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Air Fryer Chicken Wings – Extra Crispy

Learn the secrets to making Air Fryer Chicken Wings that are extremely crispy. You’ll use less oil, less time, and gain the most deliciously crisp buffalo chicken wings ever. Bonus: these happen to be gluten-free.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings on white plate with buffalo sauce
These air fryer chicken wings are extra crispy (and gluten free!)

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings Are Yours

We have great news for all our chicken wing enthusiasts: you can absolutely have super-crispy chicken wings at home, anytime. You’ll be thrilled that there is no deep frying involved, which means zero threat of oil splatters on your clothes (or eyeballs, in my case.)

You may be surprised that there’s actually no oil needed for cooking up chicken wings so crispy-delicious, they can even be thoroughly enjoyed without the buffalo chicken wing sauce. That’s because the only butter employed here is in the sauce.

Get ready to make your new favorite chicken wings, guaranteed to be devoured by the entire family and any friends who are lucky enough to be in your kitchen the day you make this.

Pros of the air fryer

If you’re reading this, you either already love your air fryer, or you’re learning how to use this handy kitchen appliance.

New styles and models of air fryers are always emerging, but the general idea is the same. Air fryers are adept at cooking up healthier, crispy dishes while avoiding deep fryers and greasy messes. Hello, Air Fryer French Fries.

Air fryers also eliminate the need to crank up the big oven when you don’t need that extra heat in the house. Case in point: Air Fryer Broccoli that tastes oven-roasted, but is way faster and healthier.

Here’s what we love about the air fryer:

  • It’s way healthier than deep frying (also less messy and less smelly.)
  • It’s much easier than oven-roasting, especially for smaller batches or when you don’t want to heat up the oven.
  • It’s much faster and more efficient than the oven, as the oven needs to work harder to heat up a much larger area.
  • It allows your house and kitchen to stay cool.
air fryer chicken wing close up
You can literally see the crispy deliciousness

Secrets to extra-crispy buffalo chicken wings

  • Always, always (and always) use paper towels to dry off any excess moisture on the uncooked wings.
  • Toss wings with not only salt and pepper, but also a bit of baking powder and corn starch. We’ve tested chicken wings with and without this trick, and results are definitely crispier with.
  • If you want to cook a slightly larger batch without crowding the tray, arrange your wings vertically, against the sides, if possible. This also allow great air flow, which means extra-crispy wings.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings on sheet pan
Serve wings with honey buffalo sauce or ranch (or just eat them as-is!)

What to serve with Air Fryer Chicken Wings

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Air Fryer Chicken Wings on white plate square

Air Fryer Chicken Wings – Extra Crispy

5 from 27 reviews

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4

Ingredients

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  • 2 pounds chicken wings (drumettes and wingettes only)
  • 2/3 teaspoon kosher salt (not fine table salt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon corn starch

For the Honey Buffalo Sauce:

  • 4 Tablespoon butter, sliced
  • 1/4 cup pure honey
  • 1/4 cup Frank’s RedHot Original sauce

Optional: ranch dressing, for serving

 

Instructions

  1. Pat Dry: Dry excess moisture from chicken wings with paper towels. 
  2. Toss: In a bowl, toss chicken wings with salt, pepper, baking powder, and corn starch to coat all pieces well. 
  3. Arrange: Place chicken wings in a single layer in air fryer basket/tray, taking care not to overcrowd. It’s essential for hot air to freely circulate on all sides of wing pieces (if possible, arrange some drumettes vertically along the cooking tray, for more space.) 
  4. Cook: Set air fryer to 375F and cook wings for 24 minutes, turning them over with tongs halfway through. When done, turn wings over again and increase air fryer temperature to 400F for another 5 minutes, or just until the wings are crispy and golden. Repeat another batch as necessary, based on size of your air fryer. 
  5. Sauce: While wings are cooking, combine honey buffalo sauce ingredients in a pan. Stir on low heat just until butter is melted. Cover to keep warm. 
  6. Serve: When wings are done, toss with honey buffalo sauce and serve immediately. Serve with ranch dressing on the side, if desired. 

Notes

For gluten-free dish, check that your baking powder and corn starch are certified gluten-free. 

Wings are also delicious without the honey buffalo sauce, for a lower fat/sodium dish. Be sure to use coarse kosher salt, not fine table salt.

If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 272
  • Sugar: 18.2 g
  • Sodium: 700 mg
  • Fat: 11.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.1 g
  • Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 20 g
  • Cholesterol: 71.3 mg
  • Author: Amy | Chew Out Loud
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: air fryer
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: air fryer chicken wings, buffalo chicken wings, crispy chicken wings

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51 comments

    • Wing Fanatic

    How many wings is 1 serving?

    • Julia

    These wings are AMAZING, love using the air fryer.

      • Amy Dong

      Yay, so glad you loved them!

    • nancy

    you weren’t kidding that these are crispy!

      • Amy Dong

      SO glad they turned out well for you!

    • Jeri

    These chicken wings in the air fryer were super crispy!

      • Amy Dong

      Awesome, Jeri!

    • Stine Mari

    Extra crispy is my love language!

    • Melinda

    Delicious new recipe for the air fryer! Love the spices and seasonings on these wings and honey buffalo sauce is just wow!

    • Jan

    Thank the lord for air fryer foods! This was great!

    • Jerika

    YUM! I’m sure my kids would love these Air Fryer Chicken Wings!:) They are perfect for the rice too. Thanks!:)

    • Jill

    So crispy! Loved this recipe!

    • Sunrita

    This is just so amazing and still
    So healthy

    • Brianna

    Love how crispy these wings came out!

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