Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Without a doubt, making chicken wings in the air fryer is the best method for the crispiest, juiciest wings! Air Fryer Chicken Wings are quick and easy to make and are much healthier than deep frying. We’re showing you everything you need to know for the best air fryer chicken wings ever.

Air Fryer chicken wings close up.

How to Make Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer

Crispy, juicy and so delicious, these Air Fryer Chicken Wings are the perfect appetizer recipe for game day or for a fun dinner when served with a side. There is no doubt, after all of our trials of different methods of making chicken wings, that making them in the air fryer is both the easiest and most delicious. They taste similar to wings cooked in a deep fryer, but without all the hassle (and of course all that oil) that comes with it.

Did you know, you don’t actually use any oil on the chicken wings when making them in the air fryer? And they still come out so crispy and delicious? I’m sharing the why behind this, and how to make the best dry rub for air fryer wings below!

Air fryer chicken wings on a plate.

Why No Oil is Needed to “Fry” Chicken Wings

What I love about making wings in the air fryer is that there is no extra oil needed, yet they taste like they’ve been fried! The reason for this is because the chicken wings themselves have plenty of fat in the skin. Cooking brings that fat to the surface, resulting in a reaully good crispy skin because of the good air circulation.

I do however recommend you spray or brush on some oil on your air fryer basket. It helps make sure the wings don’t stick to it, and is often recommended in the instructions of air fryers when you aren’t adding oil to something.

A note about using cooking sprays in air fryers: We don’t recommend using traditional aerosol cooking spray for this, as most air fryers recommend avoiding cooking sprays with additives to it. However, you can use a cooking spray that has no added ingredients, other than the oil. We use this avocado spray for this task.

What Type of Air Fryer to Use

We’ve tried quite a few air fryers over the years. We’ve have and use this basket style, this Instant Pot air fryer attachment and this toaster-style air fryer! They all work great! It’s quite a personal preference which you choose. Do you want/need a new toaster? Do you have space for a solo new appliance? All these things will go into consideration when shopping and deciding which of those will work for you.

What there is to be aware of about air fryers though is that some of them can be quite small. If yours has a small capacity, you may have to make the air fryer wings in batches. Though I’m guessing if you’ve been using this air fryer for a while, you’ve already learned that.

Cooking it in batches, if you have a small capacity air fryer, ensures there is plenty of air circulation around the wings so they can get crispy. If you do need to do it in batches, at the very end you can put all of the wings back in the basket and cook for one minute to warm them all back up!

Dry rub ingredients on chicken wings in a bowl.

What is a Dry Rub?

We’re calling for a dry rub on the wings to give them a nicely seasoned flavor. It’s basically just flavoring you put on the meat. It usually includes spices, herbs, salt and sometimes sugar. To make the dry rub, simply mix together some dried herbs and spices on “rub” them on the chicken wings. Simple as that! Here are the spices I use for my dry rub:

  • Oregano
  • Dried Rosemary
  • Chili Powder
  • Fine Sea Salt
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper

Chicken wings raw and air fryer baked.

Steps to Make Wings in the Air Fryer

This recipe is pretty simple, but it does involve using a timer here to make sure you are flipping your wings to get them crispy on both sides. This is just an overview of the steps. The full-recipe with exact timing is listed below.

  1. Put dried spices and seasoning (also known as a dry rub) on the wing wings.
  2. Spray or brush the basket with a bit of high-heat oil (we like to use avocado oil spray that contains no other added ingredients)
  3. Place the chicken wings on the basket with some space in between them. If you have a small air fryer, you might have to do this in batches.
  4. Air fry the chicken wings, turning as necessary.
  5. If you had to make your wings in batches, you can load them all back into the basket at the end and cook on 1 minute to make sure they are all heated through before serving.
  6. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces!

Air fryer chicken wings with dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce Ideas

Even though these dry-rubbed wings are delicious all on their own, we know a good dip is never a bad idea to include. Sometimes the dipping sauce is the best part! We love that you can pair chicken wings with so many different dips. You can either toss the wings in some sauce, or serve it on the side. Here are some suggestions:

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Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Crispy chicken wings cooked in an air fryer.

Without a doubt, making chicken wings in the air fryer is the best method for the crispiest, juiciest wings! Air Fryer Chicken Wings are quick and easy to make and are much healthier than deep frying.

  • Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 00:05
  • Cook Time: 00:25
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2-4 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Air Fry

Ingredients

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  • 1 lb. cut chicken wings
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • avocado oil spray (see note)

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 375ºF (if necessary, not all air-fryers need to pre-heat).
  2. Dry chicken wings thoroughly with a paper towel. Add wings to a bowl, along with all the spices. Toss to coat. Let marinate in the dry rub for 10 minutes.
  3. Brush or spray high-heat oil on the air fryer basket. Place chicken wings in one layer in the air fryer basket, with at least ¼” of space between them. Do this in two batches if necessary.
  4. Air fry the wings for 25 minutes, flipping at the 10-minute mark, and once more at the 20-minute mark.
  5. Serve wings hot, with desired sauces.

Notes

The chicken wings themselves do not need any added oil because fat will be released from the chicken as it cooks. However, it is a good idea to brush the basket with oil, to prevent any sticking. We don’t recommend using traditional cooking spray for this, as most air fryers recommend avoiding cooking sprays with additives to it. However you can use a cooking spray that has no added ingredients, other than the oil. We use Avocado Spray for this task.

You can omit the dry rub spices here if you plan to coat the wings in a sauce, and instead just do ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper.

If you have to make your wings in batches because of the size of your air fryer, when the wings are finished cooking you can place them all back in the air fryer to cook for one minute to heat through before serving.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
  • Calories: 217
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 273mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 21g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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