Air Fryer Chicken Wings


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Air Fryer Chicken Wings are hands down the best wings we’ve ever had

If you like your wings extra crispy on the outside and tender inside (and who doesn’t!?) this is the answer!

cooking Air Fryer Chicken Wings

More Crispy Flavor, Less Fuss

  • We love air frying wings because they have heaps of flavor and crispy goodness.
  • The air fryer means less fat, no deep-frying, and all of the crunch!
  • These cook up in a fraction of the time of our favorite oven-baked wings.
  • Enjoy crisp with salt and pepper or toss in your favorite sauces from honey garlic to buffalo sauce!

New to Air Frying?

process of seasoning chicken to make Air Fryer Chicken Wings

 

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Wings

  1. If needed, separate the flat part of the wing from the drummettes, snip off the tips, and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Toss with a touch of oil and some salt & pepper.
  3. Place in a single layer in your air fryer and cook until the skin is sizzling crisp – about 20 minutes.

FROZEN WINGS: You can also make frozen wings in an air fryer, add 5-7 minutes extra cooking time.

When making baked wings, I toss them with a touch of baking powder to crisp up the skin. While I used to do that with air fryer wings, I find they crisp up just as well without it!

How Long to Air Fry Chicken Wings

Air Fryer chicken wings take about 20 minutes (and clean up is so much easier than with oil)!

For frozen wings in the air fryer, add another 5 minutes to the cooking time! A thermometer inserted into the chicken wings should read 165°F.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings on a plate with garnish

Tips for Crispy Wings

  • Pat the wings dry before cooking, liquid causes them to steam instead of crisp
  • Gently toss with a touch of oil, this helps the seasonings stick.
  • Shake or flip the wings every 10 minutes to allow all sides to brown evenly
  • 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.

To Serve

Serve as salt & pepper wings, no sauce required.

Optionally, toss the wings in buffalo sauce, honey garlic sauce, or even bbq sauce.

Serve with a veggie plate of carrot and celery sticks, pepper slices, and ranch or blue cheese dressing as a dip.

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Air Fryer Chicken Wings on a plate with garnish
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Review Recipe

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 18 wings
Author Holly Nilsson
These air fryer chicken wings are a delicious way to enjoy everyone's favorite appetizer. 

Equipment

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

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Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Pat wings dry with a paper towel. Toss wings with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Place wings in the air fryer in a single layer.
  • 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.

Recipe Notes

  • Pat the wings dry before cooking, liquid causes them to steam instead of crisp
  • Gently toss with a touch of oil, this helps the seasonings stick.
  • Shake or flip the wings every 10 minutes to allow all sides to brown evenly
  • 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

Serving: 1wing, Calories: 47, Protein: 3g, Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 63mg, Potassium: 65mg, Vitamin A: 30IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 0.2mg

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

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Course Appetizer, Chicken
Cuisine American

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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