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air-fryer-chicken-wingsIn our house we love chicken wings (or wingettes really), they are great for a snack, a starter or entertaining.

Before we got the air fryer we used to make them in the oven, which worked fine, they turned out well but they took a long time to cook.

chicken wingette/drumette
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Now, the air fryer has revolutionized our chicken wings, this is how easy it is!

Firstly we bought 2lb of chicken wingettes/drumettes, these are so called because they are not the complete wing, just the meaty part.  Why would you want just those?  The tip of the wing has very little meat on it, it’s mainly skin and bone, so it works better to cook up just the wingettes and drumettes.

We experimented here, we made half the wings with the dip already on, and the others we cooked dry and covered with the sauce at the end.  Both were very good, the ones we covered after cooking were more sticky, as you’d expect.

How to Make Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer

1. As you would know when you unwrap chicken wings they are very moist so we dried them as much as possible using kitchen paper.

2. Next, coat the wings with baking powder, this helps the wings have an extra crispy skin when cooked.  You can also add Garlic powder if you like for additional taste

3. Put in the air fryer in a single layer.  Cook for 11 minutes on 400F, then turn over and cook for a further 11 minutes. (You may want to spray the basket with non-stick cooking spray)

4. Your crispy chicken wings are now cooked, carefully remove them from the air fryer (take care they are very hot!).

5. Toss the chicken wings in your favorite sauce, and serve with your favorite sides.


What sauce did we make for our wings?

We made a hot sauce, using Franks Red Hot Wing Sauce, butter and Worcestershire Sauce.  We made these wings 2 different ways, firstly by cooking them and adding the sauce at the end, secondly we coated the wings in the sauce then cooked.  They were both delicious, the second way is very messy in the air fryer, we definitely recommend using aluminum foil or such just to make cleaning easier.

What dipping sauces can I serve with wings?

We made blue cheese dip, but you can also serve with ranch, BBQ or even ketchup.

What other appetizers can I serve with chicken wings?

Carrot sticks or celery sticks go well with wings and dipping sauces.

How Long to Cook Frozen Chicken Wings?

If the chicken wings are frozen, cook for approx 25 minutes in the air fryer at 400F.  Make sure to separate the wings after the have defrosted in the air fryer, so they have space to cook.  Continue to flip over regularly as needed.

What about re-heating Chicken Wings?

If you had a few left over in the fridge, place them in the air fryer and cook for 2-3 minutes on 380F – check they are heated through thoroughly.


Air Fryer Chicken Wings in Hot Sauce

Chef Amy
Cook up your chicken wings on the air fryer for absolutely delicious wings that with delight your guests. Serve with blue cheese dip for that added extra
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 1 Air Fryer


  • 2 lbs Chicken wingettes/drumettes
  • 2 tbsp baking powder

Hot Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Hot Sauce (we used Franks Red Hot Wings Sauce)
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce (we used Lea and Perrins)

Blue Cheese Dip

  • 4 oz Danish blue cheese
  • dash lemon juice
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tbsp Sour cream


  • Pat the wings dry with kitchen paper
    air fryer chicken wings
  • Coat the wings with baking powder

Make the Hot Sauce

  • In a large bowl, combine the Worcestershire Sauce, Hot Sauce, and the butter. Whisk to get an even texture.

OPTION 1 - Cook the Wings in the Sauce

  • Coat the wings in the Hot Sauce, and lay them in the air fryer, allowing space between the wings. Cook for 11 minutes, turn, then cook for a further 11 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy

OPTION 2 - Cook the Wings Dry then cover in Hot Sauce

  • Put the wings in the air fryer, allowing space between the wings. Cook for 11 minutes, turn, then cook for a further 11 minutes
  • Coat the wings with the hot sauce, serve and enjoy

Blue Cheese Dip

  • Combine the blue cheese, sour cream, dash of lemon and salt and pepper to taste. If needed warm slightly so it mixes well.
Keyword chicken wings


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