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Air Fryer Chicken Wings with a Pineapple and Jalapeño

These air fryer chicken wings are simply cooked with salt and pepper, then given a dusting of paprika before being tossed in a spectacular pineapple and jalapeño glaze.

Portrait image of air fryer chicken wings served with potato wedges served on a wooden chopping board

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 in my previous chicken wing recipes. 

Yes I love them, yes they appear a lot here and yes they are all different! And no I am not sorry.

Fruity glazes or finishes on a chicken wing recipe is definitely a thing I am keen on. These chicken wings follow on from my date and chili buffalo chicken wings and mango chicken wings.

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!

Portrait close up image of air fryer chicken wings served with potato wedges served on a wooden chopping board

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 cooking wings in this thing does not need any oil or indeed baking powder to crisp up. They come out perfect right out of the box.

On that note you must check out my Air Fryer Onion Bhaji.

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!

The air fryer is equally adept at cooking the crispy potato wedges I serve with these wings.

Portrait close up over head image of air fryer chicken wings served with potato wedges served on a wooden chopping board

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 and be the best, but there is that whole fryer kicking around the kitchen thing. But I use my fryer maybe once a month.

This fried wings recipe is undoubtedly my favourite technique 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 in future!

Square image of air fryer chicken wings served with potato wedges served on a wooden chopping board
Yield: 4 Servings

Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Pineapple and Jalapeño

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These air fryer chicken wings are the perfect way to feed a crowd simply and efficiently, after cooking until crisp they are rolled in paprika and a foxy Pineapple and Jalapeño coating.


  • 16-18 Chicken Wings
  • 1 Tsp Paprika
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • ½ Tsp Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda)

For the Glaze:

  • 3 Jalapeño Peppers
  • 225g Tin of Pineapple Chinks in Juice
  • 40g (2 Tbsp) Honey
  • 1 Tsp Dried Mint
  • ½ Tsp Coarse Sea Salt
  • ¼ Tsp White Pepper


  1. Remove the stem and roughly chop jalapeño peppers, then place them in a mini blender.
  2. Add the pineapple from the tin and 2 tablespoons of the juice to the blender and blitz to a smooth paste.
  3. Add the pineapple puree to a small (15cm or 6") pan.
  4. Throw in the dried mint, salt and white pepper and stir to combine.
  5. Cook over a medium heat for 12-15 minutes stirring regularly.
  6. Prepare the wings by cutting into winglets and drumettes.
  7. Season the wings generously with salt and pepper.
  8. Place the wings in the air fryer and cook for 20 minutes at 180°C or 350°F turning them over half way through.
  9. After 20 minutes crank the heat up to 220° or 450°F and cook for a final 7 minutes.
  10. Remove from the air fryer and sprinkle with the paprika.
  11. 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:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 894Total Fat: 52gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 176mgSodium: 2082mgCarbohydrates: 70gFiber: 4gSugar: 43gProtein: 37g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

Did you make this recipe?

If you made this recipe, I'd love to see what you did and what I can do better, share a picture with me on Instagram and tag me @krumplibrian and tell me how it went!

Mayuri Patel

Friday 24th of May 2019

A great way to enjoy fried chicken without frying it in loads of oil. The air fried chicken looks really crispy. Good tip about moving the pieces several times to get an even colour.

Brian Jones

Friday 24th of May 2019

Giving the chicken a wee jiggle really does help.


Thursday 23rd of May 2019

I need to get an air fryer! What a great way to cook chicken wings.

Brian Jones

Friday 24th of May 2019

It is a remarkably good gadget.

Beth Neels

Tuesday 21st of May 2019

Whoa! I love cooking wings in the air fryer! But this sauce!!! I'm in love and must try this ASAP! There is nothing better in my mind than sweet and spicy together! Heading to out to buy some wings!! :)

Brian Jones

Wednesday 22nd of May 2019

Thanks Beth... Enjoy!


Monday 20th of May 2019

That is so cool that these are done in the air fryer! It also helps that they look delicious and sound tasty. Thanks for sharing!

Brian Jones

Tuesday 21st of May 2019

Thank you

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