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Air Fryer Fried Chicken Wings (Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free)

by Capri Lilly

Crispy Air Fryer Fried Chicken with a golden crunchy, crispy crust and tender flavorful inside all made quickly and easily in the air fryer! Top with herbaceous Chimichurri sauce to take your fried chicken to the next level! Read on to learn tips and tricks to make your fried chicken perfectly every single time!

The air fryer is a complete game-changer when it comes to making your favorite foods just a bit healthier AND quicker! No deep frying, excessive use of oil, and a MUCH easier clean-up! Try these air fryer recipes next! I guarantee you will love them! Air Fryer Cheese Stuffed Meatballs, Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Breast, or 3-ingredient Air Fryer Honey Garlic Salmon!

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These air fryer fried chicken wings will knock your socks off!  They are gluten-free and dairy-free but not a single person would know as they are munching on these extra crispy, crunchy, tasty wings!

Air Fryer Fried Chicken gluten free dairy free

With the first bite of these air fryer fried chicken wings, my partner almost fell out of his chair in excitement! After devouring 3 wings and finally coming up for a breath of air, his first words were, “This fried chicken is a 10/10!!”.

At that moment, I knew I had to share this recipe with you! My Gluten-Free Fried Chicken with Maple Bourbon Glaze is already super popular on my site, but I think this Gluten-Free Air Fryer Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce will take the crown!

Best Air Fryer Fried Chicken Recipe

First, I will show you how to make THE BEST Air Fryer Fried Chicken Wings. Then, I will show you how to elevate them with homemade Chimichurri sauce! Trust me, you, your family, your friends, will not be able to stop eating these wings once you try them!  

Air Fryer Fried Chicken Gluten-Free with chimichurri sauce

These Crispy Air Fryer Fried Chicken Wings Are:

  • Healthier than your typical deep-fried buttermilk chicken wings. The only oil used in this recipe is the oil needed to lightly coat the air fryer basket! 
  • Gluten-Free by using Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour. You can easily use regular flour if you are not sensitive to gluten.
  • Dairy-Free using homemade buttermilk made with Almond Milk and Vinegar. (Did you know that you can make your own buttermilk using any milk and adding a tablespoon or two of vinegar or lemon juice? Serious kitchen hack!)
  • Super crunchy with a golden crust and tender, juicy meat. You’d never know they weren’t deep-fried as you still get the crispy outside you want in a fried chicken wing!
  • Dripping with mouthwatering chimichurri sauce. You may want to skip the chimichurri sauce, but trust me, you shouldn’t. The herbaceous, rich sauce on top of these perfectly crispy wings is life-changing!

What Does Chimichurri Taste Like?

Chimichurri is a sauce similar to pesto but made with fresh herbs, garlic, peppers, oil, and vinegar. It is a robust, tangy, herby, garlicky, sauce often referred to as “Argentine barbecue sauce”. It is very popular in South American cuisine and has many uses! 

close up of chimichurri sauce

What You Need To Make This Gluten-Free Crispy Air Fryer Fried Chicken Wings Recipe

The Marinade

  • Chicken, Bone-in, skin-on: I use flats and drums only, making sure the tail is removed.
  • Buttermilk: Adds flavor, tenderizes the chicken, and helps the flour mixture stick to the chicken. You can use dairy or non-dairy buttermilk (see notes in recipe card*)

The Flour Coating

  • Flour: I use King Arthur, Measure for Measure Certified Gluten-Free Flour. If you are not sensitive to gluten, you can use regular flour, like this one.
  • Cornstarch: This helps make the wings extra crispy. This is the cornstarch I use. 
  • Seasonings: Garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, dried oregano 
  • Oil in a spray bottle: To spray on the air fryer basket and coat the wings

The Chimichurri

  • Fresh Herbs: Cilantro, Parsley, Oregano
  • Liquids: Olive Oil & Red Wine Vinegar
  • Aromatics: Shallot (or Onion), Jalapeno, Garlic
  • Seasonings: Salt, Pepper, Dried Oregano, Red Crushed Pepper
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How To Make Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings (Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free)

Making air fryer fried chicken wings is super simple and easy! Follow these instructions and your fried chicken will turn out perfect every time!

  1. Place the chicken in a large bowl and cover with buttermilk. Make sure all the pieces are submerged in the buttermilk. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes, but the longer the better. (You can make your own buttermilk by combining 1.5 cup milk of choice with 2 tbsp Lemon Juice or Vinegar. Let it sit for 10 minutes to curdle, then use.)
  2. In a small bowl (or large Ziploc bag), mix together the flour, cornstarch, and seasonings
  3. Using tongs, coat each chicken wing in the flour mixture and transfer to a plate or wire rack.  
  4. Preheat the air fryer to 330°F (165°C) for 5 minutes.
  5. 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. 
  6. Cook at 330°F for 15 minutes. Open the basket and spray any parts of the chicken showing flour with cooking oil spray. Flip the chicken and cook for another 10-12 minutes, until no longer pink and an instant thermometer reads 165°F.
  7. Serve and Enjoy! OR top with Chimichurri sauce

