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Ready for the crispiest chicken wings of your life?! Gluten-free Air Fryer Chicken Wings are crisped in the air fryer with just a drizzle of oil and pinch of seasonings. Get your dipping sauces ready!

Plate of Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Smell ya later, January – woof, this month kicked our butts! The only thing higher then the number of doctor visits we made was the amount of sick, snow, and cold days Lincoln had off from school. Things can only go up from here, right? RIGHT?!

They certainly are in the food department because we’re talking Air Fryer Chicken Wings today, baby! Aka the crispiest, juiciest, most irresistable Super Bowl snack you can possibly get your hands on (besides the 10 other gluten-free game-day recipes I’m sharing below, of course.)

Let it be known that I’ve never been a fan of chicken wings. It pretty much boils down to not wanting to get my hands dirty when I eat. #cleanfreak My brothers used to go to quarter wing night at the local wing joint every week in high school and come home like, $12 poorer (you do the math – spoiler alert: it’s a $h!t load of wings) but the appeal had always been lost on me until Ben started “frying” these babies up in our Air Fryer last month. One bite and I was HOOKED. That said…

Air Fryer Chicken Wings dipped in ranch sauce

Friends, meet my Air Fryer. Air Fryer, meet my friends! This bad boy is a 3.5 quart capacity Philips XL Air Fryer. If you’re not familiar, an Air Fryer heats up extremely quickly, cooks frozen foods in half the time as an oven, and “fries” foods with little to no oil. We’ve had ours for almost a year and a half and use it multi times a week – truly more then I ever thought we would (which was NEVER.) I cook all the boys’ chicken nugget-type foods in here, make homemade fries at least twice a week and, ok, Ben’s and my guilty pleasure too – tater tots. Ugh, they’re so good.

Anyway, the Air Fryer also makes KILLLLLLLERRRRRR chicken wings! I thought Ben had lost his damn mind when he randomly bought then tossed a couple chicken wings in the Air Fryer basket last month but quickly changed my mind when I had a bite. Like I said, impossibly crispy, juicy, and no deep fat frying required – nor do you need to toss the wings in baking soda or cornstarch or whatever you supposedly have to do when making baked wings. All ya’ need is trimmed chicken wings (more on that below,) a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of salt, and lemon pepper seasoning. Yes! Oddly enough, our favorite Air Fryer chicken wings are seasoned simply with lemon pepper seasoning. We’ve tried a few different rubs but like lemon pepper the best. The wings don’t taste lemony, or peppery for that matter, just well seasoned.

Of course you can toss your freshly “fried” chicken wings in buffalo sauce or serve with your favorite dipping sauce – Thai sweet chili sauce, BBQ sauce, and ranch are all great – but honestly I like them best plain. They really are that good (and it keeps your fingers clean too.) ;)

Now, get your Air Fryer fired up because these wings are going to FLY (see what I did there) off the platter on game day!

Start with 2lbs trimmed chicken wings. I didn’t learn this until making these wings myself but you can buy chicken wings whole and break them down yourself OR you can buy them already broken down into drumettes and wingettes, which is what we want for this recipe. It costs a little more to buy the wings broken down but I’m willing to pay a slight premium for this. If you want to save a buck or two, here’s a great tutorial for breaking down whole chicken wings.

If you want to buy broken down wings at the store like me, look for the words “wingettes” and “drumettes” or “drummies” on the package instead of just “chicken wings”.

Chicken wing anatomy class dismissed.

Add the chicken wings to a gallon-sized Ziplock bag or a large bowl then add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil – maybe a scant Tablespoon or so – plus a pinch of salt, and 2 scant Tablespoons lemon pepper seasoning. I prefer Tone’s Lemon Pepper Seasoning Blend.

Seal the bag keeping the air trapped inside then shake to coat, or stir to coat if you’re using a bowl. You can now either use the wings right away, or press the air out of the bag and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

When it’s time to cook, preheat your Air Fryer to 360 degrees then add the chicken wings to the basket (NOTE: the batch in the photos was 1-1/3lb, so the full 2lbs will overlap each other slightly – that’s ok.) Cook for 18 minutes, shaking the basket 3 times, then turn the heat up to 390 degrees and cook for another 6 minutes, shaking the basket every 2 minutes, or until the wings are brown and crisp.

TIP: chicken wings can come in various sizes! If your 2lbs of chicken wings contain under 20 wings (directions here are for 24 wings,) you might need to increase cooking time at 360 degrees to render the fat and cook the wings all the way through.

Toss the wings with your favorite sauce or pour onto a platter with dipping sauces and get to WORK! No matter what team you’re cheering for, everyone will root for more Air Fryer Chicken Wings – enjoy!

Air Fryer Chicken Wings dipped in BBQ sauce

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Description

Ready for the crispiest chicken wings of your life?! Gluten-free Air Fryer Chicken Wings are crisped in the air fryer with just a drizzle of oil and pinch of seasonings. Get your dipping sauces ready!

Ingredients

makes approx 24 wings

  • 2lbs trimmed chicken wings (called wingettes and drummies or drummettes)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • big pinch salt
  • 2 scant Tablespoons Lemon Pepper Seasoning
  • Recommended Dipping/Tossing Sauces:
    • Ranch
    • Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
    • Buffalo Wing Sauce
    • BBQ Sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat Air Fryer to 360 degrees. Add trimmed chicken wings to a gallon-size Ziplock bag or large bowl then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil - maybe a Tablespoon or so. Add salt plus lemon pepper seasoning then seal the bag, keeping the air inside, and shake or stir to evenly coat.
  2. Pour wings into preheated Air Fryer basket then shake to evenly arrange - some chicken wings will be stacked on top of each other and that’s ok. Cook for 18 minutes, shaking the basket vigorously every 6 minutes, or until the chicken wings are golden brown. Turn heat up to 390 degrees then cook for another 5-6 minutes, shaking the basket every 2 minutes, until wings are brown and crispy. Serve or toss with sauces.

Notes

  • This is the Air Fryer I have >
  • If you have an Air Fryer that is smaller then 3.5 quarts, decrease the amount of chicken wings you cook at one time, and/or adjust cooking times.
  • Cchicken wings can come in various sizes! If your 2lbs of chicken wings contain less then 17 or 18 wings (directions here are for 24 wings,) you might need to increase cooking time at 360 degrees to render the fat and cook the wings all the way through.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

Photo collage of Air Fryer Chicken Wings

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