Without any added oil at all these Actifry Chicken Wings cook to tender crisp perfection! The Tandoori chicken wings yogurt marinade makes them super tender on the inside. Serve with refreshing mint yogurt dip.
How to prepare Actifry Chicken Wings
Start by preparing the raw chicken wings. If using whole wings, remove wing tips and split at the joint into drumette and wingette portions.
Using paper towel pat dry the wing pieces as much as possible. Then season with salt and Tandoori seasoning. (This is the homemade Tandoori seasoning mix I use.)
Then made the yogurt marinade by combining plain yogurt with minced garlic and lemon juice. Toss the seasoned wings in the marinade until they are coated all over.
Cover and let the Tandoori flavors marinate into the wings for at least 30 mins. Or place the wings in the fridge and marinate up to 8 hours (overnight).
The cool mint yogurt dip is my take on Indian raita. To make it simply stir together plain yogurt with minced garlic, chopped mint, lemon juice, and salt.
You can prepare the dip ahead of time. Place in a covered container and let the flavor meld together in the fridge.
How long to cook Chicken Wings in Actifry
These marinated chicken wings take about 30 minutes to cook in the Actifry until they are crispy on the outside. I use setting 6 on my Actifry Genius model.
The wings are done in terms of food safety when a thermometer inserted near the bone reads at least 165°F.
Check below for other cooking methods (without Actifry) and timing suggestions.
Can you actifry frozen chicken wings?
Theoretically, yes! You could totally toss frozen chicken wings into the Actifry and let them thaw during cook time.
However, in this marinated chicken wing recipe frozen wings won't work well. Marinades don't start to become effective until meat is thawed.
You could toss frozen wings into the marinade and let them thaw and marinate at the same time in the fridge (overnight). But since you aren't able to remove excess liquid from the wings beforehand, the flavors will become diluted.
Therefore, for best results I recommend using fresh or thawed wings in this recipe.
Making this recipe without an Actifry
You don't need to have an Actifry to make these Tandoori chicken wings. Below I have outlined suggested cooking times and temperature for basket-style air fryers, air fryer lid, and even an oven method.
Basket Air Fryer
For air fryer chicken wings cook the chicken wings in a single layer at 400°F for 16-20 minutes. Shake the basket to flip the wings at the 10 minute mark.
Place trivet in inner pot of pressure cooker. Place marinated chicken wings in a single layer on the trivet (work in batches).
SetAir Fryer Lid to 400°F. Cook chicken wings for 15-20 minutes, flipping once after 10 minutes.
Line a baking sheet with silicone or aluminum. Place a wire rack on top. Arrange the wings on the wire rack in a single layer with space between each wing.
Bake in oven preheated to 450°F for 50-60 minutes. Flip the wings after 30 minutes.
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Tandoori Chicken Wings (Actifry)
- Actifry or other Air Fryer
TANDOORI CHICKEN WINGS:
- 1 pound chicken wings
- 1 tablespoon tandoori seasoning
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- ½ lemon juiced
YOGURT MINT DIP:
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
- 1 squeeze lemon juice
- salt to taste
- Dry off the chicken wings by patting with paper towel. Season generously all over with salt and the tandoori seasoning.
- To create the marinade stir together yogurt, garlic, lemon juice. Add to seasoned wings and toss to coat evenly. Cover and let marinate in the fridge for a minimum of ½ hour and up to 8 hours (overnight).
- Then remove the wings from the marinade and let excess drip off.
- Place the marinated chicken wings inside the Actifry. Close the lid and turn on for 30 minutes (Setting 6).
Basket Air Fryer:
- Cook the chicken wings in a single layer at 400°F for 16-20 minutes. Shake the basket to flip the wings at the 10 minute mark.
Air Fryer Lid:
- Place trivet in inner steel pot of pressure cooker. Place marinated chicken wings in a single layer on the trivet (work in batches).
- Set Air Fryer Lid to 400°F. Cook chicken wings for 15-20 minutes, flipping once after 10 minutes. The wings are done when a thermometer inserted near the bone reads at least 165°F.
- Line a baking sheet with silicone or aluminum. Place a wire rack on top. Arrange the wings on the wire rack in a single layer with space between each wing.
- Bake in oven preheated to 450°F for 50-60 minutes. Flip the wings after 30 minutes.
Yogurt Mint Dip:
- While the wings are cooking, stir together all dip ingredients. Serve with the finished Tandoori Wings
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Disclosure: I received my Actifry from T-Fal Canada for a social media promotion. I was not compensated for this blog post.
Tandoori chicken is marinated in a blend of yogurt and spices, such as cumin, coriander, and cayenne pepper, giving it a vibrant color and a rich, smoky flavor. The traditional cooking method involves a tandoor clay oven, resulting in tender, succulent meat with a charred exterior.
Tandoori chicken wings can be a healthier option compared to traditional fried wings, as they are typically marinated with yogurt and spices and cooked without excessive oil. Enjoy them in moderation as part of a well-balanced diet.
Marinating the wings in a flavorful mixture, like the Tandoori marinade, helps infuse them with robust flavors. Cooking them in an air fryer or oven ensures a crispy exterior while keeping the meat tender and juicy inside.
Flipping the wings halfway through cooking helps ensure even crispness on all sides. It's a good practice to shake the basket or flip the wings gently to promote uniform browning and avoid any uneven cooking.
To prevent dryness, avoid overcooking the wings. Make sure to follow the recommended cooking times and temperatures. Additionally, using a marinade or basting the wings with a sauce during cooking can help retain moisture.
While theoretically possible, it's recommended to use fresh or thawed wings for better marination. Frozen wings may not absorb flavors as effectively and could result in diluted flavors due to excess liquid from the thawing process.
Both cooking methods yield delicious results. The oven provides a crispy texture with evenly cooked meat, while the air fryer delivers a similar crispness with a shorter cooking time and often uses less oil, making it a convenient option for quick and healthier cooking.