Recipe: Fried Quinoa and Air Fried Sriracha Wings
No matter what season it is, we're always craving some delicious comfort food. These fried quinoa and air fried Sriracha wings will feed all your cravings and taste buds with each bite.
Fried Quinoa with Veggies:
Why Quinoa Instead of Rice?
The traditional fried rice is a bullet proof combo of ingredients that are yummy and colorful, but as we become more aware of the nutritional values of the food we consume, we slowly realize a bowl of fried rice not only fill your tummy, but also high in glucose and low in dietary fiber.
Fried Quinoa is a great alternative to fried rice. Not only are we substituting sugar-packed white rice with nutrient-dense quinoa seeds, we are also adding loads of probiotics, protein, fiber, and multivitamins from ingredients such as sauerkraut, prosciutto, eggs, bell peppers, and other leafy greens.
INGREDIENTS: (serves 2)
- 3 cups of cooked quinoa
- 2 large eggs
- 4 slices of prosciutto: shredded by hand
- 1 cup of sauerkraut
- 1 cup of diced peppers
- 1 handful of leafy greens (kale, spinach, lettuce, chard)
- 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro OR green onion
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- Hot sauce of choice
- Preheat a pan with olive oil.
- Scramble 2 large eggs with salt and pepper, then set aside in a bowl.
- Stir diced pepper and sauerkraut in the pan until peppers are softened.
- Add in quinoa and shredded prosciutto.
- Add in scrambled egg, top with leafy greens, and put the lid on until the greens are wilted.
- Thoroughly mix everything together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve up in a bowl and sprinkle cilantro or green onion as garnish.
- Drizzle your favorite sauce to add some kick. We love to use Tapatio or Cholula.
Now onto the wings...
Air Fried Sriracha Wings:
Why Air Frying Instead of Baking or Deep Frying?
Honestly, we can't really think of anything wrong with chicken wings taste-wise. They're seriously delicious, easy to cook, and there are so many flavors to choose from. But... they take way too long to bake! The average cooking time to bake chicken wings at 350° ranges from 45 minutes to an hour, and we just don't have the patience for that. On the other hand, deep frying the chicken wings would be quicker, but deep frying in that much oil brings the nutritional value of those wings way down!
Air frying has seriously elevated the chicken wing game to the next level. Way faster than baking, they're done in 10 minutes or less! And way healthier than deep frying since they need drastically less oil to cook. Additionally, the baking basket on air fryers elevates the wings from the bottom of the pan, separating the wings from the fat that was rendered out during the frying process and making them way better for you.
If you want to eliminate your sugar intake, you can also use gluten-free versions of Sriracha or another gluten-free hot sauce of your choice. We also recommend checking out Frank's RedHot Original Sauce, a gluten-free, sugar-free alternative to buffalo sauce.
- 1 dozen party wings
- 1 cup of sriracha sauce OR other sauce of your choice
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Chopped green onion OR toasted sesame seeds
- Wash chicken wings and pat them dry with a clean towel or paper towel.
- Sprinkle salt & pepper on both sides of the wings.
- Turn on your air fryer and wait for it to pre-heat at the appropriate setting for chicken wings.
- Place chicken wings on a single layer in the air fryer for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
- In the meantime, place your hot sauce in a saucepan and heat it up.
- Once the chicken wings are done cooking, place them into the pan, tossing them to coat thoroughly with sauce.
- Plate your wings, and sprinkle them with chopped green onions and/or toasted sesame seeds.