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January 25, 2024

Air Fryer Hot Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Hot Chicken Wings on a white platter with ranch dipping sauce

Chicken wings at the Super Bowl are like popcorn at the movies. There is something about a giant pile of hot wings and a bowl of creamy ranch dip that makes Super Bowl half time and those cheeky commercials even better. I look forward to the Super Bowl each year for three reasons: the food, half time, and the commercials—in that order.

air fryer hot wings on a platter next to Frank's buffalo sauce and ghost honey.

My oven-baked chicken wings recipe was perfected back when the pandemic made eating wings in front of a giant screen TV, with 500 of your friends at the neighborhood bar a relic of the past. Now that I have an air fryer I wanted to see if I could build upon that recipe and make air fryer wings that would be easy and tasty. After perfecting this recipe and making air fryer salmon and Brussels sprouts – I have decided my air fryer is a keeper.

 

How to Make Perfect Air Fryer Wings

I asked my foodie friends and got the following suggestions for perfect air fryer wings:

  • Coat them in aluminum-free baking powder before baking to dry them out for extra crispy skin.
  • Shake in corn starch or flour and let sit overnight in the refrigerator to dry out.
  • Cook in the Instant Pot for 5 minutes before air frying for 10 minutes.
  • Pat them super dry before cooking.
  • Cook them in small batches so they have lots of room to crisp up.
  • Dip each chicken wing in oil and coat in spices.
  • Use parchment paper inserts (the wings can get messy).
air fryer hot wings on a platter next to Frank's buffalo sauce and ghost honey.

Air Fryer Hot Chicken Wings

Yield: About 14 wings

My air fryer is new to me so I experimented with getting perfect air fryer chicken wings in advance of the Super Bowl. The addition of hot honey was a winner in this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2-pound package chicken wings and drummies
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp melted unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon hot honey
  • 2 Tbsp Franks Hot Sauce

Instructions

  1. in a Ziploc bag toss chicken with baking powder, salt, and pepper until the pieces are thoroughly coated.
  2. Spread the pieces out on a rack placed on a rimmed baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight
  3. Heat the air fryer to 400 degrees
  1. Arrange chicken on air fryer rack, with as much space around each one as possible. If you have a round basket stand them up in the basket. Fry until golden brown and crispy, about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, melt together butter, honey, and hot sauce in the microwave
  3. Immediately transfer the fried chicken wings to the bowl with the honey sauce and toss well.
  4. Serve at once with your favorite dipping sauces
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