Easy Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Wings

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Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Wings are so simple to make and they come out so crispy on the outside with a nice juicy interior. Slathered with BBQ Sauce, they are simply irresistible.

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Cooking BBQ chicken wings in the air fryer is going to make you want to make them way more often. If you ask me, there’s no easier thing to make for just about any occasion. All you have to do is toss the wings into the air fryer basket and turn it on. I’m telling you – super simple!

The forced circulating hot air in the air fryer is what makes the skin super crisp, while keeping all the juices locked inside. It takes a lot longer to achieve the same result in the oven, so the meat ends up getting dried and tough if you attempt to get the perfect crispy skin.

I’m a pretty big fan of cooking chicken in the air fryer, like these boneless chicken thighs or even something simple like chicken strips. Give it a try and you’ll see – any chicken can be cooked well in the air fryer.

>> Give these Air Fryer BBQ Cauliflower Wings a try!

Ingredients You Need

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You’ll need the following ingredients for these BBQ chicken wings:

  • Chicken wings – If they aren’t cut into pieces when you buy them, you might have to remove the wing tip and detach the wing joint.
  • Extra virgin olive oil – I like the flavor that the olive oil adds to the chicken, however you can use any cooking oil you want. It just helps crisp up the skin. If you want to spray the chicken with oil, that’s fine too, just make sure you coat them well to keep the skin from drying out.
  • Dry Rub – We make our own dry rub with paprika, onion and garlic powders, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. If you don’t want to use a dry rub, just salt and pepper are fine.
  • BBQ Sauce – Use your favorite store-bought or homemade BBQ Sauce.

Equipment Needed

  • Air Fryer – (I use a Ninja MaxXL air fryer). If you don’t have an air fryer yet, check out these options to find one that fits your needs.
  • Bowl – Mix the chicken wings in a bowl with the olive oil and seasonings.

Pro Tips

  • You can cook chicken wings whole or halved (cut apart at the elbow).
  • Pat the wings dry before adding the oil and seasonings. This will help them crisp up better.
  • Air fryers come in different wattages, which can affect their cooking power. You may need to cook your food more or less than I do, based on your wattage. Times and temps are a general guideline.
  • There are many different sauces you can baste your wings with. Get creative if you want and substitute the BBQ sauce for teriyaki sauce, orange sauce, or honey sriracha sauce.
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Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Wings

Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Wings are so simple to make and they come out so crispy on the outside with a nice juicy interior.
5 from 75 votes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 668 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 2 pounds (454 g) chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (118 ml) BBQ Sauce

Instructions
 

  • Rinse and pat dry the chicken wings.
  • In a large bowl, combine the wings with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss to coat the pieces evenly.
  • Place the chicken wings in the air fryer basket and cook on 400˚F (200˚C) for 25 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through cooking.
  • With 5 minutes left to go, baste the chicken wings with BBQ sauce. Continue cooking until done.

Notes

  • Bake time will vary based on the size of your air fryer and how many wings you put in the basket. You may need to increase the cook time for larger wings or when cooking more than 2 pound at a time.
  • There is no need to spray the basket or preheat the air fryer before cooking.You can cook chicken wings whole or halved (cut apart at the elbow).
    Pat the wings dry before adding the oil and seasonings. This will help them crisp up better in the air fryer.
  • There are many different sauces you can baste your wings with. Get creative if you want and substitute the BBQ sauce for teriyaki sauce, orange sauce, or honey sriracha sauce.
  • Air fryers come in different wattages, which can affect their cooking power. You may need to cook your food more or less than I do, based on your air fryer’s wattage. Times and temps are a general guideline.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 668kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 45gFat: 46gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 189mgSodium: 1710mgPotassium: 472mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 443IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 3mg
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6 thoughts on “Easy Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Wings

  1. gerald says:

    these wings are over the top.. You sure can’t go wrong with the air fryer recipe.. really easy to prepare also.

  2. LouLou says:

    5 stars
    Very good, I have always preferred to make wings in the oven but we all really enjoyed this this way. The only thing I may do next time is to do a rub and allow to sit in the refrigerator overnight. Then prepare the recipe as called for.

  3. lola j says:

    I tried these wings several times with different barbecue sauces. Each time they were delicious and great. I give the nod to Sweet Baby Ray’s.

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