Whip up these easy Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Wings for a delicious game day appetizer or a quick meal for two. Enjoy the taste of tangy barbecue sauce on these perfectly crispy air fried chicken wings.
Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Wings make a great appetizer that’s extra crispy with a tangy dose of your favorite BBQ sauce.
You can easily make a family dinner with a side dish plus celery sticks and carrot sticks along with your favorite dipping sauce. My go-to dipping sauce is Ranch Dressing. BBQ air fryer wings are the perfect match with the zesty ranch!
Why You’ll Love These Air Fryer BBQ Wings
When chicken wings are air fried, they get a nice crispy outside without drying out the meat. Due to the convection style cooking method, even thought the outside is crispy, the inside is juicy.
The air fryer is my favorite kitchen appliance because I like quick and easy recipes that taste great, just like these Air Fryer Fried Pickles that go fabulously with these wings.
More Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipes
Buffalo Wings – hot wings are always popular!
Lemon Pepper Wings – an easy dry rub wings recipe.
Garlic Parmesan Wings – delicious combination of flavors.
Air Fryer Jerk Chicken Wings – spicy and delicious.
Why Use an Air Fryer?
The air fryer name is a bit of a misnomer. There’s no frying involved, which makes for a healthier dish because there is no deep frying in oil.
It’s really more of a convection oven that swirls hot air around the food.
The benefits of an air fryer is the ability to get a crispy chicken wing without oil (deep frying) and without drying out the meat (oven baking, if you cooked them long enough to actually get a crispy skin). Plus, it takes about half the time to cook than oven baking.
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With just 4 ingredients, you’ll have delicious air fryer chicken wings in less than 30 minutes. Here are all the ingredients you need:
- 1 Dozen Raw Chicken Wings
- BBQ Sauce
- Non-stick cooking spray
How to Make Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Wings
Step 1: Remove the raw chicken wings from the refrigerator and set them out until they reach room temperature.
Step 2: Use a paper towel to pat each wing dry. These air fryer BBQ chicken wings will turn out crispier if the extra moisture is removed before cooking.
Step 3: Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees.
Step 4: Spray the wings with a light coat of cooking oil.
Step 5: Season with a dusting of salt and black pepper.
Step 6: Make sure to arrange the chicken wings in a single layer in your air fryer basket. This ensures the hot air can circulate around each wing for even cooking.
If you aren’t able to lay them in a single layer, you’ll need to add additional cook time. Plus, make sure to rotate them inside your air fryer basket at least twice to get all the wings fully exposed to the circulating air.
A great tip to utilize all the space in your basket is to buy an air fryer rack to fit inside. This way you can stack upwards and not worry about the wings laying on top of each other.
Step 7: Air Fry for 15 minutes.
Step 8: Coat the wings in your favorite BBQ sauce. You can brush on a layer of BBQ sauce or shake them in a zip lock bag / plastic bowl with a lid filled with sauce.
Step 9: Place the wings back in the air fryer for 5-10 minutes (depending on how crisp you want the outside).
I always suggest that after 5 minutes, you open your air fryer to check their progress and go from there. Every air fryer model is a little different and there is no harm in checking.
Once you’ve made these to your liking, you’ll know the best cook time for your air fryer and how long it takes to get the crispy texture you want.
Step 10: Plate with your favorite dipping sauce, carrot sticks and celery sticks and serve!
You can change up the flavor with various sauces. Try Honey BBQ Sauce or kick up with jalapeno BBQ sauce. The choice is yours!
Of course, don’t let your raw chicken touch other foods. This ingredients photo is just for illustration purposes!
What to Serve with Air Fried BBQ Chicken Wings
Having wings for dinner? Serve similar side dishes as you would for BBQ chicken, like these delicious Smoked Baked Beans.
Other great ideas are:
- Carrot Sticks
- Celery Sticks
- Cole Slaw
- Potato Salad
- Mac & Cheese
When the next game day party comes around, serve up several different styles of crispy wings. There are so many great flavors you can make, like these air fryer lemon pepper wings. You’ll have a filling assortment of air fried chicken wings everyone will love to snack on.
Need Several Batches of Wings?
If you want to make multiple batches of wings, keep the cooked wings on “warm and hold” in the oven while you make the remaining batches.
These BBQ wings are a great appetizer you can serve anytime and of course, they are perfect for Sunday football game-day fun. Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Wings are the best! Extra crispy outside and tangy BBQ sauce ensure these taste delicious.
- 12 Chicken Wings
- Cooking Spray
- BBQ Sauce
- Take the chicken wings out of the refrigerator to let them reach room temperature.
- Remove any excess moisture by patting dry each chicken wing with a paper towel.
- Preheat your air fryer to 390 degrees.
- Lightly coat chicken wings with cooking oil spray.
- Lightly sprinkle with salt & pepper.
- Place the chicken wings in the air fryer basket or rack in a single layer.
- Set the cook time for 15 minutes.
- Remove from air fryer and coat with BBQ sauce.
- Place back in the air fryer for an additional 5-10 minutes until they reach desired crispness.
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Nutritional values are estimates and not exact.