These air fryer chicken wings are a bit of a revelation to me, but more on that later. They are simply cooked with salt and pepper and then given a dusting of paprika before being tossed in a spectacular pineapple and jalapeño coating.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings with a Pineapple and Jalapeño.
This post will be relatively short (stop dancing) as there is little that I can add to my numerous ruminations on chicken wings.
Yes I love them, yes they appear a lot here and yes they are all different! And no I am not sorry.
Pineapple and jalapeño is a great combination of flavours. The sweetness of the pineapple is a natural match to the flavour of jalapeño chili.
The chili is also one of the milder varieties so this recipe is not a hot wing challenge!
How to Cook Wings In An Air Fryer.
Yes, I have added a new toy to my kitchen, no I am not going to become a toy promoter.
My latest addition came about as a result of not being fond of leaving a full fryer around when it does not get used often. I had heard many good things about air fryers so figured, why not.
This is the first recipe I have developed for the air fryer and right out of the box I was impressed.
Wings seemed to take around 25-30 minutes to cook. I find giving them a wee shake 2 or 3 times during the process helps with getting an even colouring.
I was surprised that Air Fryer Chicken wings do not need any oil or indeed baking powder to crisp up. They come out perfect right out of the box.
I do find that the heat can ‘scorch’ spices and give them a bitter edge. That is why in this recipe I add paprika at the end, but paprika is a spice that does not like extreme heat anyway!
My Favourite Way to Cook Wings?
I have to say I am not sure!
I now have 4 ways of cooking wings here on my website, Fried Wings, Grilled Wings, Baked Wings and now Air Fryer Wings.
For flavour I think fried wings will always win out, but there is that whole fryer kicking around the kitchen thing. But I use my fryer maybe once a month.
These fried wings are undoubtedly my favourite but I just don’t eat them enough.
Cooking wings on a flame is fab fun and a very social way of cooking.
Wings in the air fryer will definitely slip in ahead of wings in the oven. As a result of that, it will probably be my most frequent way of cooking wings!
- 1kg Chicken Wings
- 1 Tsp Paprika
- Salt and Pepper
For the Glaze:
- 50 g Shallot
- 3 Jalapeño Peppers
- 150 g Pineapple
- 50 g Honey
- Salt and Pepper
- Roughly chop the shallot and the jalapeño pepper.
- Place in a blender with the honey and pineapple and blend.
- Add a generous seasoning of salt and pepper then transfer to a pan.
- Cook over a low-medium heat for the time it takes us to cook the wings.
- Prepare the wings by cutting into winglets and drumettes.
- Season the wings generously with salt and pepper.
- Place the wings in the air fryer and cook for 20 minutes at 180°C or 350°F turning them over half way through.
- After 20 minutes crank the heat up to 220° or 450°F and cook for a final 7 minutes.
- Remove from the air fryer and sprinkle with the paprika.
- Toss in the pineapple "glaze" and serve hot!
Vary the chili level as you wish in this recipe, I find 3 Jalapeño peppers leads to a fairly modest amount of heat but a good level of flavour.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 889 Total Fat: 61g Saturated Fat: 22g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 34g Cholesterol: 205mg Sodium: 1133mg Carbohydrates: 43g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 16g Protein: 43g