These air fryer chicken wings are so good that if you have an air fryer, whip it out and make these wings ASAP. If not, go buy one now! Seriously. I am a chicken wing lover and have tried dozens of amazing recipes. This one is way up there at the top of the list. The first thing that hits you is their extra crispy, extra flavorful deep golden brown skin. It’s delicious! As you bite into the wing, the second thing that hits you is the explosion of juices. These wings are probably the juiciest wings I’ve ever had. They are cooked so quickly that they just don’t have the time to dry out.
These wings remind me of my Extra Crispy Baked Chicken Wings. I make them in a similar way – I use baking powder to draw out moisture and dry out the skin, and I use high heat and air movement to get that browning and crisping up of the skin.
The one thing I did differently in this recipe is I salted the wings and applied the seasonings before frying. Based on my experiments, salt does make chicken skin a little less crispy, but it also significantly improves browning. I now salt my wings before cooking as I like the beautiful deep golden brown color it results in.
If you have never used an air fryer before, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. I will address them one by one, starting with what I consider the most important one.
How many wings can I cook in an air fryer?
When it comes to air fryers, size matters big time. In general, there are 3+ quart and 6+ quart units. Mine is a 6.5-quart one and it comfortably fits 12 chicken wings, which is about 1 pound and 2 ounces of wings. Chicken wings shrink as they cook, so technically you could ft in more, crowding them slightly initially. I’ve gone as high as 16 wings and did not notice a big difference, although the wings came out just a tiny bit less crispy. Normally, I would place the wings on the rack leaving a little bit of space in between, even if it’s a quarter of an inch. Remember, for proper cooking and browning the air needs to move freely around every chicken wing.
If you have a smaller fryer, say a 3-quart one, expect about half a dozen chicken wings to fit in comfortably, with up to eight if you slightly crowd them initially.
At what temperature to air fry chicken wings?
The answer will vary on who you ask, but my experiments have proven that higher temperature results in:
- better browning
- crispier skin
- faster cooking
- incredibly juicy meat
So, there you have it. I recommend cooking your wings at 400F – 410F, which would be the highest temperature setting on your air fryer. In a convection oven, I cook my wings at 425F, which gives me best results. Longer cooks at lower temperature only dry out the meat and result in a skin that is more rubbery. You want to cook your wings quick and hot. That’s the best way.
How long to cook chicken wings in an air fryer?
In my air fryer, it’s 20 minutes at 410F. At 400F you are looking at about 22-25 minutes. Can you believe it? I was confident that cooking wings in a air fryer would take about as long as in a convection oven, about 30-40 minutes. But I was wrong!
Do you need to use baking powder when cooking chicken wings in an air fryer?
Yes! Some people will tell you otherwise but that’s just not what my numerous experiments has shown. Originally, use of baking powder was prompted by Serious Eat’s The Food Lab: In Search of the Best Oven-Fried Buffalo Wings article. A similar approach is used in the Cook’s Country Oven-Fried Chicken Wings recipe. You see, baking powder is great at drawing the liquid out of chicken skin, making it significantly drier and crispier. I’ve baked countless batches of chicken wings, followed by several batches in an air fryer. Every time when baking powder was used I would get a crispier skin. Feel free to experiment too, but my mind is made up.
With what to serve your air fryer chicken wings?
Air fried chicken wings are good with any of the usual sauces or dips you have been using before. In this recipe, I made the wings so they can be enjoyed as is. They are perfectly seasoned and are good to eat without any sauces or dips. However, here is the list of my favorite condiments for extra crispy chicken wings:
- After they are done cooking, I let the wings rest for 5 minutes. This helps them retain their crispiness better. I then toss them with one tablespoon of Buffalo wing sauce per pound of wings. Add more sauce if you like them hotter.
- A variation to the method above is to use a 50/50 mix of hot sauce and BBQ sauce. Don’t over do it, start with a tablespoon or two. Add more if needed after tasting.
- Finally, serve your wings with your favorite white dipping sauce on the side. One of my favorite fried chicken dipping sauces is this homemade ranch sauce. It’s very tasty.
Don’t forget the try these crunchy air fryer French fries as an accompaniment to the wings, they go exceptionally well together.
Looking for more tasty air fryer recipes? Make sure to check these out:
- Air Fryer Sesame Chicken Breast
- Steak In an Air Fryer
- Air Fryer Shrimp
- Crispy Air Fried Brussels Sprouts
Equipment used and shown on the pictures above: Chefman 6.8 Quart Air Fryer.
Extra Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings
- 12 chicken wings (drumettes and wingettes, not whole ones)
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt (plus more to taste)
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp granulated garlic
- 1/2 Tbsp baking POWDER (NOT baking SODA, it's not the same)
- Dry the wings really well with paper towels and place in a medium bowl. Add the salt, chili powder, garlic and baking powder. Gently rub the seasoning all over the wings, ensuring even coverage. Set aside.
- Lightly rub the cooking rack of your air fryer with some cooking oil to reduce sticking. Arrange the chicken wings on the rack so that there is some space between the wings to allow for free air circulation.
- Place the rack with the wings inside your air fryer. Set the temperature to 410F. Set the cooking time to 20 minutes. Press start.If you air fryer goes only to 400F, set the temperature to 400F and the cooking time to 22 minutes.If you like your wings extra crispy, add 5 more minutes to the times above.
- When time is up, check your wings for doneness. They should be deep golden brown as shown on pictures. If not, let them cook for another 3-5 minutes.
