Crispy Airfryer Chicken Wings come out with crispy skins and moist chicken meat. A healthy game day snack for Super Bowl party food game night snack) for for a healthier than a traditional fried chicken dinner!
Perfect Superbowl Appetizer Idea:
Crispy Airfryer chicken wings are my newest obsession. Actually, anything made in an air fryer is my current obsession. I love chicken wings like this crispy breaded baked version but these are so much easier to make.
Using the air fryer makes everything a heck of lot healthier. These wings are super versatile because you cook them to crispy perfection then add the sauce to them at the end. (Hello?!?! Perfectly sauced to each guest’s preferences for the win!!)
Each bite of this crispy wing makes me think of game day foods. A great finger food, full of flavor and just the right size to have a few on a plate while sitting on the couch. The skin is super crispy and the insides are succulent and a perfectly tender texture.
I recently jumped on the air fryer bandwagon and bought the Phillips Air Fryer because I kept seeing how much healthier your foods come out when you use one. I knew that the Super Bowl was coming up and thought it would be a good time to try out some healthier super bowl recipes.
This is not a sponsored post at all. I just really like what I can do with an air fryer and how much healthier the food is that I make in it. I know there are lots of my readers that are always looking for ways to enjoy foods that taste great but have a healthy spin on them.
What is an Air Fryer?
I knew you could make things in an air fryer without all the oil but until I got mine I had no idea what an air fryer really was. It’s not a fryer at all.
It’s basically a counter top convection oven that cooks using really hot air swirling around. It can cook basically anything you can fry or bake in an oven although some things work much better than others. (I still haven’t mastered a good burger in one, but I’m getting closer!)
Why buy an Air Fryer?
- It uses virtually no oil when you are cooking, so less calories, better for our health.
- Air fryers heat up quickly, yet don’t heat up the house at all.
- There is no oily smell left over after using an Air Fryer.
So far I’ve made donuts, chicken, wontons, french fries and shrimp. I waited a long time to get an air fryer and now Im wondering why I did. I love it mostly for the healthy food options I can make with it while still getting the crunchy textures we like.
Cons of an Air Fryer
- Learning curve to get things right.
- A large gadget to store.
- Sometimes you have to cook a couple of batches which doesn’t always work when entertaining.
Admittedly, there is a learning curve when you first get yours. But with the recipes I’ll be sharing with you over the next week or so you will get to learn from my mistakes.
While I can’t change the size of the appliance it does fit my rules for new purchases that it be able to be used for at least 3 different things. The list is endless of what you can make in an airfryer and the more I use it the happier I am that we have one.
The one downside of the air fryer for entertaining is the size of the basket and how much food you are able to place into it. We do mostly parties for 6-8 people and it would require several batches to be made.
That being said, it’s basically set it and forget it when it comes to using the air fryer so you can spend time away from it, where if you were frying chicken wings you would not be able to be amongst your guests or your family because you would have to be in the kitchen over a hot stove. (SAFETY NOTE It goes without saying you can’t leave the house while the air fryer is in use, but you don’t have to be standing right over it while it’s doing its thing!)
I don’t know about you but I’d much rather have my guests get hot fresh appetizers and have them look forward to them than give them a big pile that goes cold and soggy before everyone gets to them.
Pin this to your Super Bowl Game Day Board !!
What to look for when buying an Air Fryer?
- Make sure there is a double layer shelf so you get twice the cooking space.
- You want to be able to clean up very easily so make sure before buying an air fryer that the parts can be washed in the dishwasher.
- See what they say about the noise in any reviews. The Phillips Airfryer I bought is pretty quiet, but one my friend has sounds like a freight train. Her model is no longer available but it is something to consider.
Crispy Airfryer Chicken Wings to die for.
These air fried wings are the bomb! It’s no work at all! Wait until you see how to make crispy chicken wings in the air fryer and just how easy it is. The best part??? You don’t have to heat up a hot smelly oil to get perfectly crispy air fried chicken wings!
