Air Fryer Turkey Wings
on Nov 02, 2021, Updated Sep 21, 2023
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These Cajun air fryer turkey wings are crispy, spicy, and so flavorful you’ll want them year-round, not just during the fall football season. These wings are great as party appetizers, tailgating snacks, or as a weekend meal. Turkey wings are loaded with meat, and every bite is crispy and packed full of spicy flavor. You definitely do not want to miss out on this recipe!
You can have these tasty treats on the table in less time than it takes to order delivery pizza! The best part is, they only take 25 minutes to cook in your air fryer.
I like to use my Ninja Foodie DualZone air fryer so I can cook up some turkey wings on one side while making some crispy air fryer potato wedges on the other.
This recipe delivers all the flavor and crispiness of fried wings without nearly as much grease! Of course, we used a small amount of oil to help with browning and crispiness, but it is so much healthier than deep frying.
If you are a fan of air-fried chicken wings, you will love these Cajun air-fried turkey wings.
Here is Why This Recipe Works
- Uses pantry ingredients
- Fast and easy to prepare
- A simple pantry ingredient helps make them extra crispy
- Larger and more filling than chicken wings
- Great as an appetizer or a meal
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- Turkey wings. For tender, juicy wings, choose smaller turkey wings. We noticed in our recipe testing that the more enormous turkey wings were tough and almost leathery.
- Vegetable oil. Coating the wings in oil will help the seasoning mix stick to them. It will also help make the wings crispy.
- Baking powder. Baking powder has both acid and alkali. The acid breaks down the proteins to help make the wings tender, while the alkali helps the browning process, resulting in crispier skin. We learned this tip from CooksIllustrated.
- Cajun seasoning. You can make your own seasoning mix or purchase some from the store.
How to Make It
Here is a quick overview of the process so you can see how easy it is to make air fryer turkey wings. There is a printable recipe card below with all the details.
- Trim the turkey wings and cut them into sections. You can watch our video to see how to cut the turkey wings.
- Combine the seasoning mix and baking powder in a resealable, gallon-sized bag.
- Give the wings a light coating of oil and toss them in the seasoning.
- Cook in the air fryer until golden brown and crisp.
Tips for Success
- Pat the moisture off the wings before you coat them in oil. If the wings are wet, the oil will not cling to them.
- A spray bottle makes it easy to give the wings a light coating of oil.
- An optional step: let the turkey wings sit in the seasoning mix for 2 to 6 hours if you have time. The extra time will let the salt and seasoning absorb into the meat, which = flavor and tenderness.
- Use air fryer parchment paper to make cleanup fast and easy. Air fryer parchment paper has holes cut in it so the air can circulate easily.
- Turn the turkey wings over halfway through the cooking time.
- Keep the wings in a single layer so the air can circulate around them.
Tools and Equipment
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- This Ninja Foodi DualZone air fryer has two separate air fryer baskets. It is perfect for the busy family and allows you to cook two separate dishes at the same time so you can get dinner on the table faster!
- If you use a spray bottle for oil, you can refill it with your own oil. In the long run, it will save you some money.
- Air fryer parchment paper makes cleanup fast and easy, and you don’t have to worry about the buildup that non-stick spray leaves behind.
- If you don’t want to make your own cajun seasoning, this cajun seasoning rub from Spiceology is excellent!
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- 2 pounds turkey wings
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or use spray)
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning
- Cut the turkey wings into sections so the drummettes, wings, and tips are separated (our video shows how to cut the turkey wings).
- Coat the turkey wings in vegetable oil (we used avocado oil cooking spray).
- Combine the baking powder and Cajun seasoning blend in a sealable bag. Add the turkey wings to the bag and toss them with the seasoning blend. If you have time, let the wings sit for 2 to 6 hours in the seasoning mix. Extra time to absorb the seasoning will make them more flavorful and tender.
- Spray the bottom of the air fryer with non-stick cooking spray or place parchment paper in the basket.
- Add the turkey wings to the air fryer in a single layer (cook in batches if they don’t all fit).
- Set the air fryer to 320° and cook for 15 minutes. Open the air fryer, turn the wings over and cook for another 8 to 10 minutes.
- If you have extra-large turkey wings that weigh more than 20 ounces for a whole wing, increase the cooking time by 2 to 4 minutes.
- If you have an instant-read meat thermometer, the turkey wings should register 165°F. Use a trusty thermometer like this one from ThermoWorks,
- To tell if the turkey wings are done without a meat thermometer, slice into the meat and make sure the juices are not pink.
- Use a dual basket air fryer so you can make these in batches for maximum efficiency.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 392Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 1663mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 42g
Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.