Skip the oil and get snacking with a quick and easy recipe for Air Fryer Chicken Wings that are crispy, crunchy and perfect for tossing with your sauce of choice.

A large serving plate topped with Buffalo Air Fryer Chicken Wings and teriyaki Air Fryer Chicken Wings along with celery and ranch dipping sauce in a small ramekin

Chicken wings have appeared in dozens of flavors around here, and nearly every single recipe is for baked rather than fried wings. My simple trick ensures extra-crispy skin with minimum effort and zero babysitting (looking at you, deep-fryer!). I love baked wings, but we all know my obsession with my favorite air fryer has led to countless creations this past year. Is it any surprise that extra-crunchy chicken wings were up next?

How to Make Wings In an Air Fryer

When it comes to using an air fryer to make chicken wings, your level of success (read: crispiness) comes down to three essential elements:

  • Air fryer temperature
  • Not overcrowding the air fryer basket
  • The mid-way flip (ie. flipping the wings once at the cooking halfway mark)

An air fryer basket containing crispy chicken wings

Air Fryer Temperature for Chicken Wings

The ideal air fryer temperature for chicken wings is 400°F. Preheating the air fryer is critical because it jumpstarts the cooking process, ensuring the chicken wing skin will crisp up quickly and evenly. All in, your average size wings take just 20 minutes to cook.

Two different flavors of Air Fryer Chicken Wings on a plate with celery and a small ramekin of ranch dressing next to two glasses filled with beer

All that’s left to do is decide your sauce of choice! Keep it classic with Buffalo sauce or get creative with a few of my favorite, sweet, tangy and perfectly-balanced chicken wing sauce recipes below…

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Appetizer

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

5 from 2 votes
A large serving plate topped with Buffalo Air Fryer Chicken Wings and teriyaki Air Fryer Chicken Wings along with celery and ranch dipping sauce in a small ramekin
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 6 servings

Equipment

  • Air fryer

Ingredients 

  • 2 pounds chicken wings, drumettes and flats separated
  • Cooking Spray
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sauce of choice (See Kelly’s Notes)

Instructions 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Pat the chicken wings dry with paper towels then add them to a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray. Arrange a portion of the chicken wings in a single layer in the basket so that they aren’t touching. Air-fry the chicken wings for 20 minutes, flipping them once halfway through. Remove the wings to a large bowl then repeat the cooking process with the remaining wings. (The wings must reach an internal temperature of 165°F.)
  • Add your sauce of choice to the bowl and toss to combine. Serve warm.

Kelly’s Notes:

  • Patting the wings dry with paper towels will ensure the skin gets extra-crispy.
  • Any sauce works great on these wings, from classic Buffalo to teriyaki to orange chicken. Search for “chicken wings” for all of my sauce recipes.
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Nutrition

Calories: 181kcal, Protein: 15g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 63mg, Sodium: 60mg, Potassium: 127mg, Vitamin A: 120IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I love my chicken this way I coat mine with Chinese honey and soy sauce. I used to use my slow cooker but now that I found how good the Air Fryers are I will not go back.

  2. 5 stars
    These wings were so crispy! We tossed them in our favorite store-bought buffalo sauce but next time we’ll try your hoisin glaze. thanks for this awesome recipe!