Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings are seasoned with a simple spice rub and cooked (from fresh or frozen), then tossed in your favorite wing sauce! They only take 5 minutes to prepare, and are quick and easy cooked in the air fryer.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings on a wood board with ranch and veggies.

Why I love Air Fryer Wings:

  • Faster than the oven: my oven baked wings are amazing, but they can take 30 minutes to an hour to cook and get that great crispy skin. Wings in the air fryer only take about 20 minutes!
  • Crispy Skin: Like my other air fryer recipes, you end up with a crispy product that’s just as good as if it were truly “fried”, without the extra calories!
  • 5 minute prep!

How to Make Air Fryer Wings:

Dry the wings well with paper towels. This is essential to getting a crispy coating.

Toss with dry spice rub. Combine the salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and baking powder in a small bowl. Then sprinkle the seasoning over the wings, tossing to evenly coat.

Wing spice rub in a bowl, next to another photo of wings on a tray, tossed in the spice rub.

Air Fry. Arrange wings, skin side up and bake, turning every 5 minutes until wings are crispy and browned (about 15 minutes total). The total cook time will depend on the size of the wings but may take up to 20 minutes.

Two process photos of Chicken wings in an air fryer, before and after cooking.

Toss in sauce. Remove from oven allow to rest for 5 minutes before tossing in your desired sauce.

Cooked chicken wings tossed in wing sauce, in a bowl.

For Crispy Wings, Do This:

  • Pat them dry. As with many other air fryer foods, the trick to crispiness is to ensure you dry them really well before adding seasonings.
  • Use (aluminum free) Baking Powder. This is another secret to crispy wings and will help add that nice brown crispy coating.
  • Single layer. Be sure to lay the wings in a single layer with a little space between. If you have an air fryer that allows for multiple layers, your cook time may need to be increased.

Wing Sauce Ideas:

A chicken wing being dipped in ranch.

Recipes Variations:

  • Frozen Chicken Wings: prepare the wings the same and add them, frozen, to the air fryer. Cook for about 10 additional minutes, or until crisp and cooked through.

Serve with:

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Recipe

Air Fryer Chicken Wings on a wood board with ranch and veggies.
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 25 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 4 pounds chicken wings , halved at joints, wing tips discarded
  • 2 Tablespoons baking powder (aluminum free!)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Buffalo Sauce*:

  • 1/3 cup Frank’s Wings Hot Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon water

Instructions
 

  • Dry the wings well with paper towels. This is essential to getting a crispy coating.
    Chicken wings on paper towels, drying.
  • Combine the salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and baking powder in a small bowl. Then sprinkle the seasoning over the wings, tossing to evenly coat.
    Chicken wing spice rub in a bowl, then tossed on chicken wings on a sheet pan.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees. Spray the fry basket with cooking spray. Arrange wings in an even layer with the skin side up. Spray the top of the wings with cooking spray and air fry, turning the wings every 5 minutes for about 15 minutes or until wings are crispy and browned. The total cook time will depend on the size of the wings and your air fryer but may take up to 20 minutes.
    Chicken wings in an air fryer before and after cooking.
  • Remove from air fryer allow to rest for 5 minutes before tossing in desired sauce. I made a quick buffalo sauce with Franks hot sauce, sugar and water.
    Chicken wings and wing sauce in a bowl, ready to be tossed together.

Notes

Baked Chicken Wings.
Frozen Chicken Wings: prepare the wings the same and add them, frozen, to the air fryer. Cook for about 10 additional minutes, or until crisp and cooked through.
Sauce ideas: Honey BBQ sauce, BBQ sauce, Ranch.
Serve Wings with:

Nutrition

Calories: 277kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 23gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 311mgPotassium: 506mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 304IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 146mgIron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    What a game changer! Never would I have thought to do wings in the air fryer, but I am so glad I saw this post. We were looking for any excuse to make wings (although, admittedly, my husband was a little skeptical about making them in the air fryer). They couldn’t have been better! They were cooked perfectly – they had a nice crispy outside and it took half the time of doing them on the grill. Will definitely be making these in the air fryer from now on. Thanks for all the great tips!