These garlic parmesan chicken wings are made perfectly crispy in the air fryer in no time at all! Serve these as an appetizer or game day snack.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings
Chicken wings in the air fryer give you everything you love about fried wings — the crispiness, and juicy flavor — but without the fried oil smell!
These air fryer garlic parmesan chicken wings are super easy to make, and sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Air Fryer Wings Are The Best
You’ll love these air fryer garlic parmesan wings because:
- They’re CHEESY
- Crispy without deep frying
- 7 simple ingredients
- Ready in under 20 minutes!
Ingredients — What You Need
You’re only 7 ingredients away from these delicious garlic parmesan wings. You’ll need:
- 1-lb. chicken wing portions (with the flats and drummettes separated)
- All-purpose flour
- Melted butter
- Olive oil
- Garlic cloves
- Red pepper flakes (optional if you like a little spice!)
- Grated parmesan cheese
How to Make Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Wings
These air fryer garlic parmesan wings are super simple to make! And you can easily double or triple the recipe if you’re serving a larger group. Let’s do this thing:
Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil spray, and set it aside.
Pat your chicken wings dry with a paper towel, and then place them in a large bowl. Add the flour and toss to combine — this will be your light breading.
Air Fry Wings
Add the wings to the air fryer (in a single layer!) and spray them lightly with olive oil cooking spray.
Cook at 400ºF for 8 minutes.
Then, flip the wings over, spray the second side with olive oil cooking spray and cook for an additional 7 minutes.
Toss in Sauce
In a large bowl, whisk together:
- melted butter
- olive oil
- garlic cloves
- red pepper flakes
Add the chicken wings and toss to combine yum yum.
Air Fry One Last Time
Place the chicken wings back in the air fryer, and cook for an additional 2 minutes. This will crisp them PERFECTLY!
Sprinkle with Grated Parmesan
Drizzle any additional sauce over the wings, and then sprinkle with grated parmesan.
Enjoy these wings as an appetizer or savory snack! We even have some dipping suggestions below 😀
Store any leftover wings in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to three days.
Air Fryer Tips & Tricks
Cook in Batches: whatever you do, cook your wings in batches. To get the best crispy wing, you want to make sure your wings are not touching.
Season After Air Frying: seasoning after air frying definitely works best. It also prevents all of your seasonings and cheese from getting burnt in the air fryer while the wings are cooking.
Fresh vs. Frozen Wings?
Are fresh or frozen chicken wings best for this recipe? There are lots of options out there when it comes to chicken wings, and we have some good and bad news for you:
Good news: You can buy either frozen or fresh chicken wings at the grocery store and either will work. Actually, we recommend buying them frozen because you’re more likely to find a drummies + wings combo frozen than fresh!
The other nice thing about buying them frozen is you’re more likely to be able to find the drummies and wings already separated instead of having to do it yourself, which is quite messy. We know this from experience ;D
Bad news: if you buy frozen wings, we recommend thawing them before cooking them in the air fryer. No worries, all you have to do is let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight and you’re ready to go!
The reason we recommend thawing before cooking in the air fryer is because it significantly cuts down on the cook time. Frozen chicken wings would take 30+ minutes to cook in the air fryer, and would require you to flip them every 5 minutes or so.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings FAQs
A few common Qs to tackle when it comes to these air fryer garlic parmesan chicken wings. But don’t you worry your cheesy little heart, we’ll answer everything right here:
Can I Bake These Wings?
While this chicken wings recipe is specific to the air fryer, we do have a delicious parmesan garlic chicken nugget recipe that can be either baked in the oven or pan-fried on the stovetop.
HOW DO I KEEP CHICKEN WINGS WARM AND CRISPY?
When your wings are done in the air fryer, feel free to keep them in the oven on low heat until you are ready to serve them. If you want them to crisp up a bit more when you’re ready to serve, try broiling them for 1-2 minutes!
HOW DO I REHEAT CHICKEN WINGS?
To reheat these wings, place them in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes at 400°F. Or bake them at 325ºF for 15-20 minutes. If you would like to crisp them up a bit more, broil them for 2-3 minutes after you warm them up!
Storage: Let your chicken wings cool completely. Then, store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
WHAT IS THE BEST DIP FOR CHICKEN WINGS?
A classic blue cheese or ranch dipping sauce is delicious with these wings, but if you prefer another wing ding dip, here are some great options from our sister site, Fit Foodie Finds:
Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Wings Recipe
- Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil spray and set it aside.
- Pat the wings dry with a paper towel and then place them in a large bowl. Add the flour and toss to combine.
- Add the wings to the air fryer (in a single layer) and spray them lightly with olive oil cooking spray.
- Cook at 400ºF for 8 minutes.
- Then, flip the wings over, spray the second side with olive oil cooking spray and cook for an additional 7 minutes.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, olive oil, garlic cloves, and red pepper flakes. Add the chicken wings and toss to combine.
- Place the chicken wings back in the air fryer and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
- Drizzle any additional sauce over the wings and sprinkle with grated parmesan.
- Store any leftover wings in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.