Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Korean BBQ Magic Dust

Difficulty Easy

The BEST Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings, seasoned with a 5-minute Korean-inspired BBQ dry rub! Toss the seasonings and corn starch with chicken wings. Cook in the Air Fryer until crispy and crunchy. So easy and good, they’ll become a favorite for game days or weeknight dinner!

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

For the crispiest, crunchiest Chicken Wings — without deep frying — make Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Korean Magic Dust BBQ Rub!

The secret for extra crispy chicken without excess oil is cornstarch and a BBQ dry rub. The cornstarch absorbs extra moisture and creates an extra crispy and crunchy coating. The dry rub flavors the chicken wings without adding additional wetness.

Also, the Air Fryer. The Air Fryer renders out the chicken fat beautifully. As the fat melts, the skin becomes unbelievably crisp. The end result is super crunchy chicken! Every bite crackles!

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings are fast and easy enough for weeknight meals. And perfect for game days and family movie nights, too!

Why use an Air Fryer?

  • Healthy. A less oily alternative to deep frying, the Air Fryer requires no additional oil. Instead, fat is rendered out of the chicken skin, leaving behind extra crispy and crunchy skin!
  • Easy + Convenient. The Air Fryer is much more convenient than deep frying. No more splattered oil and lugging out the dutch oven and candy thermometer. Instead, simply toss chicken wings into the Air Fryer basket. As it cooks, shake the basket from time to time. So easy!
  • Fast. Baking Chicken Wings in the oven often takes 40 minutes or so. Not in the Air Fryer! Only 18 minutes!

Ingredients:

  • Chicken wings. Look for meaty wings and drummettes.
  • Korean Magic Dust BBQ Rub. The perfect balance of sweet, savory, smoky, and spicy. 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. Corn starch, a pantry ingredient commonly used to thicken sauces, also makes fried food super crispy. Add corn starch to chicken wings for ultra-crispy texture. The corn starch absorbs moisture and creates a barrier on the chicken skin for super crispy and crunchy wings.

Instructions:

  1. Make Korean Magic Dust. Combine all ingredients and pour into a jar.
  2. Marinate chicken wings. Combine chicken wings with Korean magic dust, cornstarch, 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 with cilantro and enjoy.

PRO Tips:

  • Don’t overcrowd the basket! For the Air Fryer to work its magic and make crispy chicken wings, air must circulate them. Make sure there is enough space in between the chicken wings. Otherwise, the wings will steam.
  • Preheat the Air Fryer. Just like an oven, the Air Fryer needs to be preheated.
  • Swap with any BBQ dry rub. If you don’t have Korean BBQ Magic Dust, any other BBQ dry rub will also work. Look at the ingredient list and make sure it includes salt; if there’s no salt listed, you’ll have to add it.
  • Reheat leftovers. Leftovers can be reheated easily at 400F for 5 minutes. Make sure to shake the basket!
  • Save the chicken fat. Chicken fat, also called schmaltz, can be stored in the fridge.

Kitchen Tools:

  • Air Fryer. I use a Cosori 5.8Qt Air Fryer (affiliate) and absolutely love it.
  • Silicone Cooking Pot. It’s optional but makes for easier cleanup. A great accessory for cooking greasy, oily food in the Air Fryer. The food-safe silicone container (affiliate) collects all the oil which renders out of the chicken. The silicone container will collect the oil while keeping the chicken wings crispy. Instead of cleaning the Air Fryer basket and attachment, pour out the fat and clean in the dishwasher.

FAQ:

I don’t have an Air Fryer. How do I cook these in the oven?

Conventional Oven instructions are just as easy but will take longer.  Spread out chicken wings on foil-lined sheet pan.  Make sure there’s enough space in between so it’s not overly crowded. 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 a lot. 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 Korean Magic Dust BBQ Dry Rub blog post for more ideas.

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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Korean Magic Dust

The Subversive Table | Lis Lam
The BEST Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings, seasoned with a 5-minute, Korean-inspired BBQ dry rub! Simply toss the seasonings and corn starch with chicken wings. Cook in the Air Fryer until crispy and crunchy. So easy and so good, they'll become a favorite for game days or weeknight dinner!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 36 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Party Food, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 30 wings (approximately)
Calories 80 kcal

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!

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.  

Nutrition

Serving: 1wingCalories: 80kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 5gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 122mgPotassium: 222mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 2255IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Air Fryer, Crispy Chicken Wings
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30 minutes, Air Fryer, All Recipes, Appetizer, Chicken, Game Day Food, 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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