How to Cook Chicken Wings in an Airfryer: Step-by-Step Guide

Author: Chester P. Rector
April 22, 2020

Chicken wings are the most delicious part of the meat. They contain dark meat and is the favorite of those who love dark meat. You can either get a whole chicken and cut the wings or just get the already cut wings from the butcher's shop. You only get to have two wings in a chicken, but these two contain a whole lot of flavor.

Chicken wings are more comfortable to cook when they've been cut from the butcher already. You only have to season and cook. But some people like to buy their chicken whole; this is because there are some parts of the wings the butcher would have cut off. Whether you buy a whole chicken or the cut one, you still get to have your chicken wings.

There are three parts of chicken wings: the drumette, the Tip, and the wingette. Some people love one part of the wing than others. When you go to buy your chicken wing, you can buy whichever part you like best.

To purchase a chicken wing, you have to scrutinize them. If you're buying from the frozen food store, make sure the package is still sealed and come with a date stamp that indicates the date the chicken should be sold.

Inspect the chicken wing physically before buying. The color should be creamy white to deep yellow. It shouldn't be grey or pasty. Odors indicate the chicken is spoilt. If the smell is strong and bad, the meat may be spoilt. But, if you're not sure, you can open the package for a few minutes. The odor might be a result of oxidation that has taken place in the box. Do not use such chicken.

The number of people you want to feed determines the number of wings you'll get. You can count per head and get the number of arms or just in twos.

Know your wing parts - Tip, Wingette, and Drumette

The chicken wing has three parts.


The Tip is the pointed piece of the wing; it looks like a feather at the end. They do not have much meat, almost entirely skin and bone. Some people love this part, but you hardly find chicken wings that still have the Tip when purchasing.


The middle part of the chicken wing. It is also called 'flat.' The shape is flat. It is part of the tender meat and covered with skin. Two parallel bones run down the length of the wingette.


Drumette is the part directly attached to the chicken. Its shape is like a larger chicken drumstick. It has one main bone in the middle but also has joints and cartilages. The shape of the drumette is irregular. It has one round end and then shapes down towards the center. The meat on the drumette is dark. It also has a little bit of white meat.

How do you make chicken wing crispy in the oven?

Crispy chicken wings are the real deal. To make your wing crispy, dip it into flour and spices before baking. You can also coat it with sauce. Baking powder can also do the work of flour. Baking powder is a mixture of sodium bicarbonate, cream of tartar and corn starch. When this is mixed with salt and coated on chicken skin, it makes the chicken dry out and leaves it crispy and crunchy.

Baking chicken wings at high heat on a rack also make them crispy. Cooking chicken wings on a rack gives the heat enough room to circulate the wings. It drains out any moisture from the sides.

How long does it take to bake chicken wings?

When the Chicken wings turn golden brown and crispy, it takes about 45 minutes in an oven of 400°F. Ensure to watch the wings, so you don't end up with burnt chicken or black seasoning.

How to make crispy baked chicken wings


  • Chicken wings (according to the number you need)
  • Aluminum-free baking powder
  • Salt
  • Sauce 

Step by step processes

  • Preheat your oven to about 450°F.
  • Mix the flour and all spices in a bowl and coat the wings with it. Then place the wings on a foil sheet that is sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Put the wings in the oven and leave for 30 minutes. Make sure to turn them over at 15 minutes to make all sides bake well. Bring it out when the color is golden brown and crispy. You can also use a meat thermometer to check if your meat gets done.
  • You can make hot wing sauce with your chicken wing if you so desire. You can also leave it without sauce.

How to make crispy fried chicken wing

Fried chicken wings are easy to make and comes out well. Leave the wings to freeze for about an hour before frying. This makes the flavor sweeter and makes them extra crispy.

How to make crispy fried chicken wing
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  • Chicken wings
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • All-purpose flour
  • Mustard powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Vegetable oil

Step by step processes

  • Wash the wings with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Place the wings on a sheet with a cooling rack and season the wings with salt and pepper.
  • Put it in the freezer for an hour, and it helps the flavor and seasoning lock into the wings well.
  • Mix the flour and spices in a bowl. Then coat the chicken wings.
  • Heat your vegetable oil to about 350°F.
  • Fry the chicken, as much as the pot can accommodate per time.
  • Allow frying for 8 minutes, turning them at intervals.
  • Drain out excess oil on a paper towel.

How do you make buffalo chicken wings?


  • Chicken wings
  • Garlic powder
  • Vegetable oil
  • Black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Hot sauce
  • Honey
  • Butter
  • Carrot sticks
  • Celery sticks
  • Ranch dressing

Step by step processes

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  • Place a wire rack over a baking sheet.
  • Pour the chicken wings in a bowl and mix with oil, seasoned with salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Put the wings on the baking sheet.
  • Bake the chicken wings until it is golden brown, and the skin is crispy, this takes about an hour.
  • In a saucepan, whisk hot sauce and honey together. Boil for a while and stir in butter. Cook again till the butter is melted, for about 2 minutes.
  • Pour the wings in a bowl and coat with the sauce. Broil the wings again till the seasoning mixes into the wings.
  • Serve with the ranch dressing

How to make the buffalo sauce

Coating your chicken wings in buffalo sauce gives you the best wings.


