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Crispiest Ever: Air Fryer Chicken Wings in Just 25 Minutes!

Air fryer chicken wings perfectly combine crispy, seasoned skins and juicy, tender insides. As with many air fryer recipes, wings are simple to make and require minimal preparation.

chicken wings next to air fryer

How To Make Chicken Wings In An Air Fryer

Like my air fryer chicken thighs recipe, it really is as simple as choosing your favourite seasoning for chicken and putting the wings in a preheated air fryer.

This is what you’ll need:

patting raw chicken wings dry
  • 1 kg chicken wings—this is to make 4 servings; you can of course make more or less.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 to 2 tsp of seasoning – see below for options
raw chicken wings in bowl next to Ninja Foodi Air Fryer

What Seasoning Should I Use For Chicken Wings?

There are so many different seasonings you could use for chicken wings. I’ve started to buy some of the premade seasonings, but you can easily make your own.

A simple one would be;

  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

These are two of my current favourite premade mixes.

Preparing Chicken Wings For The Air Fryer

Start by making sure the chicken wings are as dry as possible by patting them with some kitchen roll. Dry chicken wings will help them crisp up more.

drying off chicken wings

Drizzle the olive oil over the chicken wings, tossing them to make sure they are all covered. Sprinkle the seasoning over the wings, spreading the seasoning evenly over them all.

seasoning chicken wingsfor air fryer

Transfer the chicken wings to the air fryer. Depending on your air fryer type, you might need to cook them in batches.

chicken wings in an air fryer basket

I have made them in many different air fryers, including Ninja, Cosori, Tower and Proscenic.

chicken wings in air fryer on rack

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I have also made these chicken wings in a Ninja Foodi 9 in 1 using a metal rack to provide extra space for more wings. I laid 4 wings on the base of the Ninja bowl (I didn’t use the air fryer basket). The remaining wings were laid out on the two shelves.

It is important to ensure the wings have enough space between them and are not overcrowded, or they won’t crisp up.

chicken wings on rack in air fryer

How Long Do Wings Take In An Air Fryer?

Again this can vary depending on your air fryer. Typically they should take about 25 minutes. For the first 20 minutes, cook them at 180C (turning them once or twice during this time) and then turn the temperature up to 200C to crisp up for the last 5 minutes or until the skin is crispy.

cooked chicken wings in air fryer

Which Air Fryer Should I Use?

Chicken wings can be made in any air fryer. Just keep an eye on them as you cook them for the first time as some air fryers cook faster than others.

Chicken Wing Sauce

sauces for chicken wings

The chicken wings can be eaten as they are, or you can dip them in your favourite sauce. Options could include;

  • BBQ Sauce
  • Buffalo Sauce
  • Hot Pepper Sauce
air fryer chicken wing dipped in BBQ sauce

What To Serve With Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are typically served as either the main meal or as a side dish – they are a popular choice to serve at parties as finger food.

Good air fryer snacks or sides include;

chicken wings air fryer

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Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Air fryer chicken wings are quick and easy to prepare and taste great dipped in your favourite wing sauce!


  • 1 kg chicken wings
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper


    1. Preheat the air fryer at 180C.
    2. Prepare the chicken wings by firstly patting them dry with some kitchen roll. The dryer the chicken wings are, the crispier they will come out.
    3. Add the wings to a large bowl and cover with the olive oil, tossing them so that they are all covered as much as possible.
    4. Add all the seasonings, coating all the wings.
      Put the chicken wings in the air fryer. Depending on how many wings you are cooking, and the size of your air fryer, you might need to do them in batches. You can also use a rack in your air fryer to fit more in. The key thing is to make sure the wings are not touching each other so that they have room to crisp up.
    5. Cook for 20 minutes, turning and shaking 2 or 3 times to ensure they cook evenly.
    6. Increase the temperature to 200C and cook for a further 5 minutes or until the skin is crispy.
    7. Serve with BBQ sauce, Hot Pepper Sauce, Buffalo Sauce
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 853Total Fat: 64gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 37gCholesterol: 205mgSodium: 1274mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 42g

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Saturday 13th of April 2024

Hi Liana, Super recipe thanks, I removed the wingtips before cooking to allow me to get more wings in my air fryer.

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