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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!)

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Air Fryer Chicken Wings on white plate square

Air Fryer Chicken Wings – Extra Crispy

5 from 27 reviews

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.

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

Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 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:

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. 
    Air Fryer Chicken Wings seasoned in a bowl
  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.)
    Air Fryer Chicken Wings uncooked in tray
  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. 
    air fryer chicken wings cooked in tray
  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. 
    air fryer buffalo chicken wing sauce
  6. Serve: When wings are done, toss with honey buffalo sauce and serve immediately. Serve with ranch dressing on the side, if desired. 

    Air Fryer Chicken Wings on white plate square

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.

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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
  • 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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52 comments

    • Nora

    Air fryer chicken wings are the best and I love your honey buffalo sauce! Thanks!

    • Freya

    This is such a fabulous recipe and the wings really did come out so crispy!

      • chewoutloud

      So happy it turned out great for you! Yay!

    • Tyanne

    I love using the air fryer for chicken wings!

    • Marcellina

    Who wouldn’t love these wings – so crispy and delicious!

    • Emily

    So happy to use my new air fryer to make wings now. So much less mess. I love it.

      • chewoutloud

      Yes, we totally agree!

    • Alexandra

    Love these crispy wings – they’re so delicious!

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you, Alexandra!

    • Amanda Scarlati

    OMG these wings were so good and I love how crispy they got!

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, so glad you loved these!

    • Wren

    I just got an air fryer and have been dying to try plenty of new recipes. I love chicken wings so this is next on the list!

      • chewoutloud

      Yay!

    • Monica Simpson

    Love the tips about coating with corn starch and frying them vertically. Will try this!

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Monica!

    • Kathy

    This looks so good. I love chicken wings. I have not had them in the air fryer yet. I’ll have to give this a try.

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, our family loves these

    • Moop Brown

    This recipe makes great use of the airfryer and these wings look so crispy and flavorful.

      • chewoutloud

      So crispy and way healthier!

    • Katie Crenshaw

    The cornstarch and baking soda tip was magic! My wings came out so crispy! Loved the recipe. They turned out delicious.

      • chewoutloud

      SO glad these turned out great for you!

    • Louise

    These were so crispy!!!
    I made some with sauce and some without sauce and they were so delicious.
    Definitely making these again!

      • chewoutloud

      So glad you liked the wings and sauce!

    • Kim @ Three Olives Branch

    I just love these! They are so crispy and the sauce is such a great balance of sweet and heat.

      • chewoutloud

      Our fam loves the sweet-heat-crisp of it all 🙂

    • Marisa Franca

    We love our crispy chicken wings but have been keeping away from them – we try not to eat fried foods often. I’m so excited that now we can have our favorite wings without guilt. We’re making them for game day — can’t wait.

      • chewoutloud

      SO excited for you to taste these!

    • LaKita

    You had me at extra crispy with this recipe! These chicken wings are so perfect, delicious, and flavorful.

      • chewoutloud

      SO glad you all enjoyed these!

    • veenaazmanov

    Air Fryer sounds so simple and yet so perfect. This chicken looks moist, juicy and tender.

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you!

    • Amanda Dixon

    These wings were perfect, and the air fryer made the process so simple! The baking powder and cornstarch gave them such a wonderfully crisp texture.

      • chewoutloud

      SO happy you liked them!

    • Megan Ellam

    These wings are sheer perfection! So easy and that sauce…

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Megan!

    • Petro

    I can’t believe these are air fried, look incredibly delicious!

      • chewoutloud

      They’re honestly so good!

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