Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

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Spiced with a delicious homemade seasoning and ready in just 20 minutes, these crispy air fryer chicken wings are the perfect sweet and smoky treat for game day!

Chicken wings with buffalo sauce and Alabama sauce

These perfectly crispy chicken wings made with a fraction of the oil have tender, juicy insides and a wonderfully crisp outside. Even better, they cook three times quicker than in your traditional oven. The perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and savory, a platter of these air fryer wings at a potluck, party, or on game days will make you very popular!

A bowl with chicken wings and Alabama sauce

Why I love this recipe

  • Easy: Air fryer chicken wings have minimal prep and a simple “toss and bake” recipe that’s so easy to put together.
  • Quick: Deliciously crispy chicken wings only take 20 minutes to cook in the Air Fryer without losing their amazing texture. Plus, the air fryer won’t dry out your chicken while cooking – even at a higher temperature.
  • Customizable: I use my own spice blend but you can adapt and experiment with different herbs and spices to match your tastes.
  • Low-to-No Oil: The joy of the air fryer means you use less oil but don’t sacrifice crispiness. These wings start moist and crisp without deep fat frying.

Ingredients

  • Chicken Wings: You can use wingettess, drumettes or a combination of the two.
  • Flour
  • Chicken Seasoning: Paprika, ginger powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  • Buffalo wing sauce: Or your favorite sauce.
Ingredients for air fryer chicken wings

How to make chicken wings in the air fryer

Portion the Wings: If you’re using whole chicken wings, all you need is a sharp knife to portion them out. Follow this useful guide to separating wings into perfect pieces.

Steps for cutting chicken wings

Season: Pat the chicken wings dry with a paper towel. Then, transfer the wings to a large bowl and season well with your chosen spices and herbs. Using your hands, rub them thoroughly into the chicken.

Then, add the flour and toss the wings until they’re completely coated. The flour will give your wings the all-important crisp, but you can omit it if you want to make the wings gluten-free.

Steps for seasoning chicken wings

Air Fry The Wings: Spray the air fryer basket with a little olive oil so the wings don’t stick. Then transfer the seasoned chicken wings into the basket in a single layer. Make sure there’s a bit of space between the wings so the air can flow.

Air fry the wings for 15 minutes at 380ºF/195ºC until the chicken is tender and juicy in the middle with a crisp skin. You can stick a knife inside the chicken to check for doneness or use a meat thermometer. They are ready if the juices run clear, or if they have an internal temperature of 165°F /74°C.

Before and after air frying chicken wings

Can you cook frozen chicken wings in an air fryer?

Yes! Add all your frozen wings to the air fryer and cook at 400ºF/200ºC for 10 minutes so they thaw. Then, transfer the thawed wings into a large bowl and drain any excess liquid from the air fryer. Follow the recipe as normal.

What to serve with chicken wings

For an appetizing, flavorful glaze, you can toss the wings in a spicy Buffalo sauce before serving – it’s easily homemade or you can buy it at the store.

To serve on their own, pair with your favorite dipping sauce – try a Blue Cheese Dressing, BBQ sauce, Alabama White Sauce, Ranch Dressing or a creamy aioli for maximum flavor.

Serve the air fryer chicken wings the traditional way with dipping sauces, fresh celery sticks or carrots and sprinkled with a garnish of fresh parsley.

Hand holding air fryer chicken wing

How to store

In The Fridge: Allow the chicken wings to cool, then transfer to an airtight container. They’ll keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.

In The Freezer: Place the cooled chicken on a tray with space between them and flash freeze for 2-3 hours. When frozen, transfer to a Ziplock bag or container. They’ll keep for up to 6 months.

To Reheat: Place the chicken wings in the Air Fryer or your oven and cook at 380ºF/195ºC for 10 minutes until warmed through.

