Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Wings

It doesn’t get much easier than this to make the best crispy chicken wings ever. They’re so good no one will complain that they aren’t deep fried.

It doesn't get much easier than this to make the best crispy chicken wings ever. They're so good no one will complain that they aren't deep fried.

We can’t believe how amazing chicken wings turn out in the air fryer. If you don’t already have an air fryer, check this one out. Crispy, golden brown and juicy, chicken wings really don’t need many ingredients to shine. A quick toss in oil helps ensure they don’t stick to the basket, a pinch of salt and pepper to finish them when they come out of the fryer, and you’re ready to enter wing nirvana.

In our Oven Baked Wings recipe, baking powder is used to help crisp up the wings, but with the air fryer, it’s not necessary. The two main tricks when it comes to cooking chicken wings in the air fryer have to do with space in the fryer and cooking temperature.

  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. This rule applies to just about anything we are cooking in the air fryer, but wings especially. You want there to be plenty of room for the hot air to circulate around the wings. More space will allow for more crispness!
  • Two cooking temperatures. We found that cooking the wings at a steady high heat resulted in burnt wings. When we drop the heat for the first portion of cooking, the chicken is able to cook evenly. Then we up the heat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit at the end so the skin can get extra crispy.
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Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Wings

It doesn’t get much easier than this to make the best crispy chicken wings without any guilt. They’re so good no one will complain about less grease.

  • Author: Emily Dingmann
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 pieces

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 lb. chicken wings
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Toss wings with vegetable oil and set aside.
  2. Preheat air fryer for a few minutes. Arrange wings in basket, being careful not to crowd the basket. Cook in batches if necessary. Cook at 370°F for 15 minutes.
  3. Shake basket and cook at 400°F for another 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

It doesn't get much easier than this to make the best crispy chicken wings ever. They're so good no one will complain that they aren't deep fried.
It doesn't get much easier than this to make the best crispy chicken wings ever. They're so good no one will complain that they aren't deep fried.

Emily Dingmann

Emily is a Nutritionist and Recipe Developer who creates easy and healthy recipes for busy families on My Everyday Table. She drinks coffee in the morning, wine at night, and sometimes a green juice in between!