Need the best Air Fryer Chicken Wings recipe? If you love wings but don’t want to order out, you need this incredibly easy recipe. This crispy air fryer chicken wings recipe is going to become your go to recipe. When your cravings hit, break out the Air Fryer and make the best wings ever.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings
These crispy chicken wings are going to be your favorite way of making them from now on! You won’t have to worry about frying up a mess in your kitchen or waiting for them to cook in the oven. With an air fryer, it takes less time and they come out amazing! I am all about less mess in my house, and the air fryer has become one of my favorite kitchen appliances.
My whole family loves fried chicken wings, but the mess with oil has always been something I have preferred not to deal with. I have made wings in the oven, but I don’t like them as much as fried chicken wings, and the air fryer chicken wing method gives me the crispy skin I love without having to deal with deep frying with oil when making them.
I know you are going to LOVE these Air Fryer Chicken Wings, seriously they are the best chicken wings and my whole family loves them! The best part is that they are super simple to make even for someone who has never used an air fryer before. It is really easy to get started air frying chicken wings, and I am sure you are going to be hooked on them after making them the first time.
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How Long do Wings Take to Cook in the Air Fryer?
This easy air fryer chicken wings recipe takes just 20 minutes to get the perfect air fried wings.
What temperature do you Air Fry Chicken Wings?
Chicken wings are cooked at 400°F.
How do I get my chicken wings crispy?
To get your chicken wings crispy, it is important to make sure the wings are dry. My preferred method is to sweat the chicken with salt in the refrigerator uncovered for at least an hour making sure to not over-salt the chicken. I like to let them sit for about 4-6 hours if I have time. For additional crispiness, dip the wings in cornstarch and spritz with oil. This will add another layer of crunch however you will need to use more oil to achieve it.
How do I separate the wings into drumettes and flats?
To separate your wings into drumettes and flats place your wings on a cutting mat and cut through the joints between the drums, flats, and tips. Poultry shears would also work great here. If you prefer, you can also purchase your wings already separated for a slightly higher price. Make sure to cut off the wing tip as they tend to burn and have no meat.
What is another variation of chicken wings I can make?
This recipe is a base recipe for plain chicken wings. Change these wings by adding homemade buffalo sauce with a side of blue cheese dressing. Barbeque sauce is another tasty option to change the flavor of these wings. You can use hot sauce, ranch dressing or BBQ sauce to coat the cooked chicken wings in a bowl after you have cooked them. You can coat these wings with your favorite wing sauce after they are done cooking.
Can I Air Fry Frozen Wings
Technically, you can make frozen wings in the Air Fryer, but I do not recommend it. You will not get deliciously crunchy wings when you make them from frozen.
For best results, thaw the wings thoroughly, dry them well and I like to sweat them using the salt method described here.
How do you salt chicken wings?
Lay the uncooked chicken wing pieces in a pan sheet and sprinkle salt across the chicken, turn and repeat. Set pan in the fridge for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours. Do not cover. This will allow the salt to penetrate and the chicken to dry which is necessary to have crispy wings.
Why do you salt chicken wings?
Chicken skin is filled with water, salting the chicken wings before cooking them removes the water from the skin and makes skin of the chicken wings crispy when it is cooked.
How to store cooked chicken wings
Place the cooked chicken wings in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. As per the FDA, refrigerate or freeze poultry within 2 hours of cooking or purchasing. Refrigerate within 1 hour if the temperature outside is above 90° F.
How Do You Reheat Leftover Air Fryer Wings?
When the wings cool and are stored in the refrigerator, oftentimes, they lose their crispiness. When you reheat the wings, you can reheat them in the microwave, oven, or Air Fryer. If you use the microwave, your wings will stay soggy. I recommend using the Air Fryer to reheat the wings. Heat the wings for about 3 to 4 minutes at 375.
What to Serve with Crispy Chicken Wings
Crispy chicken wings are served as an appetizer or as a main course many times in a restaurant you will find them served with dipping sauce or coated with sauce and then served with celery sticks and carrot sticks. You can serve these easy wings for game day or because you want your favorite meal while watching a movie. There are many things you can serve with them, change it up depending on if you are looking for a party wings recipe or making the chicken wings the main dish at dinner.
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Tips for Making this Recipe
Don’t skip salting. Salting the whole wings before cooking them will guarantee you crispy chicken wings.
Cook in a single layer. When placing the wings in the air fryer it is important to cook them in a single layer, you can stand the drumsticks up if you want to so you can get more into the air fryer basket.
What is the Best Air Fryer?
There are many different air fryers out there, amongst our team of foodies our favorites are the Cuisinart Air Fryer and convection oven combo, Power XL Pro and the Ninja Foodi 9-in-One. If you don’t have either of them you can use the air fryer you have, but if you are looking to get started with cooking food in an air fryer then our suggestion is that you want to get one of those.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings Ingredients
- 2 pounds chicken wings
- Salt (to cover and dry chicken wings)
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
How to Make Air Fried Chicken Wings
Prepare the whole chicken wings by separating the drumettes and flats; this can be done by bending the joint open and sliding a knife between the drumette and flat and cutting through the joint. Remove and discard the tip or use for stock.
Lay in pan sheet and sprinkle salt across chicken, turn and repeat.
Set pan in the fridge for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours. Do not cover. This will allow the salt to penetrate and the chicken to dry which is necessary to have crispy wings.
In a small bowl, combine the pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and poultry seasoning, and mix.
Add chicken wings to a large bowl, drizzle with the oil and stir to coat. Add the seasoning mix till all pieces are evenly coated.
Preheat Air Fryer to 400 degrees, once Air Fryer is pre-heated, line with parchment paper, then add chicken to the air fryer basket. Do not crowd the basket, you want the air to have space to move around while the chicken wings are cooking. Drumettes can be stood upright along the edge to save space.
Cook for approximately 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. Chicken wings will be cooked when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Remove chicken wings and place on platter.
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Air Fryer Chicken Wings Ingredients
- Prepare your wings by separating the drumettes and flats; this can be done by bending the joint open and sliding a knife between the drumette and flat and cutting through the joint. Remove and discard the tip or use for stock.
- Pat dry.
- Lay in pan sheet and sprinkle salt across chicken, turn and repeat.
- Set pan in fridge for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours. Do not cover. This will allow the salt to penetrate and the chicken to dry which is necessary to have crispy wings.
- In a small bowl, combine the pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika and poultry seasoning, and mix.
- Add chicken to a large bowl, drizzle with the oil and stir to coat. Add the seasoning mix till all pieces are evenly coated.
- Preheat Air Fryer to 400 degrees, once Air Fryer is pre-heated, line with parchment paper, then add chicken. Do not crowd. Drumettes can be stood upright along the edge to save space.
- Cook for approximately 20 minutes, flipping hallway through. Chicken wings will be cooked when internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
- Remove chicken wings and place on platter. Serve immediately with blue cheese dressing and buffalo sauce or your favorite dipping sauce.