Air Fryer Chicken Wings + Sweet Potato Waffles

August 23, 2019

These Air Fryer Chicken Wings + Sweet Potato Waffles are everything that one’s heart desires. Made right in a blender + WITHOUT ANY FLOUR (Flourless), these deliciously flavored, Gluten-Free waffles are naturally sweetened, fluffy, thick, and airy; coupled with these sticky (yet crisp) BBQ wings, this recipe is a real easy reminder of a true Southern-style breakfast. Nothing short of goodness on a plate!

Air Fryer Chicken Wings + Sweet Potato Waffles

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So, I’m kicking off the weekend with this delicious recipe for all of you who are flavor-obsessed like myself.

If you’ve been an avid follower of Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you know that I thoroughly enjoy sharing dishes that showcase and highlight my Southern roots.

After all, I’m a Southern girl, through and through! Haha.

If you aren’t too familiar, my Southern peeps don’t eat the traditional breakfast. What do you mean? Whelp, I grew up eating pancakes, waffles, eggs, oatmeal, grits, and even ribs for breakfast. Crazy, right?

Air Fryer Chicken Wings + Sweet Potato Waffles

Since moving to NYC, I’ve learned that eating quick meals like bagels, sandwiches, and egg sandwiches are more of a thing. I know. Complete culture shock. Haha.

However, now that I’ve been in NYC for YEARS, I’ve grown accustomed to both ways of eating breakfast.

Personally, I eat more quick dishes during the week and indulge on my true Southern way of enjoying food on the weekends. This weekend is no different.

With this recipe, I chose to play on the popular ‘Chicken + Waffles’. Of course, in true Orchids + Sweet Tea fashion—I created bolder flavors and took things up a notch!

While these wings were well crisp from the Air Fryer, I wanted to add a delicious sauce to make things even BETTER! If you’re into wings like me, then you’ll love these Hot + Spicy ‘Nine Mile’ Buffalo Chicken Wings.

Drenched in hot buffalo sauce with a hint of BBQ sauce and maple syrup to balance the heat, these wings remain a spicy staple inspired by Bob Marley and the Jamaican culture with bold uses of red pepper flakes + scotch bonnet peppers. 

I remember growing up and seeing my Grandfather eat scotch bonnet peppers in their rawest form. That’s pretty crazy, ya’ll!

In case you aren’t fully aware of this fact—scotch bonnet peppers are pretty hot and if the slightest touch of the seed hits your mouth or eyes or anywhere else that’s sensitive, you’ll be screaming to a sink for a long soak in water. Yes, it’s that serious.

Anyway, as I was mentioning—my Grandfather use to eat them raw with his food and that was the norm back then.

Now thinking it though, I’m sitting here in amazement at his strength towards spice. And as much as I love spicy food, I couldn’t handle that for sure. Haha.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings + Sweet Potato Waffles

These Flourless Vegan Banana Oats Waffles are everything that one’s heart desires. Made right in a blender, these Gluten-Free waffles are naturally sweetened, fluffy, thick, airy, and full of flavor. The perfect breakfast or brunch dish with the perfect taste for your mornings!

These Gluten-Free + Vegan Buckwheat Waffles + Blueberry are the perfect option for allergy sensitivity to grains and gluten. Made in just one bowl, these waffles are naturally sweetened, fluffy, thick, airy, and topped with a delicious Blueberry compote that creates a killer flavor profile! The perfect breakfast or brunch dish with the perfect taste for your mornings!

Of course, if you don’t require vegan ingredients, these Chicken Tenders + Almond Waffles with Sweet + Spicy Sauce are a serious must try! It’s the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Made with extra crispy oven baked chicken tenders, greek yogurt based almond waffles, and a beautifully sweet and spicy sauce tossed over each chicken tender, this recipe is the best breakfast, brunch, lunch, or even dinner idea. 

OK, now back to me using an Air-Fryer! For so long, I’ve been wanting to try a recipe using the Air-Fryer since it’s been a real thing in the Food Blogging world.

Although I’ve a little late (just a few months since it’s become extremely popular), I can attest that it’s such a useful tool!

Personally, I’ve done a ton of research on different brands, their features, pros + cons, etc. and I can’t pin-point the BEST one really. However, I chose to get one that was fairly affordable and it works perfectly!

Amazon is such a great place to look into these type of kitchen tools and of course the reviews and ratings help a ton when deciding.

The Ninja Air Fryer has great reviews and is fairly decent in price if you’re interested in getting one. I’ll also link it below in a photo! To see other great tools that I often use for my recipes, Visit our Store Page.

Anyway, if you’re a Sweet Potato lover (like myself), then you’re in good company. Sweet Potato doesn’t just taste great, but it’s always pretty good for you.

Sweet Potato + it’s Health Benefits?

  • Improving digestion

They actually contain more fiber than regular potatoes! Who knew? Plus, they are good sources of magnesium, which is what helps aid them in being a great facilitator in digestion.

