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Best Air Fryer Chicken Wings (Gluten-Free)

by Capri Lilly
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Air Fryer Chicken Wings are a healthier alternative to fried chicken and made without oil, but still have that same delicious crispiness you crave. These crispy air fried chicken wings are easy enough for a weekday meal but fancy enough to serve when hosting. Below are instructions for making chicken wings in the air fryer and an option to bake them if you prefer. Whichever you decide, these chicken wings are the perfect appetizer, side dish, or entree! (This recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free!)

If you’re looking for more air fryer chicken wing recipes, then you have to try our Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Wings, Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings, and Air Fryer Fried Chicken Wings next!

overhead view of a platter of wings with ranch dip

The air fryer has become my favorite way to make chicken wings because it makes the crispiest wings in the shortest amount of time. It takes the guesswork out of what’s for dinner. The only thing left to figure out is if you’re team drumsticks or flats!

a hand holding a chicken drum over a platter of wings and ranch dip

These are the Best Air Fryer Chicken Wings! They’re:

  • Super Easy: Easier than oven-baked chicken wings; made in half the time so you can spend more time eating and less time preparing the meal.
  • A Healthier Option: A great alternative to fried chicken wings, this recipe is made with no flour, oil, or deep frying!
  • Gluten-Free: Make crispy gluten-free chicken wings that do not require any breading or flour, but are still super crispy and delicious!
  • Great for Gatherings: Chicken wings are always a hit for parties, game days, and other social gatherings. Everyone will enjoy them!
close up view of wings

Ingredients

  • Chicken wings: I use drums and flats. Be sure to defrost frozen chicken wings before air frying.
  • Seasonings: I use a delicious combination of Herbs de Provence, smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and poultry seasoning (optional) to make the perfect dry rub mixture. Don’t skip the spices. They are the key to making the best chicken wings.
  • Baking powder (aluminum-free): Skip the oil and opt for baking powder instead. The baking powder helps absorb any moisture and ensures the skin of the chicken gets extra crispy. Add the baking powder when adding the seasonings.
a bowl of wings beside a small bowl full of seasonings

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Start by cleaning the chicken and patting it dry with a paper towel. Preheat the air fryer to 380°F for 3-5 minutes. Then toss the wings in seasoning and baking powder. Cook at 380°F for 10 minutes then flip and cook for an additional 7 – 10 minutes.

I’ve made these wings in an Instant Vortex Air Fryer and a Yedi 7 QT air fryer. Keep in mind that cooking time varies depending on the type of air fryer you use. Adjust time accordingly and be sure to use an instant thermometer to check the doneness. Chicken is fully cooked at 165°F.

a four step visual of how to cook chicken wings in the air fryer

How to Make Crispy Oven-Baked Wings

If you do not have an air fryer, you can certainly make crispy wings in the oven! Preheat the oven to 400°F. While the oven warms up, coat the wings with seasoning and baking powder. Bake them for 45 minutes to 1 hour, flipping halfway through. Use an instant thermometer to determine doneness, it should read 165°F when fully cooked. Enjoy!

seasoned flats and drums on an oven tray
baked wings fully cooked

The Best Sauce for Air Fried Chicken Wings

Once the wings have been cooked to crisp, golden brown perfection, you can enjoy them as is. While ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing, and hot sauce are great, nothing elevates wings like an easy homemade sauce recipe. 

Luckily, I have an assortment to choose from! Just toss the cooked wings in a large bowl with the sauce of your choice.

hot honey being poured over wings

Tips to make the best chicken wings:

  • Remember to pat the wings dry before cooking them. This removes excess moisture and results in crispy chicken wings.
  • Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket. There should be room between the wings so the air can circulate properly. Place the wings in a single layer. You may need to cook the wings in batches.
  • Reheat leftovers in the air fryer so they’re just as crispy as when you first cooked them.

What to Serve with Air Fried Chicken Wings

a platter of air fried chicken wings with a side of ranch dip and hot honey

I Hope You Enjoy This Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe!

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a platter of air fried chicken wings with a side of ranch

Best Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Chicken Wings are a healthier alternative to fried chicken, but still have that same delicious crispiness you crave. These gluten-free chicken wings are easy enough for a weekday meal but fancy enough for company. Make it in your air fryer or oven, either way, chicken wings are the perfect appetizer, side dish or entree!
5 from 43 votes
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 294kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Chicken wings (drums and flats) defrosted if frozen
  • 2 tsp Herbs de Provence (or Italian Seasoning)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Chili powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Poultry seasoning optional
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper or to taste
  • 2 tsp Baking powder, optional aluminum-free
  • Cooking Spray

Instructions

  • Clean and pat dry your chicken wings with a paper towel. Add the chicken to a large bowl with the seasonings and baking powder. Make sure all the wings are coated in the seasoning.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 380°F for 3 minutes.
  • Lightly spray the air fryer basket with oil. Place the chicken in a single layer into the air fryer basket. Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket or place chicken on top of each other.
  • Cook at 380°F for 10 minutes. Then, flip the chicken and cook for another 7-10 minutes, until no longer pink and an instant thermometer reads 165°F. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to work in batches so that the wings are not overcrowded.
  • Transfer the chicken wings to a plate and serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!

How To Make Crispy Oven Baked Wings

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Season the wings with the seasonings and baking powder.
  • Place the seasoned wings on an oven-safe wire rack in a single layer. Bake for 45-1 hour, flipping every 20 minutes. The total cook time will depend on the size of the wings but may take up to 1 hour. Use an instant thermometer to determine doneness, it should read 165°F when fully cooked.

Notes

Want To Toss Your Wings In Sauce? Check out our BBQ Air Fryer Wings Recipe or Air Fryer Buffalo Wings Recipe.
 
**Please Note: I’ve made these wings in an Instant Vortex Air Fryer and a Yedi 7 QT air fryer. Cooking Time may vary based on the type of air fryer you use. Adjust time accordingly and be sure to use an instant thermometer to check the doneness. Chicken is fully cooked at 165°F.
 
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Nutrition

Serving: 5wings | Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.9g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 11.3g | Saturated Fat: 3.1g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 290mg | Potassium: 562mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.3g | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 2mg

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2 comments

tiannaskitchen November 11, 2022 - 2:15 pm

5 stars
such a great alternative to deep fried chicken wings, thanks for the post.

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Capri Lilly November 12, 2022 - 7:05 am

You’re welcome! 🙂

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