These crispy chicken wings cook in the air fryer in 35 minutes – no oil needed!
The perfect party food!
They taste great on their own, or smothered in your favourite sauce.

I’ll share some of my favourite sauces with you too.

A tall shot of Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Wings piled up on a black speckled plate, thier is also a large black bowl filled with buffalo sauce, sprinkled with seasoning on the plate, the plate is on a mottled dark grey back ground and there is a large dark blue napkin to the side of the plate.

The easiest party food that always goes down an absolute storm.
Chicken wings are a brilliant budget-friendly appetizer and they taste great on their own or dipped in sauce.

I have an oven-baked wings version on the site, which are great. But these wings are JUST AS TASTY and cook in about a third of the time in the air fryer.

📋 What do we need?

Ingredients for crisp chicken wings on a wooden table
  • I buy chicken wings from the shop, then cut off the tips. Then I chop each wing into two pieces – a mini-wing and drumette (you can see my original video for information on how to cut chicken wings).
  • Baking powder is the key to these crispy chicken wings (don’t use baking soda/bicarb of soda) – it helps to draw the moisture out of the skin so it crisps up beautifully.
  • A little salt and pepper for flavour

📺 Watch how to make it

Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.

👩‍🍳PRO TIP Make sure you get the wings as dry as possible (using kitchen roll) before coating, this ensures you’ll get only a fine coating of baking powder sticking to the wings and will also ensure the wings are crispier.

A close up shot of Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Wings piled up on a black speckled plate, thier is also a large black bowl filled with buffalo sauce, sprinkled with seasoning on the plate, the plate is on a mottled dark grey back ground and there is a large dark blue napkin in the back ground.

🍽️ What to serve it with

I’ve got lots of lovely sauces to serve alongside these wings….


Just look at those perfectly crispy chicken wings. Finger-licking good!

A tall close up shot of Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Wings piled up on a black speckled plate, thier is also a large black bowl filled with buffalo sauce, sprinkled with seasoning on the plate, the plate is on a mottled dark grey back ground and there is a large dark blue napkin to the side of the plate.

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4.88 from 8 votes

Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Wings

These crispy chicken wings cook in the air fryer in 35 minutes. The perfect party food! They taste great on their own or smothered in your favourite sauce.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 40 wings
Course: Appetizer, Party Food
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 2.2 lbs (1 kg) chicken wings
  • 1 level tbsp aluminium-free baking powder*
  • ½ tsp table salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Instructions 

  • Cut each wing at the joint so you have a mini wing and a drumette.
    2.2 lbs (1 kg) chicken wings
  • Dry the wings with paper towels, then place in a large bowl and add the baking powder, salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Note – it's important to dry the wings first so they only get a light coating.
    1 level tbsp aluminium-free baking powder*, ½ tsp table salt, ½ tsp pepper
  • Add to air fryer, cook for 30-35 minutes at 210C/410F, shaking the basket every 10 minutes.
  • Serve on their own or with your favourite sauce.

Video

Notes

*Baking Powder
I state in the recipe to use aluminium-free baking powder. Baking powder that contains aluminium (sodium aluminium sulfate or E521) can cause a metallic taste to certain people who are sensitive to it.
  • Also be sure to use baking powder AND NOT baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
  • I usually use 2 tbsp for the oven-baked chicken wings recipe but the air fryer gets things crispier, so you can use less.
Can I make wings ahead?
I prefer these wings fresh out of the air fryer, but you can make the wings ahead.
Cook, then cool, cover and refrigerate for up to a day. Reheat them in the air fryer for about 5-6 minutes at 200C/400F until they’re crisp again.
Nutritional information is approximate, per chicken wing

Nutrition

Calories: 30kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.02g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 0.01g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    Very very delicious and sooooo easy. Served mine with your bbq sauce and sweet and sour sauce. Arguments over which was the better. Definitely do again