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Honey Garlic Wings in an Air Fryer (Sweet & Sour)

Chicken wings are an amazing snack or an appetizer to begin your meal with, and there is hardly anyone who does not like them.

Chicken wings, honey, garlic, and air fryers just the thought of these things combined excites me so much and the taste this appetizer has will amaze you too. 

If you have not tried our Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings, try them too, you are going to love every bit of it.

Chicken wings with honey and garlic are a perfect blend of sweet and sour. The crispy outside and tender inside, but inside, this juicy appetizer will get you all the appreciation from the dining table you always crave for. 

Making this recipe in an air fryer makes it a crunchier munch and a caloric-controlled meal.

Chicken wings can be made in so many ways, and I must say that their versatility raises questions for many people. Before making chicken wings in an air fryer, let us begin with understanding everything they should know.

Shall we?

Chicken Wings with veggies and sauce
Chicken Wings

How long should wings be cooked in an air fryer?

Cooking time has always been a controversial topic for air fryers. Different people come up with different temperatures and timings.

While everyone can’t be right, they are all not wrong either. Temperature and timings are those two things that variate from air fryer’s brand to brand and model to model. You must know about your brand and model’s time and temperature before getting started with cooking big meals.

Wings take around 12 minutes at 360 degrees Fahrenheit to get done from one side and inside, but, again this works for my air fryer, yours can take a few minutes less or more. Flip them after this time duration to cook the other side for about 8 to 10 more minutes.

Always remember not to overcrowd your air fryer baskets because overcrowding and overlapping make the food unevenly cooked. 

Crispy Chicken Wings
Crispy Chicken Wings

How do you make chicken wings crispy in an Air Fryer?

There are so many reasons to choose an air fryer for cooking meals, meals including caloric-deficient food, quick meals, and crispy outside.

Sometimes, some people complain that their chicken wings are more on the soggy side rather than the crunchy munch.

There are a few factors that make your wings less crunchy than expected and I am going to list them in a table below:

Things That Make Your Chicken Wings Less CrunchyWhat Should You do?
Overcrowding/ OverlappingOvercrowding your air fryer basket blocks the hot air to circulate evenly around, and the overlapping of wings attaches to the wings. Hence, soggy chicken wings. 
Not-FlippingSome people prefer not to flip their food in the air fryer. They have the philosophy that the heat circulating travels everywhere. It does travel everywhere, but not in the same manner. Flipping chicken wings mid-way is important.
Too much oilAir fryers are great because they require less oil for cooking. If you are overdoing this oil thing, then the results will be soggier than you think.
Under/ OvercookIt is important to know your appliance to set the perfect temperature and time to ensure fully cooked chicken wings.
What should you do for crispy chicken wings?

Can I put sauced wings in an Air Fryer?

Air fryers are great for making several things but it comes with limitations. There are a few things that are not good to be put in an air fryer.

Water, cheese, batter, and sauces are a no-no for this appliance but if used with caution and in limitation you can put these ingredients in your air fryer too.

It is possible to put sauced wings in an air fryer, but make sure that the sauce is not too drippy and that there is a pan under the wings that is stopping the sauce to melt.

Liners are also good for air fryers for a mess-free cooking experience but we are going to talk about it in the next section.

Is it necessary to put a liner when cooking wings?

In my experience, liners are amazing to use in your air fryers to ensure less clean-up at the end of the cooking and to avoid any fire hazards too.

Even though liners are great for air fryers, they must be used with precaution.

Before placing a liner in the basket, make some holes in it, make sure that you put your food immediately after placing the liner, and do not place a liner when you are preheating your air fryer.

Liners like foil, silicone, and parchment paper are air fryer-proof. However, parchment paper is recommended by most professionals.

Aluminum foil
Air Fryer Liner

How to make Honey Garlic Chicken Wings in an Air Fryer?

There are so many recipes for making honey garlic wings in an air fryer but I like the one that prepares chicken wings and sauce separately.

All you have to do is mix the dry ingredients with the chicken wings, line them into a preheated air fryer and cook them until they are brown and crispy.

Prepare the sauce in a saucepan and put the cooked wings inside the sauce for a few minutes.

Check out this fantastic and easy recipe for honey garlic chicken wings in an air fryer.

Easy Recipe for Honey Garlic Chicken Wings in an Air Fryer


In this article, we have learned:

  • Chicken wings take about 10 to 20 minutes to get fully cooked, depending on the brand and model of the air fryer.
  • To make your chicken wings crispy and crunchy, avoid overlapping and overcrowding the basket. Also, make sure that the amount of oil is not too much in them.
  • Moreover, flip your chicken wings halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  • Sauces are not recommended to put in an air fryer. However, you can add some sauce if you are using a pan or a liner.
  • Liners are a great blessing for air fryer users as it helps with the afterward cleaning.
  • Make sure to place some holes in the liner before putting it into the basket, and do not put them inside while preheating.

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