Low Carb Air Fryer Chicken Wings
Wings cooked in an air fryer come out extra crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Plus I love not messing with my oven or fryer to get these wings out fast to my clan.
Chicken wings are loved by many on the keto diet as they have near perfect fat and protein ratios, are low in carbohydrates, and are incredibly delicious. Most eat chicken wings because of the beautifully cooked crispy chicken skin. The skin contains most of the fat. The fat is composed of saturated fatty acids and a healthy monounsaturated fat called oleic acid. This is fatty acid is also found in olive oil.
Benefits Of Cooking Wings In An Airfryer
Air fryers produce a circulating forced hot air as opposed to traditional ovens which just heat without the circulation. This is what achieves that perfect crunchy skin. The crispy skin helps to lock in the moisture inside creating a juicy chicken wing.
Clean up is also easier when you use an air fryer over the conventional oven or fryer. The mess is contained to the basket so there is no grease splatter or giant tray to wash by hand afterwards. Most air fryer baskets are dishwasher safe too.
Baking Chicken Wings In An Oven
If you don’t have an air fryer, you can still bake this wing recipe in an oven. Spread the wings out on a baking tray lined with a cooling rack that has been sprayed lightly with cooking spray. This prevents the skin from sticking to the bottom and allows for the bottom of the wing to crisp up too since air can reach it. Bake the wings at 400 degrees for 45 - 60 minutes. You can turn the wings after 30 minutes to ensure even baking and crispiness.
Drumettes Or Wingettes
If you grab a package of chicken wings (also called party wings), you are getting a mixture of two different wings in the bunch. The drumette looks like a miniature drumstick and tends to have more meat than skin. It is also easy to hold because of the bone on the bottom, so your fingers don’t get as messy. The other type is chicken wing is called the wingette, a flatter piece that has more skin than meat.
Cooking Frozen Chicken Wings
This recipe works if you have frozen chicken wings. Toss the wings in the marinade then place in the air fryer basket. Cook at 350 degrees for 10 minutes first. Then increase the temperature to 380 for 25 - 30 minutes.
For extra crispy wings, spray the air fryer basket first with cooking spray. Not only will this help prevent the skin from sticking to the basket, but a little bit of oil will aid in crisping up the skin. You could also try cooking your wings at a lower temperature to start (350 degrees) and then increase to 380 degrees for the last 15 minutes.
Remember to shake the basket every 5 minutes to allow for even cooking and crisping of the wing.
Reheating Chicken Wings In An Airfryer
If you have leftover chicken wings, you can reheat them in the airfryer to still have perfectly cooked, crispy wings the next day. Spray the airfryer basket with cooking spray, add your wings and bake at 380 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes.
Sauces For Your Crispy Chicken Wings
- Buffalo Sauce
- Blue Cheese Dressing
- Dijon Mustard