These Ninja air fryer chicken wings are full of delicious flavor. They are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, and they have quickly become my kids' favorite snacks! Make a batch in under 20 minutes!
This easy turmeric chicken wing recipe started because I experimented with gluten-free game-day recipes. Chicken wings are always so popular when we have friends over to watch the Warriors play, so I decided to have some fun :-).
This recipe for Ninja Foodi chicken wings is a no-fail, crowd-pleasing appetizer.
If you love turmeric, you can also try this Turmeric Vinaigrette Salad Dressing and this Roasted Turmeric Lime Cauliflower for more delicious ways to cook with turmeric.
If you are trying to decide what air fryer to get, I have a great list of gluten-free air fryers. I include a great pros and cons list for each model. You may also love these gluten free air fryer recipes.
Why Make This:
- Picky eaters love them. You know how picky my daughter is if you have been reading for a while. She hates protein and would live on cheese and carbs if I let her. I didn't expect her to eat almost all these wings in one sitting!
- Allergy-friendly. These are allergy friendly and are Paleo, Keto, Whole30, and Gluten Free...these anti-inflammatory chicken wings are perfect for anyone!
- Healthier than fried. Using an air fryer gives these turmeric chicken wings that perfect crispy skin without the oils from frying.
- Easy clean up. Most air fryers, including the Ninja Foodi, are dishwasher safe, so clean-up is a breeze!
This recipe only requires four simple ingredients.
- Chicken Wings - Use wings, drumettes, or a combination of both.
- High Heat Oil - When using an air fryer, it is critical to use an oil with a high smoking point. Use this Air Fryer Oil Guide to choose the correct oil.
Air Fryer Directions:
I love to make these Ninja chicken wings in my air fryer. Many ask what is the best air fryer for chicken wings. I love my new larger 8 qt Ninja Foodi Air Fryer. The Ninja is better because you can cook many more wings at once.
- Place your wings into a large bowl to make this gluten-free chicken wings recipe in your Ninja air fryer. Sprinkle them with turmeric, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat them all with the seasoning.
- Use metal tongs to place the wings into the air fryer basket of your air fryer. Spray some oil over the wings. Use an oil that is good for high heat. My favorite oils to use are avocado and canola oils.
- For best results, ensure there is a little space between each chicken wing so that the air and oil can circulate each wing. This is what will help them be crispy on the outside all around!
- Air fry the wings at 370º F for 12-13 minutes. Ensure the internal temperature is 165º F. These air-fried wings are much lower in fat!
Oven Baking Instructions:
- Put the raw chicken on a greased sheet pan.
- Sprinkle with salt, turmeric, and olive oil.
- Bake at 350º F for 20 minutes. Baking time will vary depending on the cut of chicken you use and whether it is bone-in or boneless. Check the internal temperature to make sure it is at 165º F.
How To Store Wings:
Store the leftover Ninja wings in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. You can freeze the wings, but they will lose their crispiness when they are thawed. I recommend crisping the wings in the air fryer.
In most cases, chicken wings are not healthy because they are fried. I don't fry the chicken wings in my air fryer chicken wing recipe, so they are so low fat and much healthier!!
You can use this recipe to make chicken thighs, legs, etc. It is a great flavorful recipe!
Technically, you could cook frozen chicken wings in the air fryer, but the extra moisture will prevent them from crisping and frying well. I don't recommend it from a flavor standpoint.
You can season the wings ahead and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook them.
If you love chicken as much as we do, you will want to check out ALL my delicious Gluten Free Chicken Recipes. If you love cooking with turmeric, you will also love this Turmeric Chicken Salad. I love using my air fryer. If you also love your Ninja, try these Ninja Foodi Roast Potatoes.
More Gluten Free Appetizer Recipes:
- Love nachos but want a healthier version? These Crispy Sweet Potato Nachos are great for a party.
- These gluten free meatballs cook quickly. Give this Instant Pot BBQ Turkey Meatballs recipe a try!
- More yummy wings! Sticky Slow Cooker Chicken Wings
- You can also use an air fryer to make gluten free appetizers. Air Fryer Gluten Free Ground Chicken Meatballs are so easy to make.
Ninja Air Fryer Chicken Wings
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- 1 pound chicken wings
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- 1 tablespoon turmeric
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- optional ground black pepper
Air Fryer Instructions:
- Preheat your air fryer to 370º F.
- In a bowl, add the wings and sprinkle with turmeric, salt, and pepper.
- Add the oil and mix to coat the wings.
- Add the wings to the warmed air fryer basket. Make sure they are not touching so the air can circulate around them.
- Spray a high heat tolerant oil over the wings. I recommend avocado or canola oil.
- Cook in the air fryer 10-12 minutes until the internal temperature reads 165º F.
Oven Baked Instructions:
- Preheat the oven to 350º F.
- Spray cooking oil on in a baking dish.
- Lay out the chicken. Sprinkle with salt, turmeric, then drizzle olive oil on top.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until the chicken is crispy on the outside. Internal temperature should be 165º F.
- If you don't have wings, you can use this turmeric seasoning on any piece of chicken. If you don't have wings.
- I like to use avocado oil to rub the chicken. You can use another light oil if you prefer.
- These wings will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 4 days.
Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn't test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.
Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.
This post was updated with more recipe details from an older January 2017 post.
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