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Best Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe (Crispy!)


Yes, you can make the best air fryer chicken wings following this simple recipe right here. Making chicken wings in the air-fryer is a perfect way to feed a crowd, it’s easy to clean up, and the wings come out to crispy hot perfection every time. Use this no-fail method to make air fryer chicken wings crispy, just like you’d get at a restaurant, and just the way you like them.

Golden brown cooked and crispy air fryer chicken wings with ranch dipping sauce and celery

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  • make the best-ever air fryer wings with just 3 ingredients (one of those is chicken wings and the other two are things you already have on hand)!
  • get the best temperature and time for how long to cook chicken wings in air fryer that results in perfectly cooked, crispy, and golden brown wings every time
  • make chicken wings quickly in batches for a party of any time

The only air fryer chicken wings Recipe you need!

When you’ve got that craving for chicken wings, you don’t want just any wings. You want hot, flavorful, and super crispy wings. By making chicken wings in air fryer, you get all of that. From there, you can eat the wings as is, toss them in a favorite wing sauce or dry rub, and serve them alongside some ranch dressing, chilled carrots, and celery sticks. Yum!

Overhead view white platter filled with buffalo chicken wings, celery sticks and black bowl filled with ranch dressing.

Ingredients to make air Fryer Wings Crispy And perfect

You don’t need much to make these crazy good wings. These are the key ingredients to get a batch of chicken wing in air fryer today:

  • chicken wings – we love the chicken wings from ButcherBox
  • baking powder – here’s the secret ingredient to getting the best chicken wings that are crispy and golden brown
  • salt – opt for fine salt here

Find the ingredient list with exact measurements in the recipe card below.

Clear glass mixing bowl filled with raw chicken wings and legs.

How to Make Chicken Wings in An air fryer

We love, love, love this easy method for cooking the best golden brown and crispy chicken wings. They come out just as if they had been fried, only much lighter and not as oily as you’d get at a restaurant. Here are the easy steps to make them:

  1. Preheat your air fryer. See the recipe card below for the perfect air fryer temperature for chicken wings
  2. Coat the wings. Toss the chicken wings with baking powder and salt.
  3. Air fry the wings in batches. Working in batches, air fry the wings in the preheated air fryer. Scroll down to the recipe card below to see how long to cook chicken wings in air fryer.

For the complete directions and ingredient amounts, scroll down to the recipe card below. All of our recipes include the nutrition analysis, listing calories, protein, carbohydrates, fiber, sugar, sodium, and more per serving.

Raw chicken wings being placed in air fryer basket with tongs.
Cooked chicken wings in an air fryer basket.
Golden cooked and crispy chicken wings out of the air fryer

The Best Homemade Buffalo Sauce

In less than 10 minutes, you can make delicious, flavor-forward buffalo sauce that is also Whole30-friendly, Paleo, and gluten-free. Use it in recipes calling for buffalo sauce, to toss with these chicken wings right out of the air fryer, or to top shredded chicken, eggs, or roasted veggies.

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Close up view air fryer chicken wings coated in buffalo sauce.

How long to cook chicken wings in air fryer

When you want a batch of super crispy chicken wings, there are two key things you need to know. 1) What temperature to set your air fryer, and 2) How long to cook chicken wings in air fryer. We have answers to both of those questions right here!

Set your air fryer to preheat to 400 degrees. Once the air fryer is preheated, cook each batch for a total of 18 minutes. Cook them on one side for 10 minutes, then turn the wings over and air fry for another 8 minutes, for a total of 18 minutes.

No Air Fryer? Use Your Oven!

If you don’t have an air fryer but still want perfectly crispy and delicious chicken wings, see our recipe for Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings in your oven. They come out with that great crisp texture and are the perfect option if you don’t have an air fryer!

Oven-Baked Buffalo Wings

occasions to serve These Wings

Do you really need an excuse to make the best chicken wings? We think serving them any random day of the week is a great way to add some spice to life and your dinners. And here are some other terrific times to dig in:

  • game days and Super Bowl parties
  • potlucks
  • birthday parties
  • Friday night fun
Overhead view parmesan and herb coated air fryer chicken wings on white plate.

