Easy spicy chicken wings made in the air fryer and doused in firecracker sauce! Make these sticky, spicy chicken wings in half the time regular oven baked wings would take. These are sweet and spicy and so addictive.
What is firecracker sauce?
Firecracker sauce is a sweet and spicy sauce made with a few simple ingredients you probably have at home right now. The main ingredient is buffalo sauce. mixed with brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic and some rice vinegar. to cut the sweetness. It's a perfect sauce for almost any protein and works amazing on shrimp (recipe coming soon!) chicken, pork or beef. It's like making takeout at home but much cheaper.
Cooking the chicken wings
I used my air fryer to cook these wings. Just like my Bourbon and maple wings, I like them to be crispy and a little bit chewy. But to get them to that stage in a regular oven like these baked garlic Parmesan wings, would easily take well over an hour. By using my air fryer, I can have them ready to eat in less than 30 minutes! That's one of the major benefits of an air fryer, it cooks really fast. Make sure you're using the drumette and wingette parts and not the whole wing joint. This post explains clearly how to cut your wing joints into small perfect wings.
Making firecracker sauce for spicy chicken wings
I'm not going to lie to you, these wings do have a bit of a kick to them. It's not a horrible heat though, more of a kick followed by some sweetness and then just great chicken. As I mentioned the ingredients before, there's only a few ad all it takes is to combine them in a small pan and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 5 minutes just to make the flavors come together and the sugar to dissolve and that's it! Once the wings are done, just brush some of the sauce onto them a few times in the air fryer and then finish them off by tossing in some more firecracker sauce. So easy!