We recently purchased an air fryer to see what the hype is all about – it’s pretty awesome!  Our first meal consisted of Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings and Air Fryer Homemade French Fries.

Both the chicken wings and french fries were crispy on the outside and tender on the side.  Plus, they are so easy to make!

You’d never guess you could have delicious chicken wings and french fries for a fraction of the oil traditionally used to cook these items.  That’s because air fryers require less oil than when frying food, making it a great appliance to use to cut calories and fat.  Generally speaking, air fryers product healthier alternatives to fried food.  Give it a try!

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings have great flavor in each bite!  The lemon flavor really stands out without being overpowering and the skin becomes crispy, creating a nice crunch.  The chicken wings come together in about 20 minutes total, so it’s a great meal for any day of the week.

The recipe can be found here.

Start by using a paper towel to dry the chicken wings, then place them in a large mixing bowl.  Drizzle with a small amount of olive oil and toss to coat (a little goes a long way).

Sprinkle with garlic salt and lemon pepper seasoning and toss to coat.

Remove the basket from the air fryer and place the chicken inside.  You don’t want the chicken to overlap too much so try to keep a single layer of chicken as best you can.  It’s OK if not all the chicken will fit, you can air fry in batches.  Place the basket back inside the air fryer.

Set the air fryer to 400 degrees and cook for 8 minutes.  Then pull the basket out and use tongs to flip the chicken over – be careful as the basket will be hot!  Slide the basket back into place and cook for another 8 minutes at 400 degrees.  Remove the chicken from the basket and serve warm.

The recipe can be found here.

I wouldn’t go much longer than 16 minutes total or the chicken wings will get very dry!  You can probably get away with cooking 6-7 minutes per side, but you will have to play around with your air fryer.  Some units go as high as 400 degrees and some units don’t heat that high.  Either way, be certain the internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees before consuming 🙂

If you have too many wings to fit in the air fryer basket in one batch you can simply repeat the above steps to cook the second (or third) batch.  I recommend preheating the oven to 200 degrees, placing the cooked chicken wings on a baking sheet, and keeping them warm in the oven while the next batch cooks.  This will ensure all chicken wings are warm when ready to be served.

The Air Fryer Homemade French Fries are incredibly crispy and crunchy.  You can cut the potatoes however thin or thick you like.  Just be aware you might have to tweak the cooking time!  You can also season the french fries with whatever seasonings you like.  The recipe will stay the same, just add different spices depending on the taste you want.

The recipe can be found here.

Start by rinsing and peeling the potatoes.  Then slice the potatoes into thin strips.  Place the strips into a large mixing bowl.  Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat.

Next, add the salt and toss to coat.  You can also add additional seasonings during this step – garlic salt, onion powder, Cajun seasoning etc.  Spice up the french fries to fit your taste!  I opted to go with lightly salted french fries for my first attempt 🙂

Remove the basket from the air fryer and place the french fries inside.  It’s OK if the french fries are overlapping and stacked high.  You will be tossing the french fries a few times during cooking, so you don’t need to worry about them cooking evenly.  Place the basket back inside the air fryer.

Set the air fryer to 400 degrees and cook for 30 minutes.  You’ll want to pause the timer every 5-10 minutes to toss the french fries.  My air fryer has a handy “pause” option, so I just keep an eye on the time.  Pull out the basket and use tongs or a spatula to toss the french fries and move them around a bit to prevent sticking and to allow for even cooking.  Slide the basket back into place and resume cooking.  Once ready, remove the french fries from the basket and serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.

The recipe can be found here.

Happy Cooking!

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