Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Wings


For Christmas this year we got a Ninja Air Fryer XL from my mother and father. I debated about wanting an air fryer or an insta-pot. I finally decided that I think the air fryer would suit us better as I already love my slow cooker and think this would complement it better than an insta-pot. We love the crispy texture of fried food but hate all the oil of deep fried food. For our first try using the air fryer we decided we had to cook our favorite deep fried dish – chicken wings!

Verdict:

I wish I had one of these sooner. Though it took more time than deep frying the texture was far closer to deep fried than regular baking. I know that the air fryer is really a small convection oven but the texture was great. We cooked these from frozen with no oil and we loved them (5 lbs. worth!).

I cannot wait to see what else we can make with our air fryer. Do you have an air fryer?

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 5 lbs. chicken wings
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • Hot Sauce, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, to taste
  • Cayenne Pepper, to taste

Directions:

(Check your air fryer for how to best cook your wings. These were made with a Ninja Air Fryer XL)

  1. Preheat cooker to 390 for 3 minutes.
  2. Place wings in a single layer on crisper tray.  We fit about 5-6 wings per cooking cycle.
  3. Cook wings for 25-30 minutes turning every 5-7 minutes to get a good even crisp. Remove chicken wings as soon as they reach 165 internal temperature (be careful not to hit bone). Check the pan 1/2 way through the cooking time. If liquid has accumulated in the bottom carefully remove wings and remove the liquid or you will cause the wings to steam and not crisp.
  4. While wings are cooking mix melted butter, hot sauce, garlic powder and Cayenne pepper, if desired, to taste. Once wings are cooked place in sauce and remove once fully coated. Serve hot.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Robyn says:

    We do! I agree – can’t believe how fast things cook and how crispy they are! Love our air fryer too!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      My kids kept saying how much more they liked the air fryer wings rather than my baked ones. I am so glad I chose the airfryer!

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  2. Erika Kind says:

    A week ago we bought our first air fryer too and I love it!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Seems to be the gift this season! You will have to let me know what delicious things you cook up too!

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      1. Erika Kind says:

        I will! So far we enjoyed french fries but I am planning on making chicken too.

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  3. Sounds like an oxymoron. 🤣

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Does. Doesn’t it!

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  4. I got mine for my birthday and I love it. However, it will never replace my Instant pot. They are really two different kinds of cooking.

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  5. My husband just got an air fryer for Christmas, this looks so good too. I bet you and your wife have yummy meals all the time. Your kids probably don’t even know how lucky they are. My husband and I always laugh when we think about how spoiled they are when it comes to his cooking skills, he loves preparing food for others. Don’t think they realize that not everyone can cook or even likes to.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      They know they are spoiled. When they talk about what and how their friends eat they know.

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  6. delphinalaz says:

    This looks yummy. I can’t wait to try it

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so much! Hope you like them!

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  7. These are making my mouth water!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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