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Easy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

You’ll win big on game day or any day with crispy air fryer chicken wings!

These are the perfect appetizer, snack, or even a fun family meal, and the air fryer makes them an effortless endeavor. 

Better Than Fried Chicken Wings

Air fryer chicken wings on a plate that is sitting on top of a cutting board. There are some veggies to the side.

With football season on the way, practice for the Super Bowl by making these tasty wings and making them part of your starting lineup for any occasion. Just serve it with your favorite sauce, and you’ll score big!

Why the Air Fryer Is the Answer for the Best Wings

When you air fry chicken wings, something magical happens. They come out with extra crispy skin, just like deep-fried wings but without all that oil and mess.

This easy recipe ensures you’ll have the crispiest skin on the outside with tender meat on the inside.

Add an air fryer blooming onion from Take Two Tapas alongside your wings for a mouthwatering dish.

Air fried chicken wings on a plate with some veggies and dip.

You can make buffalo wings, lemon pepper wings, and all sorts of delicious chicken wings the entire family will devour.

There are just a few simple steps, and then you’ll have the kind of wings that will rival those of any sports bar!

Add some rice cooker Mexican rice on the side.

Crispy air fryer chicken wings on a plate. They are next to some sliced vegetables.

The last time I made these air fryer wings for a party, everyone wanted to know where I got them.

They couldn’t believe I made so many chicken wings that were perfectly crispy and delicious in my air fryer.

I’ll never make wings any other way again…this is the easiest way to do it, and you get the best results too. 

Dipping a chicken wing into ranch dressing.

Ingredients

  • Chicken drumettes and flats 
  • Spicy brown mustard 
  • Ranch seasoning, divided  
  • Salt
  • Black pepper 
  • All-purpose flour 
  • Cornstarch
  • Paprika 
  • Chili powder 
  • Mustard powder 

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

How to Make the Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe

Six steps to making air fryer chicken wings.
  1. Gather your ingredients.
  2. Add the chicken wings and drumettes to a large mixing bowl. Add the mustard, one tablespoon of ranch seasoning, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Thoroughly mix the chicken and ingredients until the chicken is coated. 
  4. Combine flour, cornstarch, two tablespoons of ranch seasoning, paprika, chili powder, and mustard powder in a shallow bowl and mix well. Dredge the chicken in the flour to coat each piece.
  5. Place the coated chicken onto a parchment lined baking sheet and let rest for 30 minutes. This will allow the flour time to soak into the chicken which prevents the dreaded dry/powdery look on the breading. This happens when you have a lack of oil when air frying and is a common issue with air fryers.
  6. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees then add the chicken to the basket in a single layer (multiple batches may be necessary).
  7. Cook the chicken for 10 minutes, then flip each piece. Spray lightly again with the nonstick cooking spray and cook another 10 minutes. The chicken will need to reach a temperature of 165 degrees with a digital thermometer.
Chicken drumettes in the basket of an air fryer.

Tips for Making Air Fryer Chicken Wings

  1. Make sure you let the chicken rest on a cookie sheet after dredging it in the flour. This will help prevent the dry powdery look that you can get without frying it in oil.
  2. Check the internal temperature of the chicken wings and drumettes with a digital meat thermometer. It should reach 165 degrees.
  3. Plan on making multiple batches, cooking them for 10 minutes at a time before flipping and cooking the other side.
Crispy air fryer chicken wings on a cutting board. There are some veggies on the cutting board.

One of the great things about making air fryer chicken wings is that you can make all different kinds. Go for spicy buffalo chicken wings, lemon pepper, barbecue, garlic, and more. The possibilities are endless!

Air fryer chicken wings with a bite taken out of it.

Sides to Serve With Chicken Wings

Don’t forget to serve with carrot and celery sticks, potato wedges, or French fries, of course.

Your favorite dipping sauce is also a match. Serve these air fryer wings with ranch dressing, BBQ sauce, blue cheese dressing, honey mustard, or more buffalo sauce.

If you’re having a party, adding a condiment station is a great way for everyone to enjoy their wings the way they love them best. 

Cooked air fryer chicken wings on a wire rack.

Easy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

I just know that these air fryer wings are going to be a huge hit at your next party. Scroll down to the recipe card below to see the full details on how to make them!

Air fried chicken wings on a plate with some veggies and dip.

Easy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Yield: 30 pieces
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Create crispy wings with the air fryer. The recipe is easy with simple ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs Chicken drumettes and wings
  • ⅓ cup of spicy brown mustard
  • 3 tablespoons of ranch seasoning, divided
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoons of mustard powder

Instructions

  1. Gather your ingredients.
  1. Add the chicken wings and drumettes to a large mixing bowl. Add the mustard, one tablespoon of ranch seasoning, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Thoroughly mix the chicken and ingredients until the chicken is coated. 
  3. Combine flour, cornstarch, two tablespoons of ranch seasoning, paprika, chili powder, and mustard powder in a shallow bowl and mix well. Dredge the chicken in the flour to coat each piece.
  4. Place the coated chicken onto a parchment lined baking sheet and let rest for 30 minutes. This will allow the flour time to soak into the chicken which prevents the dreaded dry/powdery look on the breading. This happens when you have a lack of oil when air frying and is a common issue with air fryers.
  5. Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees then add the chicken to the basket in a single layer (multiple batches may be necessary).
  6. Cook the chicken for 10 minutes, then flip each piece. Spray lightly again with the nonstick cooking spray and cook another 10 minutes. The chicken will need to reach a temperature of 165 degrees with a meat thermometer.

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