This is a very basic wing recipe for the air fryer. The crispy secret is the coating.
Here’s an easy and basic recipe for wings using an air fryer.
They can be served “as-is” just as they come out of the fryer. They are also a great way to prepare them for any sauce or coating such as lemon pepper wings or buffalo wings.
I love wings any way you give them to me, but I especially like these and have been making them for years. The very last time I made them–and they’re the pics in this post–I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing and grabbed the wrong ingredient. However, that resulted in a very pleasant surprise.
The basic ingredient, of course, is flour.
Now, I have many varieties of flour on hand with all the cooking I do. A while back, I bought some self-rising flour to make these simple garlic knots so I grabbed the container I thought was that flour. It didn’t occur to me that the small Lock and Lock container I grabbed couldn’t hold 5 pounds of flour–another senior moment.
Anyway, I discovered what I did select was cake flour. OK it’s no biggie but I did want to use up the self-rising flour. For this purpose, it mattered little that cake flour is made form softer wheat than all-purpose or self-rising varieties. So, I went ahead and made the seasoned flour, coated the wings and air fried them.
When I tasted them, I couldn’t believe how crispy they were. As I said, I’ve been making these for a long time–yes even in the air fryer–but these were better than any batch I made before. The only thing I did differently was use the wrong flour. I guess it turned out to really be the right flour!
My Seasonings Or Yours
I’m giving you my standard recipe for the seasoned flour I do for wings.
Seasonings are highly subjective so if you don’t care for mine, then do use your own. Mine is pretty basic, but you can add herbs and spices to liven things up a bit. The secret is the cake flour, I believe, so any spices will do.
I always spray my coated chicken with a bit of oil. It helps the flour to cook. Here’s a link to the spray bottle I use.
- 3-4 lbs chicken wings, tips removed
- Seasoned flour:
- ¾ cup cake flour
- 1 tbs garlic powder
- 1 tsp white pepper
- 2 tbs seasoned salt
- Mix all the seasoned flour ingredients together. Divide equally between 2 plastic bags.
- Place half of the wings in each bag; shake to coat with the flour mixture.
- Let the wings stand for about 10 minutes or until the seasoned flour coating begins to get sticky.
- Place in a single layer in the air fryer basket (you may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your fryer). Spray with some oil.
- Air fry at 360 degrees F for 13 minutes; turn and air fry at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes. Times may vary by the power of your fryer. Mines is 1800W.
- If you fry in batches, keep the cooked wings in a 200 degrees F oven to stay hot.
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