If dark meat is your preference in turkey, we have simple, delicious and nutritious Air Fryer Turkey Wings for you! Making them in the air fryer is super easy and convenient. They are succulent and juicy, they are tender, and they can be ready to enjoy in 30 minutes simple prep and cooking time. These turkey wings allow you to enjoy hearty turkey not just during the holiday season, but all year long!
What are turkey wings?
A turkey wing is made up of 3 parts: the drumette, the wingette, and the wing tip. The drumette is the small drumstick where most of the meat is located. It’s mostly dark, juicy meat.
The wingette (called the “flat”) is the middle section and has two bones with meat in the middle. The wingette section crisps up when cooking them with the thicker drumette portions.
The wing tip doesn’t have much flavor, but can be used to make homemade broth.
You can use the whole wing for this recipe, or split the turkey wing into the drumette and the wingette and remove the wing tip. A butcher will be happy to split the wing for you. Split wings cook more evenly and all the skin will brown up nicely.
Are turkey wings high in cholesterol?
When you treat yourself to an air fried turkey wing with the skin on you add about 81 milligrams of cholesterol to your daily intake. The American Heart Association recommends keeping your daily cholesterol intake to less than 300 milligrams per day.
Step by step directions for cooking turkey wings in an air fryer:
- Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees and spray the cooking basket with a small amount of olive oil.
- Clean and pat the wings dry.
- Combine salt and pepper with the spices.
- Coat the dry wings with olive oil and the spice mixture.
- Cook the wings for 25 minutes, flipping halfway. Let the wings cool for a few minutes before serving.
What temp do you use to cook turkey wings in an air fryer?
To cook turkey wings in the air fryer, use a temperature of 350 degrees F. You will need to preheat the air fryer before cooking the turkey wings for the best results.
How do you know when turkey wings are done?
Turkey wings will be done in 25 minutes when using an air fryer. The internal temperature should be 165 degrees F using a meat thermometer. Visually the turkey wings will be golden brown after 25 minutes. If you don’t have a meat thermometer, cut into a wing and the juices will run clear when done.
Why we love this recipe for turkey wings:
- You can stir up the spice mixture ahead of time. Then when you are ready to cook the turkey wings, just coat the wings with oil and the spice mixture a day in advance, then cook.
- It’s versatile, you can substitute chicken wings for the turkey wings. Chicken
wings cook much faster.
- These flavorful bites of dark meat turkey are best served hot and fresh from the air fryer.
Do turkey wings stay tender when cooked in an air fryer?
Turkey wings stay very juicy and tender when cooked at 350 degrees F in an air fryer. Don’t overcook so that they do not start to dry out. Serve and enjoy hot and fresh from the air fryer.
Can you use frozen turkey wings to cook in an air fryer?
You can use frozen turkey wings if necessary but we recommend using fresh if possible. The frozen turkey wings must be fully thawed before cooking them in the air fryer.
How long can I store uncooked turkey wings in the refrigerator?
Turkey wings can be stored for up to 2 days in the original packaging in the refrigerator before cooking. You can freeze uncooked turkey wings in the original packaging for up to 5-6 months.
Is it safe to eat undercooked turkey wings?
It is never safe to eat rare or undercooked poultry of any kind. The internal temperature should be 165 degrees F to be considered safe according to the U.S.D.A.
What happens if you eat undercooked turkey wings?
A common bacteria in undercooked poultry is Salmonella. It can cause very uncomfortable symptoms including diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps and vomiting.
Can you freeze turkey wings after cooking in an air fryer?
Leftover cooked turkey wings can be frozen up to 3 months. Let them cool to room temperature first, then wrap in freezer wrap or place them in a resealable freezer bag and then in an airtight container for the best quality. Write the date you froze the cooked turkey wings on the outside of the container to insure the quality and safety of the turkey.
How long can you safely store turkey wings after cooking?
Leftover cooked turkey wings can be stored safely for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Cool the wings to room temperature first and place in an airtight resealable bag for the best quality. After 3-4 days, keep in mind the turkey wings may lose some of their tender, juicy taste. We recommend eating the turkey wings as soon as possible, hot and fresh from the air fryer.
How do you reheat turkey wings in an air fryer?
Reheat the turkey wings by preheating the air fryer to 350 degrees F. Place the leftover wings in the basket of the air fryer and cook for about 10-12 minutes.
What sides can I serve with turkey wings?
These turkey wings serve well on their own with dipping sauces as an appetizer. Try buffalo sauce, honey mustard sauce, teriyaki sauce, or BBQ sauce with the wings. During the holiday season, these turkey wings pair well with any of your holiday favorite dishes.
Tips & Tricks
- You can substitute chicken wings in the recipe.
- You can bake the wings in an oven if desired. They will bake for 1 hr at 350 degrees.
- Prepare the wings ahead and keep in the refrigerator overnight after coating with olive oil and the spice mixture for even better, more intense flavor.
- Use 1 teaspoon of salt for every pound of turkey wings.
- Use your favorite spice rub if you desire instead of the spice mixture.
- Don’t stack the wings in the basket, they need room to cook evenly and get crispy.
- Don’t use pre-smoked turkey wings as they are already cooked. This recipe calls for raw, uncooked turkey wings.
Air Fryer Turkey Wings
- 2.5 lbs turkey wings
- 2.5 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- In a small bowl, combine the garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, brown sugar, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper.
- Coat the turkey wings with olive oil and spice mixture.
- Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray or brush it with olive oil.
- Air fry the turkey wings at 350°F for 25 minutes flipping halfway.
- Let the wings rest for 5 minutes and serve hot.
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