- Carefully remove the wings from the air fryer and arrange on a plate or a serving platter. Serve immediately.If tossing with a hot wing sauce, or a BBQ sauce, let the wings rest for 5 minutes. This will help them retain their crispiness much better after applying the sauce.
Looking for more tasty air fryer recipes? Make sure to check these out:
- Air Fryer Chicken Wings
- Air Fryer Sesame Chicken Breast
- Steak In an Air Fryer
- Air Fryer Chicken Thighs
- Air Fryer Shrimp
- Crispy Air Fried Brussels Sprouts
- Crunchy Air Fryer French Fries
Equipment used to make these air fryer chicken breasts: Chefman 6.8 Quart Air Fryer.
Just wonderful!! Thank you!
Do I have to use the rack for the wings ?? It’s very small. Can only fit maybe 6 on it where as I could fit probably a dozen in the basket. Thanks
Mary, you can use the basket. Enjoy!
These came out perfect! So tasty! Thank you!
You are very welcome. Enjoy!
These are the best air fryer wings ever!!!! They come out so crispy! Just toss them in hot wing sause. So delicious!!!!
Happy to hear it, Mary. Enjoy!
Thank you, I’ve just been searching for a good wing recipe and this one is 100% it.
You are welcome. Enjoy!
These wings were so crispy and good. We couldnt get enough and I even doubled the recipe LOL. Will definitely make these again. I set my air fryer on 420 for 20 minutes because I had quite a few to make and they were perfect!
Happy to hear it, Cheryl. Enjoy!
Hubby and son loved these! My new range has an air fry feature and it made it so easy to cook up 2 dozen wings at one time.
Glad to hear it. Enjoy!
These wings look fantastic. I’m wondering how this would work in a full-size oven that has an “air fry” mode. (I have a Samsung range with built-in air fryer.) I am finding it difficult to locate any recipes for ovens with an air fryer setting. Including which rack to use, etc. I suppose I’ll have to experiment a bit and see what works best. But I’m guessing 425-450 for the heat setting would be sufficient, and maybe one rack higher than center.
For oven cooking, I love my extra crispy baked chicken wing recipe. The best!
cue kenny loggins…THIS IS IT!
i had already salted my wings and had them in the fridge when i stumbled on your recipe and it looked like it’s been what i’ve been waiting for since i bought my air fryer a few years ago. so, i mixed up the other spices with the baking powder, set my brio 14q to 425 for 15 minutes and voila! first wing i tried was almost there so i popped the rest in for a total of 17 minutes and they had the crispness and crunch of deep fried. gonna pull out another batch of wings and not pre-salt and as god is my witness, i’ll never deep fry wings again!
Glad to hear it, Chris; thank you for taking the time to write a review. Much appreciated. I’ll bet Kenny Loggins would write a song about these wings if he tried them, LOL. Enjoy!
Question, do you preheat to the 410 Or do you put the chicken in and heat it up to the 410? My timer doesn’t start until the air fryer has preheated to the desired temperature
Dave, rarely preheat my air fryer, don’t find the need to do it and I use it very often.
I just Googled a recipe for air fryer wings when your recipe came up. It had 5 stars and I had all the ingredients so I thought I’d give them a try. They were absolutely awesome. They looked just like your picture. They were crispy & juicy. I am keeping this recipe and can’t wait to make them again.
Excellent recipe, Victor – Thanks!
You are very welcome, Karen. Enjoy!
Tried this recipe and they are wicked effing good…Thanks !!
You are welcome, Mark. Enjoy!
I have my wife trying this and I know she will love it!If anyone else is looking at this recipe try it and you will so glad that you did…I promise
Half the salt
I accidentally used baking soda, couldn’t tell the difference.
Since I first tried this wing recipe it’s the ONLY one I use. It’s so perfect, I want to give it 10 stars. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us.
You are very welcome. Enjoy!
Omg!!! We’ll never eat wings out again. I’ve never made them and think they’re just ok. We’ll not anymore. My husband loves them. Thanks for a wonderful recipe.
You are welcome. Enjoy!
These are the best air fryer wings I’ve ever had! This is my now go to wing recipe. So crispy and juicy!
Wow! These were fantastic! When I seasoned them, I thought it was going to be too much chili powder, but I was wrong. I made them exactly as the recipe said, and they were absolutely delicious!! This recipe is definitely a keeper! Thank you for sharing!
You are very welcome!
Not only is this such an easy recipe but the flavor in these wings is amazing! I always make double the seasoning because I know how often I make these! Also, if you have a good buffalo sauce recipe, just pour it over as soon as they are fresh out and it turns out freaking amazing!
This rub is perfectly balanced and tasty! Thank you!
You are welcome. Enjoy!
We make these at least once a month. They are so good.
These wings were great. I had to cook them 6 at a time at 410 and they came out crispy and moist!!
Is the nutrition information per serving( 6 wings) or for the whole recipe?
Hi, the nutrition is per serving which is 6 wings.
michael k staton
You nailed this recipe!
nice job. I was always kind of against going high temp but yeah it worked!
JUICY AND CRUISPY.
Don’t add more baking soda to try for more crispy, I makes everything sour.
Glad you liked it. Enjoy!
Wonderful recipe. Is my go-to recipe for air fryer chicken wings.
I just want to say that I do NOT know how to cook but I followed this recipe and it came out PERFECT! I feel like I am a chef now for real! Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!
You are very welcome! Happy cooking!
The 20 minutes at 400 degrees (that’s as high as my airfryer cooks) was a bit too long because the meat was a bit dry. Will try again for about 15 minutes.
