I very rarely deep fry things. Yes, on occasion I will glug a somewhat unconscionable amount of oil into a pot, heat it to fry temp, and drop in some French fries or several handfuls of battered calamari. And I never regret it, because that sh*t is good.
BUT it’s 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.
How to Make Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings
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, and I just wish I could make more of them in one go (air fryers being only so big). But (another but) in the end, that’s probably not a bad thing, only being able to make a couple of pounds at one shot. Something has to save me from myself.
All you have to do is toss the wings in a small bit of oil, and place them in the air fryer. Toss them around and flip them at least once during the frying process so they brown evenly.
Blue Cheese Dip and Buffalo Sauce: Some of the Greatest Gifts Know to Humankind (and Chicken Wings)
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.
Carrots and Celery
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 Total Comfort Food Appetizers:
- Pimento Cheese Spread
- Herbed Cheesy Puff Pastry Bacon Straws
- Sweet Potato Fries with New Bay Seasoning
- Mini Croque Monsieurs with Prosciutto
- Roasted Garlic and Tomato Bread
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 25 to 30 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.
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