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Air Fryer Chicken Wings

This gadget is the secret to making crispy, healthy chicken wings at home
Air fryer chicken wings recipe

How do you make chicken wings in an air fryer? The recipe is surprisingly easy and requires just a few basic ingredients: 2 pounds of chicken wings, salt, pepper, garlic powder, a few spritzes of olive oil and your favorite wing sauce.


Editor's note: This is one of those easy but delicious recipes that we just keep coming back to. My kids love these plain (and it's such a stress-free dinner) and I love them plain (that crispy skin!) or paired with buffalo, BBQ, or even a Korean gochugang-based sauce. -KM


  • 2 Pounds fresh or defrosted chicken wings
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Garlic powder, to taste
  • Spray oil, ideally olive oil
  • Wing sauce of your choice


Step 1: If chicken wings are whole, use kitchen shears to cut off wing tips and separate wingette from drumette at the joint. Pat chicken wings dry with paper towel.

Step 2: Season chicken wings with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Coat wings with spray oil.

Step 3: Set air fryer to 390F.

Step 4: Place the wings in the air fryer basket in a single layer and without the wings touching.

Step 5: Cook for 20 minutes, flipping wings halfway through the cooking process using silicone tongs. If wings are not to desired crispiness after 20 minutes, cook for up to an additional 6 minutes.

Step 6: Remove wings from air fryer using silicone tongs. Toss wings in your sauce of choice. Serve immediately.

Air fryer chicken wings recipe
Carolyn Menyes / The Daily Meal