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    Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Wings Recipe

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    Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Wings

    Good day everyone!

    Are you ready to make some of that delicious air fryer BBQ chicken? Let’s get started with the ingredients below:

    12 – 16 wings (depending on the size of your air fryer)

    1 tsp garlic powder

    1 tsp paprika



    1 tsp olive oil (optional, I never need to use it)

    non – stick oil spray

    BBQ sauce – Some people will say 2 tbs, but I personally like to dip my chicken in the sauce, shake it a bit and put it in the oven. I prefer Sweet Baby Rays BBQ.

    Another option for seasoning, if you do this, do not add salt! You can also go easy on the garlic and onion powder.

    I LOVE using Adobe seasoning for this recipe. Lately, my wife has been on a diet and she said she couldn’t have mixed seasonings so I’ve been doing it the old-fashioned way.

    Step 1

    Defrost the chicken. You can throw the unopened bag in the sink full of water before you go to work and get ready to cook it when you get home. Another option will be to open the chicken pour it in a bowl and have it in cold water with a constant stream of cold water flowing over it. You do NOT want your chicken to sit in still water if you can help it.

    Also, DO NOT defrost your chicken with hot water! You will cook the chicken unknowingly. If your chicken was in cold water with a constant cool stream, it should be ready to go in about 30 – 45 minutes

    Step 2

    You can mix all the seasonings in a bowl and mix the chicken that way. My personal preference takes a bit longer but it pays off for flavor. I like to season each individual piece myself.

    Now, don’t think just because you have BBQ sauce, you don’t need to season the chicken. I remember being at a BBQ and this guy was going on about how good his BBQ sauce was that he made from scratch. When he made the chicken, he didn’t season it. The BBQ sauce was good, but the chicken wasn’t as enjoyable because I could taste the lack of flavor from the chicken not being seasoned. SEASON YOUR CHICKEN PEOPLE!!!

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    Philips Twin TurboStar Technology XXL Airfryer with Fat Reducer, Analog Interface, 3lb/4qt, Black – HD9630/98

    Step 3

    Preheat your air fryer to about 360 degrees for 3 – 5 minutes. There are a lot of recipes for certain meats that tell you to put the sauce on now, regardless of what it is. I personally don’t like to put any sauce on my chicken during the initial cooking. A lot of times, the sauce burns off and I never taste it.

    You may choose to put the sauce on now, but if I were you, I’d wait.

    OK so your chicken is seasoned and your air fryer is preheated. You can now put your wings in the basket, it should still be at 360 degrees. The normal time is about 18 – 20 minutes but you need to add the BBQ sauce later.

    So allow the chicken to cook for about 12 minutes. Flip them over and let them cook for roughly 5 more minutes. This is where it gets tricky, I recommend this if you are somewhat experienced and you’re familiar with your air fryer

    Now you have to add BBQ sauce to each wing. You should have a bowl and pour the BBQ sauce in there. You can either use tongs to dip the chicken the BBQ sauce, or you can use a basting brush. Just make sure every piece of chicken gets its share of BBQ sauce. It should be flavored, but you shouldn’t have a large quantity of BBQ sauce dripping off the wings. Be tactful.

    Once all of your chicken has been flavored you can toss them back into the air fryer for an additional 2 minutes. If you’ve done this correctly, the BBQ sauce should caramelize over the chicken while its cooking. You may add a few more minutes if you want some extra crispiness.

    Wrapping it up

    I hope your recipe turned out well. Please let me know in the comments below what you liked, didn’t like, improvements, or if you have any recipes you would like me to share, I would be more than happy to. Thanks for reading!





    1. Scott Hinkle

      Thanks for this great post!  You’re already making me hungry, LOL.

      I’ll be honest with you, so far, I’ve only used my air fryer for potatoes and tater tots (which are so good).  I never thought about doing BBQ chicken in it.

      Sweet Baby Rays is good but give Kinders a shot, you might be surprised.

      Damn, now I have to pull it out and give this recipe a try.

      Thanks again,


      • admin

        Kinders?  I’ve never heard of it, but if I see it, I will definitely give it a shot!  Thanks for the response!