Different air fryers may cook differently. Sometimes slights adjustments are needed, as with any recipe.
These are my go to wings recipe. Crispy and seasoned perfectly. Have had many rave reviews. Love my air fryer. Thanks for a winning recipe.
You are very welcome!
Absolutely AMAZING wings!
Absolutely AMAZING wings!
Wings came out really crispy if I didn’t know any better I would have thought they were fried in oil
Corn starch is a great alternative to baking powder and you don’t get that aluminum taste.
These are amazing, first time making chicken wings and the recipe is a keeper, no need to try more!!
Do you think these would reheat well the next day on the airfryer? That way I can make ahead all the batches and just reheat them on the day of the event.
Thank you for your amazing recipe!!’
You are very welcome, Ana.
Do the wings need to be defrosted? Or can I follow the recipe from frozen?
Yes. If not, they tend to be much less crispy.
New to the air fryer. Tried your recipe and we love it. Definitely a keeper!!
This wing recipe is perfect! They were crisped to perfection! My chili powder is salt-free and .5 tsp. of kosher salt was just right. I coated mine with Firecracker Sauce, which is a hotter version of sweet and sour sauce. I had to force myself from eating the whole batch. Thanks for a great recipe!
We made these wings tonight, excellent! Best air fryer wings we have made! Thank you so much for this recipe!!!
We are new to air frying and wanted to try chicken wings. I have never made chicken wings before in any other way. These chicken wings were amazing, and as good as any we could have got in a pub or restaurant! Can’t wait to impress company with these great wings. So easy and delicious.
Nice and crispy, like the seasoning!
I just made this tonight and it was a hit! My son, who loves wings and is super picky, said they were great. I paired them with your fries. I’m glad I found your blog! Thanks for great recipes. I’m making the steak next
These are the first air fried wings my husband would eat. They have never been crispy enough until this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing!
I am going to try this however I do not have a wire rack to go in my air fryer ! Do you think this will make a huge difference?
That’s interesting, I thought all air fryers come with racks to get air circulation from underneath. There are generic racks that you can buy on Amazon… I got a couple of stainless ones for my air fryers from Target. If don’t want to go that route, I suppose you could roll up some foil into sticks and cook wings on top of them. Don’t know how well it will work but I think it should be fine.
WOW. These wings were the bomb diggity. My husband is a HUGE wing fan (and snob) and he proclaimed that these were the BEST wings I have ever made! I’ve tried a million different techniques and this is the first I’ve ever heard of adding baking soda. Just got our air fryer last month and I’m surprised how much I am liking it. Next up: trying your air fryer steak recipe.
Glad to hear it, Jen. Steak is great… chicken legs, chicken breast – those are fantastic… Also, try the air fryer pork meatballs… and chicken tenders. Those are our favorite too. My air fryer jalapeno poppers are fantastic too is may say so:)
Delicious! Follow the instructions and the results couldn’t be better. Husband is very picky about chicken wings and he said “they are perfect”
Thank you for sharing this recipe 😄👍
I have an Ultrean Air Fryer 4.2 Quart and was able to add 8 wings (drums/flats) in at once. I have to tell you, the method you mentioned, the timing and only two (2) ingredients, the baking powder and flavour (I used season salt) worked perfectly and extra crispy too! x 3 batches and were A W E S O M E ! ! !…thank you!
Made this recipe tonight. Excellent !!! Thank you for sharing
Cheryl D Philips
Great recipe very crispy moist and done in 1/2!hr . My air fryer only goes to 400 degrees
I’ve been looking for a good wing recipe. Can’t wait to pick up some wings to try this. Sounds tasty and easy. Thanks. When I sauce my wings I put them back in my air fryer to “recrisp”. I don’t care for the wet, sticky effect so recrisping works well for pur tastes. I see some other recipes of your that look pretty good to try too 🌞
Made these today, without any of these seasonings as the family hates garlic, and they turned out great in my OVEN! (45 wings in an air fryer? You’d have to eat in shifts.)
How I did mine:
1) PREHEAT YOUR OVEN to 450 FIRST. Once it’s up to temperature, THEN start prepping the wings. A warm but not hot oven will make your wings all gummy and sticky, not crispy and juicy. My oven takes forever to reach temperature, but once it does, it’s spot on.
2) Dry your wings well. I used at least 15-20 small sheets of paper towels to dry off 45 wings. (Wings come in six packs at Costco, I used 3 packs.)
3) I dusted all the wings with the baking powder through a strainer, and then tossed them in a plastic bag and added a bit more, just to be sure both sides got it. Let sit for a few minutes.
4) Pans – I wrapped the pans in foil, then put down parchment paper. Lay out your wings with a bit of space between. I needed two pans for 45 wings. It’s OK for the wings to sit out while waiting for the oven to get nice and hot. Get your service and sauces ready in the meantime.
4a) I started the wings with best side of skins up, then flipped them all after 25 minutes. The juices and oils from them worked well to brown them when flipping over, plus the top texture gets to take shape before hitting the hotter side of the pan.
5) After cooking for 20 minutes more, I set them up on the wire racks, as they’re done sticking to stuff. Again best side up for finishing. After seeing the browning basically stopped, I set the oven to broil and that took all of 3 minutes to get them extra crispy and get rid of any undercooked skin. WATCH THEM WHEN BROILING, as they can burn and even catch fire.
