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Dry Rub Air Fryer Wings Recipe

The best air fryer wings recipe covered with a dry rub for chicken that is amazing! If you’re looking for healthy fried chicken, these naked chicken wings in your Ninja Foodi are the answer. Simple and flavorful without using any oil to cook them.


My first attempt was this air fryer wings recipe with dry rub that is fabulous and not drippy messy like some others. Find this and more easy air fryer recipes here. I’m serious when I say these will knock your socks off using our sweet and savory rub. (affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Wings

Yes, you can use any brand you have. We have a Foodi which is a pressure cooker and air fryer but a Cosori is our second favorite. You can make them in both using the drawer or air crisp button on the other with the lid that is attached on top.

With a bit more heat with red pepper flakes or sweeter with more brown sugar you can adjust the seasonings to your liking. NO need for a Dipping Sauce for Chicken Wings in this case as the outside has a ton of flavor as is right out of the pot.

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Air fryer chicken wings dry rub

Air frying vs frying is a much healthier way to get food crispy but without any oil needed! Just rub your spices on your wings. Throw them in the basket and in no time at all you have delicious crispy chicken wings without any oil splatters.

No heavy feeling you get when you eat fried foods anymore. Are you obsessed with air fryer appetizers too??  Here are a few details on the machine I usually use.

Yes you can just sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss with bbq sauce when done but these naked wings are so much better.

chicken wing rub

Air fryer wings

This is what you’ll need to make our famous rub, beyond that you just need defrosted chicken wings. If you’re new to this method of cooking it’s like eating deep fried chicken but is as healthy as baked chicken with a thick coating of seasonings.

Chicken Wings Dry Rub Ingredients

  1. Cayenne pepper – Will give these a bit of a kick. I will say that I describe my heat desire as mild so if you want med. or spicy add more.
  2. Pepper – Is kinda’ a given along with salt in just about any dry rub.
  3. Paprika – This may be something you only put on top of deviled eggs but it’s great for so much more!
  4. Chili powder – Adds a little heat as well along with great flavor as well though. As with the cayenne adjust as desired according to whether you want it spicy or not.
  5. Salt – I mean you need this when it comes to seasonings….
  6. Garlic powder – Is something I add to just about everything. In minced, garlic salt and powder form I just can’t get enough garlic!
  7. Brown sugar makes it sweet
  8. Cinnamon is optional

The best of both worlds I tell you. Before we got this nifty kitchen appliance we used baking powder to make really crispy chicken wings in the oven. Now we can skip heating the whole house up and make these air fry chicken wings in about 30 minutes flat!

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What does dry rubbed mean?

It just means that it isn’t a sauce. Using dry spices without any liquid is a great way to really pack on a lot of flavor without being goopy and messy. We use this flavoring method a lot when making most of our smoker recipes.

  • Believe me, dry rubbed chicken wings are the bomb!!
  • Of course you can omit or decrease the spice level if you wish but this comes out mild/medium.

To make things easier I just blend them all together, throw them into a gallon ziploc bag and shake! Adding about half at a time is best so that the outsides get a nice thick and even coat.

How many wings can you cook in an air fryer?

Well, that depends on what machine you have. If I am using my Foodi I can add 6-7 at a time without overlapping them. That is important if you really want the chicken skin to be quite crispy. Another tip is to spray the inside of your air fryer basket with non stick spray before adding your chicken pieces. That will help with cleanup.

ninja foodi wings

Wings in Ninja Foodi

You will use the lid that is attached for the Foodi. I also have the Cuisinart air fryer toaster oven (special thanks goes out to them for the gift). We had a toaster oven forever and got rid of our toaster years ago. Having both in one kitchen appliance was a huge benefit because I don’t have a lot of counter space.

  • This one has a rack as well as an air fryer pan with holes on the bottom that holds about the same number of wings.
  • I would say that about 6 at a time is pretty common. Just coat and then cook in batches. 

Most air fryers work very similarly. They just look different and may have a variety of options but the directions to cook remain the same.

If you enjoy sauce on your wings feel free to add some after they are cooked but this dry rub is plenty and extremely flavorful so it’s really not needed.

cuisinart air fryer

Many of you might have a traditional air fryer that looks like this. The basket is more like a bucket. No matter which style you use the main rule of thumb for cooking chicken wings is you want to put them in a single layer or the seasonings will stick and come off.

More importantly they won’t get that really crispy chicken skin you want. Another tip is you want to flip the wings halfway through the cooking time. 

How do you make wings in the air fryer?

Rinse and pat wings dry with paper towels. Preheat air fryer at 400 degrees for 5 minutes. Mix dry rub together and pour into gallon baggie or you can just sprinkle with salt and pepper. Alternatively, you can use our lemon pepper chicken marinade.

