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Make perfectly crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings with this easy method, including seven different flavor options for wings everyone will love.

Air fryer chicken wings.

We know how much you all love chicken wings. While some may consider chicken wings to be delicious party food, we think they’re just delicious food, no party required! We’ve been known to make a ton of them for dinner, or to simply snack on over the weekend with the family. There really isn’t a wrong way to eat chicken wings. Sadly, there are times that we really don’t want to turn on the oven and warm up the house, meaning we’ve had to come up with other methods to get our wing fix. Air fryer to the rescue! Wings cooked in the air fryer are still just as perfectly crispy, with the most flavorful meat. Time to get your air fryer off the shelf and give these a try!

Fresh vs. Frozen Wings:

We prefer to always use fresh wings, however, we know how convenient it is to keep a bag of frozen wings on hand at all times. If you’re going to use frozen wings, let them thaw in the fridge overnight before baking, and make sure to pat them dry really well. You readon’t want that extra water content.

Baking Powder:

Baking powder is an essential ingredient in crispy baked chicken wings. It raises the pH of the chicken, breaks down the peptide bonds in the skin, and with that, makes the skin more crispy. Science, y’all!

Can I bake these in the oven? 

You certainly can bake chicken wings in the oven instead of using an air fryer. We’ve got you covered with complete instructions for baked chicken wings too!

Serving Suggestions for Air Fryer Chicken Wings:

Traditionally, you would want carrot sticks and celery on the side, and we are not ones to mess with tradition. There is also a hot debate on ranch vs bleu cheese as a dipping sauce. Whichever you prefer, we won’t judge.

Short on time? Try our “Cheater” Method:

If you are short on time making refrigeration for 12-24 hours impossible, we’ve got you covered. You can bake them at a super low temperature to dry them out before then blasting them with heat to finish cooking through.

So, rather than refrigerating your wings at all, preheat your air fryer to 225 degrees Fahrenheit and air fry for approximately 15 minutes. At that point, remove your wings from the air fryer, and increase the temperature to 375 degrees. Once it is at temperature, add your wings back in and to continue on with the recipe as written. 

An air fryer basket with chicken wings.

Storage And Reheating Instructions: 

Air fryer chicken wings are best served fresh from the air fryer. You can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit until warmed through. 

If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other delicious appetizer recipes:

Watch the video below where Caytlin will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTube, Facebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

Air fryer chicken wings.
Make Perfectly Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings with this easy method, including seven different flavor options for wings everyone will love.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Refrigeration Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 40 minutes
Ingredients

Basic Crispy Chicken Wings

  • 2-3 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Honey Garlic

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 5 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
Instructions

Basic Crispy Chicken Wings

  • Place a wire rack onto a baking sheet. Use paper towels to pat chicken wings as dry as possible and place into a large mixing bowl.
  • In a small bowl, stir together baking powder, salt, pepper, and paprika (and any additional flavor additions you'd like to use). Sprinkle over chicken wings and toss until wings are evenly coated.
  • Place wings in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate uncovered overnight, 12 to 24 hours.
  • Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Take wings from refrigerator and carefully place the individual wings in the air fryer making sure that there is space between them, lightly spritz with oil and cook them for 12 minutes then flip and cook for 12 more minutes.
  • To give them that extra crispy exterior, increase the temp to 390-400 degrees Fahrenheit and finish off cooking these for another 5-6 minutes until crispy and brown and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooking time will vary based on the size of your chicken wings.
  • Serve plain hot, or use desired sauces and variations.

Honey Garlic

  • Heat olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add in garlic and saute 90 seconds.
  • Add in honey, water, vinegar, and soy sauce. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat.
  • Add prepared and cooked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat.
Notes

Lemon Pepper Wings

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil and lemon pepper.
  2. Add prepared and cooked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat.

Simple BBQ Sauce

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together brown sugar, cornstarch, salt, cajun seasoning, and paprika.
  2. Whisk in tomato sauce, molasses, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and garlic.
  3. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat, stirring occasionally. Let simmer 15 minutes.
  4. Add prepared and cooked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat.

Buffalo Sauce

  •  1/4 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  1. In a small bowl, Whisk together the hot sauce, melted butter, and honey. 
  2. Add cooked chicken to the large mixing bowl. Pour sauce over the chicken and toss to coat.

Garlic Parmesan Sauce

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  2. Add cooked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat.

Teriyaki Sauce

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together brown sugar, cornstarch, and ginger.
  2. Stir in water, soy sauce, honey, and garlic. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat.
  3. Let simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Add cooked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat.

Salt and Vinegar Wings

  • 2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together vinegar, water, salt, and pepper until dissolved. Add in raw chicken wings and make sure they are completely submerged.
  2. Let soak in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  3. Pat completely dry, then proceed with basic crispy baked chicken wing recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25lb | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 436mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 152IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Wings
Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings
Air fryer chicken wings.
Make Perfectly Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings with this easy method, including seven different flavor options for wings everyone will love.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Refrigeration Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 40 minutes
Ingredients

Basic Crispy Chicken Wings

  • 2-3 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Honey Garlic

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 5 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
Instructions

Basic Crispy Chicken Wings

  • Place a wire rack onto a baking sheet. Use paper towels to pat chicken wings as dry as possible and place into a large mixing bowl.
  • In a small bowl, stir together baking powder, salt, pepper, and paprika (and any additional flavor additions you'd like to use). Sprinkle over chicken wings and toss until wings are evenly coated.
  • Place wings in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate uncovered overnight, 12 to 24 hours.
  • Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Take wings from refrigerator and carefully place the individual wings in the air fryer making sure that there is space between them, lightly spritz with oil and cook them for 12 minutes then flip and cook for 12 more minutes.
  • To give them that extra crispy exterior, increase the temp to 390-400 degrees Fahrenheit and finish off cooking these for another 5-6 minutes until crispy and brown and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooking time will vary based on the size of your chicken wings.
  • Serve plain hot, or use desired sauces and variations.

Honey Garlic

  • Heat olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add in garlic and saute 90 seconds.
  • Add in honey, water, vinegar, and soy sauce. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat.
  • Add prepared and cooked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat.
Notes

Lemon Pepper Wings

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil and lemon pepper.
  2. Add prepared and cooked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat.

Simple BBQ Sauce

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together brown sugar, cornstarch, salt, cajun seasoning, and paprika.
  2. Whisk in tomato sauce, molasses, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and garlic.
  3. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat, stirring occasionally. Let simmer 15 minutes.
  4. Add prepared and cooked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat.

Buffalo Sauce

  •  1/4 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  1. In a small bowl, Whisk together the hot sauce, melted butter, and honey. 
  2. Add cooked chicken to the large mixing bowl. Pour sauce over the chicken and toss to coat.

Garlic Parmesan Sauce

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  2. Add cooked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat.

Teriyaki Sauce

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together brown sugar, cornstarch, and ginger.
  2. Stir in water, soy sauce, honey, and garlic. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat.
  3. Let simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Add cooked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour in sauce and toss to coat.

Salt and Vinegar Wings

  • 2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together vinegar, water, salt, and pepper until dissolved. Add in raw chicken wings and make sure they are completely submerged.
  2. Let soak in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  3. Pat completely dry, then proceed with basic crispy baked chicken wing recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25lb | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 436mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 152IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Wings
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