Air Fryer Chicken Wings That Are PERFECTLY Crispy | Works With Fresh or Frozen Chicken Wings

These air fryer chicken wings are super crispy, but still incredibly juicy. And you can use fresh or frozen chicken wings and end up with spectacular results - more on that later. Plus, along with showing you how to make chicken wings in the air fryer, I'm also going to show you how to make some mouthwatering sauces to put on 'em as well.

Cooked chicken wings on a wire rack.

THE BEST AIR FRYER CHICKEN WINGS

Ok, if you're having people over for a football game, party, or just a weeknight dinner these air fryer chicken wings are one of the best things you can make!

Seriously, in just about 30 minutes you can have top-quality homemade chicken wings that'll taste just as good - or better - than anything you'll get at a restaurant. That is, of course, unless you're in Buffalo, and ordering wings from Duff's Famous Wings.

11 Chicken wings covered in hot sauce on a wire rack set over a baking sheet.

There's always an exception to the rule, right?

Now, some of you don't know this - probably most of you actually - but my dad is the owner of Duff's - one of the world's oldest chicken wing restaurants. So, I guess I may be a little biased, but I think they're the best true authentic Buffalo wings you can get anywhere.

If you're ever in the Buffalo area, you'll have to try them for yourself and see what I mean.

A garlic parmesan drum chicken wing on a piece of white parchment paper.

But for now, making these chicken wings in the air fryer is going to be as close to Duff's wings as you can get. They are incredibly crispy, have an ideal crunchiness, and are just so darn juicy too.

Plus, as I mentioned earlier I'll show you how to make 3 of my favorite sauces - an authentic  Buffalo wings, BBQ wings, or garlic parmesan wings. 

If you're making these air fryer chicken wings for a football game or party, you should definitely make a batch of all three flavors, so there's something for everyone! 

11 BBQ chicken wings on a drying rack that's set over a baking sheet.

INGREDIENTS 

A great thing about this air fryer chicken wings recipe is you'll only need 1 main ingredient and then a couple more depending on what sauce you make.

For the main part of this recipe, you'll need:

  • 10 Medium-sized chicken wings 
Raw chicken wings in an air fryer basket.

Then if you want to make Buffalo wings:

  • ¾ Cup Buffalo Hot Sauce
  • 4 Tbsps Unsalted Butter

For garlic parmesan wings:

  • 3 Tbsps Salted butter 
  • 3 Cloves garlic 
  • 4 Tbsps grated parmesan cheese
  • Dried chives
  • Salt to taste

And for BBQ wings:

  • � Cup Sweet Baby Ray's sugar free sweet heat bbq sauce
Hot Sauce and butter in a pot.

All three sauces are insanely delicious, so you can't go wrong with whichever one you choose.

Now, for the BBQ sauce, I like to use sugar free bbq sauce to keep my wings low carb, but any bbq sauce of your choice will work just as well! 

Oh, and for the wings, you can use fresh or frozen chicken wings, and you can make a large batch too - more on all of that below. 

HOW TO COOK CHICKEN WINGS IN THE AIR FRYER

Chicken wings in an air fryer after one interval of cooking.

As I mentioned, the process of making chickens wings in the air fryer is really simple.  

And if you follow my tips for success, your wings will turn out perfect every time. 

So if you're ready for some of the best wings you'll ever have, let's get cooking!

STEP 1: COOKING THE WINGS

Chicken wings in an air fryer basket that have had 2 intervals of cooking.

First, use a paper towel to pat the wings and make sure that they're totally dry. 

Next, set the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit (182°C) and lay your wings flat in the air fryer basket, giving them a little room between each one. 

Then cook the wings for 12 minutesflip them over, and cook for another 12 minutes. 

After that, flip the wings again, turn the air fryer up to 400°F (205°C), and cook for another 4 minutes. 

To finish up, flip the wings one last time and cook for 4 more minutes. And while they are finishing cooking, you can prepare the sauce. 

Chicken wings in an air fryer basket that have had multiple intervals of cooking and are ready to be sauced.

STEP 2: MAKING THE SAUCES

So, when the wings are finishing up cooking, it is the best time to prepare the sauce because you'll want to sauce up your wings while they are hot out of the air fryer.

AIR FRYER BUFFALO WINGS 

For Hot Buffalo wings, add the hot sauce and butter to a pot over medium heat until the butter melts and the hot sauce and butter are combined. 

The once the wings are done cooking, add them to a bowl, pour the sauce over them, and mix with tongs until the wings are fully coated in sauce. 

Chicken wings covered in Buffalo sauce on a wire rack.
AIR FRYER GARLIC PARMESAN WINGS

To make garlic parm wings, first, add the butter to a small pot and cook over medium heat until melted.

Then add the minced garlic and cook for about 2-3 minutes until fragrant.

Next, add the wings to a bowl, pour the butter garlic sauce on top, and use tongs to mix the wings until they're coated with the sauce. Then add the grated parmesan, dried chives, and a little salt on top. 

Garlic parmesan chicken wings being sauced in a bowl.
AIR FRYER BBQ WINGS

And to make BBQ wings, once the wings finish cooking, add them to a bowl and pour the BBQ sauce on top. Then use tongs to mix them around until the wings are covered in sauce.

Now, if you want to make Char-B-Q wings, heat your grill to around 500°F (260°C) and cook the coated BBQ wings on the grill for about 1-2 minutes on each side until charred.

Then if you want, coat the wings in some more BBQ sauce.

