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Crispy Hot Wings in Air Fryer

Hot wings in air fryer are the best healthy appetizer you’ll ever make. Extra crispy skins with tender meat inside. Cheap and delicious.

Hot Wings in Air Fryer

Make a few or a bunch of hot wings in air fryer to serve a crowd, either way they’re always a hit! Ready to make the best holiday or Super Bowl appetizer for your friends? This easy air fryer recipe is it my friends! (affiliate links present)

Air Fryer Hot Wings

You can use our air fryer frozen chicken wings instructions if you had a mommy moment and forgot to defrost them ahead of time. If not the timing below will be just perfect. Of course there is a slight variation to how large they are. I like them medium and not oversized personally.

I buy meat in bulk that is organic so that’s what I have on hand. You can see them below, there is a mixture of both the wingette and drumette.

If you love air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:

cosori review

When it comes to the sauce there are tons of options. You can make your own homemade hot sauce or just buy bottled and get it done quicker. If you have a favorite mixture then I would go with that. I typically make my own chicken wing dips and sauce below but occasionally I’ll use the ready made Buffalo Wild Wings one listed above.

You are going to need:

  1. A tray of chicken wings that are defrosted. If yours are frozen there is a link above to handle the different timing for those.
    1. If you want to make spicy air fryer turkey wings use this timing
    2. For air fryer boneless wings use these instructions
  2. Bit of flour to thicken the sauce if you’re making it homemade
  3. Fresh peppers and jalapeno
  4. Salt and pepper
  5. Sriracha
  6. Vinegar and a bit of white sugar to tone down the heat and add a bit of sweetness like in our spicy sweet chicken wings recipe.
  7. Garlic and a bit of broth or water

First you’re going to season those babies and cook them alone to get that nice crispy chicken skin. Make sure they’re in one layer and you shake in between to get nice and golden brown.

Wings in Air Fryer

Spicy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

This will take about 20 minutes so during that time you can make your own sauce if you choose to add that step to the evening. The plus to this is that you can really adjust the heat to your liking. Once you find just the right balance you may want to make a double or triple batch and save it for later too!

I mean you’re going to want to make these Ninja Foodi chicken wings over and over again so mind as well skip the sauce step next time.

Or use our air fryer wings dry rub recipe that doesn’t use any but is packed with flavor.

Do you have to flip wings in air fryer?

Yes and no. You don’t HAVE to in order for them to cook all the way through but if you want to get a more even and really crispy skin on the outside it is suggested you do so yes. You don’t want them overlapping but typically they’re going to a little bit. If you flip them those edges that are touching will still get crunchy.

Homemade Chicken Wing Hot Sauce

hot wings sauce

Once they are done to perfection and as brown as you would like you’re going to toss the goodnesses together! Use a bowl and you don’t even really need a spoon. Drizzle sauce over the top and just kinda’ pick up the bowl and heave it in front of you and the back to you to catch them as they toss around and get nicely coated with heat.

  • Place wings on paper towels to remove moisture from outsides. Spray inside of basket with non stick cooking spray (I like the olive oil version). Sprinkle salt and pepper all over, use any other seasonings you would like too. Garlic powder is a great choice too.
  • Place into a single layer without overlapping to achieve a super crispy outcome. Make sure your air fryer basket has been preheated at 350 degrees for 5 minutes before adding food. Cook the wings for 20 minutes cooking time.
  • Toss the wings half way after 10 or 12 minutes or so. Remove once air frying is complete and they are as crispy as you’d like, set aside.
  • While they’re cooking make dipping sauce for chicken wings in a saucepan on the stove. Add all ingredients except flour and set hot peppers aside.

Half hot peppers and remove seeds, then put into saucepan once bubbling and cook for 10 minutes stirring intermittently, cool for 10 minutes. Use immersion blender to make smooth or pour into blender and then return to the pot. Heat again and whisk in flour to thicken sauce.

In a large bowl put cooked wings and drizzle sauce over the top. Toss together so each one is nicely coated well. Then serve them up!

Air Fryer hot wings

Chicken Wing Sauces

I mean you could use just about anything for dipping and more ideas are fun and you never know if you might find a new favorite. Here are a few you could try or serve on a dip bar for guests:

  • Blue cheese and ranch are a given
  • Bang bang sauce is probably a new one and oh so good
  • We love this fry sauce recipe
  • My kids love bbq sauce where my husband and I love a thick teriyaki

Heating leftover chicken wings

You can preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake for about 15 minutes flipping halfway through. I personally just throw them back into my Cosori for about 4 and they are done much faster.

hot chicken Wings in Air Fryer

Is it safe to reheat chicken wings?

I mean I don’t know what would be dangerous about it, unless you didn’t refrigerate them beforehand. Allow leftovers to reach room temperature and then store in a sealed container or freezer bag. It is best to save them without the sauce on it, that way you can reheat in the air fryer again and toss with the sauce after that.

Looking for other yummy air fryer appetizer recipes done under 30 minutes? We have a bunch but will share just a few of our favorites here. Some are healthier than others of course and others are just pure comfort food y’all:

cauliflower wings cauliflower

How to Make Hot Wings in Air Fryer

Hopefully we have answered that question for you here. If you have any other head scratchers just leave them below in the comments and I will do my best to answer them for you. Have fun with it! Use all sorts of different sauces when you toss them at the very end, that way you can mix it up and enjoy over and over and over again.

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Hot Wings in Air Fryer

Hot wings in air fryer are the best healthy appetizer you'll ever make. Extra crispy skins with tender meat inside. Cheap and delicious.
Course Appetizer, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, chicken wings, hot, ninja foodi, spicy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 445kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place wings on paper towels to remove moisture from outsides. Sprinkle salt and pepper all over and place into preheated air fryer at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Shake half way through at minute 10. Remove once crispy as you'd like and set aside.
  • While they're cooking make hot sauce in a saucepan on the stove. Add all ingredients except flour and set hot peppers aside.
  • Half hot peppers and remove seeds, then put into saucepan once bubbling and cook for 10 minutes stirring intermittently, cool for 10 minutes.
  • Use immersion blender to make smooth or pour into blender and then return to the pot.
  • Heat again and whisk in flour to thicken sauce.
  • Toss with cooked wings and serve.

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Nutrition Facts
Hot Wings in Air Fryer
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 445 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 148mg49%
Sodium 161mg7%
Potassium 391mg11%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 1551IU31%
Vitamin C 55mg67%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Billy

Thursday 21st of October 2021

I’m confused. I understand about preheating the air fryer itself. Are you saying one should preheat the air fryer basket, too? Then remove it, spray it, and fill with the chicken wings? Thanks. Haven’t used my air fryer oven yet. This looks good.

The Typical Mom

Friday 22nd of October 2021

Yes I would preheat beforehand. You don't have to remove the basket you just spray it before adding your food so it doesn't stick.

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