Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe

You won’t believe how easy it is to make these Air Fryer Chicken Wings! Made with pantry staples, these crispy wings are finger-licking good! Air fried to golden perfection, these wings are going to disappear fast off your dinner table and will definitely become a staple in your household.

You’ll love these air fryer chicken wings. They’re seasoned to perfect, there’s no need to marinate them, and they cook up in a flash in your air fryer. Just how fast? These chicken wings take less than 20 minutes to make.

I love how satisfying it is when I take that first bite of a chicken wing and I hear the sound of the crunch of the crispy skin. While you may think you can only get that perfectly crispy restaurant-quality crunch with a deep fryer, the air fryer does an amazing job of mimicking it at home! Even better, it’s faster making it in the air fryer than in the oven! While oven baked wings can be super crispy, the air fryer does the same but much quicker.

Don’t have an air fryer? Try my Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings or my Crispy Baked Chicken Wings Recipe instead! They take a longer than the air fryer but they are worth the wait!

Are Air Fryers Good for Chicken Wings?

Yes! Air fryers are great for chicken wings and also for chicken thighs as you can get the skin to be super crispy without needing a lot of oil. Actually, this air fryer chicken wings recipe doesn’t use any oil at all! All you have to do is season the wings and put them in the air fryer as the fat from the skin is enough to crisp it up.

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Ingredients

  • Chicken Wings — chicken wings are a delicious budget friendly source of protein! Make sure to get them split into flats and drummettes to save yourself the time from doing it yourself.
  • Seasonings —  I use a mix of dried oregano, paprika, garlic powder, ground coriander, cumin, salt, and black pepper to season my air fryer chicken wings. Feel free to change things up by switching the seasonings to your liking.

Instructions

Prepare the Seasoning

In a small bowl, combine the dried oregano, paprika, garlic powder, ground coriander, cumin, salt, and black pepper.

A bowl with dried oregano, paprika, garlic powder, ground coriander, cumin, salt, and black pepper.

Mixed seasoning in a bowl.

Prepare the Chicken

  • Pat the chicken wings dry with a paper towel then add the seasonings to the chicken wings. Using your hands toss the wings until fully coated with seasoning. When you pat the wings dry, it helps the seasoning stick to the thighs better. Plus the moisture will make the thighs steam up in the air fryer so don’t skip patting them dry!

overhead view of a glass bowl containing raw chicken wings.

Air Fry the Wings

  • Place the chicken wings in an even layer in your air fryer basket.
  • Air fry the wings for 8 minutes and then flip the wings. Continue cooking them for at least 10 more minutes or until the internal temperature is 165F degrees.

Change Things Up

Here are a few seasoning ideas to change things up.

  • Herbes de Provence
  • Italian seasoning
  • BBQ chicken rub
  • Lemon pepper seasoning
  • Chipotle seasoning
  • Mediterranean Dry Rub
  • Cajun seasoning

How Many Wings Can You Cook in an Air Fryer?

Depending on the size of your air fryer basket, you may or may not be able to fit the same amount as I do. Mine fits about 12 chicken wings laying in a single flat layer. You’ll have to cook your wings in batches as it’s best not to stack the wings.

Air fryer basket with chicken wings.

Storage Tips

If you have leftovers chicken wings, be sure to store them in an airtight container in the fridge. The wings will absorb moisture and get soggy if you don’t use an airtight container!

How to Serve Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Chicken wings work as an appetizer or as part of a main meal! Here are some ways to serve them:

  • As part of a snacking or appetizer plate: serve with some cut carrots, celery, edamame, and other finger-foods alongside some dip.
  • As part of a main meal: I like serving chicken wings alongside some salad to keep the meal on the lighter side but fries or onion rings goes well with chicken wings as well!

Ideas of What To Serve with Chicken Wings

A white plate with chicken wings and green onion garnish.

Frequently asked questions

Are chicken wings low carb?

These air fryer chicken wings are low carb! They’re also gluten-free, keto-friendly, paleo, and Whole30-friendly as well.

Can these wings be prepared ahead of time?

Yes! You can do this two ways. You can either season them then let them marinate in the fridge a day ahead of time then air fry them when you’re ready to eat. Alternatively, you can air fry them and store in the fridge for up to 4 days and reheat them in the air fryer when you’re ready to serve.

Can these wings be cooked from frozen?

I recommend you don’t cook these wings from frozen. You can use frozen chicken wings if you thaw them first.

What dipping sauce goes well with chicken wings?

Ranch dressing, Buffalo sauce, or blue cheese dipping sauce goes well with these wings. Also, I love eating them with avocado sauce. It’s a healthier dip for you.

If you don’t have an Air Fryer, you can make this delicious Sheet Pan Chicken with Vegetables. It’s easy and so good!

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

You won't believe how easy it is to make these Air Fryer Chicken Wings! Made with pantry staples, these crispy wings are finger-licking good! Air fried to golden perfection, these wings are going to disappear fast off your dinner table and will definitely become a staple in your household.
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Using a paper towel, pat the chicken wings to dry. Then, add them to a large glass bowl.
  • In a small bowl, add dried oregano, paprika, garlic powder, coriander, cumin, salt and black pepper. Mix well.
  • Sprinkle the seasonings on top of the chicken wings and using your hands toss until fully coated.
  • Place the chicken wings in an even layer in your air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 8 minutes. Flip the wings and continue cooking for at least 10 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165F degrees. Enjoy!
Serving: 1/4, Calories: 308kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 85mg, Sodium: 643mg, Potassium: 307mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g

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