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Easy Air Fryer BBQ Chicken

This Easy Air Fryer BBQ Chicken is made using wings, your favorite barbecue rub, and drizzled in BBQ sauce for the perfect grilled taste. You can make these using fresh or frozen chicken.

air fryer bbq chicken on a plate with bbq sauce
raw chicken wings in a glass bowl

BBQ chicken is something I can enjoy year-round! It doesn’t have to be summer for me to enjoy it! What’s great is you can make this recipe a few different ways. You can bake, grill, or air fry the chicken wings, which is my preference.

Another great reason to air fry these is if you’re craving BBQ during the winter months and don’t want to brave the cold for the grill or maybe you live in an apartment and don’t have a grill.

raw chicken wings in a glass bowl

What BBQ Sauce to Use

Feel free to use your favorite BBQ sauce. I love the variety of sauces provided by Primal Kitchen. Their sauces taste great and are sugar free.

How to Make Air Fryer BBQ Chicken

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Season your chicken in a BBQ rub, salt, and pepper to taste.
  2. Load them in the air fryer. I didn’t use any oil.
  3. Air fry.
cooked bbq chicken wings in air fryer

Air Fryer Temperature

I use 400 degrees.

Cook Time/How Long to Cook

I recommend 15-20 minutes. The chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer

air fryer bbq chicken on a plate with bbq sauce
bbq air fryer chicken wings on a plate

How Long to Chicken Legs or Breasts

Chicken breasts will need to cook for 13-15 minutes. Chicken legs will need 10-22 minutes.

How to Use Frozen Chicken

Add an additional 5 minutes of cook time. The chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer

air fryer bbq chicken on a plate with bbq sauce with a cooking brush drizzling sauce over the chicken
person holding air fryer bbq chicken wing

Recipes to Pair with BBQ Chicken

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Roasted Ranch Potatoes
Creamy Cucumber Salad
Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Southern Fried Cabbage
Air Fryer French Fries
Slow Cooker Crockpot Chicken and Rice

More BBQ Recipes

Air Fryer Ribs
Grilled Baby Back Ribs
Southern Potato Salad
Southern Macaroni Salad
Spaghetti Salad

More Air Fryer Chicken Recipes

Air Fryer Chicken Wings
Air Fryer Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Air Fryer Chicken Thighs
Air Fryer Chicken Sandwich
Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

This recipe works great with my Homemade BBQ Seasoning and Rub.

bbq air fryer chicken wings on a plate
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Easy Air Fryer BBQ Chicken

This Easy Air Fryer BBQ Chicken is made using wings, your favorite barbecue rub, and drizzled in BBQ sauce for the perfect grilled taste. You can make these using fresh or frozen chicken.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer bbq chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 458kcal

Ingredients

Homemade BBQ Rub (Feel free to use store-bought rub if you wish)

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar or sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • Pat the chicken wings dry using paper towels.
  • Season both sides of the chicken with the BBQ seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add in the chicken wings. Do not overcrowd the air fryer. Cook in batches if needed.
  • Cook the chicken for 17-20 minutes on 400 degrees. Flip the chicken halfway through. Ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.
  • Remove the chicken from the air fryer and drizzle in BBQ Sauce.

Oven and Baking Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 370 degrees.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and add the wings. Spritz the chicken wings with cooking oil.
  • Bake the wings for 20 minutes and then open and flip the wings. Spritz with cooking oil. Bake for an additional 10 minutes. Ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.
  • Drizzle the chicken in BBQ sauce.

Grill Instructions

  • Oil the grill racks and heat the grill to 350 degrees.
  • Cook for 15-22 minutes, flipping and turning when charred. Ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.
  • Drizzle the chicken in BBQ sauce.

Notes

If you air fry these and want them to taste like they are fresh off the grill, add 1/2 teaspoon of Liquid Smoke to your wings before applying the rub.
Every air fryer will cook at varying speeds. Monitor your chicken closely to test doneness.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 32g
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Recipe Rating




Sydney

Friday 12th of November 2021

Awesome recipe and great rub for great tasting wings!

staysnatched

Saturday 13th of November 2021

I'm so glad you enjoyed them!

Arielle

Friday 22nd of January 2021

These turned out so good! I followed your easy recipe exactly and finally mastered my wings In the air fryer! Thank you for making it easy! Can’t wait to try more recipes.

staysnatched

Monday 25th of January 2021

Yay! Air fryer wings truly are the best.