Air fryer crispy turkey wings will take your next wing night to a whole new level. Split turkey wings are coated in a simple seasoning and then air fried until crispy, golden, and delicious. They can be eaten as is or tossed in your favourite wing sauce. These extra-large wings are meaty and juicy, perfect for a main meal, or can be served as an appetizer or snack.
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Why We Love Air Fryer Turkey Wings
Air fryer turkey wings are a great option instead of regular chicken wings. Their larger size means more meat, making them perfect for a main meal. But they work just as well on an appetizer platter.
Served on game day, you will wow your party guests with these jumbo-sized wings.
Not only are turkey wings larger than chicken wings, but they have firmer meat and skin and a slightly more robust flavour.
Turkey wings can be cooked and seasoned just like your favourite chicken wings. In this recipe, we’ve kept things simple. The wings have been tossed in a light flour dredge and seasoned with just a few simple spices. This makes them extra crispy, full of flavour, and they will go well with almost any side dish.
The simple seasoning on these wings means you can toss them in your favourite sauce, serve them with a dip, or enjoy them like you would eat fried chicken.
Cooked in the air fryer, these tasty wings take less than 30 minutes to cook. The meat will stay tender and juicy, and the skin will become golden and crisp.
For a complete list of ingredients, see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
These crispy wings are made with simple pantry ingredients, and it is easy to adjust the seasonings depending on your flavour preferences.
Turkey wings – You will want split turkey wings for this recipe. You can usually buy them pre-split from your grocer or butcher. If you can not find split wings, you can buy whole wings. Before you begin, you just need to remove the tip and separate the flat from the drumette.
All-purpose flour, corn starch, & baking powder – The combination of the flour, corn starch and baking powder gives these wings their extra crispy coating. If you need to keep the wings gluten-free, omit the flour or replace it with a 1:1 gluten-free all-purpose blend.
Seasonings – The seasoning blend in these crispy wings is made with simple pantry ingredients. The combination of chilli powder, smoked paprika, mustard powder, garlic and onion give the wings a savoury, with a bit of smokiness. If you want to keep things simple, you can replace the individual seasonings with your favourite seasoning blends, such as BBQ, jerk, or cajun seasoning.
Step by Step Instructions
Step one – In a small bowl, combine the seasonings with the flour, corn starch and baking powder.
Place the wings on a baking sheet or cutting board and dust them with half of the seasoning blend, making sure to cover all sides of the wings. Let them rest for five to ten minutes until the flour blend becomes sticky, then coat them again.
Step two – Place the wings in a single layer in the air fryer basket and generously spray them with olive oil.
Set the air fryer to 380°F and cook the wings for 25-28 minutes. Turn the wings after 10 minutes and respray them with olive oil. Check on the wings again at 20 minutes. If you see any spots of dry flour, spray them with olive oil, then continue cooking until the skin is crispy and juices run clear when the wings are pierced with a fork.
Pro Tip: Time to cook will depend on your air fryer’s brand, size and wattage, and the size of the wings. Turkey wings are cooked when the juices run clear when the wing is pierced with a fork, and the skin is crispy. If you use an instant-read thermometer, turkey wings are ready when they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
These crispy, air-fried turkey wings are suitable as part of a meal, appetizer, or even a snack.
Turkey wings can be served in the same way you would serve chicken wings. They are delicious on an appetizer platter, perfect for game day or wing night. They can be tossed in your favourite sauce or served as-is. Crispy turkey wings would be delicious alongside appetizers such as air-fried meatball sub skewers, firecracker shrimp, or buffalo chicken taquitos.
When served as a main meal, you can serve turkey wings in the same way you would do chicken drumsticks. Their larger size means you only need a few. They go great with side dishes like instant pot creamy mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, or crispy air-fried french fries.
Or you can keep things simple and serve them with a fresh garden salad or caesar salad.
Storage & Reheating
Leftover turkey wings can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about three days.
You can use the air fryer, oven or microwave to reheat leftover air-fried turkey wings. To reheat turkey wings in the air fryer, set your air fryer to 350°F, and heat the wings for 5-6 minutes until heated through.
Top Tips & FAQS
If you can’t find split wings and don’t want to split them yourself, you can cook turkey wings whole.
Turkey wings are cooked when the juices run clear when the wing is pierced with a fork or when the internal temperature reads 165° when using a meat thermometer.
More Air Fryer Chicken & Turkey
Air Fryer Crispy Turkey Wings
- 3 whole turkey wings split
- 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tsp granulated garlic
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon chilli powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ tsp mustard powder
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- If your wings are not already split, remove the tips from the wings and split the flats from the drumettes.
- Mix the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and seasonings in a small bowl.
- Place the wings on a baking tray or cutting board and sprinkle them with half of the flour mixture, ensuring they are fully coated. Let them rest 5-10 minutes until the flour becomes sticky, then coat with the remaining flour mixture.
- Place the wings in a single layer in your air fryer basket and spray generously with olive oil.
- Set the air fryer to 380°F. Cook the wings for 10 minutes, then flip the wings and spray them again with olive oil. Cook for a further 10 minutes, then check the wings. If there are any dry spots of flour, spray them with olive oil. Continue cooking for a further 5-8 minutes until the wings are crispy and golden and juices run clear when the wings are pierced with a fork.If you are using a thermometer, the wings are ready when they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.Click here to join our Facebook group : Air Fryer & Instant Pot Recipes and Cooking Tips