    2. Aly

      I’m so glad I found this article! I have had an air fryer for so long — and I still haven’t figured out how to use it yet. Our family loves chicken wings so this feels like the perfect recipe to test it out. My one concern though is needing to flip the wings in the middle of the cooking process… you mention that it’s tricky, so I’m a little hesitant to start out with this. Would you recommend something else for a total novice?

      • admin

        It’s just tricky because it feels like it’s confusing.  The main thing you need to watch out for is not to pile a pound of BBQ sauce on each wing.  If you’re starting out, a basting brush is recommended.  When you gain more skill, you can just dunk it in a bowl full of BBQ sauce and move on!  I can do it in a way that isn’t over powering 

    3. Jackson kenny

      Great post here, never fried out chicken with BBQ sauce all of the chicken and then air frying again, seems like it’ll be a really great try out for me. The recipes are not that hard to get by, I like the third step and I think that’s the one I’m going to try out when making my own BBQ chicken wings. My question is,is it compulsory it has to be wings, I like laps better.

      • admin

        Thank you for your response.  This will work with any chicken recipe.  Breasts, wings, my personal favorite is drumsticks!

    4. Feochadan

      Oh what a yummy looking recipe!  Thank you so much for giving different ideas for this, too, to really personalize it!

      I really like the air fryer recommendation.  One thing that we’ve learned is how unhealthy fried foods are so air frying is definitely the way to go.  For those of us who don’t have one of these useful machines yet, I really appreciated that you gave instructions on how to use your recipe with it.  Basically, instructions for an air fryer.

      Keep the recipes coming!

      • admin

        Thank you!  I hope the recipe serves you well!

    5. codevonish

      I learnt something new today, I have never heard of an air fryer before; looks tempting and delicious as chicken wings was one of by favorite snacks. Unfortunately I no longer eat chicken or any other kind of meat, just fish and veggies, How long has this technology has been available commercially. Can you use it foe fish?You seem to have your site well monetised. Will take a closer look at the fryers. Thanks for sharing.

      • admin

        The air fryer was invented by the Philips company in 2010.  Inly recently has it began to gain any traction in the market.

        The air fryer is very close to replacing the conventional oven, you can cook almost anything, including fish and vegetables.  Im still working on adding recipes but take a look at my bourbon salmon recipe here:… you can click on a y of my air fryer pics for more information

    6. Mariana

      Hi Ibrahim!

      Great post and recipe! Now I will to try preparing this at home. Even though I am not good at cooking, everythignwas very well explained, so I think I can manage to prepare this myself. But I wanted to know if I could replace paprika with something else or just don’t add it? Would it change a lot the taste?



      • admin

        I personally only use paprika for color most of the time.  I used paprika for 20 years and I still dont know what it tastes like, to me it seems flavorless, but to each his own I guess.  You can definitely omit the paprika from this recipe 

    7. Steve

      Ok, so I have been hearing more and more about air fryers, but haven’t really had the opportunity to try one out. However, this recipe looks amazing. My only concern is the crispiness. I really like wings to be crispy. Do you find that the air fryer is up to the task? I’ve had wings done in the oven before and it just can’t get the job done.

      Additionally, how is the capacity on the air fryers in general? Can they hold a decent amount? 

      If the air fryer has the crisp factor, I think I might know what my next kitchen appliance is going to be!

      Thanks again for the recipe as well! Looks like something I’ll want to try very soon. 

      • admin

        If you’re cooking for a larger group of people, you want an XL air fryer.  Check out my recipe for cooking a whole chicken here:… I actually placed the recommended air fryer with recipe and its very affordable.  Let me know what you think!

    8. angelce903

      OMG! When I saw your chicken wings recipe, I felt like going to the kitchen and cooking mine right away! I really enjoy your recipe as it is spicy and it reminds me of mine, except that I Don’t fry my wings. I put some oïl seasoned wings and put them in the oven to be grilled. It’s less fatty but as tasty as yours! Honestly, I Don’t know if I can host a party without chicken wings as an appetizer. Good recipe, I hope that people will enjoy it.


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