Making Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer couldn’t be easier. They only take about 20 minutes to make, come out super crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, are a much healthier alternative to fried wings, and best of all, there is minimal clean up! I am seriously hooked, and not sure that I could go back to deep frying again!
Keeping the Chicken Wings in a single layer, with a little bit of space between, allows the forced circulating hot air to get all around the wings, making them extra crispy. Before we got a new oven with a built-in air fryer, we had the Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer. I LOVED IT. I was able to cook two trays of wings at a time, giving us a little more room to space our wings. If your Air Fryer has a basket, like this one, or an Air Fryer Lid for your Instant Pot, you might need to cook the wings in batches.
We generally tend to stick to a Classic Buffalo Sauce, BBQ Buffalo Sauce, or these Korean BBQ Wings, but the options for Chicken Wing sauces are endless.
How Many Chicken Wings Should I Cook?
Chicken Wings make a great appetizer, or weeknight meal. If you are serving chicken wings as an appetizer, count on 4-5 wings per person (about ½ pound per person), and if serving as a main dish, 8-12 per person (1 – ½ pounds). However, these wings are soooo good, you might want to double that. Last time I made wings, we made 3 ½ pounds for the 3 of us, and it wasn’t even close to enough. I think Anthony ate like 15 wings that night.
How To Make Air Fryer Chicken Wings
This will set you up with a base recipe for Air Fried Chicken Wings. Change up the seasonings, and toss in your favorite sauces.
Gather Tools & Equipment
- Air Fryer
- Large metal bowls
- chicken wings
- franks red hot sauce
- salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika
- olive oil
Prep Chicken Wings
In a large bowl, toss chicken wings with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Set Air Fryer to 400 degrees.
Place chicken wings in a single layer on tray or in basket.
Cook Chicken Wings
Cook for 8 minutes, flip and cook another 8 minutes.
Prepare Wing Sauce
For Buffalo Sauce, whisk together melted butter, hot sauce and spices until well combined.
To make BBQ Buffalo sauce, add 3 tbsp of your favorite BBQ sauce to the mixture.
Sauce Chicken Wings
Remove chicken wings, and toss in your favorite sauce.
Serve and Enjoy
Serve Chicken Wings with celery, carrots and ranch or blue cheese.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings
- Air Fryer
- Large Bowls
- 3 lbs chicken wings
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tsp salt
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 4 tbsp melted butter
- 1 cup franks red hot sauce
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- For Buffalo Sauce, whisk together melted butter, hot sauce and spices until well combined. To make BBQ Buffalo sauce, add 3 tbsp of your favorite BBQ sauce to the mixture.
- In a large bowl, toss chicken wings with olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Set Air Fryer to 400 degrees.Place chicken wings in a single layer on tray or in basket.
- Cook for 8 minutes, flip and cook another 8 minutes.
- Remove chicken wings, and toss in your favorite sauce.Serve Chicken Wings with celery, carrots and ranch or blue cheese.