Air-Fryer Chicken Wings
Get ready for a healthier version of chicken wings!
Why use the air fryer for chicken wings?
Why not?? When I got my air fryer, the first recipe I tried was this one. I love chicken wings and figured why not try them in the air fryer. I was hoping they would come out just as good as deep-frying them, and I was pleasantly surprised when they did! They were crispy and moist inside, and best of all, there was no oil or grease dripping off of them. I had found a slightly, healthier version of chicken wings! (That is if chicken wings can be healthy!) Another bonus: no cleaning up used oil and a big mess! Honestly, it is the main reason I only make chicken wings a few times a year. I hate cleaning up the mess. Now, cleaning up is a snap, and the results are just as good.
- 1 package wingettes, approximately 1 1/2 pounds
- 1/2 cup flour, seasoned
- 1 egg, mixed with water
- 1/4 cup Sweet Baby Ray's Wing Sauce
- 1/4 cup honey, more or less depending on your desired sweetness
- spray oil
- Crack an egg into a bowl. Add approximately a tablespoon of water. Wisk until combined.
- Add approximately 1/2 cup of flour to a bowl. Add salt & pepper. (You can also add a chicken rub if you have one, I added about a teaspoon.)
- Dip your wing(s) into the egg mixture first. Then into the flour. Then place into your air fryer. Continue until all wings are coated. Do not overfill your air fryer. It should not be filled more than 3/4 full. If you are making more than one package you may need to do multiple batches.
- Set your air fryer basket into the air fryer. Set the temperature to 325 degrees and the timer to 18 minutes. After 8 minutes open your air fryer and give your wings a shake.
- After your timer goes off open your air fryer and give your wings a light spray with oil. Change the temperature to 350 degrees and set the timer for 10 minutes. After 5 minutes open your air fryer and give your wings a shake.
- While your wings are frying make your wing sauce. Take a 1/4 cup of wing sauce and add to a bowl. Add honey until you reach your desired sweetness.
- Once the timer goes off remove your wings. Allow to cool for several minutes. Then add your wings to the bowl with your sauce. I like to cover the bowl with a secure lid and give them a shake. I find this the easiest way to dress my wings.
Gather your ingredients...
I used one package of wingettes. They are so much easier to use than trying to cut the wings yourself. Save yourself some aggravation and just get the wingettes! For the sauce, I used Sweet Baby Ray's wing sauce and honey. You will also need some flour and an egg for dipping your wings in. I also used some coconut oil spray. That's it, that is all you need!
So if you have never made chicken wings it is super simple. I put out two rectangular dipping trays to put my flour and eggs. You can use a bowl if you don't have a dipping tray. Start by cracking your egg into the first tray and mix with about a tablespoon of water. No need to measure, you just need a little water to mix with the egg. In the second tray, add your flour. I used about a half of a cup. I like to add so salt and pepper to my flour and also a simple chicken rub I have in my closet. It isn't needed but I like to add a little seasoning to the flour. Rinse your chicken and then start dipping. Place your wingettes in the egg wash first and then into the flour. Roll the wing in the flour to evenly coat. Once coated add your wings to your air fryer.
Place chicken, once breaded, into your air fryer.
Blanch the chicken wings on 325 degrees for 18 minutes (3 minutes for preheating). After 8 minutes, open your air fryer, and give your wings a shake.
Blanch first then "fry."
It is important to blanch your chicken wings so that they are cooked all the way through. You don't want your wings to be crispy on the outside and raw on the inside. Cook at 325 degrees for 18 minutes (3 minutes includes pre-heating of your air fryer). After 8 minutes open your air fryer and give your wings a shake. You will see that they are beginning to brown as well. After blanching your wings and the timer goes off this is when you will fry your wings. Turn the temperature up to 350 degrees. At this point I sprayed my wings lightly with some coconut oil spray. Then set your timer to 10 minutes. Again, half way through you want to give your wings a shake. So after 5 minutes open the air fryer and give them a shake. After the timer goes off you can decide if you want them browner or not. You can add a couple of minutes but don't add too many as they will over cook if you do.
After the "fry" stage...
Make your sauce.
I like Sweet Baby Rays Wing Sauce but I also like some sweetness to my wings. So I start with a quarter cup of wing sauce and then add honey and stir. I kind of like my wing sauce on the sweeter side so I add almost equal amounts of wing sauce to honey. Some days I like less sweetness and only add some honey. It depends on my mood. I just add honey and taste after each addition until I get my desired sweetness. This is where you can make the wings your own. You may want to try BBQ sauce, BBQ sauce with honey, pure wing sauce or whatever you can think of. Dress your wings the way you like them!
Dress your wings!
Super easy, crispy, and delicious!
I am totally impressed with the air fryer's ability to "fry" these chicken wings as if they were deep fried. I couldn't believe the crunch I got when I took my first bite! As if that wasn't good enough the inside was also cooked perfectly. The chicken was moist and not dried out at all. I will definitely be making these wings again. I love that they are a healthier version and I also love that there is MUCH less mess to clean up with the same great crunch and taste!