The BEST ever SUPER CRISPY chicken wings cooked in the air-fryer (NO OIL!) 3 ways (Buffalo, Honey BBQ, & Garlic Parmesan) in just 30 Minutes!Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings (3 Ways!) Air Frying has made eating healthy and fast possible without compromising flavor or texture. One of my favorite things (other than fries) to make in the air fryer is chicken wings. Air frying chicken wings make the most crispy wings with NO OIL required. The only ingredients you will need are chicken wings, baking powder, and salt & pepper. You can eat the wings as is without a sauce toss them in your favorite wing sauce. Today I will be sharing 3 quick wing sauces that you can make while the wings are cooking in the air fryer. Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings (3 Ways!)To get started, cut and dry your wings (with a paper towel if needed) completely. Dry wings will yield a crispy texture. After the wings are dried. Toss them in baking powder along with a dash of salt and pepper. You can get creative here if you’d like and season the chicken with your favorite spice blend.

Next, place in the air fryer (preferably on a rack) and air fryer until crispy (refer to recipe box below for more details). Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings (3 Ways!) As you can see, the wings are SUPER crispy and mouth-watering. At this point, you can simply serve the wings as is or toss them in a wing sauce. Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings (3 Ways!)Now to the fun part, the sauces! The first is buffalo sauce, the 2nd option is a honey bbq sauce and the 3rd is a garlic parmesan coating. if making things from scratch is not your thing, simply toss the wings in a store-bought wings sauce! Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings (3 Ways!)

How to Make Super Crispy Wings in the Air Fryer

Use Baking Powder: I learned this trick years ago and it has been my favorite way to get crispy skin-on chicken wings. This Magic Ingredient raises the PH level in the chicken wings and makes them SUPER crispy. Just be sure the baking powder you are using is aluminum-free.

Pat the chicken dry: Be sure the wings are completely dried through. This will help the baking powder stick to the skin and result in a super crispy texture

No Oil Needed: This is my absolute favorite part about air frying chicken wings. That’s right, no oil needed. The oil from the chicken wings will break down and when combined with the salt and baking powder, will form a crunchy crust that is to die for.

Air-frying Method: The wings are first air-fried on medium heat to cook the interior and then the heat is turned up to 400F+ to acrisp up the skin. The result is chicken wings that are soft and tender on the inside and super crispy on the outside.

Don’t over-lap: Spread the wings out so they don’t overlap. Giving the wings enough room will allow them to cook evenly and crispy all around. Using a large air-fryer will allow you to achieve the best results in just 1 round. This is our favorite air-fryer for large batches. Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings (3 Ways!)

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Super Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings (3 Ways!)

The BEST ever SUPER CRISPY chicken wings cooked in the air-fryer (NO OIL!) 3 ways (Buffalo, Honey BBQ, & Garlic Parmesan) in just 30 Minutes!
Prep5 minutes
Cook30 minutes
Servings 4 people


Garlic Parmesan Wings

Buffalo Wings

Honey Bbq Wings


  • Remove tips of chicken wings and split at the joint. Pat the chicken wings dry with a paper towel. In a large bowl, toss chicken wings with 1 tablespoon baking powder and a dash of salt and pepper. Transfer to air-fryer basket and place in the air fryer. 
  • Cook at 375F for 25 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through cooking time. Increase the temperature to 420F or highest setting and bake for another 5 minutes or until the skin is crispy and brown.  Remove from air fryer and immediately toss in wing sauce of choice.

To Make Garlic Parmesan Wings

  • Cook garlic in butter then turn off the heat and pour it into a large mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients along with the wings to the bowl and toss.

To Make Buffalo Wings 

  • Cook butter with garlic for 2 minutes. Turn off heat and pour into a large bowl. Add hot sauce and salt. Stir in wings. 

To Make Honey bbq wings 

  • Simmer all ingredients in a small pot or pan. Transfer to a bowl and toss in wings. 




Serve with a side of blue cheese or ranch dressing and chopped celery and carrots. 
You will need a large air-fryer in order to cook wings in one batch in a single layer. This is our preferred air-fryer.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fried, air fryer, bbq, buffalo, chicken wings, crispy, healthy, parmesan
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  1. I just made the garlic parmesan wings and they were really good. I think I would just cut back on the amount of salt the next time as they were a bit too salty for me.

  2. I rarely comment on recipes, but I have to for this one. This recipe made the best wings I have ever eaten. I was concerned that using the air fryer for the whole cook time might dry them out, but just the opposite. They were crisp on the outside, and very juicy on the inside! I only cooked 6 or 7 wings, so there was no overlapping. (Just cooking for me). I followed the recipe exactly, only at the end, finished them at 400 degrees, because my fryer only goes that high. YUMMMMM. !!!!

