Air Fryer Breaded Chicken Wings Recipe

Air Fryer Breaded Chicken Wings Recipe

Dive into a sumptuous plate of crispy breaded chicken wings with a sweet, spicy, and salty flavor profile. Follow our step-by-step guide to recreate this crunchy treat at the comfort of your kitchen.


  • 1 lb of party chicken wings
  • 1 tbsp of hot sauce (I recommend Frank’s for a tangy kick)
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp of black pepper
  • 2 tsp of honey habanero spice
  • 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour


  1. Prepare Your Wings: Begin by patting your chicken wings dry. This ensures a crisp finish once cooked.
  2. Seasoning Mix: In a container, combine salt, smoked paprika, honey habanero spice, and black pepper. Shake well to ensure the spices are thoroughly mixed.
  3. Coat with Spices: Place your chicken wings in the seasoning mix. Shake the container to coat the wings evenly. You can also massage the wings gently to ensure they soak up the flavors.
  4. Flour Mix: In a separate container, mix the all-purpose flour with the same seasoning mix. This will double up the flavor, giving your wings that sweet, spicy, and salty punch.
  5. Bread the Wings: Place your chicken wings, a few at a time, into the flour mixture. Shake the container to coat each wing evenly. This process ensures your wings have a crispy outer layer when cooked.
  6. Preheat Your Fryer: Get your fryer ready by preheating it to 380°F. While waiting, set your wings on a raised grate. This allows airflow beneath, preventing sogginess.
  7. Rest the Wings: Allow the wings to rest for about 10-15 minutes. This ensures the flour and seasoning adhere well to the wings.
  8. Oil Application: Lightly spray or brush your chicken wings with olive oil. Make sure your oil spray contains only pure oil to prevent potential damage to your fryer basket.
  9. Arranging for the Fry: Place the chicken wings in the fryer basket in a single layer. Remember, do not overcrowd to guarantee a crisp finish.
  10. Cook: Fry the wings for 10-12 minutes. Halfway through, open the basket, flip the wings and brush or spray some more oil on them. This method helps in achieving a golden-brown crispy texture.
  11. Optional Sauce Application: For those who love an extra kick, brush your wings with your chosen hot sauce after the initial frying phase, then fry for a few more minutes.
  12. Serve and Enjoy: Once cooked to a crispy perfection, serve your chicken wings immediately. Pair with your favorite dipping sauce if desired.

Tips for the Perfect Crispy Chicken Wings:

  • Uniform Coating: Whether using spices, flour, or both, always ensure your wings have an even coat. This gives a consistent taste and texture to every bite.
  • Avoid Overcrowding: When frying, always ensure there’s ample space between each wing. This guarantees a crispy exterior and evenly cooked meat.
  • Oil Matters: The choice of oil can impact the flavor. Extra virgin olive oil gives a subtle richness to the wings. However, always ensure your spray is pure and doesn’t contain chemicals.
  • Hot Sauce Choice: While I’ve suggested Frank’s hot sauce, feel free to experiment with others to suit your palate. Some like it smoky, others tangy, and a few fiery hot.
  • Rest Before Frying: Allowing the wings to rest after breading makes the coating adhere better, resulting in a crunchier exterior.
  • Fryer Size: Depending on the size of your fryer, you may need to cook in batches. Remember, for best results, never overload your fryer.

Pairing Suggestions:

These wings go fabulously with:

  • Celery Sticks and Blue Cheese Dip: The coolness of the dip complements the spiciness of the wings.
  • Crispy French Fries: A classic side that never disappoints.
  • Fresh Salad: For those who prefer a lighter side, a fresh green salad with a tangy vinaigrette works wonders.

These breaded chicken wings are a delightful treat, combining the best of crunch, flavor, and just the right amount of heat. Whether you’re hosting a game night, a family get-together, or simply craving some finger-licking goodness, this recipe promises to be a crowd-pleaser.

Keep cooking, keep experimenting, and most importantly, keep enjoying the flavors of life. See you in the next recipe post!

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