Who knew you could make restaurant-quality chicken wings at home and in under 30 minutes? These Extra Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings are the real deal, packing in tons of flavor and a crunchy bite. They’re an easy dish to serve at your next party, for game day, or for a fun dinner!
12-14chicken wings, drumettes and wingettes separated
1/2tspkosher salt, additional salt to taste if needed
lime wedges, optional
Bring chicken wings to room temperature before cooking for at least an hour. This will help them cook faster.
Using a paper towel, oil the inside of the air fryer basket. This will help the meat from sticking.
Once at room temperature, pat the chicken wings dry using paper towels. In a medium bowl, mix the dry seasoning ingredients together, add in the wings, and toss to coat. Place the seasoned chicken wings inside the air fryer basket.
Set the air fryer temperature to 400ºF and the time for 20-22 minutes. Remove the basket halfway through cooking and flip the wings so they cook evenly.
After the 20 minutes, check the wings to see if they need more time. Smaller wings should cook between 20-22 minutes, and larger ones may need 22-25 minutes.
Once cooked, remove the wings from the air fryer and serve with celery sticks and my EASY HOMEMADE RANCH DRESSING. Leave them as is or coat in your favorite sauce or squeeze a little lime juice over top.
How to cook these in the oven:
Preheat oven to 250°F. And place on the rack at the lowest setting and one near the top.
Use a paper towel to pat the totally defrosted wings dry. This will not work with frozen wings.
In a medium bowl, mix the dry seasoning ingredients together, add in the wings, and toss to coat.
Line a tray with foil, and set a wire rack inside the rimmed baking sheets.
Brush rack with vegetable oil, or spray with cooking oil. Place the wings on the baking tray in a single layer with the skin side up. It will be a tight fit, use two sheets if needed. Make sure wings don't touch, You need space for air to get around them.
Brush wings with some olive oil. Or spray with cooking spray.
Bake wings at 250 F. for 30 minutes at the lowest oven rack setting, this will help to help render the fat.
After 30 minutes, increase the temperature to 400 F, and move the wings up to the top of the oven. Bake an additional 45-50 minutes until cooked through and skin is crispy, and wings are golden brown. Optional: Flip once during baking.
Once baked, remove wings from the pan, and toss in a bowl with 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup sauce of choice to coat wings.
Return to baking sheet rack, bake for 5-6 minutes until glaze is lightly caramelized.