  • Boost Your Immune System

Since they are rich in beta-carotone (a major antioxidant), they are awesome at defending your body from a wide variety of issues. In addition, they contain other great antioxidants which include: Vitamin C and B-complex, iron, and phosphorous.

  • Treat Stomach Ulcers

Yes, that’s right! Sweet Potatoes are great at soothing the stomach and intestines. The previous listed vitamins that help to boost your immune system also are great at curing stomach ulcers. Plus, the roughage in sweet potatoes help to combat constipation and acid formation, which both help to reduce the chances of ulcers.

  • Other Benefits: They help to treat inflammations, promote weight gain, treat bronchitis,  reduce arthritis pain, and more.

Need Inspiration for Lunch or Dinner w/ Sweet Potatoes?

When it comes to these Easy Chickpea Sweet Potato Sliders + Aioli, no words are needed to describe the delicious flavors in each small bite. A nice twist on a classic veggie burger, these sliders are packed with a ‘meaty’ patty made completely from chickpea, sweet potatoes, amazing seasonings, and paired with a delicious homemade garlic aioli sauce. All dairy-free ingredients, super easy to make, and perfect for any weeknight or weekend dinner.

This Vegan Sweet Potato Pasta w/ Kale + Spinach is the perfect way to enjoy a good plate of creamy pasta much like the classic Alfredo version, without the dairy and cheese and of course with the amazing texture of Pappardelle noddles. This recipe is easy to make, light, bursting with ‘cheesy flavor’ from the use of nutritional yeast, dairy-free, and so healthy!

These Vegan Sweet Potato Sheet Pan ‘Nachos’ are guaranteed to be a show-stopper! Topped with your favorite toppings over homemade sweet potato fries, this recipe is super easy and is one, two, three, done! 

Air Fryer Chicken Wings + Sweet Potato Waffles

Let’s dig our forks right into this recipe, shall we?

Air-Fryer Wings:

To begin, simply remove your chicken wings from the refrigerator so that they can “rest” at room temperature for about 30 minutes or so. In the meantime, preheat your Air Fryer to the instructed temperature/setting and set the timer.

Once at room temp, place each wing in your egg wash and then lightly toss in seasoned flour (including smoked paprika, dried parsley, and black pepper). Repeat until all wings are coated.

Line your wings (evenly spread out) into the frying compartment and lightly spray them with cooking spray. Close the Air Fryer drawer and bake the wings for about 40-45 minutes, flipping them over to their opposite sides at the halfway point as instructed on your Air Fryer. **NOTE: Once you’ve flipped wings, be sure to lightly spray them again with cooking spray.**

Flourless Sweet Potato Waffles:

Meanwhile, Preheat your waffle maker to desired setting––medium-high heat worked for me!

In a measuring cup or small bowl, add the Almond milk and apple cider vinegar, whisking them together and letting it sit for 5 minutes or so.

Now, add the ingredients to your blender, ensuring that all WET INGREDIENTS (including milk-apple cider vinegar mixture) are placed on the BOTTOM and then the DRY INGREDIENTS on TOP. NOTE: Putting the ingredients in this order allows everything to blend well and become nice and smooth.

Blend on high speed using a high-powered blender for a few seconds (15-20 to be exact!) until batter is smooth.

Next, spoon batter into your waffle maker (1/4 cup approximately) and cook according to your waffle iron’s instructions.

Once each waffle completes, add to a baking sheet and place them in the oven on the lowest setting (to keep them warm). Repeat until all waffles are made.

Wings + Assembly:

Meanwhile, make your sauce by adding 1 Tbsp of butter to a skillet on medium high heat and stirring it a bit until it melts. Next, add the maple syrup, BBQ sauce, red pepper flakes, dried parsley, and pinch of salt. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes until it becomes bubbly.

Once wings are done and well crisp and brown, remove them from the Air Fryer, and add them to your sauce in your saucepan. Increase the heat a bit and let the sauce continue to bubble and thicken, about 5-10 minutes. To create a bit more stickiness, add an additional Tbsp of maple syrup. **NOTE: Sauce should be completely cooked unto wings and not watery at all.**

To serve–stack waffles (whole or cut), top with chicken wings and drizzle with maple syrup, optional. Dig in!

Bon Appetite!

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Air Fryer Chicken Wings + Sweet Potato Waffles
Air Fryer Chicken Wings + Sweet Potato Waffles

Air Fryer Chicken Wings + Sweet Potato Waffles

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 55 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
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Ingredients

Air Fryer Wings:

  • 2 lbs. organic chicken wings, cut + seasoned overnight/refrigerated (See Notes!)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten (For Egg Wash)
  • 2 cups organic all-purpose flour (I use Bob's Red Mills; See Notes!)
  • 2 cups BBQ sauce, Store-bought or Homemade (See Notes!)
  • 2-3 Tbsps pure maple syrup
  • 1-2 Tbsps red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsps dried parsley
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter

Flourless Sweet Potato Waffles:

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed sweet potatoes (See Notes!)
  • 1 1/2 cups Almond milk + 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (I use Califia Farms)
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tbsps pure maple syrup
  • 4 cups Gluten-free Rolled Oats  (I use Bob's Red Mills; See Notes!)
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsps ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions

Air Fryer Wings:

  • To begin, simply remove your chicken wings from the refrigerator so that they can "rest" at room temperature for about 30 minutes or so. In the meantime, preheat your Air Fryer to the instructed temperature/setting and set the timer.
  • Once at room temp, place each wing in your egg wash and then lightly toss in seasoned flour (including smoked paprika, dried parsley, and black pepper). Repeat until all wings are coated.
  • Line your wings (evenly spread out) into the frying compartment and lightly spray them with cooking spray. Close the Air Fryer drawer and bake the wings for about 40-45 minutes, flipping them over to their opposite sides at the halfway point as instructed on your Air Fryer. **NOTE: Once you've flipped wings, be sure to lightly spray them again with cooking spray.**

Flourless Sweet Potato Waffles:

  • Meanwhile, Preheat your waffle maker to desired setting––medium-high heat worked for me!
  • In a measuring cup or small bowl, add the Almond milk and apple cider vinegar, whisking them together and letting it sit for 5 minutes or so.
  • Now, add the ingredients to your blender, ensuring that all WET INGREDIENTS (including milk-apple cider vinegar mixture) are placed on the BOTTOM and then the DRY INGREDIENTS on TOP. NOTE: Putting the ingredients in this order allows everything to blend well and become nice and smooth.
  • Blend on high speed using a high-powered blender for a few seconds (15-20 to be exact!) until batter is smooth.
  • Next, spoon batter into your waffle maker (1/4 cup approximately) and cook according to your waffle iron’s instructions.
  • Once each waffle completes, add to a baking sheet and place them in the oven on the lowest setting (to keep them warm). Repeat until all waffles are made.

Wings + Assembly:

  • Meanwhile, make your sauce by adding 1 Tbsp of butter to a skillet on medium high heat and stirring it a bit until it melts. Next, add the maple syrup, BBQ sauce, red pepper flakes, dried parsley, and pinch of salt. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes until it becomes bubbly.
  • Once wings are done and well crisp and brown, remove them from the Air Fryer, and add them to your sauce in your saucepan. Increase the heat a bit and let the sauce continue to bubble and thicken, about 5-10 minutes. To create a bit more stickiness, add an additional Tbsp of maple syrup. **NOTE: Sauce should be completely cooked unto wings and not watery at all.**
  • To serve–stack waffles (whole or cut), top with chicken wings and drizzle with maple syrup, optional. Dig in!
  • Bon Appetite!

Tips & Tricks

CHICKEN WINGS: To season wings and refrigerate overnight—First: clean, wash, + pat dry wings. Add 1 tsp sea salt, 1 tsp black pepper, 2 Tbsps smoked paprika, 1 Tbsp dried parsley, pinch of cayenne pepper, 1 Tbsp dried thyme into a bowl with your wings and massage until fully coated. Place everything in a zip loc bag and store in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 4-6 hours, until everything marinates.
BBQ SAUCE: If using store-bought BBQ Sauce, I love using Stubb’s Original BBQ Sauce! All Gluten-Free and no preservatives. Otherwise, you can make your own Homemade BBQ Sauce from my previous recipe—-instructions in the Notes!
SWEET POTATOES: Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Rinse sweet potatoes (about 2 medium-sized) and pat dry. Lightly coat potato with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and place in oven, baking for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until tender and juices begin to bubble outside of skin. Remove from oven, let cool for 10-15 minutes and slice in half. Remove sweet potato insides and place in a bowl, mashing it until “pureed”. Continue recipe.
OATS: Ensure that your oats are certified GF (Gluten-Free). I used Thick Rolled Oats, but you can also use Old Fashion if preferred.
FLOUR: To ensure that wings are Gluten-Free, simply substitute all-purpose flour for oat flour or a Gluten-Free flour. You can also grind GF oats to make it into oat flour.
STORAGE: Leftover waffles can be tightly sealed in a zip loc bag (once fully cooled) and either refrigerated for a few days or frozen for up to 2 months. To serve, reheat waffles in the oven on 400 degrees for a few minutes until warmed through; Leftover wings can be stored in an air-tight container and refrigerated for 3-5 days.
REGULAR WAFFLES: For standard waffles (Non-Belgian style), this recipe will make more than 6 waffles. 

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  1. Yes! I am a southern girl too and it’s so true that anything ate in the morning is considered breakfast haha. These look great!

  2. Love the idea of making the the wings in the air fryer and making the waffles with sweet potato – they look delicious and I can imagine the waffles have a great gently sweet flavor.

  3. Oh wow, this looks great! I love waffles and I’m weak for sweet potatoes, so I think I’ll try just make the waffles on their own! Do you think it would taste nice if I boil the sweet potatoes before mashing instead of roasting them?