  3. I have made these twice and they are great! Both times I used defrosted chicken wings. Could I use frozen chicken wings?

    1. I haven’t tried using frozen wings so I can’t say but please do let us know if you try it out!

  4. Our wings turned out perfectly! They were so crispy and delicious! We had to use one Tbsp. of flour because we didn’t have baking powder. It was still delicious! This will be something we will eat again!

  5. Is each sauce for 2lbs of wings or are the 3 sauces for 2lbs of wings all together?

    1. Each sauce listed is enough for about 2 lbs of wings.

    2. I had to make 6 pounds of wings, so I air fried them all in batches, but of course the first few batches cooled down. So, I finished them off in the oven at 420 for about 5 minutes. They were perfect. Anyone else come up with another way?

  6. Tried these and they were sooooo good will cook them again.

    1. So cripsy! These were so good on their own we wound up not even using any sauce

  7. Can I cook with hot sauce and or garlic sauce already on the wings

    1. I honestly have not tried cooking them with the sauce already on the wings so I can not say but I would assume the sauce will leak into the bottom of the air fryer and cause it to smoke.

  8. Hi, are these thawed before frying or frozen?
    thank you!

  9. Hi! I made these yesterday and they were fantastic! I’ve made wings before in the air fryer, but your baking powder method made these way crispier than other recipes. I’m not sure why it works, but it really does! If I was wondering how you keep yours warm and crispy while making large batches? Do you pop them in the oven while you are waiting for the other batches to cook? Thanks again for a great recipe!

    1. I would just cover them with foil or as you said, place them in the oven until the rest are ready!

  10. If you want to make several Patches how should you keep them warm without drying them out?

    1. I turn my oven on :warm” and put the first batch in an oven proof bowl and keep them warm when I’m cooking the next batch. I use Sweet Baby Rays wing sauce which I add to the wings before I put them in the oven. They come out great every time!

  11. Delicious! I added baking powder and a few other seasonings, cooked for 15 minutes, shook them and cooked for an additional 10 minutes. Turned out perfectly! Very flavorful and crunchy. I’m still amazed at how simple this was. By the way, this was my first time using my air fryer and I think I’ve fallen in love! Thanks for sharing 🥰

      1. how does that little amount of baking powder cover all the wings? Doesn’t make sense to me. Can you explain?

        1. It should be enough. Try it and let us know how it turned out! 🙂

  12. This looks great but what kind of hot sauce do I USE for the buffalo chicken? I have some old elpasso chunky salsa THAT I use for tacos. I assume that would work.

    1. You need franks hot sauce & butter. NO honey. The more butter the more mild the hot sauce.

  13. These wings are the best!! They were PERFECTLY done. I used creaMy ranch buffalo sauce.

  14. A question….why should it be alum free baking powder? Didn’t even know baking powder had aluminum, but of course what I have here at home has aluminium! -_-

    1. Aluminum had been linked to Alzheimer’s and kidney disease. Some people say you shouldn’t cook with aluminum foil anymore, but it’s all around you already, it’s actually a major active ingredient in most deodorants. It’s not gonna ruin your wings if you use it. If you have massive amounts in your body for long periods of time, you’d have higher likelihood of getting sick someday.

      1. This is not prove. Please see which flat out says – “Current research provides no convincing evidence that exposure to trace elements of aluminum is connected to the development of dementia.”

        1. Aluminum is cumulative so when you combine with deodorant, aluminum foil, vaccinations, etc. it all adds up. Of course, the Alzheimer’s site will say that aluminum does not cause dementia. I don’t trust anything they say.

  15. This recipe was PERFECT. I might add a little more baking powder for more “crust” on the wings, but tried the buffalo style and they were just perfect. My husband is from Buffalo, NY and he said that they were the closest thing to the original Anchor Bar wings he had ever had.

  16. I’m curioUs, as for the baking powder, why aluminum free?

    1. Aluminum-free baking powder will ensure here is no aftertaste from the baking powder!

      1. Layla is absolutely right! I tried this with one baking powder I didn’t know had it. They came out great, but had a metallic soda-ey aftertaste. Going to run to the store in a little while to get some aluminum-free baking powder and will try again when I get back home. Other than the aftertaste, this is the tastiest recipe I’ve tried!

        1. Makes a difference doesn’t it! Happy you enjoyed them regardless 😀