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The secret to crispy chicken wings

There are many methods to get crispy chicken wings. Some involve dusting your wings with baking powder and letting them dry in the fridge overnight.

Another common method is to fry them in a vat of oil.

This recipe is great, because it’s not only quick, but it uses very little oil, because the wings are air-fried in a Ninja Grill.

You can use any of the Ninja Grill models, including the Woodfire Outdoor Grill. All you have to do is set the grill to the Air Crisp setting.

This setting uses convection technology, which circulates hot air around the wings. This technology allows the meat to stay juicy while crisping up the skin.


This recipe only uses 3 ingredients.

chicken wings ingredients: chicken wings, olive oil, seasoning.
  • Chicken wings: I like using whole wings, but you can also use the separated drummettes and flats. For this recipe, make sure they are fully thawed.
  • Oil: Olive oil or vegetable oil
  • Seasoning: Use your favorite poultry rub. I recommend a combo of my Chicken Rub and Ooomami Rub from Girl Carnivore.

How to cook crispy chicken wings in a Ninja Grill

  1. STEP ONE: Rub your wings with oil and sprinkle your favorite poultry seasoning on all sides. Refrigerate uncovered while heating the grill.
chicken wings dusted with seasoning.
  1. STEP TWO: Set your Ninja Grill to Air Crisp with a temperature of 390F degrees and a time of 30 minutes. Grill for 10 minutes. Flip. Grill for 10 more minutes. Flip again.
crispy wings in a ninja grill half way cooked in air crisp basket.
If you have the Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill, add smoke by pushing the Woodfire Flavor Technology button.
  1. STEP THREE: Increase the grill temperature to 450F degrees and grill for 5 more minutes.
crispy wings in a ninja grill in air crisper basket.

NINJA PRO TIP: Increasing the temperature to 450F degrees is the secret to creating super crispy skin.

How to serve crispy wings

You can serve crispy wings just like any other wings – with your favorite dipping sauce like ranch or blue cheese dressing and some fresh carrots and celery.

close up of crispy chicken wings.


While you can save the crispy chicken wings cooked in a Ninja Grill for 3-5 days in the refrigerator, they will lose their crispiness. It’s best to eat them right away.

If you do have some leftover, you can reheat them in the Ninja Grill or in a microwave.

chicken wings on platter.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long do you put chicken wings in the air fryer?

Your wings will take about 25 minutes to cook. Set the Ninja Grill to air crisp at a temp of 390F degrees and grill for 10 minutes per side. Then, increase the temperature to 450F degrees and cook for 5 more minutes.

What’s the secret to crispy chicken wings?

By cranking the heat on the Ninja Grill at the end, the meat will be tender and cooked through and the skin will be crispy.

Can I add sauce to my wings?

Yes. If you want to sauce your wings, cook them according to the recipe and then toss them in your favorite sauce. They won’t be as crispy, but they’ll still be delicious.

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Crispy Chicken Wings in a Ninja Grill

The perfect temperature and time settings to create crispy chicken wings in a Ninja Grill. The recipe only needs 3 ingredients.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 full wings


  • 2 lbs whole chicken wings
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp poultry rub


  • Season: Drizzle olive oil all over the wings. Then, season with your favorite poultry seasoning. Refrigerate uncovered while you heat the grill.
  • Heat Grill: Heat the Ninja Grill to air crisp, 390F degrees. Set the time for 30 minutes.
  • Grill: Add the wings to the grill. Cook for 10 minutes. Flip. Cook for 10 more minutes. Flip again.
  • Crisp: Increase the grill temperature to 450F degrees, and cook for 5 more minutes. Serve immediately.


Calories: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 0.5gProtein: 11gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 45mgPotassium: 101mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.02gVitamin A: 110IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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I’m Christie, the head cook and award-winning competitive pitmaster for Team Girls Can Grill. I have won multiple grand championships and top 10 category finishes. I’m an expert grill reviewer for BBQ Guys, and I have appeared on the Food Network and Ninja Woodfire Grill infomercials. I established this website in 2015 to share my BBQ tips and recipes.

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  1. I have used this recipe twice now. First time I did not use the smoke box feature and the wings were crispy and fantastic. Second time I used the smoke feature and they turned out somewhat rubbery and not crispy. Does the smoke feature cause this? Although I like the smoke flavor I prefer them crispy. Is this typical?

    1. That’s interesting. The smoke box shouldn’t change the crispiness. By any chance did you smoke your wood chips? If so, it’s possible the steam may have reduced the crispiness. I recommend using wood chips dry.