Every once in a while I crave chicken wings. Then I eat them and I am disappointed. They are usually too greasy, and not worth the mess. The last time this craving struck, I tried to bake them. I even coated them with rice flour and baked them on a wire rack in an effort to make them crispy. It took forever and they were vile. I might have eaten two. Pheebs wasn’t even interested in them.
Well, the craving hit again and I decided to try out the air fryer on them. I was struck with inspiration for a recipe after coming across this post for Peruvian Style Roast Chicken at Once Upon a Chef. I’m not much for following recipes. Instead, I like to read several and then do whatever I want, and I never remember to write it down.
This results in constant disappointment as I try to recreate a meal I made months ago. I don’t quite ever remember what I do, so it never comes out like I expect. This time though I wrote down what I did, and thought I would share it with you. I thought it was good and Mr. LLA said I can make them anytime I want to. However, I am not a chef, so take my recommendations with a grain of salt.
Most people like a sauce for their wings. I served the one that Jenn Segal recommended at Once Upon a Chef. It was amazing but has a lot of cilantro in it and I know there are strange people out there who dislike cilantro (I’m not judging you; I’m thanking you for leaving me more cilantro). I’m sure these would also be good with the usual blue cheese or ranch.
I was quite happy with how these turned out. They had the texture you want in a wing, but they were not oozing with grease. The marinade is bright and savory and was complemented by the creaminess of the sauce.
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 each limes juiced
- 1/2 tbsp salt
- 3 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
- 1 1/2 tsp Spanish paprika
- 1 tsp Penzey's Cajun Seasoning
- 1 tsp honey
- 2 lbs chicken wings
- Combine all marinade ingredients and blend in a blender or food processor.
- Coat chicken wings in the marinade and let sit in the fridge for at least 6 hours.
- Place wings in air fryer basket and cook at 350 F for about 30 minutes. Shake the basket frequently. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you might need to split the wings and cook in batches.
- Check for doneness using a meat thermometer. According to the USDA, the chicken should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165F. (https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2015/01/27/penalty-free-chicken-wings-game-day)
Do you have an air fryer? If so, what are your go-to recipes? Please comment below and let me know.