What is it about chicken wings that we all just can’t resist? Is it because the meat is moist and succulent, or that the skin is always so satisfyingly crispy? Or is it because they’re small so you get to taste the intense flavor of the marinade all the way around the wing?
Spicy, fragrant and flavorsome chicken wings are such a delicious and irresistible treat, and I have just the recipe for you with my ras el hanout chicken wings.
These chicken wings are so tender, yet the skin on the outside is perfectly crispy because they are cooked in the air fryer. So, fire up the air fryer, and raid your spice rack – here is a delicious recipe for air fryer chicken wings with ras el hanout marinade for you.
What is ras el hanout?
Ras el hanout is one of my favorite spice blends as it is such a delicate balance of fragrant, spicy, hot, and sweet, and, as a result its depth of flavor is full-bodied and is a delicious punch to your taste buds – the good kind of punch!
Originating in North Africa, ras el hanout is frequently used in various tagines and stews, or on meats including chicken, throughout the region including Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. However, the recipe for ras el hanout is a mystery. No two blends of the spice mix are the same as some include more spices, others have different quantities, and more recipes base theirs on taste rather than the number of spoonfuls. Some ras el hanout recipes include 100 ingredients!
My recipe for ras el hanout does not have 100 ingredients, so you don’t need to run out to the grocery store! I based my recipe on the favorite fragrant spices in the spice rack and it includes:
- Black pepper
These seven spices create a delicate balance of sweetly spiced heat and is incredibly aromatic – your kitchen will smell incredible as the scent fills the air, and you’ll find interested family members poking their heads around the kitchen door, ready for dinner!
Quick air fryer chicken wings recipe
If you love crispy, crunchy, golden fries, mozzarella sticks, and of course chicken wings, but you really hate the fact they are bad for your health, then I really recommend you try an air fryer.
Air fryers do not ‘fry’ – they are actually mini convection ovens, and because the food is in a small compact space with evenly circulating heat, every time your fries and chicken wings will emerge perfectly crispy, without being dropped in fat!
Plus, by cooking your chicken wings in an air fryer, they reach crispy-skinned perfection in a third of the time than they would in the oven!
I know, I couldn’t believe it either!
Air fryers make those tempting recipes that little bit easier, quicker and more convenient. With an oven, cooking can feel like a long laborious project as you have to wait for the oven to preheat, and for your food to cook. With an air fryer, you can cut this wait time down by at least half an hour!
Easy spicy chicken wings recipe
So, what do you need to do make my delicious, quick and easy chicken wings recipe?
The recipe is effortless – all you need is a large plastic zipper bag.
Fill the bag with all the spices, the salt, vinegar and oil, and mix everything together. Add the chicken and zip the bag closed. Shake the bag vigorously (make sure it is tightly closed first!) until all the chicken is covered. Put it in the fridge to allow it to marinate for an hour so the flavor is more intense.
From there, tip your spicy and sticky chicken wings into the air fryer basket and set the timer. Within 20 minutes you will have hot, succulent, crispy-skinned chicken wings covered in ras el hanout marinade – the perfect treat for you, and your family and friends! These chicken wings are so quick and easy you can make them for a crowd in no time at all, so try them as a canape or party snack for your next gathering.
Have a go at making my easy air fryer chicken wings covered in my quick ras el hanout recipe, and your love for chicken wings will only grow all the more!
Air-Fried Chicken Wings
Crispy and succulent chicken wings marinated in homemade ras el hanout and cooked in record time in the air fryer, quick and easy, and ready in minutes!
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground cloves
1 tsp cayenne powder
1 ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp salt
¾ cup plain vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
10 chicken wings
For the ras el hanout:
For the chicken marinade:
In a large plastic zipper bag, mix together the cumin, ginger, coriander, cinnamon, cloves, cayenne, salt, black pepper, vinegar, and olive oil.
Add the chicken to the marinade, close the bag and massage the bag until the chicken is well coated with the marinade. Allow to marinate for 1 hour in the fridge.
Grease the air fryer basket with olive oil.
Arrange the well-coated chicken wings in the air fryer. Air fry at 400ºF/204ºC for 15 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken wings reaches at least 165ºF/74ºC. Flip the chicken wings halfway through cooking.
Remove the chicken wings from the air fryer and serve immediately.