Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe – 5 Ways (Keto Whole30 Paleo) – How to make super crispy chicken wings in the air fryer, plus five tasty air fryer chicken wings recipes! 

Since first sharing with you the BEST and EASIEST way to cook chicken wings with these Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings, I’ve been on a mission to perfect a basic chicken wing recipe along with several tasty flavor combinations. After many trials and taste tests (no complaints from my husband!), I bring you this post! Here you’ll find the best method for cooking chicken wings (no oil!) in the air fryer with super simple instructions and recipes for our favorite seasoned and sauced chicken wings.

On the fence about purchasing an Air Fryer? I was skeptical too at first, but was quickly converted when I realized the amazing and perfectly crispy food with very little fuss that it produced! My favorite things to cook are roasted potatoes, salmon, and even steak. But by far, one of the best and easiest things to cook in the air fryer is chicken wings. It saves you all the hassle of baking, frying, and broiling in separate steps just to achieve the perfect crispy wing. Read on for all my tips and tricks!

How to Make Crispy Chicken Wings in Air Fryer

Yes, there is a secret ingredient to making extra crispy wings in the air fryer – baking powder! Here is my formula for super crispy air fryer chicken wings:

First, using paper towels, pat the wings until they are completely dry. My favorite source of organic chicken wings (and all meat!) is ButcherBox. Their meat is ethically sourced, top quality, and delivered right to your door! If you haven’t tried them yet, now is the time – they are offering a Free Wings for Life deal with purchase of your box!

Next, add the wings to a bowl and sprinkle any seasonings you are using over the top. Then add 1/2 tablespoon baking powder (per 1 lb of wings) to the chicken wings and seasonings and toss well.

The result every time is a crispy, crunchy skin just like they were deep fried!

How Long Does it Take to Cook Wings in an Air Fryer

The short answer is about 20 minutes. For best results, follow this process:

First, if desired, line the basket of your air fryer with a parchment paper liner. This helps with clean up!

Spread your seasoned chicken wings in a single layer without crowding them (my air fryer comfortably holds 1 lb of chicken wings at a time.)

Set the Air Fryer to 390 degrees – I’ve tried setting my air fryer at different temperatures, from 380-400 degrees, with pretty consistent results – for 10 minutes. Flip the wings and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

Depending on how crispy/done you like your chicken wings, cook for 3-5 additional minutes if desired.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipes

Whether you’re in the mood for naked wings, spicy wings, or saucy/sticky wings, I have you covered! These are my favorite tried and true recipes – husband and kid approved – and are super easy to make! Bonus: most of these recipes require only two or three ingredients!

Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings – sprinkle wings with salt, pepper, and baking powder. Bake according to directions. Add sauce or dip as desired.

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings – make Salt & Pepper Wings as instructed and toss cooked wings in buffalo sauce. Serve with Ranch dressing and carrots and celery.

Air Fryer Blackened Chicken Wings – toss wings with Homemade Blackened Seasoning Mix and baking powder. Bake as directed.

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings – toss wings with Lemon Pepper Seasoning and baking powder. Bake as directed.

Air Fryer Honey Garlic Chicken Wings – make Salt & Pepper wings as instructed and toss cooked wings in honey garlic sauce. Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds if desired.

Other Variations: See my Homemade Seasoning Blends for other ideas on how to season the chicken wings!

Air Fryer Salt & Pepper Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Blackened Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper CHicken Wings

Air Fryer Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe - 5 Ways (Keto Whole30 Paleo)

Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe - 5 Ways (Keto Whole30 Paleo) - How to make super crispy chicken wings in the air fryer, plus five tasty air fryer chicken wings recipes! 
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Ingredients 

Air Fryer Salt & Pepper Chicken Wings

  • 1 lb chicken wings
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings

  • 1 lb cooked salt and pepper chicken wings
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce

Air Fryer Blackened Chicken Wings

  • 1 lb chicken wings
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon homemade blackened seasoning, see recipe below

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

  • 1 lb chicken wings
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning

Air Fryer Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

  • 1 lb cooked Salt & Pepper Chicken Wings
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons coconut aminos, or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon arrowroot powder, or cornstarch

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Instructions

Air Fryer Salt & Pepper Chicken Wings

  • Pat wings dry with paper towels
  • Toss wings with salt, pepper, and baking powder in a large bowl
  • Spread wings in a single layer in air fryer basket and set at 390 degrees for 10 minutes
  • Flip wings and cook for an additional 10 minutes
  • Toss in sauce if desired or serve with dressing/dip.

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings

  • Bake wings as instructed above
  • Combine melted butter and hot sauce in a small bowl. Whisk well.
  • Toss cooked wings in sauce and serve.

Air Fryer Blackened Chicken Wings

  • Pat wings dry with paper towels
  • Add wings to a large bowl and sprinkle with Blackened Seasoning and baking powder. Toss to coat.
  • Place wings in a single layer in air fryer basket and bake as directed above.

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

  • Pat wings dry with paper towels
  • Add wings to a large bowl and sprinkle with Lemon Pepper Seasoning and baking powder.
  • Place wings in a single layer in air fryer basket and bake as directed above.

Air Fryer Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

  • Bake Salt & Pepper Chicken Wings as directed above.
  • Combine honey, coconut aminos, water, garlic, and arrowroot powder in a small saucepan. Whisk well.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Toss cooked wings in sauce and serve.

Notes

Note: Nutrition facts are for Salt & Pepper Wings recipe only
Click here for Blackened Seasoning recipe

Nutrition

Calories: 276kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 94mg, Sodium: 1255mg, Potassium: 494mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 180IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 145mg, Iron: 1mg

 

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