Air Fryer Chicken Wings
Air Fryer makes the best chicken wings. The skin gets crackly crisp while the inside still stays nice and juicy. Follow this recipe for the best air fryer chicken wings!
So what is an air fryer?
An air fryer is a countertop appliance that in essence is a mini convection oven. Due to the smaller space, large heating element, and fast circulating air, it mimics the actions of a deep fryer but without the extra oil, calories, and clogged arteries to go along with it. The heat hits whatever you load the air fryer with high heat fast to get the outside super crispy before the inside dries out. I’ve had my air fryer for more than 2 years and the more I use it the more I love it.
Not only is it great at making things from scratch like these chicken wings, potatoes, and steak bites, it is also great at reheating pizza, chicken nuggets, mozzarella sticks, and such. The air fryer does all that, without any preheating time and it doesn’t heat up your kitchen as an oven would.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe
Making chicken wings in the air fryer just makes so much sense. The fat renders out of the skin leaving it crispy and the chicken wings juicy. The air fryer is one of the secrets to getting the perfect crispy wings. I also, use one more trick.
I coat the wings with baking powder before adding the seasoning, which helps to draw out even more moisture as they cook. Now, whether you use just salt and pepper to season them, or go with something fancier, like a premixed storebought seasoning, it doesn’t matter because you’ve got the most important component taken care of.
Dip them in ranch, coat them in BBQ Sauce, or drizzle with Sweet Red Chili sauce, all fair game if you ask me and will make the best Air Fryer Chicken Wings.
Crispy Chicken wings ingredients:
I kept the ingredients simple for this chicken wing recipe combining a minimal amount of ingredients to allow the coating sauce of choice to shine. When looking for chicken wings at the store, you can go with frozen, fresh, broken down into drummers and wingettes, or just whole as you see me using for the recipe. The tip of the wing is commonly trimmed and discarded, but in our family, we love how crispy they get so I kept them.
- Chicken wings: whole (cheaper), or cut into sections with tips removed (more convenient).
- Olive oil: helps the seasoning to stick to the wings.
- Baking powder: helps to draw moisture out of the skin to make it crispier.
- Salt: seasons and also helps to draw out moisture.
- Pepper: adds flavor
- Paprika: adds color and a hint of flavor.
How to cook Chicken Wings in the Air fryer
- Thaw the wings if they’re frozen. Pat dry with a paper towel.
- Preheat air fryer to 400F.
- Cut into sections, discarding the tips if you wish (optional).
- Sprinkle with baking powder and toss to coat evenly.
- Drizzle with oil, then season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Mix to coat evenly.
- Add to the air fryer basket and arrange the chicken wings “standing up”. Cook for 10 minutes, then turn the chicken wings around to the other side and cook for another 10 minutes or until cooked through.
- Remove chicken wings from the air fryer basket and toss with your favorite sauce (sweet & sour, BBQ, buffalo sauce, Sweet Red Chili sauce, etc.). Serve immediately.
How to know when the chicken is cooked?
Use a meat thermometer to insert into the thickest part of the meat (away from the bone). It should register 165F.
How to reheat leftover air fryer chicken wings?
To get the best crispiness, reheat the wings in the air fryer at 375F for about 3-4 minutes.
OR, microwave until warmed through.
Can cooked chicken wings be frozen?
Yes! Just allow the chicken wings to cool completely, then freeze on a baking sheet for several hours before transferring to a freezer-safe container and storing in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.
How to store cooked chicken wings
It’s best to eat them right after cooking, while they’re the crispiest. Otherwise, cool them to room temperature before refrigerating them in a closed container for up to 3 days. See directions above on how to reheat.
Can you bake chicken wings in the oven?
Yes! Absolutely. Just lay the chicken wings on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes. The end result won’t be as crispy as the one from the air fryer, but still pretty good.
Craving more chicken? Check out these recipes
- Garlic Ranch Chicken Wings
- Baked Lemon Chicken Recipe
- Paprika Baked Chicken Thighs
- One Pan Chicken And Potatoes
The Best Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings
The best way to make Chicken wings to is fry them in the air fryer. All the crispiness, all the flavor, without the calories or grease.
- 1/2 cup Sweet Red Chili Sauce (or any other sauce you prefer)
Thaw the chicken wings if they're frozen. Cut the wings into sections (optional), discarding the tips (optional) and separating the wing between the drumette and the wingette.
Preheat air fryer to 400F.
Season: Thoroughly pat with a paper towel & add to a large bowl or a gallon-sized ziplock bag (helps with cleanup). Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp baking powder & toss to coat evenly. Now drizzle with 2 Tbsp of oil and sprinkle with 3/4 tsp of kosher salt, 1/4 tsp of black pepper, and 1/4 tsp of smoked paprika. Mix to coat evenly.
Cook in the air fryer: Add the chicken wings to the air fryer and "stand" them up to fit all of them into the air fryer basket. If you're using a smaller than an 8 qt air fryer, do this in 2 batches.
Air fry for 10 minutes, then rotate the chicken wings and stand them up on the opposite side & cook for another 10 minutes or until the chicken wings are ready.
Toss with sauce: Remove the chicken wings to a clean bowl, add 1/2 cup of sweet and sour sauce and toss to coat evenly. Serve immediately.