Air Fryer Chicken Wings are the best way to cook chicken wings for perfectly cooked crispy skin. They’re healthier than fried chicken wings and ready half the time it would take you to bake them in the oven.
Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings
If there is one thing the air fryer cooks better than anything else it has to be chicken wings. Guaranteed crispy, juicy skin that’s never dry or chewy and they cook in just half the time it would take you to bake them in the oven.
Today’s recipe is for crispy air fryer chicken wings that have been coated in a flavorful and delicious homemade seasoning mixture. Of course, you can use any seasoning mixture or dry rub. Or keep it simple and toss them in homemade buffalo sauce after they’re finished cooking.
I used my Cosori Air Fryer to cook these chicken wings. Highly recommended if you’re in the market for an air fryer and you’re not sure which one to buy.
Dry Rub Ingredients
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Chili powder
- Ground cinnamon
- Cayenne powder
- Brown sugar
- Salt & Black pepper
Feel free to adjust the amount of each spice (found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post) to suit your own personal taste preference.
How Long to Cook Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer?
When cooked at 370 degrees F (as I did with this recipe) it takes approximately 22 minutes for the wings to fully cook and get crispy. At 400 degrees F, it will take about 15-18 minutes.
How to Cook Air Fryer Chicken Wings?
Pat your chicken wings and drumettes dry with a paper towel. Mix together the dry rub recipe (provided in the recipe card at the bottom of this post), make your own, or keep it simple and season with a little salt and pepper. Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees F. Add the chicken wings to the air fryer basket in a single layer and cook for approximately 20 minutes, flipping at least once halfway through cooking. Repeat with any remaining chicken wings.
For extra crispy skin, increase the air fryer temperature to 400 degrees F in the last 2 minutes of cooking.
Can I Make These in the Oven?
Yes. Follow the instructions as directed, however, cook them in a preheated 400 degree F oven for about 30-40 minutes. Flip them at least once during cooking.
How to Serve
These awesome chicken wings are so good and have so much flavor that anyone would be happy to eat them just as they are. However, I still like to serve mine with a side of ranch dressing and, for a complete meal, some fresh greens.
Storing and Reheating Cooked Chicken Wings
Keep leftovers stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
For best results, reheat them in a preheated 375 degrees F air fryer for about 2-3 minutes, or until heated through. You can also reheat them in a preheated 400 degrees F oven for 3-5 minutes. And if you’re in a hurry, microwave until heated through.
Have you tried making Air Fryer Chicken Wings?
Tell me about it in the comments below! I always love to hear your thoughts. And tag me #theforkedspoon on Instagram if you’ve made any of my recipes, I always love to see what you’re cooking in the kitchen.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings
- Air Fryer
- 2½ pounds chicken wings and drumettes
- 2 tablespoon dry rub (recipe below)
For the dry rub
- 3 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon cayenne powder - (optional)
- Preheat a 3-quart or larger air fryer to 370°F and spray the basket with non-stick cooking spray.
- Pat the wings dry with paper towels (dry skin equals crispy skin) and transfer them to a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the prepared dry rub, or season with your seasoning mixture of choice.
- Place the wings in the air fryer basket in a single layer, making sure they don't touch (you will probably need to cook them in two batches).
- Cook the wings for 10 minutes then remove the basket and carefully flip each chicken wing over. Cook for an additional 8 minutes. Remove the basket once more flip the chicken wings again. Increase the air fryer temperature to 400°F and cook for an additional 2-4 minutes.
- Use a digital meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature of the chicken wings registers 165°F. Remove the chicken wings to a clean plate and repeat as needed.
- Keep leftovers stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
- Reheat in an air fryer preheated to 370°F for 2-4 minutes.
- I used my Cosori Air Fryer to make this recipe.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.)
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