These Air Fryer Chicken Wings have crisp salty skin with a hint of garlic and lemon pepper in every bite. These are seasoned to perfection and cook so fast with no marinating required!

We love crispy baked chicken like my Mom’s famous Chicken Drumsticks these Garlic Dijon Baked Chicken Legs or baked Honey Glazed Chicken but the air fryer is our new best friend for chicken because it’s so much faster and memorably crispy!

Air Fryer Chicken Wings in bowl with celery

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Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe:

Chicken wings in the air fryer is brilliant and you will be making chicken way more often if you try them in the air fryer. The forced circulating hot air makes the skin super crisp which is difficult to achieve in a conventional oven and the center is perfectly cooked, tender and juicy.

Air fried chicken wings cook time is just 16 minutes (3 times faster than a traditional oven). There’s no need to preheat an air fryer which makes this the fastest crispy chicken wings recipe.

Bitten into Air Fryer chicken wing up close

Can I Double the Recipe?

For all-around crispy chicken wings, it’s best to keep the wings in a single layer. If you have a larger air fryer like our Cuisinart model, you can double everything. When doubling, air fry for 18-22 minutes, or until the skin is crisp, flipping the wings half way. Bake time will vary based on the surface area of your air fryer basket.

chicken wings on air fryer basket

What is the Best Air Fryer?

There are 2 very different styles of air fryers. The first type is a toaster oven style with a little oven door like this Cuisinart model that we have, this Cosori model that my sister has, or this fancy one by Breville.

The second type is a slide-in drawer/basket type like the Phillips air fryer, Gourmia or Nuwave brands. We prefer the Cuisinart toaster oven style air fryer because it can accommodate more food and serves a variety of functions. It replaced our old toaster oven because it air fries, bakes, broils and toasts.

best air fryer

Can I Bake these in a traditional oven?

It takes significantly longer to achieve crispy chicken wings in the oven. To bake these chicken wings in a conventional oven, preheat oven to 400˚F and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until crispy, flipping the wings after 30 minutes.

Air Fryer chicken wings garnished with parsley in blue bowl

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Wings:

The dry rub for these chicken wings is so simple with our go-to spices for baked, sautéed or air fried chicken. All you need is garlic salt and lemon pepper.

Ingredients for air fryer chicken with wings, drummettes, garlic salt and lemon pepper

Toss the wings in a little oil and the 2 seasonings, arrange them on the basket and bake right away. You can let them marinate if you prefer but there’s no need to pre-marinate.

Dry rub for chicken wings

These Air Fried Chicken Wings have a crisp salty skin with a tender center. Pair them with fresh celery and avocado ranch to dip and let the snacking begin!

Crispy air fried chicken wings with celery sticks

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

4.99 from 981 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Air Fryer chicken wings in bowl with celery
Air Fryer Chicken Wings have crisp salty skin with a hint of garlic and lemon pepper in every bite. These are seasoned to perfection and cook so fast with no marinating required!
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 4 people
  • 1 lb chicken wings, split into flats and drummettes
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper

Instructions

  • Thoroughly pat dry chicken wings with paper towels and place in a mixing bowl.
  • Coat in 1 Tbsp oil then sprinkle on 2 tsp garlic salt and 1 tsp lemon pepper. Toss to evenly coat with seasoning.
  • Place on air frying basket, spacing evenly and air fry at 400˚F for 8 minutes per side, or a total of 16 minutes, or until chicken wings are crisp and golden brown on the outside.

Notes

If Doubling the recipe: air fry for 18-22 minutes, or until the skin is crisp, flipping the wings half way. Bake time will vary based on the surface area of your air fryer basket.

Nutrition Per Serving

168kcal Calories11g Protein13g Fat3g Saturated Fat47mg Cholesterol1207mg Sodium95mg Potassium90IU Vitamin A0.4mg Vitamin C7mg Calcium0.6mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Chicken Wings
Amount per Serving
Calories
168
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
13
g
20
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Cholesterol
 
47
mg
16
%
Sodium
 
1207
mg
52
%
Potassium
 
95
mg
3
%
Protein
 
11
g
22
%
Vitamin A
 
90
IU
2
%
Vitamin C
 
0.4
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
7
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.6
mg
3
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer chicken wings
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 168

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  • Sally Baumeister
    February 29, 2024

    I loved this recipe. The wings were absolutely delicious. I watch you often of Instagram and love every recipe I’ve tried.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 29, 2024

      Thank you so much, Sally!

      Reply

  • Gwen Gibson
    February 5, 2024

    Just what I was looking for! Made this Chicken Wing recipe in the Air Fryer and it was crispy and PERFECT. So much so, bought a whole other bag of Chicken Wings and anxious to try different dips with them. Thank you Natasha!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 5, 2024

      You’re so welcome! Sounds perfect, so happy that you loved our Air Fryer Chicken Wings!

