Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Wings with Korean Magic Dust

Salty, smoky, obsessively crunchy deliciousness. Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Wings, seasoned with a 5-minute, Korean-inspired BBQ dry rub!

If there’s a food texture we all love, it’s crispy. We crave it. We snack on it. We can’t get enough of it.

To satisfy that craving for CRISPY, try these: weeknight-friendly Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Wings.

All that satisfying crunch, all that crispy deliciousness — conveniently made in the Air Fryer. Fast, easy, and super tasty!

Why Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Wings?

An Air Fryer works like a mini convection oven. Heat circulates all around individual food items, resulting in super crispy food with less oil, in less time.

For chicken wings, the Air Fryer works beautifully to render out the fat. Consider bacon: the longer you cook bacon, the crispier it gets. All that fat melts out, leaving behind extra crispy meat. In the same way, rendering the fat out of chicken wings also makes for extra crispy and crunchy skin!

Cooking certain foods is SO much easier with an Air Fryer! Especially chicken wings.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken wings. Look for meaty wings and drummettes.
  • Korean Magic Dust BBQ Rub. Flavorful and versatile, make it once and use for everything! A dry rub (versus a wet sauce) also seasons the wings without extra moisture.
  • Corn starch. A pantry ingredient commonly used to thicken sauces, corn starch also makes fried food super crispy. A little bit absorbs moisture, creating a barrier on the chicken skin for super crispy and crunchy wings.

Instructions:

  1. Make Korean Magic Dust. Combine all ingredients and pour in a jar.
  2. Marinate chicken wings. Combine chicken wings with Korean magic dust, corn starch, and salt. Mix well.
  3. Air Fry at 380F for 18 minutes. Shake the basket about halfway through. When done, the skin will look dry and crackly. Garnish Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Wings and enjoy.

Equipment:

  • Air Fryer. I use a Cosori 5.8Qt Air Fryer and absolutely love it.
  • Silicone Cooking Pot. Optional but makes for easier cleanup. A great accessory for cooking greasy, oily food in the Air Fryer. The food-safe silicone container collects all the oil which renders out of the chicken. Instead of cleaning the Air Fryer base and basket attachment, simply dump out the oil and place in the dishwasher.

FAQ:

Can I cook these without an Air Fryer?

Yes, absolutely! Conventional Oven instructions:  Spread out chicken wings on foil lined sheet pan.  Roast at 400F until cooked through and crispy looking, about 40-45 minutes.  

What should I do with the leftover Korean BBQ rub?

My recipe makes 2 1/2 cups, which is alot. However, it keeps forever (about 1 year) and goes with everything. If you don’t think you’ll use it all, gift to friends in small glass jars. They will love it!

My go-to seasoning, I use this versatile rub for everything! Ribs, brisket, bbq chicken, etc. Check out the blog post for Korean Magic Dust BBQ Dry Rub for more ideas.

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air fryer crispy chicken wings on parchment paper

Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Wings with Korean Magic Dust

The Subversive Table | Lis Lam
Salty, smoky, obsessively crunchy deliciousness. Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Wings, seasoned with a 5-minute Korean-inspired BBQ rub!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 36 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Party Food, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 30 wings (approximately)
Calories

Equipment

  • Air Fryer (I use the Cosori 5.8 Qt)
  • Air Fryer Silicone Pot (optional)

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs chicken wings + drumettes
  • 2 Tbsp Korean Magic Dust
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Korean Magic Dust BBQ Rub:

  • 1/2 cup Gochukaru (Korean dried chili flakes)
  • 1/2 cup smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup sea salt (finely ground)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup granulated garlic
  • 2 Tbsp mustard powder
  • 2 Tbsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp cayenne

Optional garnish:

  • 1 green onion, minced
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, minced
  • sprinkle sesame seeds

Instructions
 

Korean Magic Dust BBQ rub:

  • In a large bowl, combine ingredients and mix until well combined. Transfer and store in a sealed, air-tight container. Sprinkle onto fries, roasted vegetables, burgers, chicken, ribs — everything!

Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Wings:

  • Preheat. Turn on the preheat function on the Air Fryer. My Air Fryer preheats at 400F for 5 minutes.
  • Marinate chicken. In a large bowl, combine chicken wings with Korean Magic Dust BBQ rub, corn starch, and salt. Mix until well combined, with hands, until the corn starch is no longer visible.
  • Air Fry. Transfer half of the chicken wings to the Air Fryer. Arrange wings and drumettes in a single layer, making sure not to overcrowd the basket. It's ok if the wings are slightly touching. Cook at 380F for 18 minutes, shaking the basket about halfway through. Repeat with the second half of the chicken wings.
  • *For my Air Fryer (Cosori 5.8Qt), half of the chicken wings fit easily into the basket. They can safely stay in one position the entire cooking time. Just make sure to shake the basket halfway through!
  • Garnish and enjoy! Transfer chicken wings to a serving platter. Garnish with green onion, cilantro, and sesame seeds. Enjoy!
    air fryer crispy chicken wings on parchment paper

Notes

*Conventional Oven instructions:  Spread out chicken wings on foil lined sheet pan.  Roast at 400F until cooked through and crispy looking, about 40-45 minutes.  
Keyword Air Fryer, Crispy Chicken Wings
30 minutes, Air Fryer, All Recipes, Appetizer, Chicken, Korean, Main, Potluck, Snacks, Weeknight Meals

2 Comments

  1. Thanks for the recipe! I tried it today. I found the bbq dust had a hard time sticking to the meat…the cornstarch kinda stuck to the dust and made it very dry, so the dust and starch just clumped together and sat at the bottom of the bowl instead of coating the chicken. Any tips to help with this? Thank you!

    • I’ve never had this happen but I’m wondering if your wings may be drier than the wings I use? A splash or two of worcestershire might add more moisture and help things to stick better. My husband loves to make these wings this way and the worcestershire adds amazing flavor.

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