This post was originally published in 2020 and has since been updated with photos and a different dip for the wings.
If you love chicken wings, especially crispy ones and Mexican flavours, you're gonna love these Mexican inspired chicken wings. Made with a simple dry rub and then air fried until perfectly crispy, they're actual heaven. I highly suggest pairing these crispy air fryer wings with some guac and a marg (preferably on a sunny day) but honestly, you could eat these in the dead of winter (I have numerous times) and just blast the heat and pretend you're somewhere warm.
This recipe is loosely based off of Mexican tastes and flavours, but is not authentic at all. And I would never claim them to be. They are simply a spiced chicken wing using predominately Mexican spices and then served with a cooling cotija dip. And they are delicious. So when I say Mexican inspired, I mean inspired by the cuisine, flavours and taste and I use that term loosely. I really hope that you give them a try because they're one of my favourite chicken wings recipes.
Feel free to make these in the air fryer or in the oven. I have instructions for both methods below.
These Mexican chicken wings are SO easy to make. Here's everything you need to make them!
Making crispy air fryer chicken wings is actually the easiest thing ever. Here is exactly how to make them.
Pat your chicken wings with some paper towel first to get them nice and dry. This will help make them crispier.
Now, pour the spices into a large bowl and mix with a spoon. Add your chicken wings one at a time and toss well to coat, making sure that each one is very well seasoned and coated. This is important to ensure maximum flavour. Look at the photo below to see how well these are coated.
Preheat the airy fryer.
Add a layer of chicken wings to your air fryer, bottom part up first (skin side down), it's ok if they touch a little, but don't completely overlap them. My air fryer does about 6 whole chicken wings (or about 10-12 split chicken wings) at a time. Spray with avocado oil.
Place in your air fryer and bake for 8 minutes. Remove and flip them over and spray with a little more avocado oil and air fry for an additional 8 minutes.
Place a wire rack over a baking sheet. Heat your oven to 250 degrees and add the air fried chicken wings to the baking sheet. Then place this in the oven to keep the cooked ones warm. Repeat with the remaining chicken wings until all are done.
Making the lime and cotija dip is easy and will only take a minute or so. And it's perfect for dipping your wings in.
In a small bowl, add all ingredients. Mix with a spoon until well combined and then set aside.
You can absolutely make these Mexican inspired chicken wings in the oven.
To do this, pat your chicken wings very well with paper towel. Add the seasoning to a large bowl along with 1 tbsp baking powder (this helps get them crispy in the oven) and then add the wings, working in small batches to coat them all very well.
Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack over top (this helps things stay clean).
Spray the rack with avocado oil spray.
Arrange on the rack in a single layer. Bake for 45 minutes, turning about halfway through.
Remove and serve with the dip and toppings.
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Crispy air fryer Mexican inspired chicken wings made in 20 minutes! These are packed with flavour from a simple dry rub and served with a cooling cotija cilantro dip.
For the Wings:
For the cotija dip
Air Fry the Wings
Make the dip
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