Out of all the different meat options out there, chicken is definitely a fan favorite amongst a lot of people. I too love a great piece of chicken, but more specifically, I love chicken wings. You can make chicken wings in the oven, but it would be quicker, easier, and healthier to bake them in an air fryer instead. If you are interested in making chicken wings in an air fryer at home, you have to pay attention to the air fryer cooking time and temperature for a great result. Many people ask these 2 questions. How long to air fry chicken wings? What temp to air fry chicken wings? In this guide, let’s cover them as well as tips on making air fried chicken wings with the air fryer.
The best temperature to cook chicken wings in air fryer is 400 degrees Fahrenheit to make some crispy and juicy wings. When you cook chicken wings in the air fryer at this temp, you can expect a golden brown wing that is juicy and tender on the inside with crispy seasoned skin on the outside. Some people like dryer wings while others prefer them to be more moist, I like it to be right in the middle. Chicken wings are a great dish for many occasions, so air fry at 400 degrees Fahrenheit to get these mouthwatering results.
At 400 degrees Fahrenheit, it takes 20 minutes to air fry chicken wings in the air fryer. You don’t want to cook past this time or else you might risk drying out your wings and making them hard and crunchy. If you don’t bake for enough time, you may end up with chicken wings that is not cooked all the way through. Hence, make sure you cook the chicken wings for 20 minutes when you use 400 degrees Fahrenheit for the best wings.
People have different preferences on what they consider to be the perfect chicken wing, so you should experiment with other temperatures to see what works best for you. If you set your air fryer at 425 degrees F, your wings will cook faster, but they might not be as tender. You don’t want to set the temperature so high that you bake out all of the moisture, I prefer a dryer wing, but not completely dry. On the other hand, if you set your air fryer to a lower temperature of 350 degrees, you will have to wait longer, but you will have juicy and tender chicken wings. It will be difficult to get a nice crisp on the skin if the temperature isn’t high enough though. If this doesn’t sound like a problem to you, you might have better results with lower temperatures.
Chicken wings can work as the perfect snack option for a large party or as the main course for a comfortable night in. There are many recipe for air fryer chicken wings. However, when it comes to making crispy air fryer chicken wings, I like to use this easy recipe. And here’s how to cook chicken wings in air fryer.
Go to the store and grab a pack of chicken wings, olive oil, and seasonings.
Start by rinsing off the chicken wings to remove any stray feathers. Make sure you thoroughly dry them when you’re done, the drier they are, the crispier they’ll be.
Throw your wings into a bowl and coat them in a thin layer of olive oil. Next add your seasonings (salt, pepper, creole, onion powder, garlic powder, etc.)
Set your air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place your wings inside evenly and let them cook for 10 minutes. Flip them over in the tray and let them bake for another 10 minutes. Once they are done, take your chicken wings out and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes. Enjoy!
If you like make your chicken wings to be extra crispy in the air fryer, follow these tips.
Make sure that the chicken wings are pat really dry. You would want as little moisture as possible inside the wings. Otherwise, the moisture will prevent the chicken wings from becoming crispy.
If you like a thick and crispy crust, you have to make breaded chicken wings using flours, eggs and bread crumbs.
If you forgot to take your wings out early to thaw, no worries, you can still cook frozen chicken wings in the air fryer in a decent amount of time, just a bit more than air frying raw chicken wings. It is recommended to heat your frozen wings in the air fryer for 10 minutes before removing them and draining the liquid. If too much moisture is left inside the air fryer, it will make it harder for you to get crispy skin on your chicken wings. So, if you plan on cooking chicken wings in the air fryer from a frozen state at 400°, you should expect a minimum of 30 minutes of baking. But my advice is avoid cooking them frozen as you don’t want the moisture to affect the crisping up of the wings. Instead, plan ahead to thaw them, then cook these defrosted chicken wings in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
It’s always a great feeling to have leftovers to eat for the next day, but it would be better if they still tasted as good as they did when you first had them. If you use an air fryer to reheat your chicken wings, you can expect leftovers that taste like they were made that day. Just set your air fryer to 375 degrees and put your chicken wings in the air fryer for reheating for about 6 minutes. This will give your wings time to heat up and begin to add crispness back into the skin. If you like a crispier wing, leave it in for more time, but don’t forget to check on them. Thanks to the air fryer, we can now get our favorite foods in less time and with more benefits for us.
The air fried chicken wings taste good by itself, however, you can make it better with a dipping sauce for more flavors. You could use the classic buffalo wing sauce for your air fried chicken wings for a taste of spicy. Or you could also use the BBQ sauce as a dipping sauce for a tangy taste. Other delicious sauces that goes well with air fried chicken wings include honey garlic and salsa cheese.
If you like to have some sour and hot chicken wings, add pepper and lemon to make a lemon pepper air fried chicken wings. Just sprinkle a bit of pepper over the chicken wings before you air fry them. Then when the wings are ready, squeeze a lemon over the wings.
Though the bones make the chicken wings more flavorful, there are some people who doesn’t like the hassle of eating the chicken wings with bones and getting your fingers all oily and messy. If you are considering for that kind of experience, consider de-boning the wings to make some boneless chicken wings with the air fryer.
For a tangy tasting chicken wings, consider seasoning the chicken wings with some barbecue sauce before you air fry them.
Writing about these air fried chicken wings is making my mouth all drooling and wanting to make some for dinner next. These air fryer chicken wings are really good. And it’s also easy to make chicken wings in a air fryer. So I hope that this post have provided some useful tips for air frying chicken wings yourself!