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Air Fryer Old Bay Wings

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Old Bay Wings are a Baltimore favorite. This healthier flavorful version uses an air fryer machine for crisp tender wings with less added fat.

air fryer old bay wings

I’ve been known to order appetizer wings as my meal at restaurants. If Old Bay Wings are on the menu, it’s a guaranteed order. They are usually fried, dipped in butter, and coated heavily in old bay seasoning. Pure comfort food joy for sure but definitely not healthful in the slightest. This recipe is a lighter version of my favorite restaurant comfort food.

Old bay wings ingredients

chicken wing sections on a tray

Chicken wings sections
Old bay
Canola oil spray
Lemons
Salt
Peppercorns
Yellow onion
Water
Paper towels
Air fryer unit
Baking sheet
Mixing bowl

Chicken wings brine

chicken in a lemon and onion brine

I’ve mentioned how brining chicken wings before cooking gives them more flavor. For this recipe, I chose a wet brine of salt, black peppercorns, lemon juice, and yellow onion. The wings are soaked in the brine for at least 4 hours in a cool place until ready to cook.

How to make air fryer old bay wings

recipe ingredients

After removing the chicken from the brine, thoroughly pat the pieces dry with paper towels. Layer the dry wings on a baking sheet and lightly spray them with canola oil. Sprinkle the chicken with the old bay seasoning.

Place the wings onto the air fryer racks in a single layer. )I’m using a PowerAir Fryer Pro (affil link) but the temperature and cooking time will be the same for most air fryers.) Set the temperature to 400° for 12 minutes. After the first 12 minutes, flip the wings over and rotate the racks if applicable. Cook for another 10-12 minutes. Remove the old bay wings and serve immediately.

Alternative cooking method

plat of air fryer old bay wings

You can make these wings in the oven using the same ingredients. Preheat the oven to 475°. Layer the wings on a baking sheet fitted with a wire rack and bake for 25-30 minutes. Find more detailed instructions in my post for Oven Baked Naked Wings.

Serving suggestions

air fryer wing dipped in buttermilk dip

Serve these wings with carrot sticks and my amazing Buttermilk Chive Dressing. Also, check out my Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing and Buttermilk Ranch Dip.

More wing recipes

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Garlic Parmesan
Caribbean Barbecue
Buffalo

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Air Fryer Old Bay Wings

Print Recipe
Old Bay Wings are a Baltimore favorite. This healthier flavorful version uses an air fryer machine for crisp tender wings with less added fat.
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:24 mins
Optional Brine:4 hrs
Total Time:4 hrs 39 mins

Ingredients

  • 3 lb chicken wing sections
  • 1 1/2 tsp old bay
  • Canola oil spray
  • 4 c water
  • 3 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 2 lemons quartered
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped

Instructions

Optional Brine

  • Toss the wing sections and yellow onion in a large mixing bowl. Squeeze the juice from lemon quarters over the wings followed by the salt and peppercorns. Pour the water into the bowl and let it sit for 4-6 hours.

Air Fryer Method

  • After removing the chicken from the brine, thoroughly pat the pieces dry with paper towels. Layer the dry wings on a baking sheet and lightly spray them with canola oil. Sprinkle the chicken with the old bay seasoning.
  • Place the wings onto the air fryer racks in a sigle layer. Set the temperature to 400° for 12 minutes. After the first 12 minutes, flip the wings over and rotate the racks if applicable. Cook for another 10-12 minutes.

Oven Method

  • You can make these wings in the oven using the same ingredients. Preheat the oven to 475°. Layer the wings on a baking sheet fitted with a wire rack and bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove the old bay wings to a platter and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 189mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 382mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Iron: 3mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, maryland, old bay, wings
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 546kcal
Author: Ty

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