04 March 2023

2 Tried-and-True Recipes (Weekend Cooking)

Don't you just love it when you find recipes that you're happy to make many times over? Today I'm sharing two such recipes. The first is from a cookbook and the other is from a website.

Cover of the cookbook showing a plate of two breaded drumsticks with some corn on the cobI can't believe that I've never written about the cookbook Skinnytaste Air Fryer Dinners by Gina Homolka (Clarkson Potter, 2021). I have much confidence in Skinnytaste, I bought this cookbook sight unseen. My instincts were right--Skinnytaste Air Fryer Dinners has become a much-used cookbook in my house.

Instead of writing a full review, I'll just quickly note some of the features I always like about Homolka's cookbooks: each recipe is marked for special diets (like dairy free, gluten free, and vegan) and comes with nutritional information. Homolka also includes serving suggestions, tips on buying ingredients, and full-color photos.

Here are some of the recipes we've made more than once: from Skinnytaste Air Fryer Dinners: Hawaiian BBQ-Inspired Drumsticks, Beef and Broccoli, Cajun Shrimp Dinner, and Un-Fried Falafel. In our opinion, though, the true winner of of the cookbook is the recipe for My Signature Wings (see recipe below). We make this at least once a month and have yet to get tired of it. The recipe in the book is very similar to Homolka's Skinny Buffalo Wings on her website, but there are subtle differences. I recommend the one I'm sharing here.


Have you ever used the website Food.com? I came across it just in the last year when looking for a chicken breast recipe that would use up some whipping cream I had left over from another dish. That's when I discovered Chicken Breasts in Lemon Cream Sauce. This is incredibly delicious made exactly according to the recipe. I've also followed the method provided in one of the comments for assembling the chicken ahead of time if you want to serve it to guests.

The original suggests serving over pasta. We like it over wide egg noodles, but I've also used brown rice (and GF flour) when serving this to gluten-free friends. Leftovers heat up okay the next day for lunch, but the chicken ends up a bit overdone, so you might want to think about that if you're serving fewer people. One trick I do is take two chicken breasts and cut them in half horizontally. That way we usually end up with only one small piece for lunch the next day.

I don't have a photo of the finished dish, and the ones submitted to Food.com don't really do it justice. You'll have to just believe me here.


We absolutely love the following chicken wing recipe. Here are some notes: (1) I mix the marinade in a plastic zipper-locking bag and then add the chicken. (2) I don't preheat my air fryer. (3) I cook the chicken 12 minutes, use tongs to turn each piece over, and then cook for 12 minutes more. The wings are perfect every time. We have a large air fryer basket and can fit 18-20 pieces in one layer. (4) The photo is mine.

My Signature Wings
Photo of cooked chicken wings in an air fryer basketFrom Skinnytaste Air Fryer Dinners
Serves 4

  • 20 pieces chicken wing portions (drumettes and wingettes; about 40 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons Frank's RedHot Original Sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon (1 packet) sazon seasoning with achiote
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon adobo seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

In a large bowl toss the chicken wings with the remaining ingredients. Marinate for at least 10 minutes or up to overnight in the refrigerator (the longer the better).

Remove the wings from the marinade and discard the marinade. Working in batches if needed, place the wings in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook at 400F until the skin is browned and the chicken is cooked through, 22 to 25 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through. (Note you can cook the wings in one batch if you prefer. Just add 10 to 15 minutes to the cooking time and shake the basket 3 to 4 times throughout cooking.) Serve immediately.

Note: The recipe is used in the context of a mini review; all rights remain with the original copyright holders.

Shared with Weekend Cooking, hosted by Marg at The Intrepid Reader (and Baker)


Jackie McGuinness 3/4/23, 9:09 AM  

Found it at the library but there is a wait list.
I make my wings with Frank's sauce as well with butter and garlic powder added. I am intrigued with the apple cider vinegar you add.
I checked out the chicken recipe and it sounds good, I would use chicken thighs because I find them tastier. I love anything lemon and we always have mushrooms languishing in the fridge.

JoAnn 3/4/23, 9:37 AM  

I've been a skinnytaste fan for years and have several of her cookbooks, but not this one. I'm going to try the wings... they look and sound delicious. Which large air fryer do you have? Mine is too small for us.

Tina 3/4/23, 9:39 AM  

I've used many SkinnyTatse recipes and they are always winners. I love the chicken fajita pasta and oven baked tandoori chicken. We dont have an air fryer, would any of the recipes in here be adaptable for ovens?

Beth F 3/4/23, 9:52 AM  

Tina: The lemon chicken is a stove top recipe.

You can grill or bake the chicken wings. If we want to serve wings to company, then we grill them. I'm not sure how long or at what temp. because Mr BFR does the grilling. I know you can bake wings too, though I haven't done it.

Melynda@Scratch Made Food! 3/4/23, 1:06 PM  

I have not completely embraced the air fryer, but I do have one and really should start using it, after this review...

gluten Free A_Z Blog 3/4/23, 1:46 PM  

I use my air fryer for basic things such as potato fries. I really should become more adventurous and try to some recipes! Thanks for the review.

Vicki 3/4/23, 2:16 PM  

Thanks for sharing this cookbook! I love my air fryers so when I saw this book I went to my library site and put it on hold. I've bought quite a lot of cookbooks online and then didn't like them so I learned to get them from the libary first before deciding to buy a copy.

Marg 3/5/23, 5:00 AM  

We have an air fryer but we haven't even used it since we moved house 6 months ago! I really should get it out and try some recipes!

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