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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

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We LOVE crispy chicken wings. Whether we are making a snack for our kids, or putting together an appetizer platter to eat alongside the game, they are perfect! We typically prefer darker meat, but these chicken wings are as tasty and full of vibrant flavors just like the darker meat you’ll find on the legs and thighs. 

Also, these chicken wings are dry-rubbed with a blend of spices then cooked to absolute perfection in our secret weapon, the air fryer. You are going to want to hit that save button immediately! We guarantee you’ll be adding this to your regular weekday meal rotation.

How to get these chicken wings extra crispy without the oil

Chicken wings are usually deep fried in oil. They are greasy, super unhealthy, and even sometimes soggy from excess oil! Not to mention that you have to use (essentially waste) all of that oil AND there is always a big mess from deep frying. Overall, we are not fans of deep frying.

We have found that using our air fryer for chicken wings has been a game changer! It is low mess, and easy to clean. Not to mention the texture of the skin gets so crispy. We cannot get enough of these delicious crispy chicken wings.

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Why do we use the air fryer for these crispy chicken wings?

Air fryers are countertop cooking devices that circulate piping hot air onto the food in a fryer-style basket. There isn’t a need for too much oil, so it’s not technically “frying” the food, although it does result in super crispy bites that have such a satisfying crunch. 

That’s why we love the air fryer for this recipe. It’s a healthier way to cook, and you can make just about anything in the fryer — from Crispy Air Fried Potato Nuggets to reheated pizza that taste almost like a fresh slice. Plus, it’s a faster cook than a traditional oven. There’s less of it to heat up and the force of the hot air propelled thanks to the fan means that even if you’re running late, you’ll get your chicken wings in time for the big game…or just in time to feed hungry bellies!

Dry rub or marinade for these crispy chicken wings

When it comes to wings, a saucy marinade might be the first thing that pops into your mind. After all, wings dripping in barbecue sauce are a mainstay of the imagination. But a dry rub actually has some benefits over the sauce. On a basic level, dry-rubbed wings are way less messy than saucy ones. 

But it goes deeper than that. When it comes to cook time and getting a nice sear on your meat, the wetness of a sauce or a marinade needs to evaporate before the meat itself can cook. Dry rubs evade that problem neatly by being, well…dry. You’ll achieve a caramelized, crispy skin in no time. 

Another key difference between dry rubs and sauce is that you don’t need to marinate the rub. You simply throw it on right before cooking, and voilá — ready, set, eat!

How to make Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Wash and dry your chicken wings. Make sure they’re completely dry so the spice blend has a chance to adhere to the skin.

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Add all your spices into a big bowl. Mix them together until the result is a vibrant, colorful blend.

Place the chicken wings in the fryer basket. Set air fryer to 380 degrees F.  cook for 28-30 minutes, flipping halfway through. (Be sure not to crowd the basket.

When they are done they are going to be nice and crispy on the outside! Serve with a side of ranch, carrots, and celery!

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10/03/2022 04:14 pm GMT

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Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Alia and Radwa
These air fryer chicken wings are coated in a dry rub before air frying! They are crispy and full of flavor!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 24
Calories 48 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs chicken wingettes and drummettes
  • 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp dried mustard powder
  • 2 tsp kosher salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme

Instructions
 

  • Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees F.
  • Wash and dry your chicken wings. Make sure they’re completely dry so the spice blend has a chance to adhere to the skin.
  • Add all your spices into a big bowl. Mix them together until the result is a vibrant, colorful blend.
  • Place the chicken wings in the fryer basket, and cook for 28 minutes, flipping halfway through. (Be sure not to crowd the basket.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 24g | Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 187IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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