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Plate of Air Fried Chicken Wings with ranch and celery stick
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4.84 from 6 votes

The BEST Air Fryer Chicken Wings

This is the BEST Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe. With extra crispy skins, juicy meat and flavorful buffalo sauce, these chicken wings rival restaurant quality. Using an Air Fryer omits the unhealthy oil and takes half the time of a traditional oven to bake. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer, Game Day Appetizer
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 375kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $7.00

Ingredients

  • 2 Lbs Chicken Wings (*Note 1)
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder (*Note 2)
  • 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Frank's Hot Sauce
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Ranch or Blue Cheese Dressing

Instructions

  • Pat the chicken wings dry with a paper towel.
  • Add the chicken wings, baking powder and salt (to taste) to a large bowl and toss to coat.
  • Liberally spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray. Transfer the wings to the air fryer basket and arrange in a single layer (they should not touch). Set the air fryer to 360 degrees and cook for 12 minutes. Flip the wings and cook for another 12 minutes. Flip the wings one last time and cook for 5 more minutes to crisp the skins (*Note 3).
  • Add the butter to a microwave-safe bowl and cook until melted (approx. 30-45 sec). Remove from the microwave and whisk in the Frank's hot sauce.
  • Add the cooked wings and hot sauce mixture to a large bowl and toss to coat. Serve immediately with your preferred dressing.

EQUIPMENT

Notes

Note 1: Chicken Wings- I prefer using split chicken wings vs whole. You can purchase them pre-cut (my preference) or cut the whole wings yourself. Just make sure to discard the wing tips.
Note 2 -Why baking powder? Baking powder raises the PH level of the chicken wings to create a super crispy skin like you find in restaurants. You can fore-go the baking powder, if you like. It’s not mandatory but really helps the final product.
Note 3- The last turn of the wings is to further crisp the skin vs cooking. If you're short on time, feel free to remove after the initial cook time.
Note 4 - Ranch and Blue Cheese dipping sauce isn't included in the nutritional calculations.

Nutrition

Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 1329mg | Potassium: 191mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 535IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 1mg