Making Chimichurri Fried Chicken

  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the Chimichurri sauce in a food processor or blender. Blend until slightly pureed, leaving just a bit of texture
  2. Once all the chicken is cooked. Add the chicken to a large bowl and coat with ⅓ cup of the chimichurri sauce.
  3. Place all of the chicken back into the air fryer and heat for 4 minutes at 370°F. (It is okay if the air fryer is crowded. You are simply warming the chicken) 
  4. Serve and Enjoy!
Air Fryer Fried Chicken Gluten-Free with chimichurri sauce

Tips To Make The Perfect Air Fryer Fried Chicken

  1. Let the chicken marinate in the buttermilk for at least 30 minutes, the longer the better. If time permits, let the chicken marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Season the flour mixture. Do not skimp on this step. Seasoning the flour is essential to making the best fried chicken.
  3. Do not overcrowd the air fryer. The chicken should be in a single layer with a hint of space between each piece. Work in batches if you needed to avoid overcrowding the air fryer. 
  4. When making your air fryer fried chicken, after you air fry for the first round and go to flip the chicken, spray oil on any parts of the chicken that still have flour on them. This will help the flour cook and develop a nice crust.
  5. For easier clean-up, line your air fryer with parchment paper. 
air fryer chicken wings drenched in chimichurri sauce gluten free and dairy free
Chimichurri Chicken Wings

Common Questions

How to Know When Your Air Fryer Fried Chicken Is Done?

Always use a meat thermometer to test for doneness. When placed into the thickest part of the chicken meat, the meat thermometer should read a minimum of 165 degrees F. You can also check by cutting into the meat. It should be white, with clear juices, and will appear darker around the chicken bone ends. 

Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Yes, this fried chicken recipe is both gluten-free and dairy-free, but trust me, no one would ever know the difference! However, if you are not sensitive to either gluten or dairy, simply substitute the flour with your favorite all-purpose flour and use regular buttermilk.

Crispy air fryer fried chicken wings, gluten free and dairy free

Can You Substitute The Chicken?

Want to Use Boneless Chicken? If you want to use boneless chicken, I recommend trying my Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Breast Recipe. You can use the same coating from this recipe if you like, but be sure to follow the instructions listed in the post so your boneless chicken turns out nice and juicy! 

Want To Use Bone-in Chicken Breasts or Chicken Thighs? When cooking larger pieces of chicken, the key is to cook chicken of the same size and thickness together so that all of the pieces are cooked evenly. Follow the same instructions in this post for cooking the chicken, making sure to cook skin side down first. Always use an instant thermometer to check the doneness of your chicken. It should read 165°F when done. 

Can You Fry Frozen Chicken Wings In An Air Fryer? 

No, I do not recommend frying chicken wings while they are frozen. Cooking frozen chicken can result in uneven and undercooked chicken. You can most certainly use frozen chicken, but be sure to thaw it first. 

Which Air Fryer Do I Use?

I use the Yedi Total Package Air Fryer, 4 Quart. There is also the Yedi Total Package Air Fryer Oven XL, 12.7 Quart that has two racks, making it perfect for making these wings even quicker! 

How to Store and Reheat Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Store the chicken in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator. To rewarm, place the chicken into the air fryer at 370°F for 5 minutes. 

Air Fryer Fried Chicken Wings Gluten-free and dairy free. with a side of chimichurri sauce

These Air Fryer Fried Chicken Wings (Gluten-free) are perfect as an appetizer or as a full-on meal! Serve them with:

Accordion Potatoes

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

Herb Crusted Eggplant

Quinoa Veggie Salad

I Hope You Enjoy This Crispy Buttermilk Air Fryer Chicken Wings (Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free) Recipe!

If you try the recipe, don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below! Take pictures, tag #goodfoodbaddie, and share them with me on Instagram! I love hearing from you! 

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Crispy Air Fryer Fried Chicken Wings (Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free)

Crispy Air Fryer Fried Chicken Wings with a golden crunchy, crispy crust and tender flavorful inside all made quickly and easily in the air fryer! Top with herbaceous chimichurri sauce to take your fried chicken wings to the next level! Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Meal Prep
Cuisine: American, Argentine, Gluten-Free
Keyword: air fryer, best fried chicken, crispy, dairy-free, fried, fried chicken recipe, gluten free fried chicken, gluten free southern fried chicken, gluten-free
Servings: 4
Calories: 502kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Fresh chicken wings (flats and drums only, remove the tail)
  • 1.5 cup Buttermilk (See notes*)
  • 1 cup Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour (or regular All-Purpose Flour)
  • 1/4 cup Corn Starch
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1.5 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt

Ingredients for the Chimichurri Sauce

  • 1 Small Shallot
  • 1 Red Jalapeno (or Green Jalapeno)
  • 5 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Red Crushed Pepper

