I am all about reducing food waste where I can, so I get excited when I get to use ingredients/sauces with more than one recipe. These air fryer chicken wings came into my life because of the delicious buffalo sauce that was made for the Blue is the Warmest Cheese Burger. You don’t have to use that sauce, you can follow whatever flavor your heart desires!
1 Cup Pickle Juice
1 1/2 Cups Water
4 Garlic Cloves, smashed
2/3 Cup Frank’s Red Hot sauce
2 TBSP White Vinegar
1 TSP Cayenne
1lb Chicken Wings, rinsed and patted dry
Let’s Get Cooking
Start with your brine. I let my chicken wings brine for at least 6 hours, max 12 hours.
In a large bowl combine all of the brine ingredients, be sure to heavily salt the water. Add in the washed chicken wings, cover the bowl with foil, and place back in the fridge for at least 6 hours. Once ready to cook, rinse and pat dry.
While the wings are brining, make your buffalo sauce. Combine the Frank’s Red Hot + butter + vinegar + cayenne in a small saucepan & stir over MED heat until the butter is completely melted. Remove from heat and let stand until cool.
When ready to cook, preheat your air fryer to 400F. If you want to bake these, preheat your oven to 400F.
Lightly oil the fryer and place a single layer of chicken wings into the basket, cook for about 20 min, or until the outside is crispy. I had to do multiple baskets due to my fryer being small. To keep warm, place your oven on the lowest temp and place on a sheet pan while the other batches are cooking.
Once all the batches are done, pour half of the buffalo sauce into a large bowl, add in your cooked chicken wings, then the remainder of the sauce, and toss to coat. Serve immediately.
I even had extra blue cheese sauce from the burger recipe that I served with the wings as well. YUMMY
I am not a corn-tortilla type of gal, but I needed them for one recipe so I had to make use of the rest of them. I found they make the PERFECT tortilla chips, as we all know. They are SOO easy to make at home that it’s ridiculous. Use for chips and dip, a more simplified nacho recipe, or this more ‘supreme’ nacho recipe. Either way, if it’s chips and cheese you can’t go wrong.
1 Chicken Breast
1 Chipotle in Adobo Sauce
1/2 Onion, Chopped
1 Jalapeño pepper, diced
2 TSP Chili Powder
1 TSP Cumin
1 Tomato, diced
1 Handful Fresh Cilantro, chopped
1/2 Onion, diced
1/2 Lime Juice, squeezed
4 TBSP Butter
2 TBSP Flour
1 Cup Whole Milk
2 1/2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 TBSP Chili Powder
1 TBSP Hot Sauce
4 Corn Tortillas
Let Get Cookin’
I am using my air-fryer but you can also use your oven. Either one you use you need to preheat it to 375F.
Cut your tortillas into quarters, should get about 16 individual chips.
If using the air fryer, do small batches of the chips. For the first batch, lightly drizzle olive oil and cook for 15 minutes, about 7 minutes in, and shake the basket. Cook for longer if needed, until crispy. Continue with the rest of the batches, but you will not need more oil. Salt when done
If cooking in the oven: lightly drizzle with olive oil, and cook for about 20-25 minutes or until crispy. Salt when done.
For the chicken: preheat the oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment.
Season the chicken breast with salt + pepper + cumin + chili powder. Top with onions + peppers + chili. Drizzle with olive oil. Cook for 25 minutes. Once cooled, shred the chicken and chili with two forks.
While the chicken is cooking make the salsa and cheese sauce.
For the salsa: dice all of the ingredients and place into a small bowl. Add in the lime juice + salt and stir. Set aside.
For the cheese sauce: in a pot add in the butter and let melt. Then add in the flour and stir to combine. Once it’s made a paste, turn the heat on low and add in the milk. Continue to stir until combined. Once the rue is combined with the milk, add in the cheese one cup at a time. Remove from heat and continue to stir until all combined. Add in the hot sauce + chili powder + salt + pepper.
To build your nachos: start with chips + chicken + refried beans + cheese + salsa + lettuce + sour cream
Enjoy by yourself, or triple the batch and enjoy with friends for a football game.