This air fryer chicken wings recipe makes the best wings ever, crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and full of flavor!

Who doesn’t love crispy chicken wings covered with their favorite sauce? The air fryer cooks delicious wings much quicker and tidier than a deep fryer. Cleanup is a breeze, and no oil is ever wasted! Less fat, less mess, fewer calories, and all the flavor… What’s not to like in crispy air fryer chicken wings?

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Our Favorite Crispy Chicken Wings

  • These small pieces of chicken are an extra crispy treat, especially when they are smothered in sweet and hot BBQ sauce.
  • Making them in the air fryer is easy, simple, and leaves no oily mess or heavy oil smell in the house.
  • They are also a perfect keto meal, especially if you serve them with crispy kale chips!

Ingredients & Variations

CHICKEN WINGS: This cut of chicken can be found at most grocery stores. Remember to cut off the wingtip and let them thaw before prepping. Whole chicken wings should be cut in two at the joint before cooking. Boneless chicken wings, or “nuggets” are another option, can be cooked straight from the freezer, and will take the same amount of time as bone in chicken wings.

SEASONINGS: Use salt and pepper and toss in olive oil or your favorite cooking oil. Canola, corn oil, or safflower oil all have lower saturated fats than coconut oil or palm oil. Sprinkle with a little poultry seasoning, dried rosemary, or garlic powder.

SAUCES: The sky’s the limit when it comes to condiments for crispy air fryer chicken wings! Buffalo sauce, BBQ sauce, teriyaki, ranch dressing or dip, and blue cheese dressing are all delicious on wings.  Try making some tasty snacks to go with your wings and sauces, like tortilla chips, air fried zucchini chips, or air fryer french fries.

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How to Make Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer

Just follow these easy steps for the best wings ever!

  1. Put the wings in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper (as per recipe below).
  2. Place them in the air fryer basket (do not overcrowd them)
  3. Cook for 10 minutes, flip them over, and cook another 10-12 minutes.

Place them in a large bowl and toss them with your favorite BBQ or hot sauce and enjoy!

process of cooking chicken wings in an air fryer tray

FAQ and Expert Tips

  • How do you prep chicken wings? One way of keeping the chicken wings crispy is to pat the wings dry before they are covered in olive oil. Too much water will steam the meat in the air fryer.
  • How do you make sure chicken wings get crispy? It is very important to not crowd the wings in the fryer. Make sure they are laying flat and are not overlapping. If a big batch is being prepared, then cook in small batches. After they have all cooked, place them in the air fryer all at once and warm them up for 2-3 minutes.
  • Are air fryer wings healthy? Air fryer wings have less fat and fewer calories than wings made in a deep fryer.
  • How many wings can you fit in an air fryer? That depends on the size of the air fryer. A 5 – 7 quart air fryer can fit 1-1½ pounds. Wings will cook more evenly if you split them in half at the joint so they can be placed flat in the basket.
  • How long does it take to air fry wings? Allow 20-22 minutes for an air fryer basket full of bone-in wings. They need to be flipped halfway through the cooking time to make the wings crispy all over. Boneless chicken nuggets might take less time, depending on if they are frozen to start with, and also the size. Check them after 10 minutes. Internal temperature should reach 165°F.

Favorite Air Fryer Chicken Wings

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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

This recipe makes crispy Air Fryer chicken wings without all the oily mess of deep frying.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings



  • 1 pound split chicken wings tips removed
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Toss wings with oil and generously season with salt & pepper.
  • Place in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook 20-22 minutes flipping the wings after 10 minutes.
  • Toss with sauce if desired.


Do not overcrowd the air fryer or the wings won't crisp. If needed cook 2 batches and place all of the wings into the air fryer to heat together at the end.
If cooking in batches, the second batch will need about 2-3 minutes less.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 166kcal | Protein: 11g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 96mg | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

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