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.
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Tips For Air Fryer Chicken Wings
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!
Increase Heat to Finish
For perfectly crispy wings, we cook them at 360°F for about 24 minutes (flipping halfway through) to cook them through evenly. Then, increase the heat to 400°F for another 5 minutes to ensure a crispy exterior.
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.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 8–10 pieces 1x
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Air Fryer
- Cuisine: American
- 1 and ½ lb. chicken wings
- 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- Toss wings with vegetable oil and set aside.
- Preheat air fryer for a few minutes. Arrange wings in basket, being careful not to crowd the basket.
- Cook at 360°F for 12 minutes. Flip over and cook for another 12 minutes. Turn temperature up to 400°F and cook another 5-6 minutes to crisp.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
This post originally appeared in December 2018 and was revised and republished in June 2020.
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