Did you know we eat 28 billion chicken wings every year? Wings are hands-down the quintessential game-day snack, an appetizer for friends coming over and fantastic midnight crave-quenchers.
Wings are fun, and now they come in all flavors — blue cheese, buffalo, lemon-pepper, you name it! The question is, how easy are they to prepare?
With an air fryer, you can have a restaurant-quality batch of wings in around 30 minutes, and you don’t need to lift a finger. These are better than delivery wings and much cheaper than the ones in your favorite sports bar.
It all starts with a reliable bag of frozen chicken wings. Here’s the cool part, you don’t even have to thaw them, just throw them into your air fryer and watch them turn into juicy; fall-off-the-bone beauties!
There’s a catch, though, a little secret. As the wings thaw in the air fryer, they release lots of water, and that water dampens the wings, meaning soggy wings that no one wants. That’s why you want to drain the excess liquid halfway. You’ll get crispy and fully cooked wings every time.
Don’t stop with regular wings! Once cooked, toss them with your favorite dry rub seasoning, spice, herbs or sauce. Make them your own! You know the dip matters, too, so don’t forget to get a nice dip. You can make your own as well and here are a few popular dipping sauce ideas.
Combine Dijon mustard, sour cream and honey for an awesome honey mustard dipping sauce. Fancy!
Mix original tabasco sauce with a blue cheese salad dressing for a creamy and cheesy hot sauce. It’s addictive!
Toss your wings with a pre-mixed combination of freshly cracked black pepper, a splash of lemon juice, and lemon zest for home-made lemon-pepper wings.
Add some fresh, coarsely chopped parsley and a spoonful of yogurt to a ramekin with ranch dressing for a fabulous ranch dipping sauce.
Combine soy sauce, teriyaki sauce and garlic powder for an Asian-inspired wing sauce everyone will love.
If this doesn’t get you inspired, I don’t know what will. Wings are supposed to be fun, so get creative!
Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
Place your frozen chicken wings in the air fryer basket without overcrowding.
Air fry for 10 minutes, drain the excess liquid and flip the wings. Repeat this step 3 times for a total of 30 minutes of air frying time.
Repeat until all the wings are cooked through and toss with your favorite rub or wing sauce.