Dry Rub Air Fryer Chicken Wings are seriously finger licking good! Quick and easy, these Air Fryer Chicken Wings are cooked to succulent juicy perfection.
Recipes like our Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Drumsticks and Air Fryer Honey BBQ Chicken Wings making cooking chicken so easy! Pair the Air Fryer Roast Chicken with the Quick Potato Bake or Air Fryer Corn on the Cob for a family feast!
There are SO many reasons why this recipe is AMAZing!
Firstly the Air Fryer cooks the chicken so thoroughly! Every bite is juicy, succulent and tender.
The rub takes about 2 mins to get onto the chicken and adding the wings to the basket another 1 minute.
So it is a quick and easy recipe that works!
Serve the wings as appetizers, finger food, a game day party snack or dinner with a salad.
They are versatile and lend themselves to so many delightful pairings!
The ingredients you need are shown in the photo below, they are all simple and can be found at the local shop (you might already have some of them!)
As you can see, the recipe calls for:
- Chicken wings (nibblets)
- Dry rub (chicken seasoning)
- Spray olive oil (optional)
This simple combination is all that is needed. For an alternative rub you might like to try the homemade jerk seasoning (maximum flavor!)
How long does it take to cook wings in an Air Fryer
Raw (unfrozen) chicken wings will take 25-30 minutes to cook in an Air Fryer.
Seasoning the chicken legs with dried herbs and a little oil ensures that the wings will be full of flavor and cooked to perfection!
Do you put dry rub on wings before or after cooking
I recommend adding the dry rub to the chicken wings before you cook them.
If you have a look at the photos in the instructions below, you will see that I do this using a zip lock bag and massaging the rub onto the wings.
It is optional to use olive oil for the recipe. However, I do recommend you use it.
The reason being two fold:
- To shorten the clean up time
- To ensure the skin of the wings doesn't dry out and burn
As you can see in the photos below, the whole recipe involves quick, easy steps!
- Add chicken wings to ziplock bag and sprinkle with dry rub (Photo 1)
- Spray the Air Fryer basket with olive oil to prevent sticking (Photo 2)
- Add seasoned wings in one flat layer to the basket (Photo 3)
- Spray the wings with a small amount of oil (Photo 4)
I know that some people look to an Air Fryer as a healthier cooking method and would like to skip the oil.
You can do this if you choose, however, I think if you use a small amount that you will get better results and save yourself clean up time!
- Cook the chicken wings for 10 mins (Photo 5)
- Then flip and continue cooking (Photo 6)
I find the best method to cook wings in the Air Fryer is to let them cook initially for 10 mins, then flip them (use tongs) and cook them for a further 15-20 mins.
This ensures both sides of the wings have deliciously golden brown skin.
If you want to combine the seasoning and oil to start, then massage over the chicken that will work too. Have a look at that method in my Air Fryer Roast Chicken recipe.
The main difference between the 2 is that the olive oil spray method uses slightly less oil.
It is not just the look of the wings from the Air Fryer you will love. The taste, texture and smell are all to be devoured or delighted in!
Frequently asked questions
- The recipe is for 5 drumsticks
- The seasoning is dried, sprinkled over the oil legs
- Lay the legs in one flat layer
- It takes 35 mins hour from start to finish for the recipe
- My Air Fryer is a 7 litre basket version
- The chicken can't be stacked, work in batches if needed
- This recipe is perfect for a quick meal!
- The oil ensures the seasoning sticks and chicken isn't dry
Or have a look at all Roasted Potato Side Dishes.
This is what I have learnt that will help you master the recipe from the 1st time and every following time:
- Ensure you pat the chicken wings dry to start (helps rub stick)
- Using a zip lock bag and massaging the dry rub onto the wings ensures they each get well coated on both sides
- Spray basket to save clean up time
- Pull the basket out by the handle to check how the wings are cooking in the 1st 10 mins to ensure the wings are flat with a little space
- There are so many sizes and types of Air Fryers that some will cook faster or slower depending on the model.
- More chicken wings will take longer to cook, give them space (not stacked, work in batches if needed)
More Air Fryer recipes
If you love Air Frying, then check out the following recipes for inspiration:
- Family favorite Air Fryer Roast Chicken
- Air Fryer Hot Dogs
- Easy Air Fryer Honey BBQ Chicken Wings
- Air Fryer Corn on the Cob
- Super cute Air Fryer Mini Hot Dogs
- Air Fryer Portobello Mushroom Pizza
- Air Fryer Stuffed Jalapenos
- Quick Air Fryer Roasted Red Peppers
- Air Fryer Portobello Mushrooms
- Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings
- Simple Air Fryer Sausage rolls (perfect party food!)
- Air Fryer Cheese on Toast
Or read through all Air Fryer recipes on the blog.
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Dry Rub Air Fryer Chicken Wings
- Air Fryer
- 700 grams chicken wings (drumettes) Note 1
- 2 tbsp dry rub (chicken seasoning)
- spray olive oil
- Turn the air fryer on to 180°C/350 F for 30 mins (preheat prior if model requires it)
- Use paper towel to pat chicken wings dry.
- Add chicken wings to a zip lock bag, sprinkle over dry rub, seal the bag and massage the rub over and around each wing
- Spray the basket of the Air Fryer with olive oil
- Use kitchen tongs to place the wings in one flat layer (they can touch, but don't stack them)
- Cook the wings for 10 mins, pull the basket out, place on a heat proof surface, use kitchen tongs to flip the wings, return the basket to the Air Fryer and cook for a further 15-20 mins
- Serve with Cilantro Lime Yogurt Sauce (optional, but delicious!)
- Note 1 9 out of10 times when I am making wings, I purchase the nibblets (pre cut wings). I like wings as they are smaller than breast or thighs and they are more 'snack/appetizer' like. You can use the whole wing, but you will need to work in batches to cook them.
- Note nutritional info for the recipe is based on 1 wing.
You, me and a wing or 2
How bout it?
Chicken Wings are seriously tasty food.
There is something wickedly delicious about picking one up, holding between your hands and biting into the meat, pulling it from the bones.
Then you get the fun task of licking each finger clean of the seasoned juicys, it doesn't get much more delicious than that!
I would LOVE to hear your feedback in the comments below. Please let me know if you make the recipe (or have questions!).