Air Fryer Breaded Chicken Wings Recipe 

 Last Update March 6, 2024

By Jenny Zhang

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You will love my air fryer breaded chicken wing recipe if you want a healthier twist to golden crispy chicken wings. There is something about the crunchy, crispy breaded chicken wing that is so satisfying and makes it so irresistible.

Air fryers have become incredibly popular due to their ability to produce delicious, crispy food with minimal use of oil and fat. Choosing an air fryer allows you to indulge in delightful meals that are lower in calories and contain less fat than traditional deep-fried dishes. Prepare a batch of delectably crisp breaded chicken wings using an air fryer, and relish their delightful taste while embracing a healthier alternative.

Indulge in the ultimate snack and appetizer experience with these delectable golden crispy breaded chicken wings cooked to perfection in an air fryer. With this air fryer wings recipe, you can savor the irresistible combination of a tantalizingly crispy exterior and a tender, juicy interior in just 30 minutes,

The best part? These air fryer breaded wings are so incredibly delicious that you won't even realize they were made in an air fryer. Plus, preparing them is a breeze, as you only require a few simple ingredients. Get ready to enjoy an effortless and mouth watering treat! This air fryer chicken wings may just be one of your new favorite air fryer recipes.

Air Fryer Breaded Chicken Wings Recipe

Prep Time
10 minutes

Cook Time
20 minutes

Rest Time
0 minutes

Total Time
30 minutes

  • Cooking Method: Air-Frying
  • Cuisine: American
  • Servings: 2
  • Calories: 290
  • Courses: Appetizer, Main Course
  • Best Season: Any


  • 1 Pound of Chicken Wings
  • 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Panko
  • 2 Medium Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Himalayan Salt


1. Prepare two medium-sized bowls—one will be for the dry mixture and the other for the wet mixture.

2. Pat chicken wings with a paper towel to ensure it is dry.

3. In the wet mixture bowl, crack and beat the eggs.

4. Combine the remaining ingredients (except for the chicken wings), in a separate bowl for the dry mixture. Make sure they are well-mixed for consistent taste.

5. Place chicken wings first into the dry mixture, then into the wet mixture, and finally back into the dry mix again. Ensure even coating and shake off any excess flour. Place the coated wing in the air fryer basket.

6. Repeat the process until the air fryer basket is filled, making sure not to stack the wings and leave a gap in between each one.

7. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for a few minutes.

8. Air fry at 400°F (200°C) for approximately 20-25 minutes or until the chicken wings reach your desired golden crispiness. The total time to cook the wing will depend on the size of your chicken wings. At the 15-minute mark, flip the wings over or shake the air fryer basket to ensure even air frying and prevent sticking.

9. Once the chicken wings are cooked in the air fryer, carefully remove them from the appliance. Serve the delicious air-fried chicken wings alongside your preferred dipping sauce for a flavorful and satisfying meal.

Note: If you only have frozen chicken wings or half-thaw chicken wings, read below on how to thaw them faster and make this recipe.

air fryer chicken wings with honey mustard

Once you are done, don't forget to clean the air fryer, as this recipe can leave some mess behind.

Tips For Making Crispy Air Fryer Breaded Chicken Wings

#1 Must Pat Your Chicken Wings Dry

Patting your chicken wings dry before air frying is an essential step for several reasons.

Moisture on the surface of the chicken wings can hinder the development of a crispy crust. By patting them dry, you remove excess moisture, allowing the breading to adhere better and ensuring a crispier texture.

In addition, moisture on the chicken's surface can also interfere with browning. When the wings are dry, they can achieve a beautiful golden color during the process, enhancing their visual appeal.

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts

Servings: 2



% Daily Value*

Total Fat 8.9g


Saturated Fat 2.5g


Cholesterol 175mg


Sodium 241mg


Total Carbohydrate 38g


Dietary Fiber 2.3g


Total Sugars 1.7g

Protein 14g

Vitamin D 15mcg


Calcium 66mg


Iron 3mg


Potassium 201mg


*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

#2 Coat Your Chicken Wings Evenly

To make crispy air fry wings, ensure each chicken wing is coated evenly with egg and flour mixture. If you don't coat evenly, the area that is not coated won't be crispy.

