Air Fryer Buffalo Wings
Most of us love fried food, but aren’t big fans of deep frying. But now that I am playing with my new air fryer there have been some very nice little fried moments. These buffalo chicken wings were one of them. (Hello, upcoming Super Bowl!). Less oil, more crispy treats, and better game day eats!
Deep frying is hard to justify on a regular basis, and it’s also messy and then you have to figure out if you’re going to try and strain and salvage the oil, or if it just needs to be tossed. Which is often the case if you are frying something with a flavor that you don’t want to carry over to the next deep-fry extravaganza, like fish.
And I do a lot of roasting things tossed in oil, and am usually happy with the results. Roasted potatoes are much more common in my world than homemade French fries, and there have been many a roasted chicken wing greeted with satisfaction. BUT.
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How to Make Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings
In a large bowl, toss the chicken wings with the oil, salt and pepper. Place the chicken wings into the basket of the air fryer. Cook for for about 20 to 25 minutes at 400 degrees if your air fryer has temperature settings, or the dual cook setting if it doesn’t. You do not have to preheat your air fryer for chicken wings, which is a game changer!
Turn the wings halfway through the cooking. Remove them when they are browned and crisp.
Meanwhile, make the Buffalo sauce. Transfer the wings to the bowl and toss with the buffalo sauce. Transfer them to a serving platter and serve with the Blue Cheese Dip and carrot and celery sticks.
Blue Cheese Dip and Buffalo Sauce for Air Fryer Chicken Wings
Blue cheese dip and buffalo sauce are some of the greatest gifts to humankind. While the chicken wings are frying, make the Blue Cheese Dip and the super simple buffalo sauce.
Did you know that classic buffalo sauce is just melted butter and hot sauce? Usually Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, which has just the right amount of vinegar, and a moderate amount of heat, so you can glug that red love on those wings and not worry about blowing your taste buds out. Want it spicier? Add more Frank’s, and maybe a bit of cayenne pepper or a bit of another hotter hot sauce.
Don’t want to make your own blue cheese dip? That’s cool. You’re good. Buy some. But buy a good one. You made your own buffalo chicken wings; give them a sauce they deserve.
What to Serve with Air Fryer Buffalo Wings
The carrots and celery are a way to make us all feel better about the wings. One wing, one carrot, one wing, one piece of celery. But don’t forget to dip not just the wings but also the vegetables in that blue cheese dip. Tomorrow you can have a salad (P.S. leftover blue cheese dip thinned out with a bit of milk makes great blue cheese salad dressing, which kind of defeats the cleansing salad thought, but there you have it).
Other Game Day Snack Recipes:
- Pimento Cheese Spread
- Herbed Cheesy Puff Pastry Bacon Straws
- Sweet Potato Fries with New Bay Seasoning
- Roasted Garlic and Tomato Bread
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Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings
For the Chicken Wings
- 2 pounds chicken wings flat part and “drummies” separated, tips saved for stock
- 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
For the Buffalo Sauce
- ⅔ cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- Blue Cheese Dip
- Carrots and celery sticks for serving
- In a large bowl, toss the chicken wings with the oil, salt and pepper. Place the chicken wings into the basket of the air fryer. Cook for about 25 minutes at 400°F if your air fryer has temperature settings, or the dual cook setting if it doesn’t. Turn the wings halfway through the cooking. Remove them when they are browned and crisp.
- Meanwhile, make the Buffalo sauce. Combine the Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and the melted butter in a large bowl.
- Transfer the wings to the bowl and toss with the buffalo sauce. Transfer them to a serving platter and serve with the Blue Cheese Dip and carrot and celery sticks.
The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.
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Sigh…Frank’s Red Hot Sauce is NOT BUFFALO WING SAUCE! Sure, if you want, you can add it to the sauce for heat. But it is NOT the flavor of Buffalo Wing sauce.
Yield on 32 oz of chicken is 16 oz. Divided by six people that’s what 2 and 1/2 oz per person?. 35 minutes?
I own and kind of enjoy an air fryer. But they’re really just the flash in the pan, pun intended.
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