  • Spray air fryer basket with non stick spray and place wings inside in a single layer, do not overlap.
  • Cook for 16 minutes, flipping wings halfway through. Spray top again and add 1 more minute to crisp skin up even more.
  • Lightly spray dry chicken pieces with olive oil spray.
  • Add rub to a baggie. Put 6-7 chicken wings inside bag and shake to coat. Remove and enjoy immediately (put in another batch if desired immediately)
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It doesn’t matter what brand you have. Phillips works the same as Cosori really. The biggest difference is the size of the air fryer basket. That is why I like my newer one (not shown here).

It has a square basket where I can fit almost double. Something to think about when you’re deciding which model you want.

Ninja Foodi chicken wings

  • When you’re making football party food you always want a lot! Yet if there are just 2 of you at home you can get away with a tiny machine, I get it. Get what works best for you.

If you’re looking for the best air fryer chicken wings recipe here ya’ go!

  • Total cook time for one batch is about 20 minutes including the preheating time.
  • Of course time will vary slightly depending on how large your pieces are.
  • Range for us has been 16-18 minutes total per batch.
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What can I put on wings?

You can decide when they’re done if you think they need sauce or dip, we think they’re amazing as is. If you’re having a party though it might be fun to create a dip bar!

  1. Fry sauce is the bomb!
  2. Ranch dressing is a given
  3. Blue cheese dressing
  4. Soy sauce
  5. Buffalo wing sauce
    1. homemade recipe here

Grab some cute dip bowls and platters you can put all your food on. Have a spoon inside each one and paper plates at the end. Allow guests to load up and try them all. A great party idea for sure that will be a conversation starter. For us they are perfection as is and a great healthy way to get super crispy wings.

How to Make Fry Sauce

How do you cook frozen wings in an air fryer?

My preferred method is to pressure cook them first to get them nice and tender using my pressure cooker frozen chicken wings recipe. Then throw them into my air fryer or Ninja Foodi. I have made Ninja Foodi chicken wings many times this way. Alternatively:

  • You can preheat your machine to 360 degrees for 5 minutes
  • Put them into your basket in one layer
  • Cook for 6 minutes, flip and then 6 minutes again

Negative to this route is they will be plain, dry rub will not stick beforehand. BUT if this is all you have then just use a sauce to coat them at the end and enjoy!

They will also be crispier if they are not frozen. Keep that in mind, but it is always handy to have information for both methods handy in case you forgot to thaw out what’s needed for dinner that evening.

air fryer chicken wings

If you’re looking for other great chicken and wing recipes here are a few other favorites

Our air fryer chicken thighs are pretty amazing too. You can use this same rub for them.

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Air Fryer Wings Recipe

Here’s an easy air fryer wings recipe and the best rub for chicken wings ever! If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to fried chicken with the same great taste these naked chicken wings in your air fryer are the answer. Simple and flavorful without using any oil to cook them.
Course Appetizer, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, appetizer, chicken, dry rub, easy, ninja foodi, wings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 409kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Mix all ingredients except chicken wings in a bowl, combine well. (cinnamon is optional) Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees for 5 minutes.
  • Wash and dry your chicken wings using a paper towel to pat dry. Then spray lightly with olive oil.
  • Use a large freezer bag and pour about 1/2 a cup of your rub into the bag with about 6 wings or so. Shake shake until they are coated.
  • Spray inside of air fryer basket once it's done preheating with non stick spray and put coated wings inside. Try to not overlap them.
  • Set to 400 degrees F. for 16 minutes.
  • To make them as crispy as possible flip your wings half way thru the cooking cycle.
  • Remove when done, zest with lime juice if desired and enjoy…can dip in ranch dressing or other sauces.
  • If making another batch, coat them with dry rub and repeat process for another 16 minute round.


Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Wings Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 409 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 99mg33%
Sodium 3614mg157%
Potassium 342mg10%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 1325IU27%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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4.95 from 19 votes (3 ratings without comment)
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Saturday 20th of April 2024

I made them they are good! I don’t particularly care for chili powder so I didn’t use it. I used season salt and garlic powder. I also didn’t use all of the brown sugar and only a spinkle of cinnamon. I will definitely make it again!


Sunday 17th of April 2022

So I made my own Garlic Salt and it came out good. This recipe I love it! The wings came out crunchy and I couldn't stop eating them! Lol. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Can I try this with chicken thighs too? I appreciate the feedback.

The Typical Mom

Friday 22nd of April 2022

Totally, same dry rub we use on everything!!


Monday 4th of April 2022

I have all the ingredients except for Garlic Salt. Like what is Garlic Salt? I looked it up and it's basically Garlic Powder and Salt. Hmmm..can't I just use Garlic Powder and Salt separately instead?

The Typical Mom

Saturday 9th of April 2022

I wouldn't know the the measurements of each if you did them separately, I buy garlic salt together


Saturday 29th of January 2022

How many lbs of wings will the dry rub cover well?


Sunday 12th of December 2021

I’m going to do these with winglets. Can’t wait!

The Typical Mom

Sunday 12th of December 2021

So good

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