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Crispy Air Fryer Turkey Wings

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Air fryer turkey wings and meaty, tender, and delicious with crispy skin! They make a fun alternative to chicken wings.
air fryer turkey wing with slice out

Make air fryer turkey wings for a fun alternative to chicken wings! These wings are fall off the bone tender with crispy skin and lots of meat.

When it comes to turkey, my family loves dark meat the best. Turkey breast is good, but turkey drumsticks and wings are even better! You can quickly fry up turkey wings in the air fryer for a family dinner or an easy appetizer.

turkey wings after air frying

Coat the wings with Cajun flavors or your favorite spice rub, and enjoy some hearty finger food with this meaty dish!

Find more air fryer turkey recipes! Air Fryer Turkey Breast, Air Fryer Turkey Legs, or Air Fryer Turkey Burgers.

🍗Simple Ingredients

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Turkey wings – Look for these near the turkey breasts and drumsticks. Some grocery stores will only have them available seasonally.
  • Oil
  • Cajun spices – or your favorite spice mix
  • Garlic powder
labeled air fryer turkey wing ingredeint photo

❓Should I Air Fry Turkey Wings Whole?

Turkey wings are almost always sold whole. And they can be air fried whole or split into pieces before cooking.

Like chicken wings, they have three parts, the drummette, the flat, and the wing tip. To separate them, use a sharp knife to cut through the joints to pull the pieces apart. Most people discard the wing tip.

Splitting them apart isn’t difficult, and they will cook more evenly and brown better if they are separated.

🥣How to Make Air Fryer Turkey Wings

  1. Split (optional) – Split the wings into the flat and drummette by cutting through the elbow joint.
  2. Season – Place the wings in a medium size bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Then add the Cajun seasoning.
  3. Air Fry – Air fry at 360 degrees F for 13 minutes.
  4. Flip – Flip the wings over and air fry for another 13 minutes.
  5. Test – Use an instant-read thermometer to verify the wings have reached 165 degrees F internally.
seasoning the turkey wings
Seasoning the wings
turkey wings in air fryer basket.
Air frying the wings

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🍴Serving Ideas

Air fryer turkey wings are versatile and can be served as either an appetizer or a main dish! Add a dipping sauce, like BBQ sauce, chili sauce, or hot mustard sauce, and enjoy them as an appetizer. They are hearty finger food and make a fun change from chicken wings for a game-day party!

Or serve them as a weekday dinner along with coleslaw and applesauce. Or make a Thanksgiving-themed dinner and pair the wings with holiday sides like mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and green bean casserole.

💭How to Store

Store leftover turkey wings in an air-tight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. You can eat them cold or put them back in the air fryer to heat them up.

holding an air fryer turkey wing coated in spices

♨️How to Reheat

To reheat the wings, set the air fryer at 350 degrees F. Heat them for 5 minutes until they are warm. If you like, increase the air fryer to 400 degrees F for 2 minutes to make the skin crispy.

❓Can I Air Fry Frozen Turkey Wings?

Turkey wings will cook best if you thaw them before air frying. Leave them in the fridge overnight to thaw, and then follow the recipe.

🦃Seasoning Variations

  • Chicken seasoning blend
  • Lemon pepper dry rub
  • Paprika with salt and black pepper
  • BBQ rub
  • Old Bay

⭐Tips for the Best Turkey Wings

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • These are very greasy, so the air fryer will get messy. If your air fryer tends to smoke, put a piece of bread underneath the basket to catch the grease. Or add a little water to the bottom to prevent smoking.
  • Keep the wings in a single layer without stacking.
  • They will cook faster if you separate the drummettes from the flat.

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Air Fryer Turkey Wings Recipe

Air fryer turkey wings and meaty, tender, and delicious with crispy skin! They make a fun alternative to chicken wings.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time26 mins
Total Time36 mins
Servings: 3
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Ingredients
 

  • 2 pounds fresh turkey wings about 4 whole wings
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun spices
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Pat the wings dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
    2 pounds fresh turkey wings
  • Optional – Use a sharp knife or kitchen shears to separate the wings at the elbow joint into the flat and drumette. Discard the wing tip.
  • Put them in a medium-sized bowl or zippered bag. Drizzle the oil over the top, then add the Cajun spices and garlic powder. Stir until they are well coated with spices.
    1/2 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon Cajun spices, 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Put them in the air fryer basket, keeping the wings in a single layer.
  • Air fry at 360 degrees F for 13 minutes. Then flip them over and air fry for another 13 minutes.
  • Use a digital meat thermometer to verify the wings have reached 165 degrees F. Make sure you test the thickest part of the wings.

Notes

  • Use your favorite spice mixture. Some suggested flavor combinations are chicken seasoning rub, Old Bay, BBQ rub, or just salt and black pepper.
  • These are very greasy, so the air fryer will get messy. If your air fryer tends to smoke, put a piece of bread underneath the basket to catch the grease. Or add a little water to the bottom to prevent smoking.
  • Keep the wings in a single layer without stacking.
  • They will cook faster if you separate the drummettes from the flat.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 502mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.03g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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