This air fryer chicken wings recipe is so much easier to prepare than deep frying!

Chicken wings in the air fryer come are quick to make and are crispy, crunchy, and delicious without all of the mess and splatter of oil.

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Air Fryer Wings Are Fuss-Free!

Skip the deep fryer – these wings are crispy and delicious!

  • They have the crunch of deep-fried wings without the mess or splattering oil.
  • This air fryer wings recipe cooks much faster than baking in the oven.
  • Versatile – toss these wings in sauces or add dips and dressings.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings cooked in the fryer

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Ingredients for Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings Split wings are best in this recipe, where the flat or wingette part is separated from the drumette and the wing tips have been removed and discarded.

SeasoningsThese wings are flavored simply with salt and pepper. You can also add other seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, lemon pepper, or ranch dressing mix.

They also pair well with any sauce from buffalo sauce to Teriyaki sauce to garlic parmesan.

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Wings

These really are the best wings – super simple to make, crispy, and juicy-tender inside.

  1. Season the wings in a bowl.
  2. Preheat the air fryer per the recipe below.
  3. Place the wings in a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook until crispy, flipping halfway through.
  4. Cook in batches if needed and reheat all wings in the air fryer for 3 minutes before serving.

Serve wings with carrot and celery sticks and your favorite dipping sauce like blue cheese dip or ranch dressing.

Cook From Frozen

Cook right from frozen. If the wings are frozen, spray them with cooking spray instead of tossing them with oil, and add 5-7 minutes of extra cooking time.

Check your air fryer manual for recommended settings and cooking times.

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Seasoning & Sauces for Wings

Tips for Crispy Wings

  • Pat the wings dry before cooking; liquid will cause them to steam.
  • Gently toss with a touch of oil or spray with nonstick cooking spray to help the seasonings stick.
  • Shake or flip the wings after 10 minutes to brown evenly.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer. If needed, make a few smaller batches and place them all back into the air fryer for 3 minutes to heat/crisp before serving.

Sauce 'em Up!

Use your favorite sauces – try buffalo sauce, hot sauce, or a drizzle of hot honey. Once the wings are cooked, place them in a large bowl and toss them with the sauce.

What’s your favorite way to cook crispy chicken wings? Leave us a comment below!

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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

These air fryer chicken wings turn out perfectly crispy every time!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson

Equipment

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Ingredients  

  • 1 ½ pounds chicken wings split and tips removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Use a paper towel to pat the wings dry.
  • In a medium bowl, toss the wings with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Place the wings in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Bake wings 20-22 minutes until skin is crisp, flipping the wings after 10 minutes.
  • Remove wings from air fryer and toss with additional salt and pepper or desired sauce.

Notes

Sauce or Seasonings: Choose your favorite sauce, like buffalo, hot, or honey garlic, and toss the cooked wings in the sauce. If you prefer seasonings, mix melted butter with a few tablespoons of your favorite seasonings and toss the wings in the mixture. The butter will help the seasonings stick to the wings.
  • Pat the wings dry before cooking, liquid causes them to steam instead of crisp
  • Don’t overcrowd your air fryer. If needed, make a few smaller batches and then place them all back into the air fryer for 3 minutes to heat/crisp before serving.
  • If your air fryer is similar to a toaster oven,  place a foil-lined pan on the rack under the wings to catch any drippings for easy clean-up.
Nutrition information is for approximately 6 wings.
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 6wings | Calories: 235 | Carbohydrates: 0.2g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.003g | Vitamin A: 136IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Chicken
Cuisine American

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  1. Mine won’t get crispy this way no matter what. Someone suggested adding a bit of baking powder to the spices and they came out perfect.

    1. Sorry this recipe didn’t quite work for you, Donna! Baking powder is our secret ingredient when we make Baked Wings but with the air fryer they usually get crispy on their own.

  2. very good, but not the same as deep fried. Not as crispy, a bit chewy on the skin. Hard to swallow. But very tasty recipe.4 stars

  3. I have a convection oven (also considered an air fryer). What temperature do you suggest and how long should I cook them?

    1. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure Kathryn, but I would follow the recipes as written and make sure to cook the chicken to 165 F! I also have these wonderful oven baked wings that you could try.

  4. The recipe sounds easy enough for wings that are thawed… My question is, when making frozen wings, you can’t pat them dry (cuz, they’re frozen) so, how do you add the baking powder & seasoning? Do you cook them a little bit, then add the ingredients?5 stars

    1. This recipe doesn’t call for baking powder. I find the air fryer wings crisp up just as well without it!

  5. Excellent recipe. The only issue why I’ll never air fry wings again is the time it takes to make a plate of wings. My friends & I love wings so eating 25 – 30 wings times 3 or 4 people gets over a 100 wings. Being able to cook 8 wings extra crispy takes 35 minutes. I took roughly 8 hours to make wings. Even just a plate for myself is over an hour and a half. So much easier to order out.

    1. That’s a lot of wings to love Donnie! Glad you enjoyed the recipe. You could try using this same seasoning and make a couple of trays of baked wings instead!

  6. Made these and they were so crispy! Had to add paprika for them to start crisping up and cooked them for about 25 mins. But dang they were delicious