Air Fryer Honey Mustard Chicken Wings

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Air Fryer Honey Mustard Chicken Wings Recipe – perfect crunchy and tender chicken wings from the air fryer with a sticky sweet mustard sauce!

sticky wings in an air fryer basket

These chicken wings are loaded with sticky sweet honey mustard flavor – they are simple to make, and great for a crowd!

If you love honey mustard, and you’re looking for out of this world chicken wing flavor, this recipe is for you.

We’re using our air fryer to get crispy, crunchy chicken wings that are tender and juicy inside – the air fryer brings out the most amazing chicken wing flavor!

Be sure to try these with some air fryer french fries, or homemade blue cheese wing dip – or part of a gameday meal everyone will love!

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How To Air Fry Chicken Wings

It couldn’t be any easier than this simple method for how to air fry chicken wings – just season, place in the fryer basket, flip the wings, and then toss in sauce! 

You don’t have to worry about wings being cooked through – this method is SO easy in an air fryer.

I’m also giving a simple and easy option to make in the oven if you don’t have an air fryer – extra no oil needed! 

There are a couple of tips and tricks to get perfect air fried wings every time – to get the best wings, follow these simple tricks: 

Don’t stack wings on top of each other 

While it will take extra time, wings should be given enough room to crisp up in the basket on their own – overcro

wding the pan will cause the chicken to not fry at as high a temperature, making them soggier and less crispy and crunchy. 

Shake basket every 5 minutes

This will help to ensure your wings crisp evenly.

Some people flip their wings with tongs – which is certainly more accurate – but if you’d like to speed up the process, shaking the basket well will help move the wings around enough to flip them without having to flip each individual wing. 

Simply remove the basket as the air fryer is cooking and give it a quick shake – then place back in the fryer and let it continue to cook. 

Toss wings in sauce in a bowl

The easiest way to add sauce to your wings is to place wings from the air fryer into a large bowl, and th

en drizzle sauce mixture on top, tossing wings in it as you go. 

When wings are coated, plate and serve immediately. 

sticky wings on a plate, one being held up

How To Cut Chicken Wings

I often buy flats of chicken wings from my grocery store because they are much more affordable – and often more fresh! 

I first shared this technique to cut chicken wings in my popular Crispy Baked Chicken Wings Recipe post – an oven baked chicken wing recipe you won’t want to miss if you love crunchy classic chicken wing flavor.

Cutting your own chicken wings saves a ton of money, so I try to always trim my own chicken wings whenever I can. For this recipe, you can use the whole wing intact – but I find the texture is the best when I cut them. 

Cutting chicken wings down to pieces makes them easier to eat, and also helps get a super crispy texture! 

To cut chicken wings into thirds – flat, drumette, and tip of the wing – follow the instructions below: 

-Using a sharp large chefs knife, feel for the joints between the 3 main parts to a chicken wing – the wing tip, the flats, and the drumette. 

-Bend the joints backwards, using your hands, to get them to loosen. 

-Use your knife to feel where the bones come together, and pressing down hard, cut through the joint. (You don’t want to try to cut the bone – but find the space in between the bones.) 

-While you can cook wing tips, they often don’t have much (if any) meat to them. Discard any that don’t look to offer you much meat.

sticky wings and cellery

Blue Cheese Chicken Wing Dip

If you’re going for a restaurant style chicken wing dinner, you know how important the wing dip is!

To serve these wings just like your favorite wing shop, we like to cut carrot and celery slices, and serve with cool, creamy blue cheese dip.

Be sure to find our Blue Cheese Dip recipe here – it’s perfect, chunky, and cooling for chicken wings!

plate of sticky wings

Easy Chicken Wing Recipes

We love chicken wings here – they are delicious, can be made low carb, are full of flavor, and they are super easy!

To find more of our favorite chicken wing recipes – designed to easily feed a crowd – be sure to check out some of our other favorite chicken wing recipes!

Be sure to also check out some of our favorite chicken drumstick recipes – our air fryer piri piri chicken, baked bbq chicken drumsticks, and air fryer chicken drumsticks are all total knockouts and similar to these tasty wing recipes!

You can find even more of our chicken wing recipes in our Chicken Wing Recipe Archives here.

plate of sticky wings with cellery

Recipe FAQs

When are chicken wings done cooking?

Chicken is fully cooked at 165 degrees internal temperature. Chicken wings will reduce in size and meat may begin to pull back from bones when fully cooked.

Can I skip the cornstarch?

If you’re looking to avoid more carbs, you can skip the cornstarch step for these wings.
Honey does contain more sugar, but you can use a keto honey substitute – like harmless honey.

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Air Fryer Honey Mustard Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Honey Mustard Chicken Wings Recipe – perfect crunchy and tender chicken wings from the air fryer with a sticky sweet mustard sauce!
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer chicken wings, chicken wings, honey mustard wings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 265kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs of chicken wings

For the Honey Mustard Sauce

  • 2 tbsps Whole Grain mustard
  • 2 tbsps Yellow Mustard
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • ? tsp onion powder
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Mix honey mustard sauce in a bowl, and set aside. 
  • Pat defrosted wings dry with a paper towel, season with salt and pepper.
  • Place wings in an oil sprayed air fryer basket.
  • Be sure there is space between each wing so the air can circulate. Cook in batches if needed. 
  • Set air fryer to 400 degrees, and pre-heat. 
  • Once preheated, put wings in air fryer, and set timer for 20 minutes.
  • After about 10 minutes of cooking time, turn wings over.
  • At 20 minutes use a meat thermometer and check meat, cook until wings reach 160 degrees F.
  • When wings reach 160 degrees internal temp, transfer to a large bowl, pour sauce of choice over the wings, toss to coat.
  • Return the wings to the air fryer basket, and cook 5 minutes until sauce has glazed and wings are sticky! 
  • Transfer to a serving dish, garnish with parsley if desired, and enjoy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 450mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g

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2 Comments

  1. Mary Ellen says:

    There is no mention of the corn starch. When is that used?

    1. Katherine says:

      So the cornstarch goes in the sauce, I updated the recipe card to make it clearer. Thank you for pointing out that it was confusing!