The best crispy air fryer chicken wings
This super easy air fryer chicken wings recipe is perfect for busy days. You put them in the air fryer for about 20 minutes and you have delicious and succulent crispy chicken wings. Perfect for a delicious snack or a super bowl evening!
Chicken wings from the air fryer
Making this air fryer chicken wings is super easy. I actually made them into a paleo proof version of the classic sticky chicken. Obviously you can substitute for regular ingredients if you want. I will give variations and substitutes further down the post.
Now when you’re air frying your chicken wings, it is the most important to place them in a single layer in the air fryer basket. That way you will have the best results.
But first on to the actual recipe. It’s a fairly simple version and uses coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. You can use soy if you prefer. Keep in mind that soy sauce tends to be somewhat more salty in comparison to coconut aminos but both will work really well in this easy recipe.
Marinating the chicken
I start by marinating the chicken wings. For that I take a large bowl and add coconut aminos, mustard, garlic powder, onion powder and if you need a bit more moisture olive oil will be a good addition here too. If you prefer you can also use a dry rub. For that I basically just mixed some spices, pepper and salt together and rub it into the chicken wings.
The marinate can be poured over the chicken wings and left for at least 30 minutes to soak up the flavors.
Air fryer chicken wings dry rub
Now for the dry rub you can use the following ingredients. it’s not listed in the recipe card so this is an additional alternative to the marinate if you want. I do find that a little bit of oil will make the chicken wings have a more crispy skin, but more on that later. Keep in mind that the ingredients for the dry rub are more than you need and you can keep the extra’s for a few months in an airtight container. For the dry rub I like to use:
- 2 tbsp black pepper (ground)
- 2 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp of salt
- 2 tbsp of ground garlic
- 2 tbsp of ground onion
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 2 tbsp dried Italian herbs (oregano, thyme, rosemary)
Making the air fryer chicken wings dry rub cannot be easier. It is as simple as mixing it all together and rubbing it on the chicken. Use about 1-2 tablespoons of the mix for about 1 kg of chicken wings. Let it sit for a while so the flavors can infuse. The same goes for the marinate you made.
Once you’ve let the chicken marinate for 30 minutes it is time to put them in the air fryer. After about 20 minutes they should be golden brown and ready and you can serve them with your favorite sauce. I love hot sauce but they also go really well with buffalo sauce or blue cheese dressing. (anything is better with blue cheese right?) Or use whatever else is your favorite wing sauce. You can’t really go wrong here.
Chicken recipe in air fryer
Chicken recipes in the air fryer are the best way to prepare chicken. Or at least that is my opinion. It is the perfect way to get extra crispy wings and you can easily make variations with your marinate or dry rub. They take way less time to make them oven baked wings and need less fat to cook and crisp up. Perfect all around.
Are air fryer wings healthy?
Air fryer chicken wings are definitely healthy. Even though the fat of the chicken skin means more calories, it is a great way to prepare crispy air fryer wings. The air fryer is basically a hot air oven that works much faster than a regular oven due to the size of the machine. I have more delicious air fryer recipes coming up but make sure to definitely try the broccoli fries from the air fryer.
Can you use thawed chicken wings in the air fryer?
If you’ve previously frozen chicken wings you can definitely use thawed chicken wings in the air fryer. Make sure to defrost them completely before using and let them drain on paper towels to remove any excess moisture. You want the outside of the chicken wings to be dry. Sometimes thawed chicken can be a little wet. That is the only difference between thawed and fresh chicken wings. Patting those dry with the paper towels is ideal for making sure you end up with crispy air fryer chicken wings.
How long does it take to cook chicken wings in the air fryer?
How long it takes to cook chicken wings in the air fryer depends on the size of your chicken wings. I prefer the smaller wings (or wing tips) and tend to fry them for about 20 minutes in the air fryer at 200˚C (400˚F) If you have a lot of chicken or if you chicken is big it might need a few more minutes. If you’re using the whole wings it might also take a bit more time. If you’re unsure, take out one chicken wing and open it up for testing after 20 minutes. They should be golden brown and crispy after 20 minutes of cook time. After your first time cooking making air fry chicken wings you will feel more confident making them and I’m pretty sure it will be your new favorite way to make them.
Also try to make these slow cooker chicken drum sticks!
Air fryer chicken wings
- Air fryer
- 1000 g chicken wings
- 3 tbsp coconut aminos or soy sauce
- 1 tbsp mustard
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- Pepper and salt
- Briefly mix the coconut aminos with the mustard, spices and honey. Put the chicken wings in a large bowl and pour the marinade over them. Mix everything together well so that all the chicken gets a bit of the marinade. Let the marinate sit for about 30 minutes to let the flavors infuse.
- Bake the chicken wings in the air fryer for 20 minutes. Don't have an air fryer? Bake for 30-40 minutes in the oven at 180˚C.
The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.