Top tips

  • Dry Chicken: It might seem strange, but before cooking, your chicken wings should be totally dry. Pat them well with a piece of kitchen towel to get rid of any moisture – this will make sure the wings are super crispy when cooked.
  • Don’t Overcrowd: Airflow in the air fryer will perfectly cook your wings, so don’t crowd them during cooking! If you’re making them for a crowd, bake the chicken in batches.
  • Broiling: An optional step, but if you want super crispy air fryer chicken wings, spread them out on a baking tray and broil in the oven for 2-3 minutes before serving. It won’t cook the chicken much and it’ll give the wings a wonderful outside texture.
  • Work With Your Air Fryer: Every air fryer works a little differently, so you may need to adjust your temperature based on the model you have. The temperature and cooking time will also change based on the type of wings you have – so keep an eye on it during cooking!

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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

5 from 10 votes
By: Samira
Spiced with a delicious homemade seasoning and ready in just 20 minutes, these crispy air fryer chicken wings are the perfect sweet and smoky treat for game day!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 
 

  • 1.6 lb chicken wings wingettes, drumettes, or both
  • 1 Tbsp chicken seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp flour all-purpose
  • 1/4 cup buffalo sauce optional

Instructions 

  • If you're starting with whole wings, you can first follow my process on how to separate wings into wingettes, drumettes, and wing tips (the latter aren't needed for this recipe).
  • Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. This is important for achieving crispier results AND for the dry rub to adhere without oil.
  • Transfer the chicken to a large bowl/dish and season with the dry rub, using your hands to rub it into the chicken wings.
    Add the flour and toss well to evenly coat the wings with the flour.
  • Transfer the seasoned chicken wings to your air fryer basket, adding just enough for a single layer at the bottom of your basket, with airflow between each piece.
    It's a good idea to prepare the basket with a light oil spray to avoid sticking.
  • Air fry the chicken wings for about 15 minutes at 380ºF/195ºC. When ready, the air fryer wings should be tender and juicy in the middle, with a crisp outer skin.

For Buffalo wings

  • If you plan to make buffalo hot wings (aka delicious spicy chicken wings), you can prepare homemade buffalo sauce while the wings air fry.
    Once cooked, brush or dunk the wings with the buffalo sauce, and enjoy.
    For more of a glaze, brush the buffalo sauce over the wings and broil them for 1-2 minutes, then repeat with another layer of hot sauce.

Storage instructions

  • Store: Once cooked, allow the wings to cool (no longer than 2 hours after baking), then store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
    Reheat: To reheat the wings in an air fryer, you can just pop them back in at 380ºF/195ºC for 2-3 minutes.
    Freeze: Allow them to cool, then spread along a parchment-lined baking tray, not touching, to flash freeze until solid (2-3 hours). Once solid, transfer the wings to a Ziplock or freezer-safe container and store them for up to 6 months.
    To reheat frozen pre-cooked wings, I recommend air frying them at 400ºF/200ºC for between 16-20 minutes or until warmed through.

Notes

  • Dry Chicken: It might seem strange, but before cooking, the chicken wings should be totally dry. Pat them well with a piece of kitchen towel to get rid of any moisture – this will make sure the wings are super crispy when cooked.
  • Don’t Overcrowd: Airflow in the air fryer will perfectly cook your wings, so don’t crowd them during cooking! If you’re making them for a crowd, bake the chicken in batches.
  • Broiling: An optional step, but if you want super crispy air fryer chicken wings, spread them out on a baking tray and broil in the oven for 2-3 minutes before serving. It won’t cook the chicken much and it’ll give the wings a wonderful outside texture.
  • Work With Your Air Fryer: Every air fryer works a little differently, so you may need to adjust your temperature based on the model you have. The temperature and cooking time will also change based on the type of wings you have – so keep an eye on it during cooking!
Check the blog post for how to cook frozen chicken wings in the air fryer as well as serving suggestions.
Course: Appetizer, Main, Party Food, Side
Cuisine: American
Freezer friendly: 6 Months
Shelf life: 3-4 Days

Nutrition

Calories: 275kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 93mg, Sodium: 400mg, Potassium: 195mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 0.02g, Vitamin A: 196IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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