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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings are a quick, delicious way to enjoy a favorite appetizer or main dish without the hassle of deep frying. Utilizing an air fryer not only makes the cooking process cleaner and quicker, but it also results in wings that are just as crispy and flavorful as their traditionally fried counterparts. The secret to these wings’ success is a combination of bacon fat and a flavorful chicken rub, which together create a taste that’s hard to resist. Perfect for game day, a casual dinner, or any occasion that calls for a killer snack, these chicken wings are sure to become a staple in your house.

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings stand out for their simplicity and the innovative use of bacon fat, which imparts an additional layer of flavor that is both unique and irresistible. Cooking in an air fryer not only reduces the need for excessive oil but also ensures a perfectly crispy texture. The use of a chicken rub brings out the wings’ natural flavors, complementing the richness of the bacon fat.

This method offers a healthier alternative to traditional frying without sacrificing taste or texture. Whether you’re a seasoned air fryer enthusiast or new to the trend, these chicken wings prove you can enjoy your favorite dishes in a lighter, just-as-delicious form.

Why you’ll love this dish…

  • Healthier Option: Enjoy the crispy texture of fried chicken wings without the deep-fried guilt.
  • Flavorful: The combination of bacon fat and chicken rub guarantees a burst of flavor in every bite.
  • Convenience: Quick and easy to prepare, perfect for busy weeknights or impromptu gatherings.
  • Versatility: Easy to customize with your favorite wing sauce.

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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Chicken Wings
  • Bacon Fat
  • Chicken Rub

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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

How to make Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer

Wondering what you’re getting yourself into when you make this dish? Here’s a quick overview of the process! Make sure you follow the instructions at the recipe card at the bottom of the post while you’re cooking.

  • Preparation:
    Melt the bacon fat gently and toss the chicken wings to coat evenly.
  • Seasoning:
    Liberally apply the chicken rub on all sides of the wings.
  • Cooking:
    Arrange the wings in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook at 400°F for 10 minutes, then flip and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  • Finishing Touches:
    After cooking to desired crispness, toss the wings in your favorite wing sauce for extra flavor.
  • Serving:
    Serve hot for the best taste and texture experience.

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Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer FAQ

How do I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can I reheat them?

Yes, reheat in the air fryer at 350°F for 5-6 minutes for best results.

Can I prepare these in advance?

Yes, you can season the wings in advance, but for best results, cook them just before serving.

Any variations or substitutions?

Substitute bacon fat with olive oil for a lighter version. The chicken rub can also be customized for your taste preferences.

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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Our incredibly easy and flavorful chicken wings are cooked right in the air fryer! So simple to make, and these wings are delicious!
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Course: air fryer, Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Author: Nicole Johnson



  • Carefully melt the bacon fat and toss the uncooked chicken wings in the fat.
  • Sprinkle with the chicken rub on both sides and place into the air fryer in a single layer. You will likely have to work in batches, depending on the size on the air fryer.
  • Cook on 400°F for 10 minutes. Flip the wings over and cook for another 10-15 minutes, or until the skin reaches your desired level of crispness.
  • Remove and toss with your favorite wing sauce.

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Calories: 760kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 48gFat: 55gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 202mgSodium: 208mgPotassium: 584mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1138IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 324mgIron: 13mg
Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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