6) Let them cool while making the Lemon Pepper mixture – 1/4 cup of lemon juice (I warm it up, but it’s ok either way), and add as much lemon pepper seasoning as you think would work (I start with a full teaspoon, stir, and go from there.) Put wings in bowl, stir up mixture before pouring 1/2 of the mixture over the wings, and mix well. If not well coated, add some more mixture, and add extra lemon pepper seasoning as needed. I then finish with some himalayan salt, but only enough to just taste it. You want them coated, not soaking wet. If you need more kick to your mixture, I like to use white pepper and a touch of cayenne to take it up a notch.
7) Family now says they no longer need to go to Wing Stop for wings, because mine are better
What on earth does this have to do with the recipe given on this site?
Glad you and your family enjoyed your own version, but your very lengthy post does not belong here. It is not a review or a comment regarding “Extra Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings” and is therefore completely irrelevant.
I totally agree!
I personally enjoyed your ” lengthy post” as I needed considerably more than 8-10 wings. Thanks for sharing, I’m sure others with families, or those who can down a dozen wings by themselves in one sitting, or who might be serving wings for parties of guests will appreciate it too. I for one was thinking the recipe sounds good, but I need soooo many wings and have no time to make multiple batches, at 20 minutes each or longer, I was happy to see this option here in comments. Advice to those that were triggered…scroll down, No need to be shrewish it doesn’t become anyone.
Thanks for sharing an alternative cooking method. If we make these for company, we need to cook more than 12 at a time. I don’t mind the lengthy read as it was well written. Nice to know this recipe can be used in an oven.
Hi, these look very tasty and I hope to try them soon. I have used potato starch in exchange for the baking powder and the wings come out great that way too!
Thanks for the easy and tasty recipe! The chicken wings came out super crispy. Will def keep this recipe for the future.
Strictly followed instructions and the end result was outstanding. Ended up very tender and juicy inside, but very crispy outside.
I tried these one time and they turned out great the first go around , the second time horrible, they weren’t crispy and I didn’t not skimp on the baking powder, horrible too much chili powder too!
Walmart sells Wing Seasoning packets – I mix up some of this dry seasoning with the Baking Powder and bake – comes out really tasty – then dip in hot sauce!
Made these yesterday for my granddaughters birthday! A huge hit!! Will definitely be making them again. The rub is perfect, no need for dipping sauce at all
Crispy and juicy, but I will use much less salt next time.
Some chili powders have a lot of salt in them so it’s understandable that you’d want to reduce the amount of additional salt.
H! I cant wait to try this recipe! I have a question though. My air fryer has 3 levels with racks. Could I do two levels of wings at a time, say like 24 wings and just experiment with the time? Do you think I’d have to double the time or just keep an eye out visually how they look? Has anyone else used this recipe in the larger Brio air fryer like this?
Susan, I bought these double-layer air fryer racks for my air fryers to try cooking more wings. I removed the little skewers and put the racks on top of the original ones. It worked, sort of. The top layer cooked and browned perfectly in the same amount to time and same temp that I use for cooking in a single layer. The bottom layer wings were cooked through but looked quite pale. We ended up removing the top layer to eat and giving the bottom layer another 6 minutes to crisp up. I cooked about 20 wings at the same time. Hope this helps, even though your setup may behave differently.
Hmm, thank you Victor., This is the one I have ( NUWAVE BRIO 14-Quart Large Capacity Air Fryer Oven with Digital Touch Screen Controls and Integrated Digital Temperature Probe; 3 Heavy-Duty NEVER-RUST Stainless Steel Mesh Racks Great for Multi-Level Family Meals) so using what you said I think I will try two layers and at least get the party started with the first 12 wings, shut the door and finish cooking the remaining wings. Sounds like a win t me!
This definitely will save time vs cooking two single layers at a time. Let me know how it turns out. I’ve been curious about your air fryer model.
Great recipe! Love the air fryer. The wings turn out crispy and full of flavor.
Same here, love air fried food and my 2 air frying workhorses. Out recent discovery is air fried spring rolls. A local Asian supermarket sells uncooked chicken and pork spring rolls. They are meant to be deep-fried but taste ridiculously good coming out of an air fryer too. Lighter and healthier.
I made mine with Chipotle chili powder! So good!!
I got an air fryer for Christmas and made these using Andy Roo’s All Purpose cajun seasoning. OMG! I don’t think I’ll ever order restaurant wings again! This recipe alone makes the air fryer worth whatever it cost and then some!! THANK YOU!
You are very welcome! We these wings last Sunday, it was probably our 20th time or something. This recipe never gets old it seems.
Bought an Emeril 360XL to eliminate the lingering smell of deep frying wings. The picture of your wings made me look and I’m so glad I did. I fit 18 pieces in the basket. I used your recipe except I didn’t have granulated garlic so I used roasted garlic powder. I increased quantities slightly and gave em a ride. Sad thing is I only had 18 pcs and had to share with the wife. Outstanding just the way they were and equally as good with some Franks Red Hot Stingin Honey Garlic sauce. Now I have to order another basket for the fryer so I can make more at a time. I did add 4 min for the extras and they were perfect. Thanks for posting.
You are very welcome, Larry. Thanks for your feedback. 18 pieces is impressive. Here is my solution to fit more wings at a time;)
These are amazing 🤤
I made this recipe and it came out amazing! It was the first thing I made in my air fryer. I can’t handle chili powder because it’s too spicy for me so instead of that I used a Cajun spice mix and it came out so good! Dipped in ranch it is amazing!
Happy to hear that, Jessica. Glad you liked my recipe.
