These crispy, juicy, flavorful Air Fryer Chicken Wings are great for a busy weeknight or game day snack. The savory seasoning blend ensures that every bite is full of flavor.
Are you looking for a new, easy air fryer recipe? Well look no further than these savory air fryer chicken wings. Using chicken winglets allows the chicken to cook faster, meaning you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time eating!
One of our favorite things about this recipe is how easy it is to customize. Want a spicier chicken wing? Add a teaspoon or two of red pepper flakes to your spice blend. Looking for some zest? Add a teaspoon of lemon zest and some lemon pepper seasoning. No matter what you add to these wings, they are sure to have a crispy, golden brown exterior.
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Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Healthier Option: Air frying requires minimal oil, typically just a light coating, or even none at all. This results in significantly lower fat and calorie content compared to deep-frying. People who want to enjoy crispy wings with fewer calories and less saturated fat are drawn to air frying.
- Crispy Texture: Air fryers use hot air circulation to cook food, which helps create a crispy exterior without the need for excessive oil. The texture of air-fried chicken wings can be very appealing, with a satisfying crunch.
- Convenience: Air fryers are relatively easy to use and require less hands-on attention than deep-frying. You can set the temperature and timer, and the air fryer will do the rest. This convenience can make air frying chicken wings an attractive option for busy individuals.
- Chicken winglets—Or chicken wings and drumsticks.
- Olive Oil—Coats the wings to help hold on the spices and give the wings a crispy exterior.
- Italian Seasoning—An aromatic blend of garlic, oregano, basil, thyme, and rosemary.
- Garlic Powder—Amplifies the flavor of the Italian spice blend.
Popular Substitutions and Variations
- Chicken Tenders: Use chicken tenders or boneless chicken pieces for a quicker cooking option.
- Turkey Wings: Substitute chicken wings with turkey wings for a different taste and texture.
- BBQ Wings: Toss the cooked wings in barbecue sauce for a tangy and sweet flavor.
- Teriyaki Wings: Create a teriyaki sauce with soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and brown sugar for an Asian-inspired twist.
- Buffalo Wings: Toss the wings in buffalo sauce for a spicy and tangy flavor.
How to Make Air Fried Chicken Wings
1. Preheat your air fryer and gather all of your ingredients.
2. While the air fryer is preheating, combine all of the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl using your hands or a large spoon. Ensure that the wings are fully coated in the spices.
3. Place your wings in the air fryer basket and cook until the wings are golden brown and no longer pink in the middle.
4. Serve and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
Chicken winglets consist of the middle part of whole chicken wings. These small chicken wings have a much higher meat to bone ratio, meaning you typically get a better deal on your wings. However, you are welcome to use both regular wings or winglets in this recipe.
If your wings are a little soggy when they come out of the air fryer, then your wings are likely coated in too much moisture. If your wings are still soggy after patting them dry then you can increase the temperature of your air fryer from 380°F. To 400°F. This will help cook off some of that extra moisture by the time your wings are finished cooking.
This is a widely debated question. At the end of the day it is up to you. Many people believe that letting your chicken wings rest after they finish cooking will allow the juices to settle, making your wings less dry when you bite into them. We don’t usually worry about letting our wings sit since we like to serve them with sauces, but you are more than welcome to. If you decide to let your wings sit, let them rest in the air fryer basket for 5 minutes.
- Other spices that go great on these wings include lemon pepper seasoning, paprika, red pepper flakes, and onion powder. If you do not have any Italian seasoning on hand then you can make your own by combining equal parts basil, oregano, garlic salt, thyme, and rosemary.
- In order to better coat your wings, pat them dry with a paper towel before coating the wings with olive oil and the spice mix.
- Giving your yeast time to foam helps ensure it is not dead. If your yeast doesn’t foam up at all then you will want to dump it out and try again.
- Make sure your wings have an internal temperature of 165°F.
What Should I Serve With My Air Fryer Wings
The Italian seasoning blend that coats these wings makes them a versatile dish. These tender wings can hold their own as an entree or they can be presented as an appetizer. Some of our favorite sides to serve with this dish include french fries, veggie sticks, mashed potatoes, potato salad, and mac n’ cheese. No matter what you serve with your wings, this dish is sure to be a hit.
How to Store and Reheat Your Chicken Wings
While these wings are best served fresh, any leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. When you are ready to reheat your wings you can put them on a microwave safe plate and cook them for 1-2 minutes. Flip the wings after about 45 seconds to help ensure they reheat evenly. It is important to note that these wings will be crispiest when they are fresh, but you can use an air fryer to reconstitute a little bit of that crispiness. Place your leftover wings in the air fryer basket and cook them for 5 minutes at 380°F.
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Air Fryer Chicken Wings
- 2 pounds chicken winglets
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- Preheat your air fryer for 5 minutes at 380°F.
- While the air fryer is preheating, combine all of the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to work the ingredients together until the wings are evenly coated in oil and spices.
- Transfer your wings to the air fryer basket and cook for 13-15 minutes at 380°F, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
- Serve and enjoy!
- If they don't fit in a single layer in your air fryer you'll want to cook them in batches.
- These wings are nice and crispy when served fresh; however, if you have any leftovers you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- Reheat them in the microwave for about a minute or in the air fryer for about 5 minutes at 380°F.
- Leftover wings will crisp up a little bit, but they will not have the same crunchy skin as they did when they were fresh.
- Other spices that go great on these wings include lemon pepper seasoning, paprika, red pepper flakes, and onion powder.
- These wings are great served with some air fryer french fries or tater tots.
- These wings are great on their own or paired with a buffalo sauce, ranch, or garlic aioli sauce.