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February 12, 2020

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings (Whole30, Paleo, Keto)

These are the best crispy air fryer chicken wings! They are seasoned with a perfect dry rub and then crisped in the air fryer in just 30 minutes. The whole family will love this easy and healthy recipe. Whole30, Paleo, and gluten free too!

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THE BEST CRISPY AIR FRYER CHICKEN WINGS

These air fryer chicken wings will be your new favorite appetizer or meal. If you don’t have an air fryer, you’ll be missing out on crispy chicken wings that taste 100x better than your favorite restaurant.

Not only do they taste better, they are also so much healthier than deep fried chicken wings you get at a restaurant or bar.

I currently have the Ninja Foodie 8-in-1, and I honestly wouldn’t recommend it if you are wanting just an air fryer. It would be perfect for a college student, or if you have a small apartment.

Based on my research, these are the 3 top air fryers.

Now, let’s talk about how to make these bad boys!

HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER CHICKEN WINGS:

Start out by combining all the seasonings for your wing rub into a small bowl. Remember to double the amount of seasonings if you are doubling the recipe.

Pat the wings dry with a paper towel and cover the wings with seasoning. Toss the wings in the bowl until they are evenly coated.

Transfer the wings onto the air fryer basket, making sure they are not touching. It’s really important to keep the wings in a single layer so that they crisp on all sides.

Cook the wings at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through.

At 25 minutes, if you want your wings crispy, or crispier, reset the temperature to 425 degrees and cook for 2-5 minutes.

ARE AIR FRYER WINGS HEALTHY?

Generally, I think cooking wings in an air fryer are healthier than chicken wings fried in a traditional fryer. There is no oil or flour required, so there is less calories overall, and no artificial ingredients or flours. Just chicken and spices. However, quality of meat used is also important.

I recommend buying pasture-raised, organic chicken wings rather than conventional meat, ex: Tyson chicken wings. You may be able to find pasture-raised, organic chicken wings from your grocery store, or you can order online at ButcherBox.com. I got my pasture-raised chicken wings from a local farmer in my area.

If you want to read more about why pasture-raised chicken is better than conventional, read here.

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings on grey plate with cup of bbq sauce

CAN I MAKE FROZEN WINGS IN THE AIR FRYER?

I do not recommend making frozen wings in the air fryer. Frozen chicken wings have a ton of excess water that will cause the wings to steam in the air fryer, instead of frying.

If you want to use frozen wings, thaw them out in cold water, in the fridge 1-2 days before frying them, or defrost the wings in the microwave.

HOW LONG SHOULD I COOK WINGS IN THE AIR FRYER?

For ultimate crispy wings, I recommend cooking at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, flipping half way through.

At 25 minutes, if you are wanting more crispiness, reset the temperature to 425 degrees and cook the wings for 2-5 minutes longer or until crispy to your liking.

If you are doubling the recipe, you will have to work in batches.

CAN YOU STACK CHICKEN WINGS IN THE AIR FRYER?

I do not recommend overlapping the chicken in the air fryer. This will prevent them from becoming crispy on all sides. Cover your basket with the wings in one single layer. My air fryer basket fit 10 wings. If you are doubling the recipe, you will have to work in batches.

HOW TO REHEAT CHICKEN WINGS IN AIR FRYER?

To reheat chicken wings, place wings in air fryer basket and cook at 400 degrees for 5-10 minutes.

crispy chicken wings garnished with parsley on grey plate with bbq sauce in white bowl

TIPS FOR CRISPY AIR FRYER CHICKEN WINGS

  • Spray the air fryer basket with oil before placing the wings in the basket. This will prevent the wings from sticking.
  • Cook the wings at a lower temperature for 25 minutes, and then turn up the heat for 2-5 minutes to make the wings extra crispy!
  • Flip the wings halfway through 25 minute cooking time. This will ensure all sides of the wing get crispy.

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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings


  • Author: Abbey Blackwell
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x

Description

These are the best crispy air fryer chicken wings! They are seasoned with a perfect dry rub and then crisped in the air fryer in just 30 minutes. The whole family will love this easy and healthy recipe. Whole30, Paleo, and gluten free too!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken wings, split into flats and drummettes
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, ground mustard powder, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper to make the rub.
  2. Pat chicken wings with a paper towel and place in a medium size bowl. Sprinkle rub onto chicken wings and toss until wings are evenly coated with seasoning. (If you have a lid for the bowl your using, place the lid on and shake the chicken wings to quickly distribute the seasoning. You can also use a ziplock bag)
  3. Place chicken wings onto air fryer basket making sure they are not overlapping. Cook at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, flipping the wings half way through. At 25 minutes, reset the temperature to 425 degrees and cook for 2-5 minutes or until the wings are crispy to your liking.

Notes

  • If you are doubling the recipe, work in batches.
  • To reheat: place wings in air fryer basket and cook at 400 degrees for 5-10 minutes.
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: air fried, air fryer, easy air fryer chicken wings

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