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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

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Treat yourself and your loved ones to these super Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings with my foolproof recipe.

These incredibly delicious air fryer crispy chicken wings are the ultimate party food, whether it’s for game day or a backyard BBQ.

They’re budget-friendly, easy to make, and ready in just 30 minutes!

air fried crispy chicken wing pieces

While I equally enjoy the oven-baked spicy version, these crispy chicken wings cooked in the air fryer take only half the time.

Serve them with your favorite dip as a snack or appetizer, or alongside a bowl of Spicy Egg Fried Rice for a delicious weeknight meal!

Please continue scrolling down to find the recipe card below, which contains the complete list of ingredients with measurements, detailed recipe instructions, additional notes, and nutritional information.

Ingredients You’ll Need

labelled picture of ingredients for crispy air fryer chicken wings
  • Chicken wings – I usually buy fresh wings and split them into flats and drumettes. You can also save time by getting pre-cut chicken wings. If you cook them whole, it takes longer, but they’re still delicious.
  • Olive oil – I prefer cooking olive oil for the air fryer chicken wings. However, you can replace it with any other type of olive oil or vegetable oil.
  • Baking powder -It’s the key element for achieving golden brown and crispy chicken wings as it helps form that crunchy coating during the cooking process.
  • Seasoning – I use salt and paprika, but you can also use your favorite seasoning, like garlic powder, onion granules, cayenne pepper (for extra heat), or smoked paprika.

How to Make Chicken Wings in Air Fryer?

Important Note

Before you start cooking, note that times may differ among air fryers. I develop my recipes using a Cosori 6.8 air fryer. If you’re using a different air fryer, view my recipes as a general guide and tweak the cooking time—add a bit more or cook slightly less as needed.

Cooking these crispy and delicious chicken wings in air fryer is a straightforward process. 

However, you need to follow a few simple steps to achieve the best results:

Preheat your air fryer to 200°C (400°F) for about 3-5 minutes while preparing your chicken wings.

Cut off any wing tips, if there are any, then separate the wings into drumettes and flats between the joints.

chicken wing is split into flat and drumette

Dry them with a paper towel and place them on a plate or a large bowl along with olive oil, salt, paprika, and baking powder. 

Quick Tip!

Frozen wings are fine too; just thaw them overnight and pat them dry well to avoid extra moisture.

chicken wings are covered with seasoning and olive oil

Mix until the wings are evenly coated with the seasonings.

Place the seasoned chicken wings in the air fryer basket in a single layer, making sure they’re not overcrowded. Do it in batches if necessary.

chicken wings are placed in air fryer basket

Cook the wings in the air fryer for 25-30 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time, until they’re golden brown and crispy.

Once cooked, remove the wings from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

air fried crispy chicken wings

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s super easy to make with just a few ingredients and minimal effort.
  • Quick and efficient to prepare, saving you time in the kitchen.
  • This recipe provides a healthier twist to traditional versions without sacrificing taste.
  • The texture of the chicken wings is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
  • You can also use frozen chicken wings if that’s what you have on hand.

Expert Tips From the Chef

  • Before seasoning, ensure you thoroughly pat dry the chicken wings. This step is crucial for achieving that perfect crispy texture.
  • Keep in mind that larger wings may require slightly longer cooking times, while smaller wings may cook more quickly. Adjust your cooking time accordingly based on the size of the wings you’re using.
  • If you have time, let the chicken wings marinate in the seasoning mixture for at least 30 minutes prior to cooking.
  • Don’t overcrowd your air fryer basket. Giving the wings some space allows for proper air circulation and ensures they cook evenly.
  • If you’re using frozen wings, make sure they’re completely thawed before cooking.
  • Remember to flip the wings halfway through cooking to ensure they’re crispy on all sides.

What Goes Well with Air Fryer Chicken Wings?

Air fryer chicken wings pair well with a variety of side dishes and dipping sauces. Here are some delicious options:

Creamy and tangy dressings such as Tirokafteri (Spicy Whipped Feta Dip) or Tartar Sauce With Capers are perfect for dipping your wings.

Serve up some crispy Air Fryer Frozen Sweet Potato Fries, Frozen French Fries in Air Fryer, or Mini Tater Tots in Air Fryer alongside your wings for a classic combo.

Creamy Mac and Cheese is a comforting side dish that pairs well with the savory wings.

Wash down your wings with a cold beer or your favorite fizzy drink for the perfect finishing touch.

Don’t Forget the Desserts

After enjoying your delicious chicken wings, why don’t you treat yourselves to a little dessert as well?

Some of my favorite desserts to serve after chicken wings include Walnut Cookies, Berliner – German Jam Doughnuts, and Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls from Scratch.

Storing and Reheating the Leftover Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Allow the chicken wings to cool completely before storing. Place them in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag.

Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To reheat the leftovers, preheat your air fryer to 180°C (350°F) for a few minutes.

Place the wings in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until heated through, flipping halfway through.

To reheat frozen leftover chicken wings, place them in a preheated air fryer at 180°C (350°F) for approximately 12-15 minutes.

Recipe FAQs

How long does it take to cook chicken wings in the air fryer?

Cooking times can vary depending on the size of the wings and the temperature of your air fryer. In general, it takes about 25-30 minutes at 200°C (400°F) to cook chicken wings in the air fryer.

Can I reheat leftover chicken wings in air fryer?

Yes, you can reheat leftover chicken wings in the air fryer. Simply preheat the air fryer to 180°C (350°F) and cook the wings for a few minutes until heated through.

Are air fryer chicken wings healthier than traditional fried chicken wings?

Yes, air fryer chicken wings are generally considered healthier than traditional fried chicken wings. They require less oil for cooking, resulting in lower fat content and fewer calories.

Did you make this recipe? Please let me know how it turned out! Please give us a five-star rating and leave a comment below.

I hope you enjoy the process of preparing these crispy air fryer chicken wings just as much as you enjoy eating them! 🙂 

Bon appétit! 

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Ayla Clulee
These incredibly delicious air fryer crispy chicken wings are the ultimate party food, whether it's for game day or a backyard BBQ.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 330 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 kg chicken wings
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp baking powder

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 200°C (400°F) for about 3-5 minutes while preparing your chicken wings.
  • Cut off any wing tips, if there are any, then separate the wings into drumettes and flats between the joints.
  • Dry them with a paper towel and place them in a large bowl along with olive oil, salt, paprika, and baking powder.
  • Mix until the wings are evenly coated with the seasonings.
  • Place the seasoned chicken wings in the air fryer basket in a single layer, making sure they're not overcrowded. Do it in batches if necessary.
  • Cook the wings in the air fryer for 25-30 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time, until they're golden brown and crispy.
  • Once cooked, remove the wings from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Before seasoning, ensure you thoroughly pat dry the chicken wings. This step is crucial for achieving that perfect crispy texture.
  • Keep in mind that larger wings may require slightly longer cooking times, while smaller wings may cook more quickly. Adjust your cooking time accordingly based on the size of the wings you’re using to ensure they’re cooked through and crispy on the outside.
  • If you have time, let the chicken wings marinate in the seasoning mixture for at least 30 minutes prior to cooking.
  • Don’t overcrowd your air fryer basket. Giving the wings some space allows for proper air circulation and ensures they cook evenly.
  • If you’re using frozen wings, make sure they’re completely thawed before cooking to avoid uneven cooking.
Keyword appetizer, chicken recipes, chicken wings, game day food

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