I have been trying to find a good air fryer wing recipe for over half a year now, one batch a week. No other recipe was up to snuff. These smelled so good while cooking, my wing hating wife agreed to try one out. She demanded two more because they are SO GOOD and that I save this recipe for the future. Finally found the right way to make wings in the air fryer, these are better than any restaurant and good with or without sauce.
Can you use frozen, already seasoned, wings directly in the air fryer? If so, what temp and times would you use and what other precautions would you need to follow? Thanks!
Stan, frozen wings won’t work if you trying to get the desired crispiness. You want to remove as much moisture as possible from the surface of the wing before applying baking powder and spices. It’s not possible with a frozen wing. The results won’t be the same. It’s best to defrost first.
Excellent recipe!!! The baking powder made it SUPER CRISPY!
These are great! Without any sauces there is just enough flavor without being too much. I love them plain but they’d be great with the addition of a sauce if you prefer. I was expecting they would be ‘hot’ with so much chili powder but they’re really not. I’ll definitely be making these again!
First time using my air fryer and these were amazing!!! I purchased the wing/drummers at Costo and one bag was the perfect amount, now can make many more in the future! Crispy and ‘Ono (delicious in Hawaiian😊). Mahalo for sharing!!!
Mahalo for the kind words, Kelly. Glad you enjoyed my chicken wing recipe.
Just made these… only had full wings… so added a little ingredients and time in the air fryer. Seasoned with garlic powder, baking powder, black pepper, and old bay… WOW Fabulous!!! Dipping sauces… butter with fresh parmesan and another with just ranch… what a hit! Thanks it’s a winner!!!
Fantastic! So happy to hear that. Enjoy!
Delicious! First time to use my air fryer and these wings are amazing!
Best wings EVER. So crispy in the outside & juicy in the inside.
Amazing thank you so much for this recipe! I’m new to using an Air Fryer! My family loved these wings
Thanks so much for sharing this recipe for the air fried chicken wings. I made them today for the first time and they will always be on the top of my list. They were crunchy and tasted wonderful. I’m sure my friends will agree with me that they are the best. Also easy to fix and cook 💞💞
Made this 2 nights in a row. First night made it exactly per the recipe. The next night I added a touch more salt and pepper to suit my taste. I cooked it at 400 for 26 minutes in two layers. The bottom layer wasn’t as crip as I wanted when I removed the top rack so I did them for another 5 minutes and they turned out great. This is one of the best recipes I’ve found for my air fryer. I also used Himalyan pink salt instead of Kosher salt.
Question: About halfway thru cooking, my air fryer started smoking pretty heavily. I’m thinking it’s due to the high fat content of the wings. Is that normal?
Hi Rose, no, heavy smoking is not normal. It’s possible that it’s the wings. Perhaps try those that aren’t overly fatty, you’ll know for sure.
Smoking could be caused by an accumulation of spattered fat in the air fryer. It needs to be wiped out after each use.
This wing recipe is wonderful. First time I’ve made wings without bothering with Buffalo wing sauce; they were that good. Thank you!
I can’t wait to try this! We just got an airfryer and I haven’t quite known what to do with this. But I love buffalo wings and they never get as crispy in the oven! Thanks!!
You are very welcome. Let me know how they turn out.
Looking forward to trying this evening… interesting no flipping is needed.
Hope you enjoy them as much as I do. The hot air is circulating around them, as long as you don’t overcrowd no flipping is necessary.
These were delicious.
This recipe is AMAZING!!! The chicken comes out perfectly crisp and juicy. I followed directions exactly… except using chipotle chili powder (what I had on hand). Definitely plan on making these 1000 more times!!
Thank you for your feedback, Shannon. Glad to hear that you liked my recipe.
Loved these wings. I recently purchased my air fryer and wanted to try chicken wings looked at a ton of different recipes saw the positive reviews and tried the recipe out. My husband was very pleased they came out just as everyone mentioned crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. This weekend I made BBQ chicken in the oven and my husband asked why I did not use the air fryer, I will be using more of your recipes. Thank you so much for sharing.
You are very welcome. Glad to hear that you liked my recipe.
Worked out perfectly. Thank you so much for sharing such an easy and delicious way to prepare wings!
I made these & followed the directions. Turned out AMAZING!!!! So crisp on the outside & juicy on the inside. The recipe definitely will be on repeat
Made two batches for dinner, the wings turned out terrific. Crispy, juicy and very tasty. The specified cooking time was spot on. Served them with celery sticks and a white dipping sauce. Terrific! Will be making more for sure.
Tried these tonight. Using the exact measurements in the recipe, my wings started out looking like they had much more seasoning on them than shown in the photos. My wings were on the smaller side though. 12 fit nicely in the bottom of my 5.5 qt. Air fryer. The wings were done at 400 degrees for 18 minutes. They were completely cooked through, and they were nice and crispy. My only negative is that it was too much seasoning and too salty. I may just use the baking powder next time without the other seasoning, and then just toss in wing sauce.
Sorry to hear that. I haven’t had a single person complain about the seasoning or the seasoning quantity so I am wondering what went wrong there. The recipe specifies 1/2 a teaspoon of salt. That won’t make 12 wings salty. Perhaps your chili powder mix already had a fair amount of salt in it. Normally it doesn’t. One tablespoon of chili powder and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder also won’t over-season a pound of wings. What’s on the pictures is exactly what’s in the recipe. I am puzzled.
Amazing! Thank you for the recipe! Mine came out perfect, my family loved them!!
