Air Fryer Chicken Wings are crispy on the outside and so incredibly juicy on the inside. With a simple homemade seasoning and about 20 minutes in your air fryer, this simple crispy chicken wings recipe will be your new go-to.
I have been baking my chicken wings in the oven for as long as I can remember. Using a coating of flour and baking powder, I always get nice, crispy chicken wings. But this method requires heating the oven and when we’re in the middle of a heat wave that’s the last thing I want to do. Well, I’m about to rock your world and share my new go-to method for the crispiest, best chicken wings ever…Air Fryer Chicken Wings! If you have been on the fence about purchasing an air fryer, this is the recipe that will change your mind.
Making chicken wings in the air fryer is healthier, faster and easier than frying or baking and it doesn’t compromise flavor or texture. Very little oil is used; in fact you only need a little spray in the basket and the air fryer does its magic. Easy recipes are totally a thing around here and this one fits the bill perfectly.
I use my favorite seasoning blend, the same one I use for my most popular Oven Baked Chicken Breasts. You just need chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and black pepper. This combination is the best I’ve found, and it’s made up of super simple spices that everyone has in their kitchen. If you don’t then you should because this rub is out of this world.
How to Make Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer
The Wings. There are a few ways you can go with the chicken wings. You can buy them whole and break them down yourself, or you can buy them already cut into drumettes and wingettes. It totally depends on your comfort lever and time, but I prefer to just buy them already cut to keep things simple. You can also buy them frozen. Either way you want to leave the skin on because that’s where the crispiness comes from, and make sure to pat them dry really well.
Spice rub. I use a combination of chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and black pepper. This blend has been my go-to for years and I sometimes swap out the chili for paprika. You can use a premixed spice blend if you like for a different flavor. Cajun and taco seasonings as well as lemon pepper are all delicious. Rub the seasoning all over the wings.
Air Fry. Preheat the air fryer for best results. The instructions for your unit may say 350 degrees for chicken, but I’ve found that air fryer chicken wings are perfect at 375 degrees. Cook them for 10 minutes, then flip them over and cook another 10 minutes. With an extra large air fryer you can fit about a dozen pieces (4 appetizer sized servings), so you may need to run a couple of batches if you’re serving a lot of people or want this to be your main course.
Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings
You can even cook air fryer chicken from frozen if you forgot to defrost them! I won’t say they are quite as crispy, but they are still super delicious.
How long do you cook frozen wings in the air fryer?
Set your air fryer to 400 degrees and cook seasoned chicken wings for about 30-40 minutes, flipping a few times throughout the cooking time. You may also need to drain any liquid from the bottom of the air fryer.
Recipe Notes and Tips
I prefer to buy my chicken wings already separated, but if you want to buy fresh, whole wings, here’s how to break them down. Snip off the pointy tip of the wing, then pull apart at the joint. Use a sharp knife of kitchen shears to cut the wing at the joint, separating it into two pieces – the wingette and the drumette.
Speaking of drumettes, you can buy just this portion of the wing if you want. It’s usually everybody favorite part and it’s easier to eat, like a mini drumstick.
If you’re feeling spicy, toss your wings in some buffalo wing sauce. Serve them with ranch or blue cheese. Serve plain wings with honey mustard, or coat them in bbq or teriyaki sauce. The possibilities with are endless!
If your air fryer wings aren’t quite crispy enough once they’re fully cooked, turn the air fryer to the highest temperature setting and cook for a few more minutes.
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.