air fryer chicken wings dry rub

Air Fryer Chicken Wings Dry Rub

Air Fryer Chicken Wings Dry Rub

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Air Fryer Chicken Wings Dry Rub
Air Fryer Chicken Wings Dry Rub


Dry-Rub Air-Fried Chicken Wings

We are going to show you how to make the best homemade air fryer chicken wings dry rub with garlic, onion, paprika, and more! And since we are going to show you how to make the easiest 5-minute dry rub, we are also going to share with you the best air fryer directions for air fryer chicken wings that are a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!

One of the best reasons to own an air fryer has been to cook chicken wings. Now that the weather’s warming up, BBQ flavors have been on our minds. Instead of using our go-to simple salt and pepper rub for wings, we decided to use our chicken rub to make an air fryer chicken wings dry rub recipe. It was a hit!

Whether you want to cook dry rub chicken wings in an air fryer, grill them, or bake the wings in the oven, the BBQ flavored chicken seasoning will be a great addition to your spice cupboard.


Chicken wings that are air fried are healthier than deep fried chicken wings. Deep frying involves the wings being fried in some form of fat, usually vegetable oil. When using an air fryer, no vegetable oil is required. Instead, the heat circulates through the machine around the wings to give it the same crispy texture.

Why You’ll Love This!

  • Combine, shake, and season – our air fryer wings dry rub is super easy to whip up whether you need a little or a lot.
  • With our air fryer chicken wings dry rub you know exactly what you are seasoning your chicken wings with.
  • Easily stay within your dietary preferences when you make your own rubs at home! Our air fryer wings rub works for gluten-free and dairy-free lifestyles, and you can easily convert it to low-carb or keto with a quick swap (see below).
  • Do you prefer sweet or spicy BBQ dry rubs? Adapt our recipe to fit your preferences!
  • While we love this air fryer chicken dry rub for wings, you can also use this BBQ dry rub on thighs, breasts, or whole chickens!


You can use frozen wings if you thaw them first. In order to get a crispy wing and for food safety, you’ll want them to be completely thawed before cooking.

How to Air Fry Chicken Wings

My wings are coated in a simple dry rub consisting of garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. The wings are tossed in a little olive oil and then coated in the dry rub. I love this rub because it’s so simple and adds so much flavor that lends itself to that perfect crispy skin.

The wings are placed in a non-preheated air fryer at 375°F and cooked for about 20-25 minutes until crispy on the outside and fully cooked through in the center (165°F internal temp for chicken). Also, see my garlic and parmesan air fryer wings!


You always need to be careful when working with raw chicken.

It’s an easy protein to make in the air fryer, though! Since the air fryer cooks by blowing heated air around the food, it’s easier to get it cooked perfectly evenly without raw spots in the middle.

Whenever making proteins like chicken, turkey, or pork, be sure to check it with a meat thermometer before serving.

How Many Wings Can I Cook at Once?

I was able to easily fry 1 1/2 pounds of wings in about 20 minutes in a 4-quart air fryer. You can fit up to 2-3 pounds of wings, however, it may take closer to 30 minutes to fully cook.

The secret is to flip/toss the wings a few times throughout frying to ensure an evenly cooked exterior. If you’re cooking multiple layers of wings, this is especially important.


Air Fryer Chicken Wings Dry Rub
Air Fryer Chicken Wings Dry Rub



  • Try to find the package at your store that has both wings and drumettes combined if you like both.
  • Don’t let them overlap in the air fryer. This will prevent them from getting extra crispy.
  • The increase in temperature is key! Don’t skip it.
  • Having a dry rub for the air fryer chicken wings help that skin crisp up without extra moisture. Don’t add any sauce until they are fully cooked.
  • This recipe can also be used for whole chicken wings! You may need to cook it just a couple of minutes longer depending on the size of the wings.


Step by Step Instructions

First, we are going to make a quick and easy homemade BBQ rub, then we are going to share an air fryer chicken wing recipe that will help you get dinner in the table in less than 30-minutes.

Assemble Dry Rub

Add the garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, cumin, chili powder, sea salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.

Mix the dry rub until the ingredients are well combined.

Store in a 4 oz jar for up to 2-3 years, or until it starts losing flavor.

***Note: The recipe makes 9 Tablespoons of chicken wing dry rub, most recipes will call for 1-2 Tablespoons of dry rub mixture.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings Temperature

Preheat the air fryer for 5-minutes at 400F. While most air fryer models will preheat automatically if yours does not simply set the unit to 400F and allow it to preheat similar to how you preheat your oven.

While the air fryer is preheating make your air fryer chicken wings dry rub.

Pat your chicken wings dry with a paper towel.

In a medium-sized bowl, add your dry chicken wings, olive oil, and 1-2 tablespoons of your homemade chicken wings dry rub. Stir to combine and evenly coat the chicken wings.


1. The wings may look slightly dry but are very crispy outside and succulent inside. 2. You can vary the seasonings as per taste. You can also use ready seasoning mixes like Cajun spice, Old Bay seasoning etc. 3. You can use parchment paper to line air fryer basket for easier clean up. 4. Serve hot with ranch, Chipotle mayo, honey mustard or any dip of your choice. 5. You can make these from frozen. First suitably thaw the wings in the air fryer. Toss with the dry rub and then air fry.


Calories263kcal Carbohydrates: 3g Protein: 21Fat: 18Saturated Fat: 5Polyunsaturated Fat: 4Monounsaturated Fat: 7TransFat: 1g Cholesterol: 87mg Sodium: 572mg Potassium: 232mg  Fiber: 1Sugar: 1Vitamin A: 372IU  Vitamin C: 1mg Calcium: 37mg Iron: 2mg
Air Fryer Chicken Wings Dry Rub
Air Fryer Chicken Wings Dry Rub

Air Fryer Chicken Wings Cooking Time

Lay the air fryer dry rub wings in a single layer and cook them for a total of 17-19 minutes, flipping them after 9 minutes.

Air fryer models can cook differently, check the wings for doneness after 17 minutes total of cooking time and then finish cooking them until they’re crisped to your preference.


I love using this dry rub on easy chicken wings for tailgates and quick and cheap weeknight dinners.

However, you can use it on any cut of chicken!

Use this rub to make the crispiest chicken thighs in the air fryer! Simply air fry at 400 degrees F for about 9 minutes on each side.

You can even use it on an air fryer whole chicken! Follow the same directions with the oil and spice rub. Put the chicken breast-side down for half an hour to cook first, then flip it to finish another 20 minutes.


Detailed instructions and measurements are listed in the recipe card at the bottom of this page.

  1. Add your wings and drumettes to a large mixing bowl.
  2. In separate bowl, combine the smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Pour the spice mixture over your wings and drumettes and then rub in and mix to combine. You want the wings and drumettes completely coated in the mix on all sides.
  4. Preheat your air fryer for 5 minutes on 400°F (this step helps them get crispy!)
  5. Once it is preheated, spray the air fryer basket with nonstick spray (I use avocado oil)
  6. Place the wings and drumettes in the basket making sure they do not overlap. You may need to do it in two batches. Place the basket back in the air fryer and cook them at 360°F for 12 minutes.
  7. Open the air fryer basket and flip your wings and drumettes over. Put the basket back in the air fryer and cook them for 5 minutes at 380°F.
  8. Once done, remove them from the air fryer basket and place them in a mixing bowl.
  9. Serve them as is or with your favorite wing sauce!



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