You know you are an adult cooking enthusiast when the only present you want for your birthday is a fancy toaster. So we got a Breville "The Smart Oven Air Fryer" countertop oven/multipurpose monster. I've never used an Air Fryer before but a lot of people seem to swear by them. So, may as well give it a shot.
Getting a new air fryer and never having done anything with one before, I guess the typical person will choose one of two items, French Fries or Chicken Wings. Judging by the title and photo, I guess you can tell which one I chose.
This is from the recipe card enclosed with the device.
1 1/2 lbs chicken wings, split into drumettes and flats
1 T baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 cup gochujang (Korean fermented red chili paste)
2 cloves garlic (I added 4), finely minced
1 T minced fresh ginger (next time, I'm adding more)
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
3 T unseasoned rice vinegar
2 T soy sauce (low salt if you can)
3 T honey
Dry the wings with paper towels then place in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, combine the baking powder and salt. Add to wings and toss until everything is covered. Set the baking rack in the roasting pan and lay the chicken pieces out in a single layer. (Note: I did a light spray of the rack and top of the chicken pieces with oil.)
Let the pieces sit in the oven for 10 minutes at least if you want. This helps dry them further, but is not necessary.
Insert the wire rack in the middle of the oven and preheat using AIRFRY/SUPER CONVECTION/450F (230C)/30 MINUTES. Press START to preheat.
Once the oven comes to temp, insert the chicken and cook for 15 minutes. Remove and flip over each piece then place back in oven for final 15 minutes.
Combine all sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Heat in microwave for 2 minutes to soften the garlic and ginger. This can be refrigerated for a couple of days ahead of time. Warm sauce before adding to the wings.
As soon as the wings have cooked, put them in a large bowl. Add 3/4 of the sauce and toss until even coated. Serve the rest of the sauce for dipping if anyone wants. Or go crazy and drown them suckers in sauce. Your party.
Serve with thin sliced green onion and sesame seeds.