So happy to hear that, Donna. Thanks for posting your feedback.
How would you recommend reheating these if you are taking them somewhere?
I wrote a post on reheating chicken wings, take a look, it may be helpful. In a nutshell, a toaster oven works best. Recently, I’ve been reheating my wings in my air fryer. 10-15 minutes at 375-400F with one flip in the middle and they are almost as good as freshly made. An air fryer is also very portable so you can bring it with you. Hope this helps.
Victor, it looks perfect and tasty! Can’t wait to have this anytime of the day, love it!
Thank you Olga. Happy to hear that.
I tried this recipe tonight. I used smoked paprika in place of the chili powder since 2/3 of my house doesn’t like hot and I used cooking spray in place of oil. BEST RECIPE I’ve done thus far in the air fry!!! Delicious!!!
Will table salt help with browning the wings?
Based on my testing, any type of salt will improve browning. I just prefer kosher or sea salt but table salt will work just as well.
I plan to make this and my new air fryer only goes to 390
Linda, 390 should be fine. Don’t overcrowd, at least initially, and watch the wings closely the first time you make them, checking for doneness and browning early. Some air fryers actually cook and brown food faster than others even at the same temps. Or you may need to add a few minutes.
This was the first and only recipe I have tried since we got the air fryer. My boyfriend LOVED it. Thank you!
First time air frying wings. This recipe is spot on, will spice up rub next time and won’t need any sauce. Thank you for the 5 🌟 recipe!
Does this reciepe the same if I use frozen wings instead of thawed?!
No, the recipe won’t be the same for frozen wings. You want to remove as much moisture as possible from the surface of the wing before applying baking powder and spices. It’s not possible with a frozen wing. The results won’t be the same. It’s best to defrost first.
I’m a new air fryer….for 2 weeks now. I’ve made a few things like tater tots, fish sticks and grilled cheese (I have small children). I also made venison jalapeno cheddar brats which turned out great. But, I made these wings today and the are absolutely amazing! Definately the best I’ve made in this fryer!
So happy to hear that, Jessica. Check out my other air fryer recipes, I have a feeling that you will like them as well. A few new recipes are coming too, I will be posting an air fryer salmon recipe tomorrow – it’s so good that we’ve made it 6 times already.
These are the best wings I have ever made!! Like them so much I made them 3 days in a row! The hubs could not have been happier!!! I would not change a thing about this recipe – perfect as is.
Fabulous recipe…I just purchased a Ninja Air Fryer yesterday and couldn’t wait to try wings!!! I used Zatarains Blackened seasoning, salt and then tossed them in the baking powder like you recommended. They are crunchy and taste just like deep fried wings…Thanks for the great recipe!
You are very welcome, Tammy.
So can I use differents seasoning as long as I use salt and baking powder? and still get crispy wings?
Lindsay, yes, you can. Based on my experiments only salt and baking powder affect crispiness. Salt actually makes wings less crispy, not by much, but you will notice it in a side by side comparison. But, salt improves browning that’s why I put it on before frying. Baking powder draws out moisture and dries out the skin. The seasonings don’t have much impact on crisping up unless you put on too much of them.
They came out Awesome. I only like my wings Extra Crispy ! The Baking powder does the trick ! Thank you for All your great tips ! I did both Air Fryer and the oven , both came out Great !!I will probably stick with the Air fryer because its so easy and a bit quicker!
We enjoyed our wings On Superbowl! Will definitely make Again !
My airfryer recently went out. Do you like your Chefman? There are so many out there to chose from.
Sorry to hear about that, Paula. About the Cherman, yes, I do like it. A lot. We use ours pretty much daily nowadays. It’s such a convenient appliance and the results we are getting are amazing. So far it’s been great after 3 months of use.
The best wings ever. Super crispy.
First time ever using the air fryer I bought on Black Friday…these were the BEST wings I’ve ever made at home. I’ve done chicken wings every way possible but these were my favorite by far. I made some modifications. I replaced the chili powder with paprika, doubled the garlic, and added some Lakanto sweetener because I like my batter a little sweet. I also only needed to cook them 20 min at 400° and turned them once at the halfway mark. Everyone loved them at our Super Bowl party. Thanks for sharing!
Tried your recipe for our SuperBowl Wings and they were a touchdown !!! My family absolutely loved them and we are very picky about our wings being crispy. Tossed them at the end in several sauces to customize the taste.
Happy to hear that you and your family liked my recipe, Terry. Thanks for your feedback.
Just made a batch of these wings to try before the game and can say that these are the best chicken wings I’ve ever had. There is a definite crunch as you bite in and the meat inside is tender and juicy. I cannot believe how good these wings are! Making many more batches later tonight.
Good to hear that, Mike. Enjoy!
I have used flour on my wings many many times in the air fryer. They come out perfect!
They are in the fryer right now and smell amazing!!! Can’t wait!! Do I need to flip them half way through or anything?
No need to flip, they will be fine. But up to you of course. Tastes differ. I like mine crunchy so I don’t.
I’ve been wanting to cook up some wings in my air fryer and came across this recipe. It was perfect…quick, easy and delicious. I will most certainly make it again.
This recipe is the first one I’ve made in my air fryer that I really really thought great..Thank you!
You are very welcome. Glad you enjoyed the chicken wings. You are welcome to try my other air fryer recipes.
Simple recipe, easy to make, delicious chicken wings. Very crispy and not greasy at all. Recommend!
Thanks for the feedback, Michael. Glad you liked my recipe.
