These air fryer chicken wings are crispy, moist, and flavorful! You can cook them in less than 20 minutes, so you’ll have a quick and delicious meal in no time!
Air frying is my favorite method for cooking chicken wings. It’s not only super easy to use, but they come out so crispy on the outside you will think they were deep fried.
The best part is, air frying is a much healthier alternative to deep frying wings. You don’t need to rely on all that oil for cooking, because the outside gets crispy from the circulation of hot air.
There are many different ways you can flavor chicken wings, but these are a traditional version. They are perfect to pair with a dipping sauce – either blue cheese or ranch.
- Cut chicken wings
- Corn starch
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Ground pepper
I prefer to buy cut chicken wings, because it makes preparation so much faster. Plus, you’ll get a nice mix of drums and chicken legs (the two main parts of a chicken wing).
These crispy air fryer chicken wings are super easy to make. You can scroll down to the recipe card for more detailed instructions. In the meantime, here’s an overview of the general steps:
Begin by removing your cut chicken wings from the package and pat them dry with a paper towel. The idea is to remove as much moisture as possible on the outside.
This step is key to making air fryer chicken wings, because even a small amount of water can prevent them from getting crispy.
After that, transfer your chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Then you can add cornstarch, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
It helps to use a tongs to mix the seasoning around the bowl. The goal is to toss the wings in this mixture until each wing is fully coated.
Next you can place the chicken wings in a preheated air fryer set to 400° F. Cook for 10 minutes then flip (for oven style air fryers) or shake (for basket style air fryers).
After flipping, cook for an additional 8 minutes. Once the chicken wings have reached your desired level of crispiness, remove and serve immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How long do you air fry chicken wings at 400° F?
Place the chicken wings in a single layer in the air fryer and cook for 10 minutes at 400° F. Then flip the chicken wings and air fry for an additional 8-10 minutes.
- Are air fryer chicken wings healthy?
These air fryer chicken wings are much healthier compared to deep frying. You can make delicious wings without using high-calorie oil. The most important thing to remember when making healthy chicken wings are the ingredients.
- How do you make crispy wings in the air fryer?
The best method to making crispy air fryer chicken wings is preparation. You need to pat them dry them with a paper towel to remove as much moisture as possible. Then coat the wings with cornstarch to get them extra crispy when cooking.
- Should I flour my wings before air frying?
There’s no need to use flour on chicken wings before air frying, because corn starch will work even better. This outer layer will coat the skin – which will help make them crispy during the air frying process.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings (Crispy)
- Air Fryer
- 2-3 lbs cut chicken wings
- 2 tbsp corn starch
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- Remove your cut chicken wings from the package and pat them dry with a paper towel. This step is key to making crispy air fryer chicken wings.
- Transfer the chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Add cornstarch, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
- Use tongs to mix the seasoning around in the bowl until each chicken wing is fully coated.
- Place the chicken wings in a preheated air fryer set to 400° F. Cook for 10 minutes then flip (for oven style air fryers) or shake (for basket style air fryers).
- After flipping, cook for an additional 8 minutes. Once the chicken wings have reached your desired level of crispiness, remove and serve immediately.
- Enjoy these air fryer chicken wings with a side of your favorite dipping sauce. Both blue cheese and ranch pair well with this recipe.
- Don’t worry if the wings are touching each other in the air fryer. They will need to be flipped, which helps each side cook evenly.