Once you try these Air Fryer Chicken Wings you’ll never want to make them any other way!  They’re tender, juicy and so addictively crispy that no sauce is necessary.  They’re ready in minutes and will be the hit of any gathering!

Air fryer chicken wings piled on a plate

I’m afraid I’ve been holding out on you. I’ve been making these ultra crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings behind the scenes for the past year and am finally getting around to sharing them with you!

I’m sorry it took so long, but rest assured that they’re worth the wait. 🙂

Wings are one of my favorite things to make for game day. My Instant Pot chicken wings are doused in a lip smacking honey buffalo sauce, but this recipe doesn’t even require a sauce.

They’re so crispy that there’s an audible crunch when you bite into them, which makes them completely addictive just the way they are.

There’s simply no reason to complicate something when it’s already perfect, but whether or not to serve these wings with sauce is completely up to you. 🙂

Air fryer chicken wings on a white plate with sprig of parsley

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Making chicken wings in the air fryer results in perfectly tender, crispy wings every single time.
  • They’re so easy to make and are easily scaled to feed a crowd.
  • Air fryer chicken wings are extremely versatile and may be served as a main dish with your favorite sides or as an appetizer with (or without!) dipping sauce.

Recipe ingredients

The glory of this air fryer chicken wings recipe is that it only includes a few basic ingredients that can easily be changed up with your favorite seasonings or sauces.

Air fryer chicken wings recipe ingredients

Ingredient notes

  • Chicken wings. I used 1.5 lbs. of drums and flats for this recipe which served about 4, but you can easily scale it to feed a crowd.
  • Oil. The oil helps the seasonings adhere to the wings and also promotes browning. I used avocado oil for it’s high smoke point, but it may be substituted with your favorite high heat oil.
  • Seasonings. These air fryer chicken wings are simply seasoned with smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper, which provide plenty of flavor. They may be subbed with whatever seasonings you have on hand, or you can spice things up with my blackened seasoning or jerk seasoning!
Air fryer chicken wings on a white plate with parsley

How to make chicken wings in air fryer

Once you try making chicken wings in the air fryer, you’ll never want to make them any other way. They’re perfectly tender, juicy and addictively crispy!

They’re also extremely easy to make and cook up in about 20 minutes.

Pro tip: For the crispiest wings possible, be sure to cook the wings in a single layer and don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket.

How to make chicken wings in air fryer
  • Toss the wings with the oil in a large bowl. Combine the seasonings and toss with the wings until evenly coated.
  • Place the chicken wings in the air fryer basket in a single layer with some space between each one to allow the air to circulate well for more even cooking and maximum crispness.
  • Cook for 10 minutes at 390 degrees, then flip the wings.
  • Cook for an additional 10-12 minutes or until crispy and cooked through.
Air fryer chicken wings in air fryer basket

FAQs

What are the best oils to use in the air fryer?

Only use high smoke point oils in the air fryer as low smoke point oils can burn and result in a rancid flavor. My favorite heart healthy high smoke point oils are avocado, grapeseed and coconut oil.

How long do wings take in air fryer?

Chicken wings take 20-25 minutes to cook in the air fryer depending on their size. Flip the wings halfway through the cooking time for evenly cooked, crispy wings.

Can you cook frozen wings in air fryer?

Yes, frozen wings may be cooked in the air fryer…simply add about 5-6 minutes to the cooking time. Freeze in a single layer in a zip top bag for best results to pop into the air fryer when you’re ready. You may also add a frozen block of chicken wings and cook for about 5 minutes, then break them apart and cook in a single layer, flipping halfway through the cooking time.

How do you crisp wings in an air fryer?

For the crispiest chicken wings, cook them in a single layer in the air fryer at 390 degrees with space between each wing, which allows the air to circulate well and cook the wings more evenly. Flip the wings halfway through the cooking time for extra crispy wings.

Are air fried wings healthy?

Air fryer chicken wings are a much healthier option than wings fried in an excessive amount of oil. Only 1 tablespoon of oil was used in this entire recipe to help the seasoning adhere to the wings and promote browning.

Recipe notes

  • Pro tip:  For the crispiest wings, cook in a single layer and do not overcrowd the pan.
  • This recipe is easily scaled to feed a crowd, but the wings will need to be cooked in batches for crispy, evenly cooked wings.
  • Change things up with your favorite seasoning blends. 
  • Serve air fryer chicken wings with bbq sauce, buffalo sauce, Greek yogurt ranch or enjoy as-is!
Hand holding air fryer chicken wing above plate of wings

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Air fryer chicken wings piled on a plate

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Chicken Wings are tender, juicy and so addictively crispy that you'll never need another chicken wing recipe! They're so easy to make and are ready in about 20 minutes!
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Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs. chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or other high smoke point oil
  • 1.5 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions 

  • Place the chicken wings in a large bowl and toss with the olive oil.
  • Combine the smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper and stir well until combined, then toss with the chicken wings until well coated.
  • Place the chicken wings in the air fryer basket in a single layer (you may need to cook them in batches depending on how large your air fryer is).
  • Cook for 10 minutes at 390 degrees, then flip and cook 10-12 minutes more until crispy and cooked through. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

  • Pro tip:  For the crispiest wings, cook in a single layer and do not overcrowd the pan.
  • This recipe is easily scaled to feed a crowd, but the wings will need to be cooked in batches for crispy, evenly cooked wings.
  • Change things up with your favorite seasoning blends.  My blackened seasoning or jerk seasoning recipes will really spice things up!
  • Serve air fryer chicken wings with bbq sauce, buffalo sauce, Greek yogurt ranch or enjoy as-is!

Nutrition

Calories: 411kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 131mg, Sodium: 415mg, Potassium: 284mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 620IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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