To ensure the air fryer chicken wings get an even coating, shake off any excess dry mixture by shaking lightly or tapping it against the side of the bowl. This step helps prevent clumps and promotes even cooking.

#3 Use Fresh Or Thaw Chicken Wings

For achieving optimal crispiness, I would advise against directly air-frying frozen chicken wings. Instead, I recommend thawing the wings, gently patting them dry, and finally, air frying them.

#4 Make sure your air fryer is clean

Before preparing chicken wings in your air fryer, it is important to clean the appliance thoroughly. If you have previously used the air fryer for another dish, residual flavors may affect the taste of the air fryer wings. Additionally, it is advisable to clean the air fryer after cooking the wings, as they tend to leave behind some debris and grease.

#5 Use Oil Spray For Extra Crispiness

If you are looking for extra crispy chicken wings, lightly spray your breaded chicken wings with olive oil or avocado oil.

How to store leftover air fryer chicken wings and reheat

To store leftover air fryer chicken wings, follow these steps:

  1. After cooking the air fryer chicken wings, it is important to allow them to cool down to room temperature before proceeding to store them. This helps prevent condensation and helps maintain their texture and quality during storage.

  2. Place the leftover air fryer chicken wings in an airtight container or wrap them tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Ensure the container or wrapping is completely sealed to maintain freshness and prevent odors from permeating.

  3. Label the container with the date to keep track of the storage time

  4. Place the container with the air fryer chicken wings in the refrigerator for safe storage. The wings can be kept refrigerated for approximately 3-4 days. 

  5. You can place the crispy chicken wings in the freezer if you want to store them longer. Transfer the cooled wings to a freezer-safe container or airtight freezer bags, remove any excess air, and seal tightly. The chicken wings can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.

  6. When you're ready to relish the leftover chicken wings, if they are frozen, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight. This gradual thawing process ensures that the wings thaw evenly and remain safe to consume. Reheating in the air fryer or oven at a moderate temperature until heated through will help restore their crispiness.

How To Make Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings

While you can make air fryer chicken wings from frozen chicken wings, it works better with dry rubs than breaded chicken wings.

Frozen chicken wings often contain excessive water content, and when air frying, this excess water can accumulate at the bottom of the fryer basket, leading to undesired steam production. This can negatively impact the crispiness, particularly when dealing with flour-coated wings.

Furthermore, using frozen wings poses a risk of uneven cooking, potentially resulting in undercooked or overcooked wings.

Additional steps are involved if you are determined to prepare air fryer frozen chicken wings. Begin by placing the frozen chicken wings into the air fryer basket and air frying them at 350F for approximately 10 minutes to defrost.

After cooking the chicken wings in the air fryer, carefully remove them from the appliance and transfer them to a plate. It is important to let the wings cool down for a few minutes before serving. Once cooled, pat them dry. From this point, you can proceed with the instructions provided above.

Before following the instructions above, it is crucial to check the bottom of your air fryer basket for any excess water accumulation. If you notice any excess water, carefully remove it before proceeding with the cooking process.

It's important to note that to cook frozen chicken wings, it takes a slightly longer cooking time compared to thawed chicken wings.

How To Thaw Chicken Wings Fast

For achieving the utmost crispiness in your air fryer chicken wings, I highly recommend thawing your frozen wings overnight by placing them in the refrigerator. However, if you find yourself short on time or decide to make chicken wings spontaneously, and you only have frozen wings at hand, here are a few options you can try to thaw them more quickly:

Thaw in cold water

To expedite the thawing process for your frozen chicken wings, place them inside a zip lock bag and submerge the bag in a large bowl filled with cold or room temperature water. Utilize a weight or heavy object to keep the bag submerged. Changing the water every 30 minutes and occasionally flipping the bag to ensure even thawing may be necessary.

Tip: Avoid using warm water for thawing your chicken wings, as it may result in premature cooking and potentially leaching chemicals from the plastic bag into the chicken. Additionally, refrain from placing the frozen chicken wings directly into the water, as moisture is best minimized for achieving crispy wings.

Thaw in a microwave

If you're looking for the quickest thawing method for your frozen chicken wings, utilizing the defrost setting on your microwave is recommended.

