want them any other way. Our air-fryer wings boast an ultra-crispy skin with sauce options from classic buffalo to hot Caribbean to satisfy whatever you’re craving (or mix and match for the ultimate variety). Whether you’re looking for an easy appetizer for your next party, a game day food recipe to please a crowd, or a tasty weeknight meal you’re keeping all to yourself (we won’t judge), these air-fryer wings are a simple but satisfying recipe you’ll keep coming back to. 

The key to this recipe is in the name: the famous air fryer. Say goodbye to soggy and oil-drenched wings! The air fryer gives that desired crispy skin without using any oil, making this dish a healthier and lower-calorie option compared to other oil-heavy recipes. Instead, circulating hot air cooks the wings while keeping a juicy and tender center. Tip: make sure to cook the wings in batches for maximum crispness! Frying in a single-layer ensures that each and every wing gets that mouthwatering texture. 

No marinating or preheating is required, so this three-step meal is a cinch to whip up. Simply decide on a favorite sauce (or two), get out that air fryer, and you’ll be munching on a perfect party snack in no time. 

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chicken wings, tips removed

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  1. Season chicken wings with 1/8 tsp salt.
  2. Place half of wings at a time in air-fryer basket and air fry at 400°F, turning with tongs halfway through cooking, until skin is browned and chicken is cooked through, 15 minutes.
  3. Combine both batches in air fryer and cook 4 minutes more. Transfer to large bowl and toss with favorite sauce until evenly coated. Serve immediately.

Buffalo Wings

In small saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons unsalted butter on medium. Whisk in ¼ cup cayenne pepper sauce and 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar. Toss with hot cooked wings and serve with ranch dressing for dipping.  

Hot Caribbean Wings

In small saucepan, combine 2 cups mango nectar, 2 teaspoons habanero hot sauce, pinch allspice and ⅛ teaspoon each kosher salt and pepper. Simmer until reduced by half, 8 minutes. Stir in 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice. Toss with hot cooked wings and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

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