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September 19, 2021

Crispy Air Fryer Wings: Mexican Inspired

air fryer 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. Once they're air fried, go ahead and drizzle the lime crema, cotija cheese, cilantro and some serrano peppers for heat. Highly suggest pairing these 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 and just blast the heat and pretend you're somewhere warm. I do this ALL the time ;)

air fryer wings

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 boyfriend (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 air fryer wings, Mexico style.

Ingredients

These wings are SO easy to make. Here's everything you need to make them!

Chicken wings: you'll need about 2 pounds of chicken wings. I like keeping them whole, but split or whole will work here.

Dry rub seasoning blend: to make this Mexican inspired dry rub, you'll use smoked paprika, ancho chile powder, cumin, garlic and salt.

Avocado oil spray: this helps to get the wings crispy, I recommend using either avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil cooking spray.

For the crema drizzle and toppings:

Lime juice: to add some acidity to the crema, you'll use the lime zest as well.

Greek yogurt: to add some creamy goodness to the crema and cool things off.

Mayonnaise: this adds flavour and creaminess. I like using avocado oil mayo, like this one.

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 smaller than jalapeño and spicier.

air fryer wings

How to make chicken wings in the air fryer

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.

chicken wings with dry rub

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.

dry rub on chicken wings

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 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 bake for an additional 8 minutes.

crispy chicken wings in air fryer

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.

chicken wings on wire rack

How to make the Crema and Toppings

Making the lime crema is easy and will only take a minute or so.

In a small bowl, add the mayo, Greek yogurt and lime juice and zest. Mix with a spoon until well combined and then set aside.

lime crema in bowl

Prepare your toppings, by chopping your cilantro and the serrano pepper. Grate or chop the cotija into small crumbles.

Time to assemble! Plate your wings once all are air fried and drizzle with the crema, top with all the toppings. Serve and enjoy.

air fryer wings

Can you make these in the oven

Absolutely! I do love these crispy air fryer chicken wings, but you can also enjoy some crispy chicken wings in your oven if you don't have an air fryer.

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 top with crema and toppings.

Note: they wont get quite as crispy as they do in the air fryer.

air fryer wings

How to make extra crispy air fryer wings

  • Pat the chicken wings dry: this helps make sure they get crispy
  • Don't overcrowd the air fryer: you want to be sure to space them out in one layer, it's ok if they touch a little, but don't put them on top of one another or overcrowd. It's best to work in batches.
  • Keep them warm in the oven: this is the best option when you're working in batches. I like using a wire rack over top of a baking sheet to keep them crispy. You can also reheat them all in your air fryer when you're done with all the batches.

Substitutions

  • Spices: I recommend smoked paprika over regular paprika because it has more flavour. Of course if all you have is regular paprika, that'll work. As for the ancho chili powder, I really like it, but you can use regular chili powder if that's what you have.
  • Dairy-free: if you can't have Greek yogurt, you can use another plain yogurt such as cashew or coconut.
  • Cotija cheese: I love using cotija because it tastes great and crumbles perfectly, plus it's a Mexican cheese. You can use feta or omit it altogether if you need.
  • No heat: omit the serrano pepper on top, or use a milder pepper like seeded jalapeño.
air fryer wings

Which Air Fryer Do I Use and Recommend

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.

What to serve these air fryer wings with

  • Guac and chips is my go-to choice because it's delicious and fits with the Mexican theme. Again, a margarita would also be delicious too!
  • Mexican street corn: check out my lightened up version here!
  • Any salad: a simple green salad would be great with this too.
guacamole and chips

Other Air Fryer And Chicken Recipes:

Ready to make this? Let's get to it!

If you make these Mexican inspired air fryer wings please share with me, by tagging me on Instagram or leave a comment and/or review below. I truly love seeing and hearing form you!

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Crispy Air Fryer Wings: Mexican Inspired

Crispy air fryer wings made in 20 minutes! These Mexican inspired chicken wings are packed with flavour from a simple dry rub.

Prep:
5
min
cook:
32
min
total:
40
min
Author:

Jaclyn

Ingredients

For the Wings:

For the crema and toppings

  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp lime juice and zest from one lime
  • cilantro roughly chopped, for topping
  • serrano pepper sliced thin, for topping
  • cotija cheese crumbled, for topping
  • lime wedges for serving
Instructions

Air Fry the Wings

  1. Dry your chicken wings with some paper towel first to get them nice and dry.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF.
  3. Pour the spices and salt 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.
  4. 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 at a time. Spray with avocado oil.
  5. Place in your air fryer and bake for 8 minutes. Remove and flip them over and spray with a little more avocado oil and bake for an additional 8 minutes.
  6. Place a wire rack over a baking sheet. Heat your oven to 250ºF 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.

Make the crema

  1. In a small bowl, add the mayo, Greek yogurt and lime juice and zest. Mix with a spoon until well combined and then set aside.
  2. Plate your wings once all are air fried and drizzle with the crema and top with all the toppings. Serve and enjoy!

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