Our air fryer chicken wings recipe does not use any oil at all. We’ll be confident that you’ll be blown away at how delicious these air fried wings are! Add your favorite sauce and you’re ready to party. 

air fryer chicken wings in basket

Best Air Fried Chicken Wings Recipe

The fatty skin on the chicken wings have plenty of oil already and just enough to cook them crispy in the air fryer. The whole air frying method is amazing at how quick and easy air fried chicken wings are. It’s even easier to devour it all.

The only real effort is seasoning the chicken wings with salt and pepper. Then press a few buttons on the air fryer and within minutes you have the best chicken wings ever.

air fryer chicken wings in bowl

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How to Cook Crispy Chicken Wings in Air Fryer {No Oil}

  1. If you full wings, separate them into the drum and flat.
  2. Season wings with salt and pepper. Add wings to air fryer basket in a single layer. Then Air Fry the chicken wings.
  3. Do you need an extra coat of oil? We don’t feel that you need to but some folks like to coat their wings with a little oil for a more “crispy” texture. Try both methods and see what works best for you. But if you’re trying to cut back on calories, then you don’t really need the extra oil.
  4. First Flip : Air Fry then flip the chicken wings.
  5. Second Flip : Flip the chicken wings a second time. This ensures that the raw wings will be cooked completely.
  6. Add chicken wings to a bowl, and coat with your favorite sauce if you want. Then air fry one last time for a few minutes. Don’t air fry the sauced wings too long or else the sauce might burn.
  7. Before serving, serve the wings with the sauce to dip in or just toss the wings with a final coating of sauce.
  8. All air fried chicken wing recipe details are in the recipe box below that you can print if you want.

Extra Crispy Chicken Wings: Corn Starch Crust Method with Oil Spray

air fryer chicken wings in basket

If you want extra crispy crust, then then method might be for you. The corn starch coating cooks crispy and the crust is awesome. But it does need oil spray over the corn starch. Make sure to spray all the corn starch with oil and don’t leave any dry spots. Those dry spots will be super hard and dry, so that’s why you need the oil spray on it. More recipe details in the recipe box below.

how to make crispy wings with corn starch coating

Prep for Easy Air Fryer Chicken Wings for Game Day or Super Bowl Parties

Once you have the chicken wings made in batches, you can add whatever sauce you like. If you’re looking for a delicious and quick recipe for Game Day or Super Bowl chicken wings, this is it! Seriously, you can totally be a chicken-wings-making-machine by having all your sauces ready.

  • Prepare the wings the night ahead by cutting the wings to size.
  • Make or prepare all the sauces you want to serve them with at least a day ahead.
  • When you’re ready to serve, just season the wings, then air fry them according to the instructions below.
  • Within minutes you’ll have fresh and hot wings to enjoy. Cook in batches if needed.
  • You might need two air fryers because you probably won’t be able to keep up at a Super bowl party. Everyone will be devouring these so fast but clean up will be so easy for you. It’s a game changer!
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Air Fryer Chicken Wings

(optional) We have an extra crispy corn starch crust option for you too, but it does require oil spray.
Wing sizes vary in size and thickness, so cooking times will vary. Some brands of Air Fryers will cook slower or faster than others, adjust accordingly.
For 3-4 quart air fryers, 2 lbs. is about the max without overcrowding the air fryer. If you have a larger size of air fryer, you can cook larger batches, but don't overstuff it or else they won't cook evenly.
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  • 2 pounds (907 g) chicken wings
  • Kosher salt , or sea salt, to taste
  • black pepper , to taste
  • garlic powder , optional

Optional – For Extra Crispy Corn Starch Crust

  • 1/4 cup (30 g) corn starch , or as needed
  • oil spray , as needed



  • If you have whole wings, separate them into the drum and flat. If needed, pat dry the chicken wings. Season with salt, pepper, and optional garlic powder.
    Raw chicken wings with salt and pepper
  • For oil-free version, place in even layer in air fryer basket/tray. Follow air fry instructions below. For Extra Crispy Crust, follow optional steps for corn starch crust.
    Raw chicken wings in air fryer basket

For Extra Crispy Corn Starch Crust

  • Add seasoning to the wings then lay them in single layer on a plate or cutting board. Sprinkle cornstarch over the wings on both sides.
    Raw chicken wings tossed with cornstarch
  • Liberally spray wings evenly with oil spray so that all the cornstarch is coated in oil. There should be no dry white clumps of cornstarch or else they will cook hard and dry.
    Spraying chicken wings with oil
  • Place the coated wings in your air fryer basket or tray/rack.
    Cornstarched chicken wings in air fryer basket

Air Fry

  • Air Fry wings at 400°F/205°C for 20 minutes minutes or until cripsy-looking and nearly cooked through.
    Nearly cooked through chicken wings in air fryer
  • Flip the wings and Air Fry at 400°F/205°C for additional 5-10 minutes or until wings are fully cooked and crispy.
    Turning the chicken wings with tongs
  • If desired, sprinkle with salt & pepper or toss /serve with your favorite sauce. Serve warm. For a more caramelized sauce, see next optional step.
    Fully cooked chicken wings in air fryer
  • Optional: If using a sauce, toss with enough sauce to coat the wings, then Air Fry at 400°F/205°C for another 2-3 minutes for caramelize the sauce onto the wings. Serve warm.
    Sauced chicken wings in a bowl


  • No Oil Necessary. The wings have enough fat in the skin to crisp up nicely on their own.
  • Shake several times for even cooking.
  • Don’t overcrowd fryer basket.
  • If using a sauce, it is added in just at the end, otherwise it often burns before the chicken wings are cooked.
  • Recipes were cooked in 3-4 qt air fryers. If using a larger air fryer, the recipe might cook quicker so adjust cooking time. 
  • If cooking in multiple batches, the first batch will take longer to cook if Air Fryer is not already pre-heated.
  • Remember to set a timer to shake/flip/toss the food as directed in recipe.

If your air fryer is preheated or if you are cooking multiple batches, you may need to reduce timing by a few minutes (unless preheating is called for in the recipe).


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 271kcal, Protein: 22g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 94mg, Sodium: 89mg, Potassium: 191mg, Vitamin A: 180IU, Vitamin C: 0.8mg, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 1.2mg

Why Did the Chicken Wings Burn and are still Raw?

It’s perhaps because your air fryer temperature was too hot. Some air fryers are smaller and the heating element is closer to the food, so it’s easy for the wings to burn and still be raw inside. Or maybe you just added too many wings in the air fryer basket. Solution for this is the next time you air fry chicken wings, reduce the heat and turn the wings 3 times. This will help the wings cook evenly without being exposed too long on one side and burn.

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