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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

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Crispy air fryer chicken wings: their beautifully golden skin is crisp and crunchy to the touch. They’re so darn good!

The perfect game day appetizers, these fried chicken wings are quick and simple to make! Delightfully seasoned, they’re crisp and crackly on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. There’s no oil on the wings, yet they deliver all the great texture and flavor you expect from this popular dish. Get your air fryer ready. Make this easy recipe in 30 minutes!

Crispy air fryer chicken wings in a serving basket with dipping sauce.

CRISPY AIR FRYER CHICKEN WINGS

Using an air fryer is a huge time saver! In a conventional oven, making crispy fried chicken wings takes 2-3 times longer than using this popular kitchen appliance. An air fryer is the fastest way to make this game-day favorite!

These are the ingredients for this easy fried chicken recipe:

  • Chicken wings, drumettes and wingettes
  • Baking powder (NOT baking soda!)
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly-ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray (for the fryer basket only)

OPTIONAL SEASONINGS: Spice things up with flavorful add-ins like lemon pepper, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, or cajun seasoning. Before serving, sprinkle red chili flakes over the top! Garnish with fresh parsley.


BEST CONDIMENTS: Tantalize your tastebuds! Serve fried chicken wings with a variety of dipping sauces. Try new flavors! Our family enjoys this dish with ASIAN DIPPING SAUCE and HONEY MUSTARD DIPPING SAUCE.


Ingredients for air fryer chicken wings

FRIED CHICKEN WINGS

With the right kitchen tool, it’s beautifully simple to make air fryer chicken wings! For air fryer recipes, I count on my Mealthy CrispLid. It’s easy to use, delivers consistent results, and crisps up food like their deep-fried versions! It goes hand in hand with my Mealthy MultiPot, but fits on the Instant Pot too!

Mealthy Crisp Lid heating up to make crispy air fryer chicken wings.

CRISPY CHICKEN WINGS RECIPE

For crispy goodness, be sure to use baking powder NOT baking soda! For this recipe, these ingredients are not interchangeable! Step by step, follow these easy instructions for prepping wings for the fryer.

  • STEP 1: Rinse the chicken wings in cold water.
  • STEP 2: Eliminate all moisture – this is very important! Dry them between paper towels. Get those wings super dry!
  • STEP 3: Place the dried chicken wings in a zip-top bag.
  • STEP 4: Add baking powder, salt and pepper. Zip the bag closed. Shake and massage it to fully distribute the baking powder and spices. Every piece should be coated.

4 step-by-step images showing how to make chicken wings.

HOW TO COOK CHICKEN WINGS

Here’s how to fry chicken wings in the air fryer!

  1. Spray down the cooking basket with canola oil.
  2. Arrange the wings in a single layer in the basket.
  3. Air fry for 10 mins at 475°F. Use tongs to flip the wings over.
  4. Air fry for 8 mins at 475°F.
  5. Crisp things up really well: Air fry for 2 mins at 500°F.

BEHIND THE SCENES: I experimented with six batches. I cooked them at various temperatures and for different lengths of time. I air fried them with cooking spray, then without cooking spray. The above time/temperature breakdown, and not spraying the wings with oil, delivered the crispiest texture. Two highly-discerning taste testers gave them a thumbs up!

Fried chicken wings in an air fryer.

KITCHEN TIP: This air fryer chicken wings recipe is ideal for all air fryers! Although I use a Mealthy CrispLid, you can easily adjust the cooking times, as needed, for your own appliance!

An air fryer cooking crispy chicken wings next to a meat thermometer.

AIR FRYER FAQ

Commonly asked questions about air frying:

  • DOES AN AIR FRYER NEED TO BE PREHEATED? No, you never need to preheat an air fryer!
  • CAN CHICKEN WINGS BE STACKED IN THE AIR FRYER? No. Never stack the wings! Always place them in a single layer with a little room in between. For crispy chicken wings, the air fryer heating element must be able to direct heat onto the individual pieces and circulate hot air around them.
  • HOW LONG TO FRY CHICKEN WINGS IN THE AIR FRYER? Always use a meat thermometer to check doneness. But for crispy wings, they’ll need to fry a bit longer than that. Once your wings are fairly crisp, turn up the heat as far it goes. Air fry for another 2-3 minutes. When you press the skin and hear a nice crisp crunch you’ve achieved success: crispy air fryer chicken wings!
  • CAN FROZEN WINGS BE AIR FRIED? Chicken wings need to be defrosted before air frying. Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight. In a time crunch, purchase fresh poultry!

