While fried chicken wings have been a staple of Southern cooking for centuries, the idea of deep-frying chicken wings, coating them in a spicy sauce and serving them as appetizers or snacks is relatively new. In 1964, in Buffalo, New York, the owner of the Anchor Bar cooked some leftover chicken wings and covered them in hot sauce. She served these to her son and his friends after the restaurant had closed.
The boys thought this was so delicious, that she decided to serve them the next day to her restaurant patrons. Of course, these snacks were an instant hit, especially paired with blue cheese dipping sauce.
Air Fryer Hot Wings Recipe
- Air Fryer
- Dinner Plate
- Microwave Safe Bowl
- Sharp knife
- Cutting Board
- Meat thermometer
Ingredients for Hot Wings
- 2-4 pounds chicken wings
- ½ cup flour
- ½ tsp paprika
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp ground red pepper
- ½ tsp salt
Ingredients for Hot Sauce
- ¼ cup Hot Sauce we used Louisiana hot sauce for a fairly mild wing
- ¼ cup butter
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Dipping sauces that you enjoy
- On a dinner plate, measure out the flour, paprika, garlic powder, ground red pepper, and salt. Stir these together with a fork until fully combined.
- Using a very sharp knife and a cutting board, cut the tips off of the chicken wings and discard them. Also, cut off any excess skin or fat from the wings.
- Put the chicken wings in the flour mixture, roll them around, and fully coat them in a thick layer.
- Place the coated chicken wings on a clean plate and put them in the refrigerator for about an hour. This will help the coating stick better.
- After the hour has passed, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.
- Coat the basket of the air fryer with a light layer of coconut or olive oil to prevent sticking.
- Put the chicken wings in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Spray them with the cooking spray to help them brown.
- As the wings are cooking, you can create the sauce. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter by microwaving it for about 30 seconds. Stir it until there are no lumps of butter left.
- Add the hot sauce and stir it. Set this aside.
- When the chicken wings have been cooked for the second period of ten minutes, use an instant read meat thermometer to check the doneness of the chicken. It should read about 165 degrees.
- If they are not fully cooked, return the chicken to the air fryer for another 3 to 5 minutes. You may have to cook these wings in batches.
- When the wings are fully cooked, coat them with the hot sauce. Roll them so that they are fully coated all over in the sauce.
- Serve the wings piping hot with your choice of dipping sauces.