Tip: if you use this method, you will need to cook your chicken wings right away, or else they are at a higher chance of being spoiled.

Thaw in an air fryer

To begin, put your frozen chicken wings directly into the air fryer. Set the temperature to 350°F (175°C) and air fry them for approximately 10 minutes or until they visibly thaw. Once they have thawed, you can prepare them according to your preferred method or recipe.

Tip: During the defrosting process in an air fryer, it is common to observe water accumulating on the bottom of the basket tray as the ice crystals from the frozen chicken wings melt. Before proceeding with cooking the chicken, it is essential to drain the water from the basket to prevent excessive moisture and ensure optimal results.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How long do I cook breaded chicken wings in an air fryer?

The cooking times for chicken wings in an air fryer can vary depending on factors such as the size, thickness, and specific model of the air fryer. As a general guideline, it typically takes around 20-25 minutes at 400°F (200°C) for breaded chicken wings to cook in an air fryer. However, it's essential to check for doneness by ensuring the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C), and the wings are crispy and golden brown.

Can I use frozen breaded chicken wings in an air fryer?

Yes, you can use frozen breaded chicken wings in an air fryer. It's recommended to follow the cooking instructions provided on the packaging of the frozen wings, as they may require specific time and temperature settings. In general, cooking frozen breaded chicken wings in an air fryer may take slightly longer than fresh ones.

Do I need to preheat my air fryer before cooking breaded chicken wings?

Preheating the air fryer is often recommended to achieve even cooking and optimal results. However, if your specific air fryer model doesn't require preheating or doesn't have a preheat option, you can still cook the breaded chicken wings without preheating, but the cooking time may need to be adjusted slightly.

How do I prevent the breading from sticking to the air fryer basket?

To prevent the breading from sticking to the air fryer basket, consider using these tips:

  • Lightly coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray or a thin layer of oil before placing the breaded chicken wings on it.

  • Use parchment paper or aluminum foil to line the air fryer basket, leaving space for proper airflow.

  • To ensure even browning and prevent sticking, it is recommended to flip the chicken wings halfway through the cooking process in the air fryer. This simple step helps to ensure that both sides of the wings are evenly cooked and results in a more balanced and crispy outcome.

Can I use different types of breading or coatings for air fryer chicken wings?

Absolutely! You can experiment with various types of breading or coatings for your air fryer chicken wings. Traditional bread crumbs, panko breadcrumbs, crushed cornflakes, or even a mixture of spices and crushed potato chips can be used to create different textures and flavors.

Can I stack the chicken wings in the air fryer, or should I cook them in a single layer?

For the crispiest results with this recipe, it is not recommended to stack the breaded wings in the air fryer. Stacking can cause the coating to expand and stick together, compromising the texture. Additionally, the airflow in the air fryer is optimized for single-layer cooking. By arranging the breaded chicken wings in a single layer with some space in between, you allow for even airflow and better overall crispiness.

Are Air Fryer Breaded Chicken Wings Healthy

When comparing crispy breaded chicken wings, it is worth noting that air fryer breaded chicken wings are generally considered healthier than their deep-fried counterparts. Air frying requires minimal or no oil, resulting in lower fat content and fewer calories compared to deep-fried wings.

However, it's essential to be mindful that chicken wings contain skin and fat despite being a good protein source. These components, particularly the skin, can contribute to higher calorie and fat content. If health is a concern, removing the skin before breading and cooking the wings is advisable, and this can help reduce the overall fat content and improve the nutritional profile.

Ultimately, while air fryer breaded chicken wings offer a healthier alternative to deep-fried wings, moderation, and mindful consumption are key for maintaining a balanced and nutritious diet. Pairing the wings with healthier side dishes and incorporating various nutrient-dense foods can help create a well-rounded meal.

air fryer breaded chicken wings

Jenny passionately advocates a holistic and natural approach to health and well-being. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and years of working in food sciences, specializing in organic & natural products. She is committed to helping others embrace a balanced, natural lifestyle that fosters well-being. Jenny believes that a harmonious balance between nutrition, fitness, and mindfulness is the key to unlocking the full potential of one’s well-being.