Saucy Taco Chicken Wings

Saucy Taco Chicken Wings can  be  air-fried or pan-fried with equally delicious results tossed in a mildly spicy Tex-Mex style wing sauce.
Saucy Taco Chicken Wings

Saucy Taco Chicken Wings

By Sue  Lau | Palatable Pastime

Saucy Taco Chicken Wings are my recipe of the day with  my  blogging group Multicooker Monday. We gather once per month to post recipes using our favorite  small kitchen appliances,  such as air fryers,  instant pots, slow cookers and more.


In this recipe,   I will show you how to make them  fried in the skillet as well as air-fried using  the Breville Smart Air oven (convection air fryer). I don’t care which  way  I have them. How I do  the  prep  depends mostly on  where I have cookspace available. Ever have that issue? (imagine  Thanksgiving….)

These  wings taste great  either way they are made. And  you can  tell I adore them or I  wouldn’t come back for them.

I  am  reminded of the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha” (one of  my  favs) where  Sayuri is  taken to a sumo wrestling match and after impressing her escort is told  she  may come  again. And as a food  blogger, I have to be particularly hard on which  things I come back  to. There is just so much  to cook and so little time!

My Cooking Obsession

Or just that I can’t eat so much. If I could  have a crowd every day, I would readily  cook a  lot  more. I  think I missed my lot as being a grandmother of a  huge family. Others my age count themselves as G-GMas but I have not made it that far.

However, I do have that sense of  cooking  that my country  grandmothers had and I long to be in that heavenly kitchen with  them, cooking side by side. I remember the big Sunday  dinners when I was very young. It  was a real  southern spread.

Not that they ever did anything  in  an  air  fryer,  much  less  spicy chicken  wings. These are foods for  a new era. Even if  wings  have been a thing for quite some  time now.

Multicooker Monday June 2020:
Recipes using Small Kitchen Appliances

Saucy Taco Chicken Wings

Saucy Taco Chicken Wings

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Saucy Taco Chicken Wings

Cooking in the air-fryer or on the  stove gets  about the same results. You will notice there is  baking  powder in  the  air-fried seasoning as it helps the wings to crisp.  Just mix it with the taco seasoning and toss to coat.

The cook times  are very  similar- so one doesn’t save  you  minutes on a busy night, but certainly  the air-fried are lower in fat.

Saucy Taco Chicken Wings

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • Breville Smart-Air Oven



  • 4 pounds chicken wing sections about 24

Pan-Fried Wings Seasoning:

  • salt and black pepper for chicken
  • cooking oil

Air-Fried Wings Seasoning:

  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon Old El Paso taco seasoning
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil


  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup Texas Pete Louisiana style hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup taco sauce not chunky salsa
  • 4 teaspoons taco seasoning

Avocado-Ranch Dipping Sauce and Celery:

  • 1 avocado mashed
  • 1/2 cup Ranch dressing
  • celery sticks optional


Sauce Directions:

  • Mix dipping sauce and wing sauce and set aside. I have also occasionally just used ranch dressing as a dip, depending if I have avocado on hand.

Pan-Fried Directions:

  • Pat wings dry and season with salt and black pepper.
  • Heat oil in a large deep skillet about 2-inches deep but no more than half full.
  • Fry wings in oil, turning to cook other side, about 25-35 minutes, depending on wing side, or until browned and crisp with a safe internal temperature over 165F.
  • Drain wings on paper toweling and keep warm.
  • Toss wings in sauce to coat and serve with celery sticks and dipping sauce.

Air-Fryer Directions:

  • Line Breville Smart Air Oven broiler pan with nonstick foil and place on shelf 7-8.
  • Spray mesh air fryer basker with nonstick spray and place on shelf 3-4.
  • Rinse wings and pat dry.
  • Sprinkle with seasonings, drizzle with 2 teaspoons olive oil and toss wings to coat them evenly.
  • Place on mesh on a single layer.
  • Air fry for 30 minutes at 425F. turning several times during cooking.
  • Toss wings in sauce.


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Saucy Taco Chicken Wings

5 responses

  1. Wings are my absolutely favorite part of the chicken. There are no bad wings but yours look particularly delicious, Sue! My tummy’s rumbling for them.

  2. I am SUCH a wing fan – but it’s not something I really ever make at home – I need to get more comfortable with these! Yours sound delicious – and between you and Wendy I’m going to be researching that air fryer later…!

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