Garlic Parmesan Wings (Air Fryer or Oven) + Video

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Garlic Parmesan Wings are crispy like fried chicken with a delicious, garlicky cheese sauce. Learn how to make garlic parmesan wings in the air fryer or the oven — perfect for game day appetizers or a simple meal!

garlic parmesan wings on brown paper


Garlic Parmesan Wings

Pungent garlic and salty parmesan makes for a classic flavor duo that’s delicious on just about anything.

In fact, this garlic parmesan chicken wings recipe is one of our top 4 favorite flavors for wings in the air fryer!

Try this combo on red potatoes and grilled zucchini, or make your own breaded chicken tenders with a flavorful twist!

Recipe Video

To learn how to make garlic parmesan wings from start to finish, watch the video in this post!

ingredients to make garlic parmesan sauce for wings

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Wings – Use your preference of drumettes and flats or a mixture of both. It should be labeled on the package, but you can also ask the butcher if buying fresh.
  • Baking Powder – This is the secret ingredient for extra crispy chicken skin!
  • Parmesan – Fresh is always best, but packages will work in a pinch. You’ll need finely grated cheese for the sauce, then shreds for sprinkling on before serving.
  • Unsalted Butter – Parmesan cheese is naturally salty, so stick with unsalted butter for the sauce.
raw chicken wings with bowls of seasonings

How to Make Garlic Parmesan Wings

  • Coat the chicken.

Remove the wings from the packaging and pat dry thoroughly with paper towels. This helps the seasoning stick better to the surface.

Add to a large bowl with baking powder and spices, then toss until each piece is coated on all sides.

  • Air fry until crispy.

Preheat the air fryer to 360°F — you want it already hot when you add the garlic parm wings.

Spray the basket with oil to prevent sticking, then place the chicken inside in a single layer. No pieces should be touching to ensure to crisp on all sides.

Cook for about 24 minutes, flipping them halfway. Work in batches until all of the garlic parmesan wings are cooked.

  • Toss with sauce.

Whisk together melted butter, garlic, parmesan, and black pepper. Pour over the cooked wings and toss until well coated.

Sprinkle on some extra parmesan and freshly chopped parsley before serving!

chicken wings in air fryer

Serving Suggestions

Parmesan garlic wings make a wonderful appetizer for parties, potlucks, or game day events.

You can also serve them as a main entree or light lunch with a side dish or two!

Cook some French fries or potato chips in the air fryer once the garlic parm wings are done, or make corn on the cob in the Instant Pot at the same time.

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Air Fryer – This is my favorite air fryer!
  • Whisk – I have had this set for over 10 years and it is still as good as the day I bought it. With 3 sizes there is a whisk for every job.
  • Spray Bottle of cooking oil.
cooked chicken wings in air fryer

Garlic Parmesan Wings Recipe FAQ

Can you cook frozen wings in an air fryer?

I used fresh poultry for this garlic parmesan wings recipe, but there is no reason you can’t use frozen if you prefer.

Just make sure that the internal temperature reads 165°F when you remove them.

How many garlic parm wings can I cook at one time?

That will depend on the size and type of air fryer you have. Regardless, it’s important to place the parmesan garlic wings in a single layer and be sure not to crowd them.

My garlic parmesan wings recipe makes enough for 4 pounds of wings, drumettes, and flat. You can adjust it as needed to feed fewer people or a larger crowd.

What’s the best way to keep wings crispy once cooked?

Keep a lined baking sheet in an oven preheated to 250°F — either parchment or aluminum foil will work.

As each batch of garlic parmesan wings comes out of the air fryer, transfer them to the pan. They’ll stay hot and crispy until it’s time to get them on the table!

garlic wings with parmesan and parsley on tray

Storing Leftover Parmesan Garlic Wings

Place leftovers in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.

You can also freeze garlic parmesan wings for 4 to 6 months! Transfer to the refrigerator the night before serving to thaw.

To reheat, place them back in the air fryer at 360°F for 4 minutes. Then, increase the temp to 400°F and cook for about 5 minutes to get them nice and crispy again.

closeup: crispy drumette coated in garlic parmesan sauce

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closeup: pile of garlic parm wings with fresh parsley

air fried garlic parmesan wings

Garlic Parmesan Wings (Air Fryer or Oven) + Video

Donna Elick
Garlic Parmesan Wings in the air fryer are juicy and crispy with less oil than deep fried recipes. Make them for parties or easy meals!
5 stars from 1 review
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Air Fryer
Servings 6 – 8


For the wings

  • 4 pounds chicken wings, drumettes and flats
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder, aluminum-free
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Garlic Parmesan Sauce

  • 8 ounces unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, fine chop


  • Preheat the air fryer to 360°F. Place the wings in a large bowl, add the baking powder, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Toss to combine.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray and place the wings in the basket in a single layer, not touching. Air fry for 12 minutes, flip, and air fry an additional 12 minutes. Continue until all the wings are done. 
  • Meanwhile place the butter, garlic, grated parmesan, and the black pepper in a small bowl, whisk to combine. 
  • Toss the wings in the sauce, garnish with shredded Parmesan and parsley.



Serving: 1 | Calories: 682cal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 60g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 800mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 246mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published October 2020, updated and republished August 2023

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  1. So this recipes say garlic parmesan wing air fryer or oven. Yet there are no oven instructions. How would you bake them in the oven. Thanks

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