Mine came out burnt af. What happened??
Hey James, if you followed the recipe precisely, it looks like your air fryer cooks hotter than mine and those of others who tried this recipe and had success with it. If that’s the case, next time cook for 10 minutes and check. Then add 2 minutes and check again. Do so until you get to the right level of browning/crispiness. Then remember how much time it took and use that next time.
What Victor said. Check them every few minutes when they’re getting close. I find I can tell by the colour and the “burnt” edges when they’re ready.
Do they look like wings you’d like to eat? They’re done.
It takes a little bit of practice, but not much. Honest 🙂
I made these tonight. They were delicious. Did several per the recipe and then several with added BBQ sauce, and set the sauce with a few more minutes in the fryer.
This was the second time we used our new Air Fryer. This is a fantastic way to cook. What a fun tool.
Definitely will be trying more of the recipes.
Thanks for publishing these.
No problem. Glad to hear that you enjoyed them.
Just used my air fryer for the first time. I used your recipe for cooking wings and Could Not be happier. After they rested for a few minutes I tossed them around in teriyaki sauce, texas pete, paprika and back in the air fryer for 5 minutes. I’m here to tell you—– DELISH. Thanks for the tips
Chuck, your method reminded me of my BBQ wing recipe that I do in a convection oven. What a great idea to use it in the air fryer. I must give it a try. Glad to hear that my tips helped. By the way, I posted a chicken thigh recipe for an air fryer today – try it, it’s very good.
I notice that your air fryer is a Chefman. From various reviews i have read, chefman’s are not favorable. Many complain that the unit stops working after a few uses and that the warranty is only 60 days. I do like the basket and viewing window element but am reluctant to spend $140 on this unit. Are you still happy with yours and how long have you had it?
Joyce, you bring up a valid point. When I did my research I was not impressed with the overall rating of the reviews I saw, but here in Canada my options were quite limited. In the end I decided to go for what was 1 – large enough (I think 3 qt air fryers are unacceptable for anyone cooking for more than 1 person), 2 – locally available and 3 – not overly expensive. I had 30 days to try and return if not happy. I used the heck of it and ended up keeping it.
Am I happy so far? That’s a very confident YES. I’ve had it since October 29. So far, I think we’ve used close to 50-60 times, or even more. Just yesterday we did 4 batches of shrimp. So far it has been good. Will it last? I have no idea. I certainly hope that it will as, like you said, it’s not a cheap unit. I do love the viewing window a lot as you can easily see if the food is browning too much and needs flipping, etc.
Thank u. I appreciate your input. I too like the window and size
No problem, Joyce. Come back for more air fryer recipes, I’ve posted a couple more recently and more are on the way. Yesterday my wife cooked salmon bellies that turned out so good that I will be posting the recipe on the blog.
I made these tonight after reading the article. Wow! They were so easy and crispy. The flavors were spot on! Excellent VG recipe! (Very Good) Thanks!
You are very welcome! Thanks for the feedback.
99% of all recipes on any site talk about cooking times for the typical stand alone air fryer. I have the Breville Smart Oven Air which looks totally different, like a big toaster oven. Would the cooking temp/time be the same? It’s got a big rack, not like the bowl type air fryers, so the air circulates all around the food with “super convection”. I love wings. I just got my oven 2 days ago so am new to this way of cooking anything. As I read the recipe, would I use the same time/temp as for other air fryers?
Brandon, if both air fryers maintain the same temp and air flow rate, yes, the same times and temps will apply. However, it’s very possible that with a bigger ‘toaster oven like’ air fryer the air flow rate will be smaller simply because air needs to be moved around a larger space. If that’s the case, you would need to increase the temp and/or time.
That said, start with the time and temp that I provided and see if you get the same browning/doneness after the specified time. It should be close. If not, fry them for a little longer. Next time simply adjust the parameters as needed. Now, it’s also possible that your fryer cooks faster, so you may have to reduce the time/temps. It’s always a good idea to keep a close eye on your food the first time you cook it.
This may sound silly, but this is the first recipe I’m using in my air fryer right out of the box. Do you preheat? If so, do you put the oil on when the machine is cool, or after the preheating?
Hey Alex, I am gonna hit you with a good news – NO PREHEATING NEEDED!!! I simply pour a little oil on a piece of paper towel and just rub the oil on the rack. That’s all.
So I got impatient and excited. My nuwave only goes to 400, but the preheating time was less than 5 minutes. Just enough time to toss the chicken in seasoning. I used a baster brush to get a little oil on the rack, and tongs to get the chicken in there. They came out perfectly! They even had an audible crunch! Tossed them in sauce and went to town. Absolutely perfect.. might be the best wings I’ve ever had. Thanks so much!
No problem, Alex. Yes, that crunch that you referred to is an amazing thing about these wings. A music to one’s ears. It puts a smile on my face when I take a bite. A perfect wing. Beats deep-fried hands down as deep-fried are not even close in the juiciness department.
Fwiw, I use baking powder too, along with some salt and pepper and cayenne, but I just pile the wings into the basket. As much as two pounds. But then I go in with a wooden spoon every 5 minutes and stir them around.
Absolutely thrilled with the results.
Tasty, crispy and tender.
That’s a great tip, Steve. Do they take longer to fry if you just pile them on top each other?
They do. It’s about 40 minutes. I haven’t kept particularly close track. As I said, I give them a stir every 5 minutes, and when the colour looks right, I pull them out.