Our Favorite Air Fryer

This Instant Vortex Dual-Basket Air Fryer is from the makers of Instant Pot, and it’s the air fryer our whole team uses and loves! The double chambers creates extra room, so you can air fry a complete meal or a bigger serving than of a single food than most other air fryers. That means fewer batches and more air-fried crispy foods to enjoy!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make chicken wings that are super crispy?

Short answer: Cook them in a hot oven or an air fryer, and toss them with our special mix of baking powder and salt (see recipe card below for the full recipe).

At what temperature should I air fry chicken wings?

When you’re cooking chicken wings in air fryer, set the temp to 400 degrees.

How long to cook chicken wings in air fryer

We’ve perfect this recipe for chicken wings in the air fryer and we’ve found the best timing to be air frying them on one side for 10 minutes, then flip them over and air fry for another 8 minutes (that’s 18 minutes total).

What are some good sauces for tossing with chicken wings?

One of the best things about chicken wings is that you can make them taste many different ways by tossing them in different sauces and dry rubs. Use your favorite purchased wing sauce or condiment, or make our Homemade Buffalo Sauce. We also like tossing wings with a simple mix of Parmesan and minced garlic or a dry spice rub, such as the rub in the Q&A below.

What’s a good dry rub for chicken wings?

We love this dry rub on so many things, including tossed with this wings recipe when they come right out of the air fryer. In a small bowl, mix 2 teaspoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, ½ teaspoon of each dried thyme, garlic powder, and onion powder, and ¼ teaspoon of each fine salt, black pepper, and dried ground sage.

More Air Fryer Recipes To Try

When you serve these wings, it’s always a good idea to set out some fresh and crunchy carrots, celery, or pepper strips, as well as a few dipping sauces. Try a favorite blue cheese dressing, our Homemade Ranch Dressing, or our Paleo Ranch Dressing (a dairy-free ranch that thousands have made and loved)!

Servings: 46 servings 1x


  • 3 lbs. chicken wings, ‘flats’ and ‘drummies’ (about 36 pieces; thawed if frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

If desired, toss the wings with any favorite sauce, such as our Homemade Buffalo Sauce, any BBQ sauce, any dry rub, or a simple mix of minced garlic and grated Parmesan cheese

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400℉ degrees. 
  2. Spread the wings out on paper towels and pat dry. Place the wings in a large bowl and toss with the baking powder and salt.
  3. Working in batches, place the wings in an even layer in the preheated air fryer basket. Air fry for 10 minutes.
  4. Using a pair of tongs or a fork, turn over each wing in the air fryer basket, close, and air fry for 8 minutes more or until crispy and lightly golden brown.
  5. Remove wings from the air fryer and place in a bowl to toss with buffalo sauce or any desired sauce or dry rub. We recommend starting with ¼ cup and adding more as needed.
  6. Repeat to make more batches until all wings are cooked.

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Serve the wings with carrot and celery sticks and our Homemade Ranch Dressing, our Paleo Ranch Dressing, or any favorite ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping

In the market for a new air fryer? This Instant Vortex Dual-Basket Air Fryer is made by the makers of Instant Pot, and it’s the air fryer our whole team uses and loves! The double chambers creates extra room, so you can air fry a complete meal at once or a bigger serving than with most other air fryers. Check it out here

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1/2 lb chicken wings (1/6 of the recipe)
  • Calories: 420
  • Fat: 28 g
  • (Sat Fat: 8 g)
  • Sodium: 800 mg
  • Carbohydrate: 0 g
  • (Fiber: 0 g
  • Sugar: 0 g)
  • Protein: 40 g
  • Cholesterol: 250 mg


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Overhead view air fryer chicken wings coated in buffalo sauce on white tray with celery and ranch

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Jessie Shafer

Jessie Shafer

Jessie is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living near Denver, CO where she splits her time among nearby playgrounds, typing away at her trusty laptop, and heating up her home kitchen with delicious experiments. Her best taste tester is her husband, a Denver firefighter with a well-trained palate. A former magazine editor-in-chief, Jessie has a long career in food publishing and health writing. While she once played centerfield for the Northwestern University softball team, Jessie now prefers her fitness in the way of biking up mountain passes and chasing two busy toddlers (the latter proving to be the more exhausting activity).

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