A chicken wing coated in BBQ sauce on a steel drying rack.

FROZEN CHICKEN WINGS IN AIR FRYER

If you always want some wings on hand, you can make air fryer frozen chicken wings.

And what's great about doing this is you don't have to thaw the wings before cooking! So you can whip them up for dinner or game-day on short notice.

All you have to do is cook them for about 10 minutes at 360°F before following the process above. And if the wings are all frozen together, make sure to break them apart after - if they don't break apart yet, cook for a few more minutes.

Now, if your wings have frozen ice on them, check your air fryer basket after pre-cooking them and pour out any water from the bottom of the basket before moving on. 

MAKING A LARGE BATCH OF CHICKEN WINGS

Uncooked chicken wings on a wire rack placed over baking sheet.

If you'd like to make a large batch of chicken wings in the air fryer as fast as possible, the best thing to do is pre-cook 2 batches of wings in the oven while 1 batch cooks in the air fryer.

So to do this, first preheat your oven to 400°F (205°C) and line two baking sheets with cooking racks. 

Then add 10-12 chicken wings to each rack and cook the wings in the oven for the entire time the first batch of air fried chicken wings cook. Make sure to turn and rotate the wings every 10 minutes - or so - as the wings cook in the oven. 

Once the wings are done cooking in the air fryer, add the first 10-12 chicken wings that just cooked in the oven to the air fryer and cook at 400°F for 8 minutes. Then add the next batch of 10-12 wings from the oven and cook them in the air fryer for 8 minutes. 

BBQ Chicken wings in a bowl.

STORING CHICKEN WINGS

Now, don't be afraid to make more wings than you'll think you'll eat because they store and reheat super well!

If you have any leftover chicken wings, you can keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

And you'll want to transfer any wings that haven't been eaten to the fridge after sitting out at room temperature for 2 hours. 

Chicken wings covered in Buffalo sauce on a wire rack.

HOW TO REHEAT CHICKEN WINGS IN AIR FRYER

So, reheating chicken wings in the air fryer is super quick, and they come out tasting amazing!

First, preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C). Then place your leftover wings in the air fryer basket, and make sure to leave space between each one.

Cook the wings for about 5-7 minutes - flipping them halfway through cooking - until they are hot and crispy.

WRAPPING IT ALL UP

That is how you make the crispiest, crunchiest, and most flavorful chicken wings in the world!

These wings are the best thing you can make for watching football, having people over, or just for a family dinner.&nbsp

And since there are three tasty sauces, you can make wings that everyone will love!

I hope you enjoy my take on making chicken wings in the air fryer. If you make them, leave a comment below and let me what your favorite sauce is and what you think about the wings!

3 Chicken wings covered in hot sauce on a drying rack. One wing is a &quotdrum&quot and two wings are &quotflats&quot.

MORE APPETIZERS

If you want some more recipes that are great to serve on game day or at a party, I have a few low carb recipes that are perfect.

Give one of these a try:

A close up of a &quotflat&quot chicken wing on a wire rack. The wing is covered in buffalo sauce.
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Air Fryer Chicken Wings | Crispy, Crunchy, And Saucy

11 Chicken wings covered in hot sauce on a wire rack set over a baking sheet.

These air fryer chicken wings are super crispy, perfectly crunchy, and come out tasting better than you could ever imagine. And you can choose from 3 delicious flavors to sauce up these chicken wings air fryer style any way you want!

  • Author: The Diet Chef
  • Cook Time: 40 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 10 Wings
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: Chicken Wings

Ingredients

10 Medium-sized chicken wings (around 2.25 lbs / 1 Kilogram)

Buffalo wings:

&frac34 Cup Buffalo Hot Sauce

4 Tbsps (56g) Unsalted Butter

Garlic parmesan wings:

3 Tbsps (42g) Salted butter

3 Cloves garlic (9g)

4 Tbsps (20g) grated parmesan cheese

Dried chives

Salt to taste

BBQ wings:

&frac13 Cup (95g) Sweet Baby Ray's sugar free sweet heat bbq sauce

Instructions

Cooking the wings:

  1. Use a paper towel to pat the wings. 
  2. Set the air fryer to 360℉ (182℃) cook the wings for 12 minutes. Flip them and cook for another 12 minutes.
  3. Flip the wings again, turn the temperature up to 400℉ (205℃), and cook for 4 minutes. 
  4. Flip the wings one last time, and cook for 4 more minutes.
  5. Cover with sauce while the wings are hot.

Buffalo Sauce:

  1. Put hot sauce and butter in a pot over medium heat until combined.
  2. Once wings are done cooking in the air fryer, add them to a bowl, pour the sauce on them, and mix with tongs until fully coated.

Garlic Parmesan:

  1. In a small pot, cook butter over medium heat until melted. Then, add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant (about 2-3 minutes).
  2. Put wings in a bowl, pour the butter garlic sauce over the wings, and use tongs to mix the sauce onto them. 
  3. Add the grated parm, dried chives, and salt to taste on top.

BBQ:

  1. Once the wings have finished cooking, add them to a bowl, pour the BBQ sauce on top, and mix with tongs until coated.
  2. For Char-B-Q wings, heat your grill to around 500°F (260°C), and cook the chicken wings for 1-2 minutes per side (until charred).
  3. Coat in more BBQ sauce after charring if desired.

Notes

The scale up function does not change the gram measurements.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Wing
  • Calories: 81
  • Fat: 5.4
  • Carbohydrates: 0
  • Protein: 7.5

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