  • Original red hot sauce
  • Melted unsalted butter
  • Honey or sugar


  • Whisk all ingredients together.
  • Pour the sauce over your baked chicken wings and serve.

Honey Barbecue Chicken Wings

Honey BBQ chicken wings are crispy, juicy and flavorful. The making procedure is very simple.

I know people like it very much. These types of chicken wings are special, and it is different for having honey. Here is the way to make the wings.

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  • Salt & pepper
  • Chicken wings
  • BBQ sauce of your choice
  • ½ cup of flour
  • Honey


  • Make the chicken wings into three pieces. Remove the tips of the wings.
  • Use heat up to 180 degrees C.
  • Keep it in a bowl and mix with the pepper, flour, and salt. Be confirm that they are good coated and render them a good mix.
  • Stir the basket and cook more five minutes with 200 degrees C to get the crispiness.
  • Keep the chicken wings inside the basket of the air fryer and use heat for eight minutes.
  • Enjoy and save.
  • Mix honey with bbq sauce and paint wings with them. Use heat up to 180 degrees C up to five minutes.
  • Let the chicken wings a good shake and use coat over the sauce again. Cook it for more 3 minutes.

Marinated Chicken Wings

Another good type of delicious recipe to have if you like to get mildly and crispy spicy chicken wings.

Marinated chicken wings are the best types of choice if you have more time in your hand.

Be sure, start them with timing, give more 60 minutes to marinate the process. As the recipe has oil, all are left behind as you do not require more. Be ready to start.

Marinated Chicken Wings
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  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Chicken wings
  • Pepper & salt
  • One tsp hot paprika, or sweet paprika


  • Use preheat for you XL air fryer up to 200 degrees C.
  • Mix paprika, pepper, half cup olive oil in a dish.
  • Keep the chicken wings to the mixture and again marinate them for thirty to sixty minutes.
  • Take out the chicken from the basket and keep it on a plate.
  • Keep the chicken in a basket and set the time for other 12 minutes.
  • Shake the chicken to get heat for all the sides and cook well. Use heat for more eight minutes.

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

As you prefer the taste of the garlic, you may love the recipe. The mixture of garlic and parmesan may inspire you to create love for chicken wings.

The most important thing is that the recipe is very simple and easy as well as needs no oil.

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings
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  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 pounds of frozen chicken wings
  • 2 minces garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup butter
  • One tsp oregano one tsp rosemary
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt


  • Apply heat for your T-Fal Actifry air fryer up to 200 degrees C.
  •  Fry chicken wings for twenty-four minutes. Be sure all wings are well cooked and shake the basket while cooking.
  • For melt butter and the sauce, use medium heat for a couple of minutes.
  • Mix herbs and spices together and add them to the sauce.
  • When cooking wings is over, pour the sauce over them.
  • Keep parmesan, cheese and enjoy it by serving.

Frozen chicken wings in air fryer

Frozen Chicken Wings In Air Fryer
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  • 8 – 15 Tyson Frozen Chicken Wing segments, frozen
  • Two Tbs.
  • Two Tbs. Mrs. Dash Chicken Grilling Blend (use 3 Tbs. For 15 wings)
  • Pam Cooking Spray


  • Spray the four inch rack using Pam Spray.
  • The oil pour into a bowl.
  • One at a time, coat and dip each chicken wing department with acrylic.
  • Sprinkle Mrs. Dash on every chicken wing segment and set on the four inch rack.
  • High power need to cook for 20 minutes.
  • Turn over the wings.
  • If 15 tails, cook for 20 minutes.

Tips and tricks for crispy chicken wings

  • Shake off any excess flour from the wing before placing it on the baking rack, and it prevents the wings from tasting bitter.
  • It is best to use a rack.
  • Don't overcrowd the frying pan. Ensure to give them enough space from each other, so each one can have air to cook well.
  • You can mix your wings with any flavor you want. Experiment with your sauce.
  • Have napkins around you to prevent everywhere from getting messy.

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wing Recipe

How To Cook Chicken Wings (FAQs)

1. How long do I leave wings in the oven?

Cooking chicken wings take about 40-45 minutes. It is ready when the color changes to a golden brown and crispy.

2. At what temperature are chicken wings done?

Chicken wings are done at 165°F. You can also insert a meat thermometer into the hardest part of the wing to be sure it is done.

3. Is the chicken wing tip eatable?

Chicken wingtips are edible except for a bone in the middle.

4. Do I use the sauce on chicken wings before or after cooking the side?

The sauce works best on a crispy wing. It means you would prepare the chicken wings before coating with sauce.

5. Can chicken wings be overcooked?

It is possible to overcook chicken wings. When the temperature is past 165°, there is a likelihood that it is overcooked.


Chicken wings are eaten in different ways. You can grill, boil, bake, or fry chicken wings. All three parts of chicken wings are edible, but they have more meat than each other. The drumette is the part with the largest meat, being the one that attaches to the chicken body.

Crispy chicken wings are the best. You can increase the way your chicken is crispy by coating in baking powder or flour before cooking.

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