Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 2 servings

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These Air Fryer Chicken Wings are SERIOUSLY crispy! Served with your favorite sauce, they’re ready in just 25 minutes with minimal clean up.

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  1. How to make air fryer wings:
  2. Air Fryer Chicken Wings FAQs
  3. How to split chicken wings:
  4. How to cook frozen chicken wings in the air fryer:
  5. More appetizers you’ll love:
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Do you ever just crave a crispy, juicy, delicious basket of wings without having to go out?

For some reason, my kids love appetizers for dinner and we can make a meal out of these Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Nacho Fries and this Easy Stromboli!

The more I use my air fryer the more I love it!

Nothing beats that crispy exterior (with less oil!) and juicy interior.

Some of our other air fryer favorites are these Air Fryer Meatballs, Boneless Air Fryer Chicken Thighs and this Air Fryer Chicken Breast — they are all so juicy and flavorful.

But these wings — you have got to give them a try!

close up image of cooked chicken wings in air fryer basket with no sauce

How to make air fryer wings:

  1. Preheat the air fryer so that the wings start cooking when you get them in there. While it’s doing this, dry the wings with paper towel well (wet meat doesn’t brown!).
  2. Oil and season the chicken wings. Mixing corn starch into your seasoning is the key, because corn starch coats the wings easily and absorbs any excess moisture– making the crispiest chicken wings you’ve ever had.
  3. Then the air fryer does the rest of the work! You only have to flip them once during cooking, and they turn out so crispy and perfectly juicy!

They are just as easy as making these Crockpot Chicken Wings, but they come together even quicker!

Air Fryer Chicken Wings FAQs

How long does it take to cook wings in an air fryer?

In just 15-20 minutes these wings are ready to serve! The exact cook time will depend on the size of your chicken wings and how full your air fryer is. Your best bet is to check every 5 minutes until they are done.

Can I skip the oil?

Technically, yes. But if you really want crispy and flavorful chicken wings, the oil is key. The oil allows the seasoning and corn starch to adhere to the chicken wings and give them that crispy coating. Without it, they may be seasoned but they definitely won’t be as crispy.

What type of sauce is good with air fryer chicken wings?

Classic Buffalo sauce is always a good bet, but this Homemade BBQ Sauce or the sauce from this Honey Garlic Chicken would be amazing!

How to store cooked chicken wings:

In the unlikely case that you happen to have leftovers, they can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container up to three days.
To reheat, simply preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees and cook until heated through, 4-5 minutes.

What kind of air fryer is best?

That depends on what your family enjoys. This recipe was made in an 8 quart Chefman air fryer and we love it! It works great. But I haven’t tried them all, obviously 🙂

Can I cook frozen chicken wings in the air fryer?

Absolutely! They will take a little more time, though. Simply toss in oil and seasoning as the recipe calls for, and cook for 20-30 minutes, checking every 5-10 minutes until done.

air fryer chicken wings coated in buffalo sauce on white plate

How to split chicken wings:

If you can’t find already split chicken wings, you can split for own!

  • Cut wings into three pieces. Start by stretching out the wing on your cutting board and cutting between the joint of the drumette and the wingette.
  • Then make a second cut between the wingette and the wing tip.
  • Place drumettes and wingettes in a large bowl. You can save and freeze the wing tips to make chicken stock!

How to cook frozen chicken wings in the air fryer:

Cooking frozen chicken wings in the air fryer is easy to do!

Simply toss in oil and seasoning as the recipe calls for, and cook for 10 minutes, then flip and continue cooking for 10-20 minutes until done and crispy, checking every 5-10 minutes until done.

The only problem you make encounter is that the coating and seasoning does not stick as well with frozen chicken wings, since they will release some moisture as they cook. If this happens, you can season again and cook for 5-8 minutes until crispy.

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Air Fryer Chicken Wings

5 from 10 votes
These Air Fryer Chicken Wings are perfectly seasoned and simple to make – serve with your favorite sauce! Ready in just 20 minutes with minimal clean up!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine American
Course Air fryer, Appetizer
Servings 2 servings
Calories 355cal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound split chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • cup Buffalo sauce (or use another sauce, or none at all!)

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 400℉ for 5 minutes.
  • Place chicken wings in a medium bowl and dry with paper towel (wet meat doesn't get crispy!)
  • Drizzle oil over chicken. Combine corn starch, garlic powder, seasoning, salt, pepper and paprika. Sprinkle over wings and toss until thoroughly coated.
  • Place seasoned chicken in a single layer in the air fryer basket. It is okay for the chicken pieces to touch, they will shrink down while cooking.
  • Cook 15-20 minutes, turning once with tongs half way through. Toss with buffalo sauce or choose another sauce you enjoy.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 355cal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 2480mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Jennifer! I don’t have a buffalo sauce recipe, it’s just store bought. So glad you enjoyed the wings!

  1. Fergy says

    I made these tonite and they came out simply perfect..next time, though I am going to spice them up a bit more with some added cayenne..I love hot stuff..thanks for a great recipe..

  2. Linda says

    These wings are delicious! The spice blend is very flavorful, and the wings are super crispy. I mixed all of the ingredients together in a Ziploc bag, threw them in the RV frig, and made them for camping. I just bought another giant pack of wings at Sam’s Club so I can make them again next weekend! Thanks for an awesome recipe!

  3. Sheryl says

    I made these tonight for the second time in less than a week! These are amazing! My hubby who is pretty picky about his wings loves these. I just wish I had a bigger air fryer so I could make more at the same time. I used a 2-1/2 lb bag of wings and drumettes and had to do in 3 shifts. These were so crispy and flavorful. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

  4. Allie says

    Made these last night and they were absolutely perfect! The cornstarch mixed in with the spice blend was amazing. Super flavorful and they had a great crisp coating. So yummy and plates were cleared. Thank you for posting this!

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