Air Fryer Chicken Wings

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Learn how to make crispy air fryer chicken wings in less than 10 minutes! A secret ingredient guarantees perfectly cooked wings every single time. 

Love air fryer recipes? Try my air fryer salmon, air fryer hamburgers, air fryer coconut shrimp, and air fryer bagel bites.

air fryer chicken wings.

As someone who loves fried chicken wings, my air fryer chicken wings recipe is an absolute game-changer!

You get crispy and juicy wings that cook up in a fraction of the time, and you skip out on using all the excessive oil WITHOUT sacrificing flavor or texture.

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make air fryer chicken wings
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Storage instructions
  6. More chicken air fryer recipes to try
  7. Air Fryer Chicken Wings (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • Works with fresh or frozen wings. While fresh wings are preferred, frozen wings can work!
  • Ready in 10 minutes. With no need to marinate the chicken, these wings take less than 10 minutes to cook! Pair them with air fryer French fries for the ultimate takeout fakeout meal!
  • Crispy outside, tender inside. The texture is everything you’d want with chicken wings. The addition of baking powder guarantees this!
  • Easy to customize. While delicious on their own, you can toss them through your favorite dipping or marinade sauces for the ultimate flavor explosion!
air fried chicken wings.

Ingredients needed

  • Chicken wings. Use a mix of wings and drumettes. While frozen chicken wings will work, fresh is always better and guarantees a crispy exterior.
  • Olive oil. Enhances the crispy skin and keeps the juices intact.  
  • Brown sugar. A touch of brown sugar caramelizes the exterior and gives the skin an even crispier texture.
  • Smoked paprika. Adds a lovely smoky flavor.
  • Kosher salt and black pepper. To taste. 
  • Baking powder. The secret ingredient to guarantee crispy chicken wings, but don’t fret- you won’t taste anything metallic or acidic whatsoever! Baking soda can be used, but add a teaspoon of vinegar to activate it.

How to make air fryer chicken wings

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1- Preheat the air fryer to 200C/400F. Lightly grease the air fryer basket. 

Step 2- Season the chicken wings. Pat dry the chicken wings. Toss the wings with olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika in a large bowl.

Step 3- Air fry the wings. Add a single layer of chicken wings to the air fryer basket and cook for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. 

Step 4- Garnish and serve. Sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley and serve with your favorite dipping sauce, carrot sticks, and celery sticks (I love blue cheese dressing, hot sauce, and ranch dressing).

chicken wings in air fryer

How to bake these

You can totally bake these chicken wings if you don’t own an air fryer. Oven baked chicken wings are just as crispy and juicy and, like the air fryer, don’t need excess oil or butter to cook.

To bake, prep the chicken as instructed. Place them on a lined baking sheet and bake at 200C/400F for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Use a meat thermometer. This is my #1 tip for checking when chicken (or any meat) is ready to eat. Once the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F, it is ready to eat!
  • Cook in batches. Arrange in a single layer and make sure not to overcrowd the air fryer basket so the hot air can cook the skin to ultimate crispiness. 
  • Bring the chicken to room temperature. Use room-temperature chicken wings, as it will help the wings cook evenly. 
  • Dry the wings. Pat dry the chicken with a paper towel to soak up excess moisture before adding the seasonings; otherwise, the wings may not cook properly. 
  • Use different spices. Garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and cumin are all flavor boosters than can amp up the flavor.
  • Make buffalo wings. Toss the wings through 1/4 cup of buffalo sauce before adding them to the air fryer basket.
  • Season with lemon pepper. Like lemon pepper wings, swap out the smoked paprika and sugar for lemon salt.

Storage instructions

To Store: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. 

To Freeze: Cool the chicken wings to room temperature and then place them in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for six months. 

Reheating: Microwave the wings for 20-30 seconds or reheat in a preheated air fryer for two minutes. 

crispy air fryer chicken wings with ranch.

More chicken air fryer recipes to try

air fryer chicken wings recipe.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

5 from 176 votes
Learn how to make crispy air fryer chicken wings in less than 10 minutes! Use either fresh or frozen chicken wings. Watch the video below to see how I make it in my kitchen!
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 9 minutes
Total: 10 minutes

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Ingredients  

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken wings drumettes and wingettes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

Instructions 

  • Lightly grease an air fryer basket, Preheat the air fryer to 190C/375F. 
  • Pat dry the chicken wings ensuring there is no moisture.
  • Toss the wings in a bowl with olive oil. Add the remaining seasonings and mix well.
  • Add the wings to the air fryer basket in a single layer and cook for 9-10 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Remove the wings from the air fryer and serve immediately.

Notes

TO STORE: Leftover wings can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to five days. 
TO FREEZE: Cool the chicken wings to room temperature and then place them in a ziplock bag and store in the freezer for 6 months. 
TO REHEAT: Microwave the wings for 20-30 seconds or reheat in a preheated air fryer for two minutes. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 199kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 17gFat: 15gSodium: 649mgPotassium: 158mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 383IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Originally published April 2022, updated and republished April 2024

Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    I am always hesitant to make wings because they often don’t get crisp enough and the skin stays too flabby for my liking. These are delicious and turn out nice and crisp with tender juicy meat. So great for a game day!

  2. 5 stars
    Easy to make and very tasty! I did cook my wings longer than just 9-10 minutes, but I like my protein cooked well done.

  3. 5 stars
    Thanks this was wonderful in that it’s simple. The airfryer worked great, 375f for 10 minutes 5 flip, 5 minutes more. Wow I enjoyed your seasoning it was great, but now I have some more ideas! Thanks so much!