The 4 Best Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipes + Video

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The best Chicken Wings Recipe for the Air Fryer depends on your preferred flavor. And lucky for you, we have four air fryer chicken wing recipes to choose from! Learn the pros and cons of fresh vs frozen wings, plus how to keep them crispy between batches.

titled: Air Fryer Chicken Wings 4 Ways


Chicken Wings Recipe Air Fryer

Whether you need chicken wings recipes for dinner or party appetizers, we’ve put together the top 4 flavors — including sauces!

Make your favorite using fresh or frozen drumettes, flats, or a mixture of both. All you need to do is adjust the cooking time.

Recipe Video

To see us make this air fried chicken wings recipe from start to finish, watch the video in this post!

And if you don’t have an air fryer, don’t feel left out!

I’ve got crockpot recipes for honey sriracha, buffalo, or sweet and spicy bbq flavors. You can even toss wings on the smoker!

Benefits of Air Fried Chicken Wings Recipe

If you have yet to do it, there are SO many ways that you can benefit from air frying wings — or any food.

  1. Healthier than deep frying. You can enjoy the taste of fried chicken with less fat and calories.
  2. Less mess to clean up. With an air fryer, you have no reason to pull out a deep fryer or cover your stove top in cooking oil to enjoy the flavor of fried foods.
  3. Quick and easy. You can make your favorite chicken wings recipes for dinner with the push of a button.

    And because air and heat circulate around the food, air frying is much quicker than deep frying!
4 different flavors of air fried chicken wings

Fresh vs Frozen for Chicken Wings Recipe in Air Fryer

I like to use fresh poultry, but you can make any of these air fryer chicken wing recipes using frozen chicken if you’d like.

Keep in mind that frozen wings do take several minutes longer to cook. The safest and easiest way to know if your chicken is cooked is to check the internal temperature. 

To do this, use an instant-read cooking thermometer. It should read 165° F when the chicken is cooked through.

How to Make Chicken Wings Air Fryer Recipes

Making any chicken wings recipe with an air fryer couldn’t be easier!

Just coat the wings with a few spices, place them in the fryer basket with a little oil, and cook until done.

Don’t forget to include baking powder with the seasonings — it helps the skin become nice and crispy.

After cooking, toss air fryer chicken wings in the sauce of your choice and enjoy!

Wing Sauce Flavors

Click on the BOLD recipe title or image and it will open each recipe in a new tab.

honey bbq wings with green onions

Honey BBQ Wings are the perfect party appetizer that everyone will love.

Make the sauce with your favorite store-bought brand, or use our recipe for homemade BBQ sauce.

sweet and spicy air fried chicken wings

Sweet and Spicy Wings have a homemade sauce that is similar in flavor to Thai chili sauce. A unique take on traditional chicken wings air fryer recipes!

garlic parmesan wings

Garlic Parmesan Wings are bursting with flavor from delicious garlic butter and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. It’s one of our favorite chicken wings recipes for dinner.

lemon pepper air fryer chicken wings

Finally, Lemon Pepper Wings have a zesty, buttery flavor that’s totally irresistible!

Real lemon zest and honey provide the perfect balance of citrus tanginess with a little peppery bite.

Kitchen Tools You’ll Need

  • Air Fryer – This is my favorite air fryer!
  • Spray bottle of cooking oil.
  • Mixing Bowls – I like a variety of mixing bowls and prep bowls and this set has them all.
  • Whisk – These have held up for over 10 years and are still as good as the day I bought them. With 3 sizes there is a whisk for every job!
  • Digital meat thermometer – The easiest way to check the make sure the meat is cooked all the way through.

Air Fryer Chicken Wing Recipes FAQ

How many wings will fit in an air fryer?

How many you’re able to cook at one time depends on the size and brand of your fryer. For best results, arrange the food in a single layer, with enough space between each wing or the air to circulate.

If you’re doubling or tripling each air fried chicken wings recipe, you’ll need to work in batches so you don’t crowd the basket.

Can I use skinless chicken?

Sure! The air fryer will still get them nice and crispy with the coating.

You could even use boneless, skinless pieces to make popcorn chicken, then use the sauce from your favorite chicken wings air fryer recipes!

How do I keep them crispy?

Preheat your oven and line a cookie sheet with parchment or foil. As you make the chicken wings recipe for the air fryer, transfer each batch to the pan and keep it in the oven.

This way, the wings stay warm and crispy while you cook the rest, or you can make them before guests arrive and serve them all at once!

With love, from our simple kitchen to yours. 

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Originally published October 2020, updated and republished August 2023

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One Comment

  1. Would this be a recipe that husband could make in a regular gas oven rather than the air fryer? It’s a recipe I believe her would love to try.

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