indian spiced air fried wings
To round out this week's menu, I added an oldie but goodie! Who doesn't like chicken wings?? Well maybe vegans and vegetarians BUT there are some great chicken substitutes as well as buffalo cauliflower that can be pretty dang good. Still...they aren't chicken wings! They are super versatile because there is a lot of surface area on them since they are small so you get all the flavor in each bite. Plus you can get them super crispy in the air fryer so you don't even have to deep fry them which helps to make them that much healthier and in turn, you can eat soooo many more! I am committed to this theory.
So far, I've introduced you to some solid dishes for this week's meals but I wanted to add in some meat products. I made tandoori chicken because that is ALWAYS a solid choice and allows me to make other things using it. However, I wanted to round it out with another protein and wanted to keep with the Indian theme but introduce another flavor profile. This is what I came up with and dang...was it a winner!! Super flavorful, not too spicy and just the right balance of flavors. You literally don't even need a dip or anything with these wings - all the flavor is built right in! Let's just dive into the recipe since I have posted several recipes for wings before!
This recipe is all about the marinade. After that, the air fryer does all the work. As you can see above, I had 2 chicken dishes marinating. My amazing Tandoori Chicken (the bright orange one) and these wings. The base starts the same - greek yogurt, fresh lemon juice, garlic & ginger paste (bottom left) and salt. The difference is in the different spices as well as the addition of a mint and cilantro chutney and chopped green chilies. Completely changes the flavors. Also, normally chicken wings are fried, baked or air fried before adding the sauce in but with the additional of yogurt in this marinade, it tenderizes the chicken and thoroughly coats the wings so that you can air fry them with all the flavors throughout. Plus the marinade gets charred and yummy!
I mean...HOW GOOD DOES THAT LOOK?!? You really need to make this like right now.
Indian Spiced Air Fried Wings
1 1/2 lbs chicken wings
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp avocado oil
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp garlic/ginger paste
2 green chilies, chopped finely
2 Tbsp mint/cilantro chutney
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp fenugreek powder (optional)
1 tsp red chili powder
2 tsp salt or to taste
Pat down your chicken wings well so that they are as dry as possible. Set aside.
In a big bowl, add all the rest of the ingredients to make a marinade. Mix well. Toss the chicken wings in to coat them thoroughly. Let the chicken/marinade sit out at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, preheat your air fryer at 400F for 5 minutes. Once preheated, add the chicken wing in a single layer to the basket. You will need to cook these in batches so as not to overcrowd them. Cook in air fryer at 400F for 10 minutes. All air fryers are a bit different so check on your wings after this and see if they need more time on the one side. It should be slightly charred and brown.
Flip the chicken and cook again at 400F for an additional 8 minutes (or more if it needs it).
Garnish with a squeeze of lemon, fresh cilantro and thinly sliced onions and serve hot.
Perfect for game days or everyday really! I dare you not to love these. I didn't find the heat on them bad at all but you can certainly increase the red chili powder or the green chilies if you so desire. Just be careful not to add so much that you can't taste all the individual flavors because it is so so good. Enjoy!