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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

These Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings are breaded with spices, cooked and then double cooked in a sweet chili sauce. Seasoned and sauced to perfection, and so quick to make.

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Chicken wings are an all-time favourite appetizer or main of mine. It doesn’t have to be Wednesday in my books! Lemon Pepper Wings, Honey Sriracha, and Buffalo Wings have been my top picks for so long. So when I first got an air fryer, wings were one of the first foods I made.

While I love crispy baked chicken, there’s definitely that appeal to getting that same crispy taste in less time. Let’s just say that an air fryer has quickly become my best friend in the kitchen.

cooked crispy air fryer chicken wings in a bowl with green onion topping

The nice thing about air frying is that cooking time is a lot faster, and versus deep frying, the air fryer uses little to no oil. This makes for healthier foods which can still crisp up beautifully without compromising on flavour or texture. 

Unlike a conventional oven, an air fryer has forced circulating hot air. This is how this brilliant small appliance results in foods with a crispy outside and a tender and juicy inside.

How to Cook Chicken Wings In An Air Fryer:

The first step is to pat dry your whole chicken wings with paper towel. The reason why I like to pat dry the chicken before coating them, is to help the coating stick to the wing and it also helps in making them crisp up nicely.

ingredients to make air fryer chicken wings on a table

Each wing is one by one coated in a mixture of dry ingredients that consist of flour, white pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. It’s the perfect blend of spices to give a great taste.

chicken wing in a bowl being tossed in coating

Then you place each coated wing into an Air fryer basket with perforated parchment paper. Keep in mind though, you can only cook a single layer of wings.

coated chicken wings in an air fryer basket

The air fryer breaded chicken wings cook for 18 minutes on 400 F, turning the chicken wings over at 9 minutes. It’s really so quick!

During the first cooking process, start making the sauce which consists of honey, light brown sugar, sweet chilli sauce and soy sauce.

sauce for chicken wings in a pot

The chicken wing sauce is cooked on the stove for 1-2 minutes on medium heat. It’ll thicken up so nicely. This is a nice and light sweet chili sauce, yet combined with the seasoned breading – makes for the perfect taste for kid and adults alike.

cooked breaded chicken wings in a bowl of sauce

Once the wings are done cooking in the air fryer, transfer then to the sauce pan and coat them evenly in the sauce. Then you put the wings back into the air fryer basket and cook for 5 more minutes.

These double baked air fried chicken wings have a cook time of just 23 minutes, which is half the time it takes to cook in a traditional oven. These wings are not only breaded, but also sauce baked as well.

sweet chili chicken wings in an air fryer basket

Plus you cut down on the time it takes to preheat a traditional oven as well. As you can see these air fryer whole chicken wings are cooked with NO OIL!

Can I Double the Recipe?

You most certainly can double this recipe if you’re feeding a crowd! Yet keep in mind that you can only cook a single layer of wings at a time in an air fryer. So you’ll just have to repeat the process again for more.

The whole concept of air frying works based on air flow, so foods touching or on top of each other will not get that. This is why you cannot stack wings to cook in an air fryer.

air fryer chicken wings in a bowl with green onion

What to Serve With Air Fryer Chicken Wings

  • A variety of raw veggies such as celery and carrot sticks, sliced cucumber, or pepper slices.
  • Ranch dressing – to dip the wings or the veggies, if desired.
  • A side tossed salad or caesar salad.

Another great recipe to try is our Air Fryer Fried Chicken. It’s just like restaurant-style but with no grease.

crispy air fryer chicken wings in a bowl with a towel on the table
air fryer chicken wings in a bowl with green onion

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 23 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

These CRISPY AIR FRYER CHICKEN WINGS are breaded with spices, cooked and then double cooked in a sweet chili sauce. Seasoned and sauced to perfection, and so quick to make.

Ingredients

  • 10 chicken wings
  • 1/4 cup All purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp White pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • Optional garnish: 1 chopped spring onion
  • Optional garnish: 1 Tsp of sesame seeds

Instructions

    Wash the chicken wings and cut off any stray feathers

    Pat dry the chicken wings dry with tissue paper 

    Add all purpose flour, white pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and salt to a mixing bowl

    Place each chicken wing (one by one) into the mixing bowl, making sure that every area is coated with the flour mixture 

    Dust off any excess flour into the mixing bowl and place each chicken wing into an Air fryer tray with perforated parchment paper 

    Cook the chicken wings for 18 minutes on 400 F, turning the chicken wings over at 9 minutes. 

    Whilst the chicken wings are air frying, make the sauce. Put into a pan honey, light brown sugar, sweet chilli sauce and soy sauce

    Cook for 1-2 minutes on medium heat stirring continuously 

    Take the sauce off the heat after 1-2 minutes. By then, it would have thickened

    Take the cooked chicken wings out of the Air fryer and transfer them to the saucepan. Get a wooden spoon to toss the chicken in the pan and coat them evenly with the sauce

    Put the chicken wings back into the Air fryer and fry for 5 more minutes 

    Take out after 5 minutes and place on a serving dish.

    Top with optional garnishes and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 482Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 2014mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 1gSugar: 35gProtein: 18g

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