“Air Fryer Honey BBQ Chicken Wings that tastes grilled! Sweet, smokey, and spicey! These chicken wings are easy to make using simple ingredients and taste amazing even without BBQ sauce”

Visual learner? Watch me make these Air Fryer Honey BBQ Chicken Wings from start to finish!


I told you guys that I was going to start playing around with my air fryer more so that I could have more recipes for you. I haven’t. Sorry.

Other than the basic chicken and fries, I haven’t been in much of an experimental mood with this device. It’s been pushed to the back of my small appliance cabinet right there beside the shaved ice maker — poor lil fella.

I felt sorry for him this week, so I pulled him out to make these Air Fryer honey BBQ chicken wings for dinner. And I kind of fell in love again. Oh, how I forgot just how nice it is to have crisp, fried tasting chicken without the oil splatter, questioning if it’s done or having the house smell like grease all week.

These Air Fryer  Honey BBQ chicken wings are so good! Forget tasting fried these babies could pass for being grilled! With that liquid smoke, smoked paprika, and the way the sugar from the seasoning caramelizes…mercy! It’s smokey, spicy, sticky and sweet!!!

air fryer honey bbq chicken wings

 

The homemade honey BBQ sauce is very basic but delicious! It’s comes together super quick and the time the wings are done so will the sauce! Now this sauce is pretty BOLD, so add a little bit of water and let it simmer a bit if it’s too bold for you. Also feel free to adjust the seasonings!

I’ve wanted honey BBQ wings for a while now. I was out of my favorite Stubbs and Sweet Baby Rays so this quick and easy honey barbecue sauce did the job!

The air fryer did not disappoint! The inside is so tender, flavorful and juicy and the outside is perfectly crisp! As with any saucy wing, the BBQ sauce will soften the skin a little so go lightly if you still want to keep that crispiness!

To Add Baking Powder To Air Fryer Wings Or Not?

If you’re a fan of test kitchen shows and sites you’ve probably seen the hack of adding baking powder to chicken skin to help dry out the skin and get it nice and crispy while cooking. If not, yeah that’s a thing. I usually never add baking powder but I’ve been giving it a go lately, and the jury is still out. I want to say it definitely makes a difference but I still need to do some more side by side taste testing.  Since the air fryer is notorious for creating rubbery chicken skin if the chicken is not dried enough, a little baking powder surely couldn’t hurt right?!

air fryer honey bbq chicken wings

Cooking Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer: What’s the correct temperature an cook time?

I usually cook my wings at 400 for 20 minutes, flipping halfway.  But for the previous two times, I’ve made wings in the air fryer I’ve been going with 350 for about 15 minutes, flipping and then doing 400 for 7 minutes. I guess it depends on what you like. I like lots of crispiness. I’ve noticed that I usually cook a bit higher than the recommended heat suggestions on the Air Fryer. If this is your first time cooking wings in your air fryer, do a test wing to see how you like it and make a note of it.

Pair these Air Fyer BBQ chicken wings with some jasmine rice, roasted veggies, and cornbread for a quick and easy dinner! Yayy!

But in all seriousness, I’m for sure going to make more stuff in my air fryer. Matter of fact, Friday I’m heading to the Farmers Market for some fresh fruit, and I’m going to try some mini Air Fryer fruit pies! I’m excited about it, and if they turn out as good as I’m thinking, you’ll be the first to get that recipe!


 

The Recipe

Air Fryer Honey BBQ Chicken Wings

By Divas Can Cook
Recipe type: air fryer chicken
Cook time
Total time
Serves
8 wings

Ingredients

  • HONEY BBQ SAUCE (Make this the day before if you can.)
  • 1 cup ketchup *see note*
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey (could also use molasses)
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup water

  • 2 lb. chicken wings
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (NOT baking soda)
  • 2 teaspoons salt (I use 1 teaspoon regular salt and 1 teaspoon smoked salt)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke

Instructions

  1. In a pot, over medium heat add all of the sauce ingredients..
  2. Stir and bring to a light simmer.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer gently until sauce has thickened.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
  5. Turn heat to low while you make the chicken.
  6. Wash and dry chicken. Make sure that the chicken is completely dry. Set aside.
  7. In a bowl combine baking powder and spices.
  8. Sprinkle spices evenly over chicken, using your hands to really work in the spices.
  9. Mix in the liquid smoke.
  10. Add chicken to a grease air fryer basket. (Do not crowd, air needs to be able to circulate all around the chicken)
  11. Cook on 350 for 15 minutes.
  12. Flip chicken over and cook on 400 for 5-7 minutes or until wings are crisp.
  13. Remove from fryer basket.
  14. Immediately brush lightly with BBQ sauce.
  15. Serve.

Notes

*The brand of ketchup you use, may affect the end results of the sauce. You may need to add salt or more sugar to balance out the flavor. The ketchup I use is Simply brand Organic (Target).
*The sauce is good the day you make it but it get even better the next day! Make the sauce a day ahead if you can.
Air Fryer cooking time will vary based on size of the wings (my wings were large)