How to make crispy chicken wings
Brine them so the chicken meat themselves stays super juicy. A simple brine of salt and water works really well. Even just a 30 minute soak will do the trick to get super succulent chicken.
Dry them completely before putting them in the air fryer. By drying the wings completely before placing them in the air fryer it takes away the moisture that could lead to a tough and soggy skin.
Placing the wings in the air fryer with a little space around them makes sure they will all get super crispy. You can use a second shelf if you are doing a lot of wings.
Flipping them and moving them around at the halfway point makes sure that all sides get evenly cooked. You’ll want to have a really long pair of tongs so you don’t burn yourself touching the air fryer.
I have this tong and they work so well whenever I need long handled tongs. I especially like it because it has the extra grab power so you don’t drop anything!
Toss the hot fresh chicken wings in your favorite sauce. I love the buffalo sauce for my wings, but my husband loves all things with a spicy BBQ sauce. Using this method to cook them gives you the flexibility to toss them to order!
Perfect Temperature to cook Chicken Wings in the air fryer
I tested cooking the chicken wings a couple of different ways.
I tried the two temperature cycle cooking on low for half the time, then raising the heat to get them really crispy. They just didn’t get as crispy as we think of when you have fried chicken wings. This batch wasn’t brined, but they were really juicy and succulent.
Next I tried the temp at 390° for the entire time (about 18 minutes.) This time the skin was super crispy, but we thought the meat was a little dried out.
Finally I brined a batch for about 30 minutes then cooked at 390°. This method yielded the best crispy chicken wing while still having the most succulent juicy chicken meat inside! (Is anyone else singing the phrase winner winner chicken dinner or is that just me???)
All the other questions you might have about Air Fryer Chicken wings:
Time saving trick: Buy the chicken wings already cut at the market. It saves the mess and yuck of cutting the drummette from the wing. I love do it all yourself recipes, but the mess and time are not worth the effort! Use that butchers service!
Can I use frozen chicken wings from the frozen food section in the airfryer? I get it, your kids love the store-bought frozen ones. You can absolutely cook them in the air fryer. Add about 5 minutes to the cooking time to account for the frozen chicken wing. (But trust me, make the fresh ones for yourself! They are so much better!)
How do I reheat air fryer wings? Heat the air fryer to 360° for 3 minutes, then add the chicken wings and reheat at 360° for 5 minutes until nice and hot. All air fryers are different, so you may need to add a couple of minutes to reheat so test one before pulling them all out of the air fryer.
I want a sticky caramelized sauce that really grabs a hold of the wings. That’s easy to do… once you’ve tossed the air fried wings in the sauce you can place them back into the fryer for 2 minutes. The sauce will caramelize a little and be finger licking GREAT!! This works especially well with a BBQ sauce~~
The best sauces/dips for crispy chicken wings:
More Air Fryer Appetizers:
More Superbowl Party Food Ideas:
- Dried Beef Dip
- Retro Shrimp Dip
- 5 minute Crack Dip
- Meatball Skillet Dip
- Ham and Swiss Sliders
- Caramelized Onion Roast Beef Sliders
- Pulled Pork Sliders
- Spicy Sugar Bacon Smokies
- Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Avocado Salsa
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- 2 pounds chicken wings
- 1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce, or your favorite sauce!)
- Brine chicken wings in 2 tablespoons salt with 3 cups water for 30 minutes.
- Remove from brine, rinse then completely dry the wings with a paper towels.
- Place wings into the air fryer with a little room in between. Use a second shelf to do more. (depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook in batches)
- Cook at 390° for 18 minutes. Turn at 10 minutes. If your airfryer is cold, you will want to heat it to temperature for 3 minutes, then add the wings.
- Remove from the fryer and toss with your favorite sauce.
Serving Size:6 appetizer servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Saturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 672mgProtein: 14g