Air Fryer Chicken Wings (SUPER CRISPY!)

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Who doesn’t love chicken wings!? I love making them in the air fryer, which I consider a bit of a shortcut way to make crispy, juicy chicken wings! Air Fryer Chicken Wings have been a highly requested recipe and after a couple of tests this is my favorite way to make them!

These Air Fryer Chicken Wings only take a few minutes to make, but require one KEY ingredient – baking powder! The baking powder reacts with the chicken skin by raising its pH level to create beautiful golden brown and crispy skin. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Air Fryer chicken wings cooked in air fryer

Watch the Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe Video Below!

Air Fryer chicken wings raw ingredients in bowls

Ingredients for Air Fryer Chicken Wings

I love this air fryer chicken wing recipe because only a few ingredients will make crispy, juicy chicken with less fat than deep frying! Firstly, here are the ingredients you will need!

BAKING POWDER
The baking powder reacts with the chicken skin to raise the pH level and and creates tiny air bubbles, which also helps form a crispy coating.

WHITE PEPPER
I get asked all the time if you can sub black pepper for white pepper – and my answer is, it depends BUT you need to watch the ratio. White pepper has a milder flavor profile than black pepper, so it’s a 1-1 substitute. I would start with less black pepper and add as you go. (But really, you should have white pepper in your pantry! It’s a staple in mine!)

Air Fryer Chicken Wings: Recipe Instructions

Pat the Chicken Wings Dry

The first step patting the wings with a paper towel to get them as dry as possible. You want to remove any excess moisture from the wings to help them crisp up.

Next, place the cut chicken thigh into a bowl with kosher salt, white pepper, baking powder and neutral oil. Mix well with your hands and head to the air fryer!

Marinated chicken wings with baking powder and seasonings

Air Fry the Chicken

Lay your chicken wings in a single layer in your air fryer basket, making sure there is enough space between the wings to allow for air to circulate freely in the basket. Air fry them at 400F (preheat if needed) for 10 minutes!

Air fryer chicken wings raw in the air fryer basket

Flip and Air Fry the Chicken Wings

After the first “fry” in the air fryer, the chicken pieces might look a little bland and grey, but don’t worry! Give them a flip then air fry a second time at 400F for another 8-12 minutes until they are crispy! This time may vary based on the size of your wings, so adjust the time accordingly.

Air Fryer Chicken wings Close Up

This was the final result – look just how incredibly crispy that chicken is! You can see the puffed skin from the baking powder, which results in a beautiful paper thin and crisp exterior. You can also watch the video for audio evidence as well 🙂

COOKING TIME
The cooking time may vary for the wings depending on their size. If the skin isn’t crispy enough, just add a few more minutes until the skin gets to where you want it to be. To ensure doneness, use a thermometer probe to make sure the internal temp reads at least 165F.

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5 from 269 votes

Air Fryer Chicken Wings (SUPER CRISPY)

Servings: 2
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Air Fryer chicken wings cooked in air fryer
These Air Fryer Chicken Wings are perfectly juicy and crispy in the air fryer! They come together in minutes and taste so delicious with or without sauce!

Ingredients 

Chicken

Instructions 

  • Pat the chicken wings dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
  • In a bowl, season the chicken wings with salt and white pepper along with baking powder and neutral oil. Mix until the wings are evenly coated.
  • In a single layer, place the chicken wings in the air fryer and air fry for 10 minutes at 400F.
  • Flip the chicken wings and air fry again for 8-12 minutes at 400F (depending on the size of the wings) or until the skin is golden brown and crispy.
  • Serve with your favorite wing sauce or eat dry and enjoy!

Notes

TIP: Ensure the wings are as dry as possible (pat them dry with a paper towel) prior to seasoning. This will ensure the skin puffs up and blisters in the air fryer basket during air frying!

Nutrition

Calories: 274kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 23gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 1358mgPotassium: 192mgFiber: 0.1gVitamin A: 180IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 76mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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84 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Ok ok ok ok I’m I’m I’m. These had me dancing. I made these right NOW @ 12:55p.m. 5/20/24 status gone…… I can’t have fried food, but I have been craving some fried chicken wings. I was a little bit doubtful that an air fryer could do the same thing as cooking them in oil but I quickly took them words back when these came out of the damn fryer. I love food. I love to eat. Not a very big person but I’ve always had a love for all different type of food all over the world. All cultures all kind. I am a f****** rainbow. I got to have it and these made me a firm believer we all have been doing fried chicken wrong our whole lives. I called all the fam down for lunch and quickly realized I might not have made enough. Granted I made 2 lbs for 4 folks. Patting myself on the back for finding this one and tipping my hat to the chef while pouring you a drink. Thank you for this recipe. This was a godsend!

  2. 5 stars
    These wings are fire 🔥. This man is the GOAT would one-hundred and ten percent reccomend. Made these for an emergency and didn’t think they would be good but they were bussin

  3. 5 stars
    Never knew about the baking powder idea, thanks for explaining the ‘why’ 🙂 BEST wings ever!!

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve been looking for a good airfryer chicken wing recipe and this is the one!!! Thank you , they were great!!

  5. 5 stars
    Delicious! Best texture from air fried wings that I’ve had. Only issue for me is I used all the seasoning and they came out very salty, so I will likely halve the salt next time. I also used some garlic powder. White pepper is a nice touch, but quite spicy so I used mild wing sauce. Will definitely make again!

  6. 5 stars
    Just made this wing recipe for dinner tonight and it was amazing! So easy, simple seasoning, and extra crispy! Some of the best wings I’ve ever had!

    1. Hi Liz – thanks so much! With the skin on, I think it could also work well with chicken breasts if you adjust the time! Please consider rating the recipe 5 stars in the recipe card as it really helps out the blog!