Fried chicken wings with Asian dipping sauce.

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Crispy air fryer chicken wings in a serving basket with dipping sauce.

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings


  • Author: Denay DeGuzman
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 5 Servings 1x

Description

Crispy, crunchy, air fryer chicken wings! This delicious Game Day appetizer is a real crowd pleaser. Make this easy fried chicken recipe in 30 minutes!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds chicken wings
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, or as desired
  • 1 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray: canola oil or olive oil (for the fryer basket only!)
  • Optional Condiments: Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce + Asian Dipping Sauce

Instructions

  1. Rinse the chicken wings in cold water. Eliminate all moisture – this is very important! Dry them between paper towels. Get those wings super dry!
  2. Place the dried chicken wings in a zip-top bag. Add baking powder, salt and pepper. Zip the bag closed. Shake and massage it to fully distribute the baking powder and spices over the wings. Every piece should be coated.
  3. Spray down the cooking basket with canola oil. Arrange the wings in a single layer in the basket. (Do not spray chicken wings with oil.)
  4. Air fry for 10 mins at 475°F. Use tongs to flip the wings over.
  5. Air fry for 8 mins at 475°F.
  6. Crips things up really well: Air fry for 2 mins at 500°F.  You should hear a nice crisp crunch when pressing down on the skin!

Notes

AIR FRYER CHICKEN WINGS FAQ:

  • CAN CHICKEN WINGS BE STACKED IN THE AIR FRYER? No. Never stack the wings! Always place them in a single layer with a little room in between. For crispy chicken wings, the air fryer heating element must be able to direct heat onto the individual pieces and circulate hot air around them.
  • HOW LONG TO FRY CHICKEN WINGS IN THE AIR FRYER? Always use a meat thermometer to check doneness. But for crispy wings, they’ll need to fry a bit longer than that. Once your wings are fairly crisp, turn up the heat as far it goes. Air fry for another 2-3 minutes. When you press the skin and hear a nice crisp crunch you’ve achieved success: crispy air fryer chicken wings!
  • CAN FROZEN WINGS BE AIR FRIED? Chicken wings need to be defrosted before air frying. Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight. In a time crunch, purchase fresh poultry!
  • Category: Appetizers, Dinner
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Air Fryer Chicken Wings, Fried Chicken Wings, Crispy Chicken Wings

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Do you have an air fryer? Have you ever tried air fryer chicken wings? Would you like to make this easy appetizer? Share your thoughts below!

22 thoughts on “Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings”

  1. I don’t have an air fryer (yet) but I am going to get one as a birthday gift for myself. I have saved a lot of recipes already and I think your crispy chicken wings recipe will be the first one I will try.

  2. An air fryer is on my wishlist this year. So tired of wasting time and gas using the oven to prepare a batch of chicken wings.

  3. These Air Fryer Chicken Wings look so good that I can’t believe that they are made in the Air Fryer! I must try it!

  4. These air fryer chicken wings looks delicious. I haven’t tried anything in air fryer. looks like crispy and delicious and I need to buy this air fryer now!

  5. This is so easy to prepare! My sister always asks for chicken wings, she really likes it. I will make this for her.

  6. I want an air fryer but I know that the small one just won’t work. I’d love a new oven that has that feature. Over the years, I always bake my foods as much as possible without adding oil.

  7. My body can’t handle deep fried foods anymore, so I haven’t enjoyed chicken wings in a really long time. I need to get my air fryer back from my friend so I can try your recipe. It sounds really good and will probably give me my fix for my wing cravings!

  8. Wait, quicker and healthier wings? I need an air fryer asap! These look fantastic for game day or upcoming holiday parties!

  9. I don’t have an air fryer, but these crispy chicken wings might just be the reason I get one!

  10. Another vote for the air fryer! And what an easy, scrumptious chicken wing recipe. These will disappear on every game day event…thanks for sharing!

  11. I have an air fryer on my wishlist, but still haven’t gotten one yet. Definitely need to now! These chicken wings look incredible. Love the ideas for the optional seasonings.

  12. I love serving chicken wings on game day. I haven’t tried making them in the air fryer yet but I’m going to use your recipe this weekend! Looks so yummy!

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