Here is a recipe for air fryer chicken wings that are crispy and spicy. There is no deep fryer required, and you can cook each batch quickly for extra convenience.
When we first heard about the air fryer, our first thought was “how does air fry chicken taste?”, as we were curious to find out whether it was true that you can get the same results from deep-frying food but without the oil.
The truth is, it will not taste exactly the same as deep-fried wings, however, it still tastes good, and it does not disappoint.
It will cook quickly, and the crispness will still be there, but the key is to make the chicken tender.
Overall, this is a great way to make chicken wings from starch, using your own spicy seasoning, without having to use loads of oil. You can use this same recipe to make baked chicken wings in the oven, but it will take longer.
What are air fryer hot wings?
Air fryer hot wings are simply chicken wings cooked in the air fryer which can be a healthier alternative to deep-frying chicken wings.
Air fryers use the circulation of hot air to cook food which means certain foods will cook and crisp up fast and evenly which is ideal for this type of recipe.
By using a spicy dry rub, you can turn these into hot wings – similar to the chicken shop wings.
The cook time for these air fryer chicken wings was around 15 to 18 minutes which see better results if you preheat the air fryer for longer.
You can also cook frozen chicken wings or store-bought versions, and cook them in the same amount of time. This is can be ideal for those busy weeknights.
Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Wings
- Preheat the air fryer on 200°C or 400°F.
- Add to your mixing bowl the chicken wings and spicy seasoning. Massage for several minutes.
- To another bowl, add the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and spicy seasoning. Stir to combine.
- Spray your air fryer basket with low-calorie oil and prepare one batch at a time for best results. Coat the chicken wings in the flour, generously, and place in the air fryer basket.
- Cook for 15 minutes but turn the wings half way through.
- Once cooked, remove the first batch and add the second batch (and follow step 5 again).
- Serve and enjoy
- Depending on your air fryer, cooking times will vary but 15 to 18 minutes should be enough time per batch.
- Use a low-calorie cooking oil
Data source: USDA
Are air fryer wings healthy?
It’s a healthier alternative to cooking chicken wings in the deep fryer because it significantly reduces the amount of cooking oil required.
Although you can cook foods in the air fryer without using oil, I would recommend using a low-calorie cooking oil which helps give these hot wings an additional juicy crispiness.
In terms of calories, these are still high in calories because they are chicken wings, and we are using flour to coat the wings.
However, for a healthier and low-calorie option, you can simply marinate the chicken wings in spices and avoid using flour.
How long to marinate the chicken wings?
In the video above, it shows how to make the chicken wings, but you might be wondering how long you should marinate the chicken for? I only left it in the fridge for an hour and that was enough time. However, this is optional and you can just simply follow the method you prefer.
The ideal air fryer chicken wings cooking time?
You will need to cook these in batches which depends on the total of chicken wings you are planning to make.
It should not take no longer than 15 to 18 minutes but the key is to preheat your air fryer for 10 minutes on 200°C / 400°F.
However, it might depend on your air fryer model, so do let me know in the comments if your cooking time was shorter or longer.
Air Fryer Hot Wings Calories
The calories for this recipe are around 561 kcal per serving which is from a large pack of chicken wings coated with all-purpose flour and spices.
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