      Reply

  • Beeteeoh
    February 2, 2024

    Oven baked… not very crispy at all. I think these need some kind of additional coating.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 2, 2024

      This recipe was intended for air frying in a toaster oven style air fryer, which works best. If you’re making these in an oven on air fryer mode, they will not get as crisp and may require some additional cook time.

      Reply

  • Stu
    January 31, 2024

    I tried these tonight and had to double up a few to get them in. I did it for 20 minutes and they were crisping up. Next time will do for 22 to add a BIT more crunch. I used cajun spice instead of lemon pepper, but really any rub should work well. Thanks for the recipe.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 31, 2024

      Sounds great! Thanks for sharing the substitutions that you used and good to know that they worked well!

      Reply

  • Angela Frisbee
    January 7, 2024

    Natasha, I have been using your recipe for a year now. It time for me to give 5 stars. Awesome, honestly, minus the lemon pepper.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 7, 2024

      Thank you so much, Angela.

      Reply

    • Nickie
      January 27, 2024

      Hi,
      I’m getting an air fryer tomorrow and I bought a pack of chicken wings to try it out because what better test! I’ve been a fan of Natasha’s for a while so wanted to try her recipe first but my son will be here and he’s not a big fan of lemon. Do you use anything in place of the Lemon Pepper or are they great just leaving it out. Thanks!

      Reply

      • Justin
        February 11, 2024

        Try some cajun seasoning and some freshly cracked pepper. Or chili pepper, paprika, and garlic salt/ tajin maybe? My personal favorite usually includes pepper, garlic, and salt and can add other things like thyme/ rosemary/ curry to taste

        Reply

  • Karen M
    January 5, 2024

    Hi there! I have an air fry function on my Whirlpool oven and I was wondering if this recipe can be used, without adjustment, in my oven?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 5, 2024

      Hi Karen! Because the space in an oven is larger than a smaller counter air fryer, these won’t crisp up as well in a large oven.

      Reply

    • Kim N.
      January 13, 2024

      Hi Karen and Natasha, I have a G.E. oven that has an Air Bake mode. I have never used this mode in this oven. I found a recipe online under
      verything Air Fried Wings Recipe – GE Appliances

      GE Appliances
      https://www.geappliances.com › recipes › everything-air-…

      INSTRUCTIONS
      Spray the air fry basket with cooking spray. Season the wings with salt and pepper. …
      Set mode to Air Fry at 450°F. for 20 minutes flipping the wings halfway through. …
      While the wings are cooking, stir the honey and sriracha in a large bowl. Add the hot cooked wings and toss to coat.

      Although I am going to use Natasha’s recipe. I am planning on making 24 wings, however I am only going to try 6 to begin with in my G.E. Air Fryer mode oven.

      I am going to try it tomorrow. Sunday, 1/14/2024. Was going to have them for the Steelers/Bills game. Planning on saving some for Monday when the game is playing.

      Reply

      • NatashasKitchen.com
        January 13, 2024

        Hi Kim! Thanks for sharing that. I hope you love the recipe. Let us know how they turn out.

        Reply

      • Karyl Clementi
        January 15, 2024

        I was wondering how your wings turned out. I have a new oven with an air fryer and was wondering about the temp and timing?

        Reply

      • cwill
        January 22, 2024

        Well, How did the wings turn out after using it in the oven fryer

        Reply

  • Tessb
    December 31, 2023

    Thank you! I used your recipe as my starting point. I have a greek flavour mix that I used instead of the other ingredients plus the olive oil. After they were cooked, I poured around 3 tablespoons of bbq sauce; shook a bit to coat them evenly. My university aged twin sons loved them; it was a sellout.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 1, 2024

      Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

      • Barb Fry
        January 8, 2024

        Picture looks amazing! We have the Cuisinart model that you mentioned and I am wondering how to use this recipe for chicken wings but also adding in a couple bone-in chicken breast pieces with skin on. Would I adjust the time or take out wings sooner? Any advice you can give on this?

        Reply

        • NatashasKitchen.com
          January 8, 2024

          Hi Barb! I haven’t tested chicken breast to provide those exact instructions. They will likely take longer than the wings. The best thing is to check for doneness with a food thermometer (Amazon affiliate link).

          Reply

  • Leslie Taylor
    December 20, 2023

    Natasha, you are my favorite! I have learned a lot from you, and loved everything we have tried. Your directions are clear and concise. Thank you!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 20, 2023

      Thank you so much, Leslie! I’m so happy to hear that.

      Reply

  • Sandee Lee Wilson
    December 17, 2023

    My air fryer only goes to 200
    so i cooked them twice at 200 and flipped them. Turnerd out pretty good.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 17, 2023

      Great to hear that it was a success!

      Reply

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