Air Fryer Chicken Wings (Buffalo and Lemon Pepper)
Chicken wings are seasoned and quickly air fried to crispy perfection before being tossed in your favorite sauce. This Air Fryer Chicken Wings recipe can easily be turned into classic Buffalo wings or tasty lemon pepper wings. One base recipe, two kinds of wings!
- 3 pounds party wings a combination of drumettes and flats
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt divided
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper divided
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic divided
- 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil divided
Buffalo Wings Sauce (enough for 3 pounds wings)
- ¼ cup butter
- ⅓ cup Frank's Red Hot, Original or Buffalo Wings Sauce
Lemon Pepper Wings Sauce (enough for 3 pounds wings)
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 lemon juiced (I used a good sized Meyer lemon)
- 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning
Blue Cheese Ranch Dip (a must with Buffalo wings)
- ⅓ cup sour cream
- ⅓ cup Ranch dressing
- ¼ to ⅓ cup crumbled blue cheese
Honey Mustard Dip (for the Lemon Pepper wings)
- ⅓ cup yellow mustard not Dijon
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- carrot and celery sticks optional
Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees F for 5 minutes. Preheat conventional oven to 200 degrees F.
Place half the wings (about 12 wings) in a large mixing bowl and toss with ½ teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper, ½ teaspoon granulated garlic, and 1 tablespoon oil. Place in air fryer basket and spread out over the bottom so they are in one layer. It's okay if they touch but they shouldn't overlap. Cook at 380 degrees F for 10 minutes. Use tongs to flip the wings over. Increase heat to 400 degrees F and continue to cook for an additional 11 to 12 minutes , stirring the wings once halfway through. Cook until browned and crispy.
Transfer cooked wings to an ovenproof tray or small baking sheet, cover loosely (don't crimp) with foil, and place in the oven to keep warm while you cook the 2nd batch.
Repeat with remaining wings, seasoning, and oil. Once all the wings are cooked, place them in a clean mixing bowl and toss with the sauce of your choice.
For the Buffalo Wings Sauce
For the Lemon Pepper Wings Sauce
For the Optional Blue Cheese Ranch and Honey Mustard Dips
Nutrition information was calculated for 3 pounds party wings with Buffalo sauce without optional dipping sauces.
Party wings typically come in 1.25 to 1.5 pound packages with 12 to 14 wings per package. This recipe should work just fine for 2.5 to 3 pounds of wings.
Serving: 1wing | Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 715mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 314IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg