Buffalo Mushroom "Wings"
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Recipe courtesy of Casey Elsass for Food Network Kitchen

Air Fryer Buffalo Mushroom "Wings"

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min (includes marinating time)
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 2 to 4 servings
Deeply seasoned, lightly crispy, perfectly spicy—oh, and incredibly simple. When the craving strikes, these Buffalo-style mushroom “wings” really hit the spot! Oyster mushrooms have a dense, stringy texture that is a great replacement for chicken. A quick marinade and a toss in coating is all it takes to get them ready for fry. But skip the splattering pot of oil and slide these straight into an air fryer for the perfect crunchy bites. Then it’s just a toss in hot sauce and a side of ranch dressing for a perfect plate of plant-based comfort food.


Mushrooms and Marinade:



Special equipment:
a 6-quart air fryer
  1. For the mushrooms and marinade: Whisk the milk, flour, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the mushroom strips and set aside to marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.
  2. For the coating: Meanwhile, whisk the flour, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, mustard, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Working in batches, use tongs to lift some of the mushrooms from the marinade, letting the excess drip off. Toss in the coating until fully covered, then transfer to a plate. Spray both sides thoroughly with nonstick spray and arrange in a 6-quart air fryer. Cook at 375 degrees F until the coating is golden brown and crispy, about 10 minutes (see Cook's Note). Flip the pieces over and cook until extra crispy on both sides, an additional 5 minutes. Remove to a wire rack while coating and frying the remaining batches. (The fried pieces can be kept warm in a 200 degree F oven, if needed.)
  4. Add the mushrooms to a large bowl and drizzle with the hot sauce. Toss to coat completely, adding more if desired. Serve immediately with ranch and a side of carrot and celery sticks for dipping.

Cook’s Note

Settings may vary on your air fryer depending on the model. Please refer to the manufacturer’s guide.