Basic Crispy Air Fried Wings

These crispy air fried wings are one of my husband Trey’s go-to dinner recipes. He’s been more in charge of making dinner these last few months as I’ve been more focused on nursing our son, which takes up a shocking amount of the day and night, especially at first.

(Not complaining—just a first-time mom figuring the basics out, ha.) Since Trey has been cooking our dinners more often, I’ve had these wings many times and I must admit I didn’t think I was a wing person before, but now I am borderline obsessed!

When I’ve had other wings, I often thought they were kind of chewy, or too greasy. I LOVE air fried wings because they are still super crispy, but more of the fat cooks off without adding oil from frying or even baking.

We make these so often we upgraded our single air fryer to a double air fryer so we could make around 2 lbs. (around 18 wings) at once.

You’ll see in the recipe card below that these are truly very basic. It’s an incredibly simple recipe for how good they are! I’ve also added notes on a small change you may want to make if you have a single bay air fryer vs. a double like ours.

And in case you’re curious, from 2 lbs. of wings, the air fryer cooked off about 20 grams of fat. I measured the excess from the batch I made to photograph here.

I love these because they are crispy and super flavorful, but I thought that was pretty incredible too. Hooray for air fryers! Ha.

You can use any hot sauce for tossing these, but we use Frank’s Wing Sauce most often. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Looking for more things to air fry? Check out these recipes:

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
Air Fried Salmon
Air Fried Seasoned French Fries
Air Fried Pickles

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5 from 2 votes

Crispy Basic Air Fried Wings

a simple and crispy air fried chicken wing recipe
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fry, chicken wings, wings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Servings 18 wings
Author Emma Chapman


  • 2 pounds chicken wings around 18 wings
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose seasoning such as Cavender's
  • ¼ cup wing sauce such as Frank's


  • If the wings have been frozen, thaw. We usually buy wings that are not frozen. If the wings seem excessively wet (more likely if they were frozen), pat dry with paper towels or a clean kitchen cloth.
  • Season the wings with an all-purpose seasoning, or salt and pepper.
  • Place the wings in the air fryer bays in one layer. It's OK if the wings touch some, but try not to overlap them.
  • Air fry at 400°F for 28 minutes.
  • If any of the wings have stuck together, gently pull them apart and add all the wings to a mixing bowl (I use tongs to remove from the hot air fryer). Toss in the wing sauce until well coated.


If you are air frying in two batches with a single bay air fryer, then fry at 390°F for 24 minutes.
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman
  • First time trying this recipe but I’m a little confused. After tossing them in the sauce do they go back in the air fryer or are they ready to plate? Sorry just worried I was missing a step. Can’t wait to try these.

  • These sound delicious! Do you know if they would work in the toaster oven/air fryer combo rather than a traditional air fryer?

    • 5 stars
      If it has an air fry option / setting I think it should work pretty much the same.

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