Everyone who owns an air fryer has tried chicken wings. Chicken wings are awesome they are great for a party, great for a snack and perfect for a day of Football. They come out so good, they are restaurant quality, they are delicious, crispy and just so juicy!
When they first came out, and even only about 3 to 6 years ago, the craze was the first and original Buffalo Chicken Wings. Everyone had them, even fast-food restaurants started carrying them, and then all of a sudden wing restaurants started popping up. Then there was everything from Garlic Parmesan to Taco Wings and the list is endless. My kids love them all, except for the really spicy ones. Well, my oldest likes the spicy and my youngest prefers mild. So, I always make two batches one for each child, especially during the weekend, summer vacations and holidays. I mean they are so easy to make for a meal.
If you end up making hot or even buffalo wings, I totally suggest that you pair it with Ranch of blue cheese dressing, which will cool down the mouth burn, that the wings give your guest or even you.
It’s a funny thing, when I first got my air fryer, about four years ago, I realized that the chicken wings were less than a cost of a pound of boneless skinless chicken breasts, fast forward four years, and the advent of the new cooking appliance, the Air Fryer. The chicken wings cost more than a pound of boneless breast of chicken.
In the 1950s when the famous Buffalo Chicken Wings were invented, you couldn’t give away the chicken wings, housewives used them to make stock or broth. Once, the famous Buffalo chicken wings were invented, they became a new piece of the chicken, to be sold off.
Chicken wings are one of the best appetizers during any party or tailgating party. They go great with all sorts of sporting events from football to baseball.
Preparing chicken wings are actually quite easy, here are a few tips:
- The amount that you should plan on serving per person is about 5-10, depending on if it’s an appetizer (5) or the main course (10)
- Thawed wings air fry better than frozen wings, but you can thaw them quickly by placing them in a bowl of cold water on the counter, for about four hours.
- Cutting your wings is easy, you just need to find the joints, there are two cuts that you will need to make into the wing, to separate it.
- Always season your chicken wings with salt and pepper, while they are in the basket.
Now, let’s talk about how to separate the parts of a chicken wing. Because it’s more complicated than one would think. There are actually three parts to every chicken wing, the Drumette, Winette (Flat) and the Tip.
Three Parts To Every Wing:
There are actually three parts to every chicken wing.
- Tip-Typically we trash this or use it to make chicken broth or stock. It is the bony part of the wing. The tips are too small to serve, there is one bone in the center.
- Wingette-This is also known as the flat, it resembles a flat (hence the name) piece of meat, it’s located between the drumette and the tip.
- Drumette-This resembles a miniature drumstick, (hence the name)
If you buy your chicken wings frozen, they are usually separated for, you will only receive the wingettes and drumettes, the tips are not included.
To Separate A Chicken Wing:
- Locate the joints, there are two: One connecting the wingtip to the wingette and =another one connecting the wingette to the drumette.
- Use a large knife or kitchen shears to cut through the chicken wing.
- You need to cut deep since you are cutting through bones and cartilage.
However you cook the chicken wings, they need to reach an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees F. I suggest using a meat thermometer.
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- 1 pound chicken wings
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon black powder
- 1 cup bbq sauce (any kind)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons sriracha
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix together the olive oil, salt, garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper.
Then place the chicken wings into the air fryer basket.
Set the temperature for 380 degrees for 12 minutes, after 12 minutes, using tongs flip the chicken wings.
Then increase the temperature to 400 degrees F, for another 5 minutes.
In a small saucepan, mix together the BBQ sauce, honey and sriracha sauce. Simmer for about 2 minutes.
When the wings are finished cooking, add the wings to the BBQ sauce, to coat them. You can add them back to the air fryer for another 3 minutes, just long enough for the glaze to carmelize.
Plate, serve and enjoy!