Air Fryer Dunked Wings

This copycat recipe for KFC’s dunked wings delivers crisp, juicy wings coated in a delicious sticky sauce. Cooked in the air fryer, these wings are lighter but no less delicious than the original.

Air Fryer Dunked Wings

Ingredients Needed

  • Chicken wings.
  • Flour.
  • Eggs.
  • Panko breadcrumbs.
  • Spices: Garlic powder, onion powder, ground ginger, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper.
  • Olive oil.
  • For the sauce: soy sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, rice vinegar.

How to make Dunked Wings

  1. Bread the chicken: Combine the flour with a teaspoon each onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the bread crumbs with the same spices and whisk the eggs in a separate bowl. Coat the chicken first in the flour, then in the beaten egg and finally in the bread crumbs. Press the crumbs into the chicken to thoroughly coat each wing.
  2. Air fry: Place the chicken wings in a single layer in your air fryer basket. Spray or drizzle with olive oil then air fry at 205°C/400°F for 20 minutes, turning over half way through cooking, until the chicken is crisp and golden and cooked through.
  3. Make the sauce: While the chicken is cooking, combine all the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan set over medium-high heat. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes until the sauce has reduced slightly.
  4. Serve: Toss the cooked chicken wings in the sauce and serve immediately.
Dunked wings cooked in an air fryer.

Can I make this ahead?

The chicken is definitely best served straight away but leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the air fryer until hot throughout.

What to serve with air fryer chicken wings

These crispy chicken wings are delicious served with Easy oven baked fries with fry sauce, Air fryer potato wedges or Easy creamy curried macaroni salad for an easy dinner but they are delicious served on their own as an appetizer or snack.

Crispy coated chicken wings coated in sticky sauce.

Air Fryer Chicken Recipes

I always use my Instant Pot Vortex Plus Versazone Air Fryer  when developing air fryer recipes. It is by far the most efficient air fryer I’ve used and the basket size is excellent for a family of 4. I am partnered with Instant Pot South Africa.

Air Fryer Dunked Wings

Air Fryer Dunked Wings

5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer chicken wings, dunked wings, KFC dunked wings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Calories: 564kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 500 g (1lb) chicken wings
  • cups flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 3 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 eggs

For the dunked sauce

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  • Combine the flour with a teaspoon each onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the bread crumbs with the same spices and whisk the eggs in a separate bowl.
  • Coat the chicken first in the flour, then in the beaten egg and finally in the bread crumbs. Press the crumbs into the chicken to thoroughly coat each wing.
  • Place the chicken wings in a single layer in your air fryer basket.
  • Spray or drizzle with olive oil then air fry at 205°C/400°F for 20 minutes, turning over half way through cooking, until the chicken is crisp and golden and cooked through.
  • While the chicken is cooking, combine all the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan set over medium-high heat.
  • Allow to simmer for 10 minutes until the sauce has reduced slightly.
  • Toss the cooked chicken wings in the sauce and serve immediately.

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Nutrition

Calories: 564kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 178mg | Sodium: 3027mg | Potassium: 442mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 899IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 4mg

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  1. I made these this week, and my husband said they were the best wings he’d ever had! Also, my mother-in-law (who lives with us) is quite picky, so we used the same crumb mix on a flattened chicken breast for her, and she also declared it to be extremely tasty. This will be going into regular rotation, I think!