Air Fryer Cajun Chicken Wings

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These delicious Air Fryer Cajun Chicken Wings are seasoned with a spicy and flavorful Cajun seasoning then cooked to perfection. They’re so crispy and delicious, you won’t be able to stop eating them.

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Cajun Chicken wings

If you’re a fan of chicken wings, you absolutely must try these Air Fryer Cajun wings. We’ve got a recipe for air fryer chicken wings without seasoning that you can check out here, but don’t shy away from these Cajun style wings, if you’re not into spicy foods.

While some Cajun seasoning you can purchase will be very spicy, you can find ones that are mild, or mix up your own seasoning to suit your preferred spice level. I like to use this spice mix.

The seasoning does all the work here. When you put these deliciously spiced chicken wings in the air fryer, the outcome is amazing. They get so crispy on the outside, but the inside stays nice and juicy.

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How to Cook Chicken Wings

There are a lot of ways you can cook chicken wings – in the oven, on the grill, in the Instant Pot – but my favorite by far is in the air fryer. I really think the air fryer was made for things like chicken wings and potatoes.

You’re going to love how quick these are to make in the air fryer. Just pop them in for 20-25 minutes on 400 degrees. Give the basket a shake halfway through cooking. They’re perfectly juicy and crispy.

The time range is from 20-25 because chicken wings come in many different sizes. If you have small wings, they’ll only take 20 minutes, but larger more plump wings will take 25 minutes. You’ll know they’re ready when the skin look crispy and a bit wrinkled, like in the photo above.

Why Use an Air Fryer

An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.

How to Make Cajun Dry Rub

Cajun seasoning is a blend of spices that originated in Louisiana, particularly the southwestern corner of the state where Cajun culture is most concentrated.

It’s pretty easy to find Cajun seasoning in the store. Just look for it on the spice rack. If you can’t find it, or what to make your own, we’ve included a recipe to mix up your own.

You’ll need:

  • Paprika
  • Garlic salt
  • Cayenne
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Black pepper
  • Salt

The amounts you need are in the recipe card below. The seasoning is fairly mild with not too much heat. Most people like it this way – flavorful but not super spicy. If you want it more spicy than this, just add more cayenne pepper until it reaches the spice level you want.

chicken wing seasoning

Sprinkle the Cajun seasoning onto the chicken wings. The amount of seasoning in the recipe is good to cover one pound of wings. I suggest using the entire amount. It might seem like a lot, but it really ensures the flavor reaches every part of the wing.

seasoned chicken wings

Once the wings are coated, put them in the air fryer at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes (25 if your wings are large). Shake the basket at the halfway point to make sure that all sides get equally crispy.

Don’t worry if the chicken overlaps in the basket. It’s okay if they’re stacked on top of each other. You might just need to shake the basket a couple of times during cooking to make sure everything gets cooked evenly.

They’ll become nice and crispy and browned. Leave them in until the skin of the chicken has crisped up nicely.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings at the halfway point

What to Serve With Chicken Wings

Since I’m pretty convinced that the best things in the air fryer are chicken and potatoes, I like to serve these wings with Air Fryer potato wedges or Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries.

If you don’t have time to make another dish in the air fryer for dinner, you could just cut up a fresh garden salad or serve these chicken wings with corn on the cob, macaroni and cheese, or roasted broccoli.

chicken wing in bowl

These air fryer Cajun wings are great for parties, picnics, or even backyard barbecues. They turn out perfect every time, and you can just keep air frying up new batches of them as the previous ones get eaten.

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air fryer cajun chicken wings

Air Fryer Cajun Chicken Wings

These wings are seasoned with a spicy and flavorful Cajun seasoning then air fried to perfection.
4.8 from 58 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 138 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound chicken wings
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Cooking spray

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat the air fryer to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • Rinse and pat dry the chicken wings. Put them in a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix the seasonings in a bowl.
  • Sprinkle the seasoning over the chicken wings and toss to coat.
  • Place the chicken wings in the air fryer basket. Spray lightly with cooking spray. Bake for 20-25 minutes, shaking the basket at least once halfway through, until the wings are crispy and browned.

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: 138kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 11gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 772mgPotassium: 106mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 186IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
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9 thoughts on “Air Fryer Cajun Chicken Wings

  1. Dean S says:

    5 stars
    This is absolutely the best chicken wing rub we’ve EVER had. We’ve tried a lot of different combinations and this recipe is awesome. We tweaked it slightly by adding some Seminole Swamp Seasoning Fire in the Swamp and right before we airfry the wings we add some baking soda to make them extra crispy. Thanks for the great recipe.

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