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All photos by Michael Kartes

Hot wings are always a good idea. And if you use an air fryer, you can make hot wings fast and not heat up the whole kitchen turning on the oven if it’s already a warm day. And what is a hot wing without a really good blue cheese dipping sauce? Not as yummy.

Hot Wings at Home 3 Ways

The Basic Wing Recipe

  • Serves 4 to 6 people
  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Cook time 30 to 35 minutes in the air fryer, or 45 to 60 minutes in the oven

Ingredients

  • 4 to 5 pounds chicken wings, thawed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste (start with 1½ teaspoons kosher salt)

Method

If using an air fryer, set the timer to 30 minutes and 375 degrees. For the standard oven, set to 425 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the wings with the olive oil and all the seasonings. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes.

For the air fryer, place a single layer of wings in the basket. If you have a smaller-capacity air fryer, cook in multiple batches. Cook 10 minutes, then shake and flip the wings. Cook an additional 10 minutes, then flip again. Cook a final 10 minutes for golden crisp wings (longer if you prefer extra crispy wings).

For the standard oven method, place the wings in a single layer on a lined baking sheet. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, then flip the wings and cook an additional 20 to 30 minutes. The wings should be crisp and golden brown.

To finish, divide the wings into 3 portions, and toss with the three sauces (recipes below). Serve with celery and blue cheese dipping sauce.

Hot Wings at Home 3 Ways

TRADITIONAL BUFFALO GLAZE

Ingredients

  • ½ cup buffalo-style hot sauce
  • ½ cup melted butter

Method

In a saucepan, combine the butter and hot sauce, then cook over medium heat until it bubbles, and the butter is melted. Toss with the wings.

Hot Wings at Home 3 Ways

SPICY SOY AND SESAME

Ingredients

  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Sambal chili or Sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

Method

Combine, and toss with wings.

CITRUS HONEY MUSTARD

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ your favorite mustard (I chose Dijon)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Cracked black pepper to taste

Method

Combine, and toss with wings.

Hot Wings at Home 3 Ways

BLUE CHEESE DRESSING

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • ¼ cup or 2 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Mix well. Thin with milk, if needed. Store up to seven days in the fridge.

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