Air fryer BBQ peach bourbon wings make an incredible appetizer or part of a tasty dinner. You can serve peach bourbon chicken wings for any occasion. Everyone loves bourbon wings, and the air fryer keeps things quick and easy. So try this BBQ chicken wings recipe, and consider making extra since they always disappear fast!
Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with these finger-licking air fryer peach bourbon wings! Whether you’re hosting a game night or just looking for a tasty snack, these wings are sure to impress.
Air Fryer BBQ Peach Bourbon Wings Ingredients
There aren’t too many ingredients in this air fryer BBQ chicken recipe and most of them are seasonings anyway. Are you more of a flat or a drumette fan, or do you like both equally? Either remove and discard the chicken wing tips and then separate the flats and drumettes, or else buy them already prepared.
Baking powder, salt, smoked paprika, sugar, garlic, onion, mustard, and cayenne make up the rub. Use regular paprika if you don’t have smoked. And feel free to use extra cayenne if you want a spicier finish.
You might be curious about the role of baking powder to cook wings. That ingredient is more often spotted in cake recipes than in a rub for bourbon wings. But there’s a good reason why I never omit this ingredient from air fryer chicken wings or even grilled or baked ones for that matter.
Do you like crispy chicken wings? If so, you need baking powder! If you aren’t convinced, try some peach bourbon chicken wings with baking powder and some without. The first batch will be crispier! And you can’t taste the baking powder anyway. Baking powder if the key to crispy air fryer wings.
The sauce for your air fryer BBQ peach bourbon wings is a hearty combination of ketchup, peach preserves, sugar, bourbon, molasses, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, paprika, and lime. I also like to add a little liquid smoke so this air fryer BBQ chicken recipe has that wonderful char-grilled flavour.
How to Make Bourbon Wings
After tossing the wings in the rub ingredients, you can cook them for about 18 to 20 minutes in your air fryer, flipping about halfway through. I recommend spraying the air fryer pan with non-stick cooking spray first so the chicken doesn’t stick.
Add the sauce ingredients to a pan and thicken the sauce. You should stir it often so you don’t get lumps or burnt bits. Next simply toss the wings in the sauce! See, it’s so easy to make peach bourbon chicken wings!
Even though there are quite a number of ingredients you basically just have to combine some for the rub then combine the rest for the sauce.
How to Serve Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Wings
I love the way ranch dressing contrasts with the sweet, sticky sauce and often add some carrot and celery on the side. I also love all of those with buffalo chicken. Oh, and don’t forget the napkins – these are really sticky!
You know, there are plenty of occasions for air fryer BBQ peach bourbon wings. Take them to a picnic or potluck meal. Add a few to a box lunch. There are lots of ways to eat these. You will also want to eat one every time you happen to open the refrigerator! Let’s look at how to store leftovers next.
Variations for this BBQ Chicken Wings Recipe
The main flavours in these air fryer chicken wings are the spices, the fruity peach taste and the sweetness of brown sugar. You will also get a slight bourbon flavour in each bite. However, there are several variations you can use to tweak the bourbon wings result.
You might prefer to use apricot preserves rather than peach. They don’t taste that much different but if you already have apricot preserves at home, you don’t have to buy peach specifically. Another option would be orange marmalade.
I’m not a huge fan of blow-your-head-off spicy dishes but I do enjoy a touch of spice. However, this is your recipe so feel free to adjust the spiciness. Cayenne pepper adds a fiery kick but you might like to add chilli powder and/or chipotle powder as well. If you’re more into mild peach bourbon chicken wings omit the cayenne.
Making these for a mixed group including kids? As well as limiting the spiciness you might want to leave out the bourbon. However, the alcohol mostly cooks off so you will have the alcohol flavour without the alcohol percentage, making it kid-friendly. Don’t want the kids to eat the wings? Then make them super spicy. Just kidding of course!
Air Fryer Wings FAQs
Leftover air fryer chicken wings? Impossible! Kidding aside, if you do have some leftover wings, they will be fine in an airtight container for several days in the refrigerator. Freezing them for up to 2 months is another option.
To reheat your leftover chicken wings, place them in your air fryer and cook chicken wings on 400 degrees F for 5 to 7 minutes.
I prefer to thaw the precooked wings overnight in the refrigerator and reheat. If you want to reheat the precooked frozen wings, place in your air fryer and cook on 400 degrees F for 10 to 20 minutes.
Every air fryer will have instructions on whether it should be preheated before cooking. It is best to follow the instructions for your specific machine before you make the air fryer BBQ wings.
Air Fryer BBQ Peach Bourbon Wings
Air Fryer BBQ Peach Bourbon Wings
- 4 Pounds chicken wings tips removed, drumettes and flats separated
- Pat the wings dry with a paper towel.
- Combine all the rub ingredients together and mix well. Toss the wings with the rub until thoroughly coated.
- Combine all the ingredients for the BBQ sauce in a saucepan and cook over medium heat till thick and caramelized. Stir often.
- Place the rub coated wings in the air fryer basket, making sure not to overcrowd. Spray well with non stick cooking spray or olive oil.
- Place in the airfryer and set for 370 degrees F for 10 minutes. When the time has finished, flip the chicken and spray the other side. Return to the air fryer and cook for an additional 8 minutes. Check for doneness, if not thoroughly cooked, cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes.
- Remove from the air fryer and coat with the BBQ sauce. You may not need to use the entire sauce and you can store the extra sauce in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
- Serve with celery and carrot sticks.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
This is one of the best air fryer BBQ wings recipe ideas. I love the simplicity of the prep work when you air fry, and also the fact it’s simple to double or triple the recipe if you’re going to be feeding a crowd. I love cooking chicken wings in the air fryer because they turn out nice and crispy on the outside, and tender and juicy inside. I hope you love this amazing peach bourbon chicken recipe as much as I do and give air frying a try soon.
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