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.
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.
It’s also the kitchen appliance I now use all the time to make crispy chicken wings. This is especially true when i need a great appetizer for game day or for watching the football game!
Yet I think most will agree that chicken wings are just one of the best and favorite foods of all time. No special occasions required.
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:
You’ll need the following simple ingredients to make healthy air fryer chicken wings. The full easy recipe with detailed instructions are on the printable recipe card below.
- fresh chicken wings
- all purpose flour
- white pepper or black pepper
- garlic powder (you can use garlic salt if preferred)
- onion powder
- light brown sugar
- sweet chilli sauce (there’s different brand, type doesn’t matter)
- soy sauce
- Optional garnish: chopped green onion, sesame seeds
How to Make 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 whole wings before coating them, is to help the coating stick to the wing and it also helps in making them crisp up nicely.
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.
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 at a time.
The air fryer breaded chicken wings cook for 18 minutes on 400 degrees f, turning the chicken wings over at 9 minutes. It’s really so quick! Place cooked wings on paper towels while you get the sauce ready.
During the first cooking process, start making the sauce which consists of honey, light brown sugar, sweet chilli sauce and soy sauce. It’s our favorite sauce.
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.
double baked air fried chicken wings
Once these air fryer chicken wings recipe 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 air fryer wings are not only breaded, but also sauce baked as well. I have found this method to be the best way to get the perfect delicious wings.
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! They are the best air fryer chicken wings ever.
Can I Double the Recipe?
You most certainly can double this best chicken wings recipe if you’re feeding a crowd and need a large batch!
Yet keep in mind that you can only cook a single layer of wings at a time in an air fryer. This is for optimal temperature to cook but also to make crispy wings. So you’ll just have to repeat the process again for best results.
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, or else you won’t get that nice crispy skin nor the crispiest wings ever.
What to Serve With Air Fryer Chicken Wings
- A variety of raw veggies such as celery sticks and carrot sticks, sliced cucumber, or pepper slices.
- Ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing, bbq sauce or your favorite wing sauce – to dip the wings or the veggies, if desired.
- To make these best wings more spicy, serve with hot sauce or buffalo sauce for dipping.
- A side tossed salad or caesar salad.
To Store: You probably won’t have leftover wings, yet stranger things have happened. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Another great recipe to try is our Air Fryer Fried Chicken. It’s just like restaurant-style but with no grease. It’s one of our air fryer recipes that we also love so much, especially for a super bowl party.
You might also want t check out this Buffalo Chicken Wings recipe. It’s a fan favorite as well.
- 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
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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- Baked Bruschetta Chicken, taking another popular appetizer and creating a delicious meal.
- The flavour is outstanding with this Baked Hawaiian Chicken.
- Comforting to the max, this Chicken Stuffing Bake doesn’t need to be enjoyed on a holiday.
- This Applebees Chicken Wonton Tacos recipe is the best appetizer!
Disclosure: I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.
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