This crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings recipe is a crowd favorite! So easy to make and full of flavor. Coat with sauce and watch them disappear.
Air fryer chicken wings can be served as a party appetizer, on game day, or as the main dish alongside rice or a salad. You can coat the wings with a variety of sauces so everyone can choose their favorite.
How To Make Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings
The two most important things about making crispy air fryer chicken wings is patting them dry and allowing them to rest in the refrigerator with the coating. These two steps will give you crispy chicken wings without having to deep-fry them!
- chicken wings
- cayenne pepper
- chili powder
- garlic salt
- olive oil spray
Cut the chicken wings in thirds and discard the tips. Pat the wings dry on both sides with paper towels and place them in a bowl.
Mix together flour, cayenne pepper, paprika, chili powder, and garlic salt in a small bowl. Coat the chicken wings with the seasoned coating mixture. Place the coating chicken wings in a pan, cover the pan and place it in the fridge for 60 minutes.
What other seasonings can I add?
We went with an all-purpose, lightly seasoned coating for these air fryer chicken wings but this is where you can let your creativity run wild! You can use any combination of spices you desire. Here are a few suggestions:
Can I make them ahead of time and store them in the freezer?
Yes, you can prepare these chicken wings ahead of time. Follow the recipe to prepare the chicken wings up place them in the freezer instead of the refrigerator. After about 30 minutes, transfer the wings to an airtight freezer bag for storage. When ready to prepare, preheat the air fryer and bake at 380˚F for 25-30 minutes, flipping them halfway through baking, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165˚F.
Spray the chicken wings with olive oil and bake them in a preheated air fryer at 380˚F for 15 minutes. Turn the chicken wings over and spray again with olive oil spray. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.
Can I bake these in the oven instead?
Yes, you can use this recipe to make oven baked chicken wings! Coat the wings as directed in the recipe, place on a wire rack on a baking sheet and refrigerate. Spray the wings with olive oil and bake at 400˚F for 35-40 minutes, turning halfway through, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165˚F.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings Sauces
We chose a store-bought buffalo sauce and a homemade garlic parmesan wing sauce (find the recipe here) to coat our chicken wings.
Arrange the coated air fryer chicken wings on small trays for serving along with celery and a dipping sauce such as blue cheese dressing or ranch.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings Frequently Asked Questions
Crispy chicken wings take 25-30 minutes to bake at 380˚F in a preheated air fryer.
Yes, you can cook frozen chicken wings in the air fryer. Preheat the air fryer and bake at 380˚F for 25-30 minutes, flipping them halfway through baking, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165˚F.
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