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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!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time42 mins
Total Time47 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 257kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 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)

  • cup sour cream
  • cup Ranch dressing
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup crumbled blue cheese

Honey Mustard Dip (for the Lemon Pepper wings)

  • cup yellow mustard not Dijon
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

For Serving

  • carrot and celery sticks optional

Instructions

  • 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

  • Melt the butter in a small bowl in the microwave. Stir in the Franks Red Hot.

For the Lemon Pepper Wings Sauce

  • Melt the butter in a small bowl in the microwave. Combine with the lemon juice and lemon pepper seasoning.

Plate and Serve

  • Transfer to a serving platter with carrot and celery sticks and serve with optional dipping sauces below.

For the Optional Blue Cheese Ranch and Honey Mustard Dips

  • Combine all ingredients for each dip in separate small bowls. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

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. 

Nutrition

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