Easy Air-Fryer Indian Chicken Wings

by | Apr 18, 2021

Tikka wings on plate with ranch and carrots

Easy, Amazing Indian Chicken Wings

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I grew up in Western New York, Rochester to be exact, right in the heart of chicken wing country. I love wings, I just love them and I am often disappointed when I order them from a restaurant, so I tend to just make them at home.

While I am down to deep fry them and make them the traditional way, that makes a huge mess and really doesn’t make sense to use all that oil just to cook up a dozen wings. Enter the air fryer. Yup, the little appliance I thought I would never use and now find myself using for a lot of different meals. While not exactly like deep friend wings, the air fryer gets really close with so much less work and MESS.

With the a streamlined method, I now find myself making wings a lot more and taking the time to experiment with my wing sauce. A month ago I stumbled onto something amazing. Tikka Masala chicken wings. I was making a standard wings sauce (butter and hot sauce) and I saw a tin of Tikka Masala and a light bulb went off.

Now this is my go to chicken wing recipe and it is delicious. The Tikka spice adds a nice sweetness and depth of flavor. You can also make a super spicy wing sauce with our flaming hot Vindaloo seasoning swapped for the Tikka Masala.


  • Author: Thomas McGee
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 wings 1x
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: air fryer
  • Cuisine: American



Wing Rub:

  • 12 chicken wings
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1 Tablespoon Spice Melange

Indian Wing Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup hot sauce (I prefer Louisiana for wings but Frank’s is traditional)
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Tikka Masala spice mix or our Vindaloo for extra hot wings
  • (Optional) 1 Tablespoon ketchup for slightly sweeter and thicker sauce


  1. Coat wings in corn starch and spice melange and let sit for 30 minutes
  2. Place wings in air fryer basket and space them evenly apart. It’s important that air can flow evenly around the wings. Set the air fryer to cook at 390 F and cook for 16-20 minutes. Times vary with different machines. I find 18 minutes to be the perfect cook time.
  3. Half way through cooking, flip the wings.
  4. While the wings are cooking combine the hot sauce, butter, tikka masala or vindaloo and ketchup in a bowl. Microwave until butter is melted, approximately 1 minute or cook in a saucepan on medium low heat.
  5. Place cooked wings in a mixing bowl, add sauce and mix to thoroughly combine.
  6. Serve with carrot sticks and homemade ranch dressing

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