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 food and flavours, you're gonna love these Mexican 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. I do this ALL the time ;)
Like most people, I'm definitely missing traveling. It's been two years since I went anywhere and honestly at this point, I'd travel pretty much anywhere. But since that won't be happening, I've been making an effort to make the most of things. And if I can't physically travel, at least I can make delicious food and pretend I'm travelling to that country of origin. With that being said, one of my favourite places to "travel" is Mexico. I love the food SO much, it's one of my fav cuisines and I do my best to keep things authentic while still being accessible. I've been making plenty of tacos, burritos, carnitas and even birria tacos and each and every time, I've done something a little silly (but so fun). My fiancé (Shayne) and I pretend we're in Mexico and turn up the heat in the condo. We make margaritas and joke that we're going to margaritaville (it's always the first stop on the way to Mexico). So yeah, it's silly, but honestly makes us laugh and lightens the mood. Which we can all use right now.
So whether or not you do the same, I do hope you love these Mexican chicken wings.
These Mexican chicken wings are SO easy to make. Here's everything you need to make them!
Lime juice: to add some acidity to the dip, you'll use the lime zest as well.
Greek yogurt: to add some creamy goodness to the dip and cool things off. You could use sour cream or Greek yogurt.
Cilantro: to add colour and flavour, if you hate it, leave it off.
Cotija Cheese: I love the saltiness and creaminess that cotija adds. See substitutions for other options.
Serrano pepper: the dry rub isn't spicy at all, and because I love heat, I like adding in some thinly sliced serrano pepper which is similar to a jalapeño pepper but spicier.
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 to 400 degrees.
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.
In a small bowl, add all ingredients. Mix with a spoon until well combined and then set aside.
Absolutely you can!
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 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack over top. Spray the rack with avocado oil spray. Arrange on the rack in a single layer. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, turning every 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and serve with the dip and toppings.
The air fryer I use and really enjoy and recommend is this T-Fal Easy Air Fryer. I like the size of it for cooking for 1 to 2 people. Plus, I think it's fairly affordable as well and doesn't take up too much room.
Ready to make this? Let's get to it!
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Crispy air fryer Mexican chicken wings made in 20 minutes! These are packed with flavour from a simple dry rub and served with a cotija (or feta) cilantro dip.
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