Yeah, I thought they would. I’ve tried bigger batches too and had the same experience. Personally, I like smaller batches as one small batch can be cooked quickly and we can start our dinner, while the second batch is cooking. But if you want to serve them all at the same time, it makes sense.
Yeah, they probably take about 40-45 minutes. I don’t actually pay much attention cause I’m in every 5 minutes stirring them around. I just judge doneness by color.
If I wanted to do this with legs, thighs, or breasts, do you know cooking times?
For breasts, check out my newest post: https://ifoodblogger.com/air-fryer-sesame-chicken-breast/
For thighs and legs, I like them very crispy so I do 10 min at 400F, flip and do 10 min more, flip and another 10 min at 400F. These timings produce excellent results.
Today I did a whole chicken cut into pieces – 15 min at 380F, flipped and did 15 min more, then flipped and did 10 more minutes. Had to add some extra time as the rack was quite crowded and the meat did not brown as quickly. Perhaps I should have gone with 400F. The wings, thighs and drumsticks turned out very well. The breasts were a little on the dry side but still very good.
I make wings in the oven on a cooling rack placed inside a cookie sheet. I don’t use baking powder I put all my spices in flour instead. They are super crispy, have you tried the flour on your wings in the air fryer? I’m curious. However I let the flour some in the wings for 8+ hours in the refrigerator.
No, I haven’t but I like the idea a lot. I’ve been thinking of making fried chicken in my air fryer.
Awesome! Mine should be here tomorrow I’ll let ya know how they turn out.
Oh, I am sure you are gonna love them. Every time I use my air fryer I am astounded. I have dozens of ideas of what else I want to fry in it. Everything tastes so good. I’ve already tried spring rolls, whole chicken, chicken pieces, sausages, fries…
Is the nutrition information a total for 12 wings or per serving (6 wings)?
The calculation is per serving, or 6 chicken wings.
Potato starch in lieu of flour adds even more of a “fried” texture. My kids love my airfryer “fried chicken” made that way.
I’ll try that. Thanks for the tip.
These did not disappoint! We are new to the air fryer and this recipe will be a go to. I will need to start buying wings in bulk. We did two batches and did not clean out the grease in between batches. Kitchen got a bit smokey. Other than that, they turned out looking just like your picture!
Can’t beat Costco for buying wings in bulk. Good quality too.
These are awesome. Second batch substituted Old Bay for the chili powder and we can not decide which ones are best. The addition of baking powder is amazing. Thank you.
Be careful, you are entering the dangerous territory of eternal air fried chicken wing addiction 😉 You are very welcome!
Oh. My. Gosh. These were AWESOME!!!! Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. This will soon become a commonly requested dish at my home! 🙂
I’m making about 4 dozen for a party. Has anyone ever tried baking halfway early to cut down on the cooking time during the party? Are they still crispy?
Turned out perfectly on my first try. Thank you! They were delicious and the amount you recommended for the 3L size was just right to get the drumettes crispy.
So happy about this 😀
Awesome!!! Happy to have helped. I am planning on posting a few more air fryer recipes that I’ve been trying out so make sure to subscribe or check back soon.
Thanks for the detailed blog. First day with our new air fryer & this recipe helped a lot! Wings came out crispy & juicy 😊. Only change was we added a little paprika for a Smokey flavor. Our 6qt fryer didn’t come with a rack, but they cooked perfectly per your suggestions. Will be checking back for more pointers.
Glad you are enjoying your new kitchen toy. We love ours. Other than wings, I’ve tried chicken thighs and spring rolls. Everything comes out quite amazing. My only gripe is the small batch sizes not big enough for 4. But, given quick cooking times we’ve learned to cook a batch, start the second and eat while it’s cooking. Works out OK.
Mark D. Sale
Are you using frozen or thawed wings……?
I use either fresh or defrosted. Never tried frozen.
Why does the nutritional info say 19 g of carbs? Seems it should be much lower.
You are right, that did not look right. I recalculated the nutrition facts and now the value is 4. Most of that comes from dried garlic and onions.
First try at wings in my new air fryer. These came out perfect! Nice & crispy & juicy onntbe inside. I am going to try lemon pepper, baking soda & salt next batch. Thank you
You are very welcome!
Came out awesome! Will always use baking powder now! Thanks!
I made chicken thighs in my air fryer last Saturday and they also turned out fantastic. It’s not as easy to achieve the same crispy skin and succulent meat via other cooking methods.
In my past experiences using an air Fryer do not use any spray oils like pam it will take the Teflon off your Fryer when it gets hot, I usually rub olive oil on mine now giving my air Fryer a longer-lasting life span. 😎
Thanks for the tip, Rick. I did not know that. Will adjust the instructions. I hope my air fryer last long as we all love it. The air fryer wings have been a huge hit with my family.
Instead of baking powder it’s ok to brine the wings one day before in a salt cold water and mineral water mix. It will make the wings juicy inside.
Just to clarify, baking powder is not for making the wings juicy, it’s for making them very crispy, like deep-fried. They will have a crunch when you bite into them. Brining is not necessary for high heat cooking in my experience. I find that it’s better suited for longer cooks (like smoking) where meat tends to dry out, or when you want to flavorize it, like thicker cuts, so that when you bite into them you don’t taste bland meat, or when the meat is super lean, like chicken/turkey breasts.
made these wings for Superbowl and they were a big hit!!!! Nice and crispy.
Had mine three weeks, coating started coming off. Did not know about the spray. Luckily, bought it from Sam’s Club and had not trouble returning. Thanks for posting, will save many others same hassle.