How to air fry chicken wings, according to a nutritionist
These wings taste better than any restaurant's, with less fat.
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Like many people this year, I was convinced that I needed an air fryer. After months of debating whether I should jump onto the air fryer train, a Black Friday sale pushed me over the edge and I became the proud owner of a new kitchen appliance.
Once I got my new kitchen toy, I felt a little intimidated. While many people swear by these machines for easy dinners and craveable dishes, I spent the first few weeks of ownership using it to simply heat up leftovers that tasted better crispy instead of soggy.
But one Sunday afternoon, a lightbulb went off and I made something that made me fall in love with my air fryer. You see, my husband and I are big chicken wing fans. Yes, the deep-fried, super-salty nosh that goes oh-so-well with a cold glass of beer, and we love to snack these when we go out to eat. Coincidentally, I'm also a registered dietitian, so I like to take a healthier approach to eating when I can. I decided to try my hand at recreating this restaurant staple at home using my air fryer—here’s what happened.
The tools you'll need
- Air fryer (the Philips Airfryer XXL is the best we've tested)
- Chicken wings, fresh or frozen
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Optional: Buffalo sauce (like this one by Primal Kitchen)
How to air fry chicken wings
First, I ordered some high-quality, organic, free-range chicken wings from Greensbury Market, an online meat delivery service. The wings arrive frozen in a 2-pound pack—a perfect portion for four people. Greensbury Market wings taste incredibly fresh, plus they're antibiotic and GMO-free.
After defrosting the wings, I drizzled them with some high-quality olive oil and sprinkled them with kosher salt. Next, I popped the prepped wings into my air fryer for 25 minutes. Once they were cooked through, I tossed them with some my favorite avocado oil-based buffalo sauce and took a crunchy bite.
These wings were literally the best I've ever tasted—crispy, juicy, flavorful, and not greasy at all. Dare I say these chicken wings even taste better than the traditional deep-fried, butter-covered restaurant version? Well, I’m saying it! These are better than restaurant chicken wings.
Why you should cook chicken wings in an air fryer
Combining organic chicken wings with a buffalo sauce that isn’t loaded with butter, preservatives, and salt, and cooking it up in an air fryer instead of in a vat of hot oil is a surprisingly satisfying and easy way to enjoy chicken wings at home. My method of air frying chicken wings results in a lower fat and fewer calories. Serve these up with celery sticks and ranch dressing (or blue cheese if that is your thing) when a chicken wing craving strikes.
And if you're still in the market for an air fryer, check out the best air fryers we've tested.
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