Check out our recipe for making Ninja Foodi Grill Chicken Wings!
This recipe is a guest post from Luis Calderon!
Hey everybody! I'm Luis! I live in Florida with my beautiful wife and daughters! I spend much (ok MOST) of my time with my Ninja kitchen appliances! You name it...I own it....and use it multiple times a day! I love to cook, love to eat, and love to share all of my creations with you!!! I hope you enjoy my recipes as much as my family and I do!
We are a family of 6 who loves chicken, more so, wings! We have them most when eating out, but that can be expensive at times, so cooking them at home can be a saver. Especially in a NINJA! This recipe is for classic buffalo chicken wings. This recipe will show you the basics of getting your wings cooked just right so you can then either add buffalo sauce or any other sauce to your liking. Serve it up with some ranch or blue cheese dip and a side of carrots or celery and ENJOY!
While we used the Ninja Foodi Smart XL grill for this recipe, you can also use the smaller Ninja Foodi Grill to make chicken wings. Because of the smaller capacity, you will need to cook fewer wings at a time and may need to reduce the cooking time to accommodate.
Tips for making Ninja Foodi Grill Chicken Wings
I recommend that you use thawed wings. Frozen wings will cook unevenly and will not hold the seasoning as well with this recipe as thawed wings.
Thaw frozen wings or use fresh wings. Place wings in a colander over a bowl to allow any extra moisture to separate from the wings. If necessary, pat wings dry to remove excess moisture. Once dry, add seasoning. Do not add sauce until the end. Because most sauces have a lot of sugar, the sauce will burn on the wings if it is added too soon in the cooking process.
While cooking, mix the wings often to provide an even cook throughout and to get a nice crispy result. If you would prefer your wings even crispier, lightly coat them in vegetable oil before air crisping them.
You can adjust the time according to how you like your wings. We prefer crispy. For less crisp reduce the time by 5 minutes or so. Always monitor your food while cooking as this will help you most with the level of crispiness.
Yes, you can. The wings will cook to temperature if stacked. However, the only part of the wing that will be crispy is the part that is exposed to the air. So, any part of the wing that is covered by another wing will not be as crispy. If stacking wings, be sure to toss the wings often to allow all wings to crisp evenly.
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Ingredients substitutions and tips for making Ninja Foodi Grill Chicken Wings
Chicken Wings- For this recipe, use thawed chicken wings, not frozen. If you are cooking frozen wings you will need to adjust the cooking time. If your wings came whole (flat and drum connected) use a large knife and insert it between the bones of the drum and the flat and cut to separate. This might take a little bit of work to do, but separating the two pieces of chicken will make it easier to cook and serve. Some stores sell the wings and flats already separated. Pat the wings dry before cooking.
Adobo Seasoning- There are a variety of different Adobo flavors. For this recipe, we were looking for a little bit of an extra kick so we went with the pepper flavor. Feel free to choose your favorite flavor to add to this recipe.
Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Sauce- Can be substituted with your favorite sauce.
Non-stick cooking spray- Any type of non-stick cooking spray can be used. However, it is recommended to use a non-aerosol cooking spray when using Ninja products due to the non-stick coating.
Directions for making Ninja Foodi Grill Chicken Wings
1. In a large bowl, combine the chicken wings and Adobo seasoning (or any other all seasoning of choice) and mix well using a mixing spoon
2. Pre-heat the Ninja Foodi XL grill on AIR CRISP mode, 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
3. Lightly spray the chicken wings with the non-stick cooking spray. Be sure to evenly coat all wings.
4. Place the chicken wings into the air crisp basket and close the lid.
5. Begin to cook on AIR CRISP mode for 400 degrees, 30 minutes cook time.
6. Every 5-10 minutes open the lid and mix, shake, flip the wings often to provide an all-around even cooking.
7. With 5 minutes of air crisp time remaining, open the lid and remove the chicken wings from the crisping basket and place them into a large bowl.
8. Add the Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo sauce (or any other sauce of your liking) and mix well.
9. Place the wings back into the Ninja Foodi XL Grill and cook for the remaining 5 minutes. When the time is up, open the lid and remove the wings. Top with additional sauce if desired.
10. Once complete, serve and enjoy!
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- 4 pounds Chicken Wings (Uncooked wings, flats and drums seperated, patted dry)
- 2 tablespoons Goya Adobo Seasoning (Pepper flavored)
- 4 ounces Buffalo Sauce (I used Frank's Red Hot Buffalo sauce, but you can use any sauce that you would like. )
- Non-Stick Cooking Spray (Non-aerosal spray )
- In a large bowl, combine the chicken wings and Adobo seasoning (or any other all seasoning of choice) and mix well using a mixing spoon.
- Pre-heat the Ninja Foodi XL grill on AIR CRISP mode, 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Lightly spray the chicken wings with the non-stick cooking spray. Be sure to evenly coat all wings.
- Place the chicken wings into the air crisp basket and close the lid.
- Begin to cook on AIR CRISP mode for 400 degrees, 30 minutes cook time.
- Every 5-10 minutes open the lid and mix, shake, flip the wings often to provide an all-around even cooking.
- With 5 minutes of air crisp time remaining, open the lid and remove the chicken wings from the crisping basket and place them into a large bowl.
- Add the Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo sauce (or any other sauce of your liking) and mix well.
- Place the wings back into the Ninja Foodi XL Grill and cook for the remaining 5 minutes. When the time is up, open the lid and remove the wings. Top with additioanl sauce if desired.
- Once complete, serve and enjoy!
Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only.
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My wings were perfect BUT I did NOT preheat my Ninja Grill for 30 minutes and I did NOT cook my wings for 30 minutes. 30 minutes at 500 would be charcoal wings so I trusted my Ninja Grill for the 10 minute cook time and they were absolutely PERFECT! I shook and flipped them at 5 minutes and the internal temp was 178 on the flats and drums. The grill has preset timers and temps and I trust them along with a good digital thermometer.
Tried many different methods for wings. This was by far the best. Used home made adobe seasoning from another web site. Called for 2 1/2 tbs of salt. Recommend cutting down to 1/2 to 1 tbs. Used ninja foodi smart xl grill. I agree 40 minutes at 400 degrees is too long. Checked temp with instant read thermometer at 20 minutes and were already at 190. At this point tossed in buffalo sauce and continued for another 5 minutes, tossing once. Turned out great!!
Perfectly charred wings following these instructions!! I took the wings out after 30 mins and they were basically charcoal. I'm pretty new to the ninja so i wanted to follow the instructions as best as possible. I flipped and turned every 5 mins. But these instructions will destroy your wings. 40 mins at 400 is way too long. And I like my wings crispy - not char broiled bricks! i put the hot sauce on for the last 5 mins as recommended. they still turned out like lumps of charcoal.
Would not recommend these instructions for making wings via ninja foodi xl grill!
Hi Tyler- Thanks for your feedback on the recipe. I'm so sorry that your wings were overcooked! Did you use fresh or frozen wings? If they were frozen, were they just plain wings or the breaded/seasoned ones that come in the freezer section at the grocery store? Which version of the grill did you use to make the recipe? I ask these questions so that I can try to figure out what may have been different that caused the different outcomes.
Made these tonight. They were perfect!