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Air Fryer Chicken Wings

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These air fryer chicken wings take no time at all to cook and come out of the air fryer flavorful and crispy.
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  1. Air Fryer Chicken Wings Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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These air fryer chicken wings are so good you’ll never want to make them any other way again. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, the wings are lightly seasoned with a simple spice rub and ready in a flash.

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Air Fryer Chicken Wings Ingredients

Air Fryer Chicken Wings raw ingredients that are labeled

You’ll need:

  • 2 pounds of chicken wings (frozen wings need to be completely thawed)
  • 1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground chipotle powder – or – cayenne pepper (optional)

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

WINGS: If you can find a package of mixed pieces (flat wings and drumettes), you can certainly use that for this easy recipe. You just want a total of 2 pounds. This will yield approximately 10-18 pieces. Be careful that if your grocery store sells a bag that is just labeled as “chicken wings”, they have split the two parts in half for you already. My grocery store packages them as one solid piece that I have to separate if I buy them labeled that way.

How to Make This Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

You can also bake the wings in the oven at 400°F for 30-35 minutes.

STEP ONE: Use a sharp knife to remove the small wing tip. Then carefully separate the drumette and wingette (the flat part of the wing).

STEP TWO: Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. 

STEP THREE: Place the chicken in a large bowl or a gallon-size ziplock bag. 

STEP FOUR: Drizzle the extra virgin olive oil over the chicken. Sprinkle the onion powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and chipotle powder over the chicken. 

onion powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and chipotle powder sprinkled over the chicken in a bowl

STEP FIVE: Use tongs or your hands to mix the chicken, oil, and spices. If you are using a ziplock bag, seal the bag and either gently shake or squish the chicken until well coated.

PRO TIP:

If you are using your hands to coat the wings, I recommend wearing disposable gloves while handling the raw meat. 

chicken, oil, and spices mixed in a bowl using hands or tongs

STEP SIX: Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (depending on which type of air fryer you have, 5 to 7 minutes is sufficient enough time for preheating).

STEP SEVEN: You can lightly spray the inner basket, but most baskets are nonstick, so it is up to you. Place the drumettes into the air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, turn and cook for another 8 to 10 minutes.

drumettes placed into a air fryer basket

STEP EIGHT: Next, cook the wingettes for 8 to 9 minutes, and turn and cook for another 8 to 9 minutes (again, different models cook differently. 9 minutes per side was the perfect amount of cooking time). Serve while warm. 

PRO TIP:

You can coat the wings in BBQ sauce for the last 2 minutes of cooking.

How To Serve

You can serve the batch of wings with your favorite dipping sauce, such as BBQ sauce, hot sauce, ranch dressing, Caesar dressing, or blue cheese dressing. Add fresh celery sticks and carrot sticks. These make a great appetizer, along with our cucumber bites.

For more delicious chicken wing recipes, try our lemon pepper wings and Instant Pot chicken wings.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftovers of these crispy wings in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze the cooked wings for up to 1 month. Allow the wings to thaw overnight before reheating in the air fryer for 3 to 5 minutes to re-crisp the wings.

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Air fryer wings take a fraction of the time compared to cooking in a traditional oven. Using a handful of simple ingredients, you will have flavorful wings with crispy skin and juicy meat that make a perfect appetizer or game-day meal.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use frozen chicken wings?

For this crispy air fryer chicken wings recipe, you can use frozen or fresh chicken wings. Just make sure to thaw the frozen chicken wings first.

Can I freeze the leftover chicken wings?

This recipe for wings can be frozen for up to a month.

Can I use a different spice mix for these wings?

You can change up the spice rub for these chicken wings if you’d like.

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These air fryer chicken wings take no time at all to cook and come out of the air fryer flavorful and crispy.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds chicken wings, frozen wings need to be completely thawed
  • tablespoons olive oil, extra virgin
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground chipotle powder, or cayenne pepper (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Use a sharp knife to remove the small wing tip. Then carefully separate the drumette and wingette (the flat part of the wing).
  • Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.
  • Place the chicken in a large mixing bowl or a gallon-size ziplock bag.
  • Drizzle the extra virgin olive oil over the chicken. Sprinkle the onion powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and chipotle powder over the chicken.
  • Use tongs or your hands to mix the chicken, oil, and spices. If you are using a ziplock bag, seal the bag and either gently shake or squish the chicken until well coated.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (depending on which brand/model air fryer you have, 5 to 7 minutes is sufficient enough time for preheating)
  • You can lightly spray the inner basket, but most baskets are nonstick, so it is up to you. Place the drumettes into the basket. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, turn and cook for another 8 to 10 minutes. (Again, different models cook differently. 9 minutes per side was the perfect amount of time).
  • Cook the wingettes for 8 to 9 minutes, turn and cook for another 8 to 9 minutes. Serve while warm.

Notes

  • You can also bake the wings in the oven at 400°F for 30 to 35 minutes.
  • If you are using your hands to coat the wings, I recommend wearing disposable gloves while handling the raw meat.
  • You can coat the wings in BBQ sauce for the last 2 minutes of cooking.

Nutrition

Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 448mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 287IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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