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Smoked Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are one of my favorite things to cook on our pellet grill. I’m borderline obsessed. We make them all the time during the warmer months. These Smoked Air Fryer Chicken Wings are now officially on the top of my list of favorites!

Smoked Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe

We just got a new Blackstone Air Fryer Combo a little while back, and these smoked chicken wings were one of the things I was most excited about trying.

Typically, I do a Smoked & Fried Chicken Wings recipe when I really have a hankering for wings, or if we’re in a hurry we do a killer Grilled Chicken Wing too. Both are solid options, but the smoke & fry method is a little messy, and the skin on grilled wings doesn’t get as crispy as I like. Also, don’t miss our smoked and fried mango chipotle wings. Those are legit!

That’s where the air fryer enters the picture.

The air fryer gives you nearly as crispy of skin as the traditional oil fry, but minus that extra fat.

If you’re a fan of buffalo sauce, I highly recommend whipping up a batch of our Cholula Buffalo Sauce. Or, get crazy and make some of this Bloody Mary Buffalo Sauce. Love spice? You might really love our Korean Wing Sauce!

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Smoked Air Fryer Chicken Wings shopping list

Want to know if you have to hit up the store or hit that order button on some things? Here are the items you’ll need to make this recipe. For the full recipe including amounts, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Chicken Wings
  • Avocado Oil
  • Meat Church Holy Gospel Rub
  • Smoker
  • Air Fryer
  • Bowl or Baggie
  • Buffalo Sauce (if desired)
  • Blue Cheese or Ranch Dressing (optional)

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How to make Smoked Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Here’s an overview of what you are in for if you want to make these wings. They are super simple, but there are a few steps to the process.


Dry the wings

All the way. With paper towels, or overnight on a rack in the fridge. Depending on how organized you are. You do you.


Toss with oil

Really coat those wings with oil! Don’t be shy!


All the rub

Don’t be timid with your rub, either. Give them a good coat! If you don’t have the Meat Church rub that I used you can use your favorite chicken-targeted rub. If you have a bottle of my limited edition OWYD Everything Rub, that would be perfect here too.



Lay out your wings on your pellet grill that’s been pre-heated to 220°. Smoke for 2 hours.


Air Fry

Preheat your air fryer to 425° (or “high” if yours doesn’t go all the way to 425°). Toss the wings in and air fry them for 8-10 minutes, or until the skin crisps up.

What can you serve with smoked chicken wings?

When we do wings around here, sometimes we like to turn them into a full meal. If you want to round out your meal, I suggest some of the following:

Smoked Air Fryer Chicken Wings FAQ

How should you store leftover chicken wings?

First, only sauce the wings you are actually going to eat immediately. Sauced wings held over will soften that crispy skin you worked so hard for. Store unsauced wings in a plastic baggie in the first for up to 3 days.

How do you reheat chicken wings?

The best place to reheat these will be back in your Air Fryer. Start them at a lower temp to make sure that everything gets heated through, and then crank the heat a little at the end for some extra crispy skin.

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Yield: 6 servings

Smoked Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Smoked Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Want to crack the code of crispy skin on a smoked wing? Fire up your smoked and your air fryer and get going!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes



  1. Preheat your smoked to 220°.
  2. Dry off your wings with paper towels and toss with the oil.
  3. Evenly coat all sides of the wings with liberal amounts of Holy Gospel rub.
  4. Place the wings in a single layer in your smoker. Smoke, turning over every 30-45 minutes, for about 2 hours.
  5. Remove from the grill and place directly into a pre-heated 425° air fryer. We use our air fryer right on our Blackstone combo, but you can use any air fryer you've got!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 849Total Fat: 67gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 41gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 891mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 38g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

Ralph Niederlander Jr

Saturday 3rd of February 2024

This works great with my Traeger. I use Jeff’s Rub (a recipe I bought years back that can now be bought premade) and also an all purpose rub we like that I got on Amazon. The finishing in the air fryer crisps them up perfectly. Some look a little dark but it’s just a nice tasty crisp where there is extra rub. Before serving we generally just sprinkle with Con Yeager Wing Dust (amazing stuff) or buffalo sauce and a side of blue cheese.

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 3rd of February 2024

Sounds amazing! I'm going to have to try some of that wing dust!


Thursday 3rd of August 2023

Is there any chance of the skin getting rubbery smoking at such a low tempature?

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 3rd of August 2023

Yes - that's why we air fry them at the end to crisp it up. ;)


Sunday 6th of March 2022

Time in air fryer?

Nicole Johnson

Monday 14th of March 2022

It really depends on how far along the skin is already. I'd start with about 5 minutes and do another cycle if it isn't quite enough.


Sunday 25th of April 2021

The picture at the end of step 5looks like you have some sort of wet sauce, but I don't see any wet sauce referenced. Am I missing something?

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 25th of April 2021

That is our Cholula Buffalo Sauce! You can get the recipe here:

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