Super Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Super Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings can’t be beat! Healthier than deep-fat frying, these deliciously crispy air-fried wings have no breading and come out moist and flavorful. They’re the perfect treat as a game-time appetizer or, cook a few more and, make them into a meal.

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings | 2 Cookin Mamas Super Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings can't be beat! Healthier than deep-fat frying, these deliciously crispy air-fried wings have no breading and come out moist and flavorful. They're the perfect treat as a game-time appetizer or, cook a few more and, make them into a meal. #chickenwings #appetizer #airfryer #recipe #tailgating #dinner #quickandeasy

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Years celebration. I’m just getting back into the swing of things and catching up on some delicious and healthier recipes to post about in the new year. I don’t know about you but my body is ready to get off all the sweets and back into shape.

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings plateful of crispy wings

For Christmas, my husband bought me an air fryer. He had heard me talking about it and wondering just how good it was at frying food without oil and thought it sounded like a good way to kind of have your cake (namely wings in this case) and eat it too. And, when I did a few trial runs, I was amazed at how super crispy and delicious the wings turned out to be. Of course, now you know that there will be more air fryer recipes in the future. I am sold on this gadget!

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings with air fryer

I’m making this recipe again to serve up for the big college football game on Monday night. I’m an SEC fan so I will probably root for Alabama. I’ll probably never say this again but Roll Tide! lol I think Clemson is going to give Alabama a run for their money. It should be a fun game to watch.

No air fryer? These Asian Chicken Wings or Crispy Baked Chicken Wings are a great alternative.

How to cut wings into drummettes and wingettes.

The cheapest way to buy wings is uncut and dividing them into drummettes and wingettes is so easy you’ll wonder why you paid the extra to get them already prepared.

How to cut wings step 1

First, locate the joint between the bottom of the drummette and the wing. Cut through this with a sharp knife.

How to cut wings step 2

Now you have a drummette and flat, or wingette, you just want to get rid of the tip. There is a small joint between the flat and tip. Just cut through this. See how easy that was! Now they’re ready for the fryer.

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings ready to fry

What is an Air Fryer

An air fryer appliance is like a mini convection oven.  It delivers a superheated flow of air all around the food and lets dry heat penetrate the food from the inside out.  It’s a great way to cook foods to give them the taste and texture of deep-fried foods, minus the all the fat and extra calories.

I haven’t tried much beyond these chicken wings yet but just this one recipe has sold me on the air fryer. The recipe book that comes with the fryer has everything from appetizers to main dishes to desserts. Next up, some sweet potato fries.

How to make Super Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings.

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings place in the fryer

Place half of the prepared chicken wings in basket of air fryer. Place back into air fryer cavity.

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings time and temperature set

Turn time to 24 minutes and temperature to 380 degrees. (The recipe book for my air fryer said 20 minutes but they needed a little more time.)

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings toss halfway through

Halfway through cooking time, remove basket from air fryer. Press on the button release to detach basket from bottom where grease is accumulating. Toss the wings. Replace back in air fryer and cook for another 12 minutes.

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings teim and temperature for crisping

Without removing chicken wings from fryer, reset timer to 6 minutes and temperature to 400 degrees. This temperature is what allows the wings to really crisp up.

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings 1st batch done

Remove from air fryer when they are done and take a look at all the crispy gorgeousness. When you pour them out, you’ll hear the crackling of the crispy skin. Oh these are soooo good!

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings see how crispy they are

I serve my wings with 3 different sauces and let everyone choose which ones they want. I’m partial to the 5-Spice Hoisin Sauce but my husband loves the Buffalo Sauce. I also made a Garlic Parmesan Butter Sauce which is pretty darn tasty too. Of course, I couldn’t forget the blue cheese served with celery sticks and carrots. ‘Cause what would wings be without that?

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings plated overhead

Now give it a dip and go watch your favorite game!

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings dip in sauce

Enjoy!

5 from 2 votes
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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings with 3 Sauces
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Super Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings are healthy & deliciously crispy with no breading & come out moist and flavorful. A great game day appetizer or dinner.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keywords: air fryer, appetizer, chicken wings, recipe, tailgating, wings
Servings: 4 appetizer servings
Calories: 271 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs chicken wings separated into drumette and flats
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Optional Sauces
  • 5-Spice Asian Wing Sauce
  • Your favorite Buffalo Wing Sauce
  • Garlic Parmesan Butter Wing Sauce
Directions
  1. Prepare chicken wings by cutting the drumette away from the flat and discarding the tip. See above for example.
  2. Place half of chicken wings in air fryer basket. Place basket into air fryer and turn air fryer to 380 degrees.

  3. Cook for 12 minutes then remove basket and detach from bottom where grease has fallen. Toss wings then place back in bottom and slide back into cooker. Cook 12 more minutes. 

  4. When timer goes off, raise temperature to 400 degrees and cook for another 5-6 minutes. This is the best way to create that crispy outer coating.
  5. Remove basket, separate from bottom and place wings on a large plate. Cover to keep warm.
  6. Repeat above directions with remaining wings.
  7. While wings are cooking make the Asian Wing Sauce and the Garlic Butter Wing Sauce. (recipes in note section)
  8. Serve wings with sauces on the side along with blue cheese, celery stalks and baby carrots.

  9. Makes 4 appetizer servings or 2 main meals.

Recipe Notes

5-Spice Asian Wing Sauce (very sweet): ½ cup hoisin sauce, 2 Tablespoons honey, 2 Tablespoon soy sauce, 2 teaspoons sesame oil, 2 teaspoons Chinese 5-Spice, 1-2 teaspoon minced garlic. Mix all together and serve. Garlic Parmesan Butter Wing Sauce: Combine 1/2 cup butter, 2 Tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons minced garlic, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper. Place in microwave and cook in 30-second increments, stirring in-between, until butter has melted. Stir and add in ½ cup grated parmesan cheese. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings with 3 Sauces
Amount Per Serving
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 89mg 4%
Potassium 191mg 5%
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 3.6%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 1.5%
Iron 6.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Super Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings can\'t be beat! Healthier than deep-fat frying, these deliciously crispy air-fried wings have no breading and come out moist and flavorful. They\'re the perfect treat as a game-time appetizer or, cook a few more and, make them into a meal. #chickenwings #appetizer #airfryer #recipe #tailgating #dinner #quickandeasy

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Aimee Shugarman
    01/06/2019 at 2:54 pm


    So these turned out absolutely amazing. Juicy and crispy!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      01/11/2019 at 4:08 pm

      Aren’t air fryers great! I’m so happy that my husband got me one for Christmas and I can’t wait to try all sorts of recipes. Do you have a favorite?

  • Reply
    Sarah
    01/06/2019 at 12:25 pm


    Thank you for the very detailed photos on how to cut wings into drummetts and wingetts! Great information!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      01/11/2019 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks! I try to save a little money cutting my own and it really takes no time at all. Hope you get to give these wings a try.

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