Instructions

  • Place the chicken in a large bowl and cover with buttermilk. Make sure all the pieces are submerged in the buttermilk. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes, but the longer the better. (You can make your own buttermilk by combining 1.5 cup milk of choice with 2 tbsp Lemon Juice or Vinegar. Let it sit for 10 minutes to curdle, then use.)
  • In a small bowl (or large Ziploc bag), mix together the flour, cornstarch, and seasonings.
  • Using tongs, coat each chicken wing in the flour mixture and transfer to a plate or wire rack.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 330°F (165°C) for 5 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 330°F for 15 minutes. Open the basket and spray any parts of the chicken showing flour with cooking oil spray. Flip the chicken and cook for another 10-12 minutes, until no longer pink and an instant thermometer reads 165°F.
  • Serve and Enjoy! OR top with Chimichurri sauce

Making Chimichurri Fried Chicken

  • Combine all of the ingredients for the Chimichurri sauce in a food processor or blender. Blend until slightly pureed, leaving just a bit of texture
  • Once all the chicken is cooked. Add the chicken to a large bowl and coat with ⅓ cup of the chimichurri sauce.
  • Place all of the chicken back into the air fryer and heat for 4 minutes at 370°F. (It is okay if the air fryer is crowded. You are simply warming the chicken)
  • Serve and Enjoy!

Notes

Dairy-Free Buttermilk: You can make your own buttermilk by combining 1.5 cup milk of choice with 2 tbsp Lemon Juice or Vinegar. Let it sit for 10 minutes to curdle, then use.

Tips To Make The Perfect Air Fryer Fried Chicken

  1. Let the chicken marinate in the buttermilk for at least 30 minutes, the longer the better. If time permits, let the chicken marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Season the flour mixture. Do not skimp on this step. Seasoning the flour is essential to making the best fried chicken.
  3. Do not overcrowd the air fryer. The chicken should be in a single layer with a hint of space between each piece. Work in batches if you needed to avoid overcrowding the air fryer. 
  4. When making your air fryer fried chicken, after you air fry for the first round and go to flip the chicken, spray oil on any parts of the chicken that still have flour on them. This will help the flour cook and develop a nice crust.
  5. For easier clean-up, line your air fryer with parchment paper.
Common Questions
How to Know When Your Air Fryer Fried Chicken Is Done?
Always use a meat thermometer to test for doneness. When placed into the thickest part of the chicken meat, the meat thermometer should read a minimum of 165 degrees F. You can also check by cutting into the meat. It should be white, with clear juices, and will appear darker around the chicken bone ends.
Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Air Fryer Fried Chicken
Yes, this fried chicken recipe is both gluten-free and dairy-free, but trust me, no one would ever know the difference! However, if you are not sensitive to either gluten or dairy, simply substitute the flour with your favorite all-purpose flour and use regular buttermilk.
How to Store and Reheat Air Fryer Fried Chicken Wings (Gluten-Free)
Store the chicken in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator. To rewarm, place the chicken into the air fryer at 370°F for 5 minutes. 
Nutrition Facts Are For Chicken Wings Without Chimichurri 

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23 comments

Alexandra April 30, 2021 - 9:57 pm

5 stars
Oh, yum – these look so delicious!

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Chef Dennis May 1, 2021 - 12:16 am

5 stars
Yum! My wife loved this so much.

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Kristina Tipps May 1, 2021 - 10:49 am

5 stars
Came out really good and crispy!

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Capri Lilly May 4, 2021 - 8:44 pm

Yay! I am glad you hear it!

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Jamie May 1, 2021 - 8:14 pm

5 stars
These wings were so crispy and perfect for dinner!

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Capri Lilly May 4, 2021 - 8:44 pm

Hi Jamie! I am glad you liked the wings! Thanks for leaving a review!

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Swathi May 2, 2021 - 7:31 pm

5 stars
Air fried chicken looks delicious love this

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Addie May 2, 2021 - 8:49 pm

5 stars
So crispy and delicious!

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Capri Lilly May 4, 2021 - 8:40 pm

So glad you liked!

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Freya May 3, 2021 - 6:28 am

5 stars
These look and sound so delicious!

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Capri Lilly May 4, 2021 - 8:40 pm

Literally the best!

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Debra May 3, 2021 - 8:26 pm

5 stars
Thanks for this….I need to get back to using the airfryer more.

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Capri Lilly May 4, 2021 - 8:40 pm

You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy!

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Marta May 9, 2021 - 2:30 am

5 stars
Airfrying is all the rave and you provided us with a gem. I let the chicken marinate all day and then loaded them in the fryer. We were at the dinner table in no time. Delicious!

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Capri Lilly May 9, 2021 - 7:25 pm

Hi Marta! I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for leaving a review! 🙂

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Jen May 10, 2021 - 7:52 pm

5 stars
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I just bought an air fryer and I’ve been looking for a crispy wing recipe. The recipe was super easy to follow and the wings came out perfectly! This will be a new staple.

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Shanna Jones May 11, 2021 - 4:50 pm

5 stars
Your air fryer fried chicken did not disappoint! A quick and easy meal that I will definitely enjoy again!

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Tamara May 11, 2021 - 6:59 pm

5 stars
Oh my goodness these wings were so crispy and delicious! I’m always looking for a good air fryer recipe for wings, and I found it! Thank you so much for sharing.

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Capri Lilly May 11, 2021 - 9:55 pm

Hi Tamara! Glad you liked the recipe! Thanks for leaving a review!

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Chenée May 12, 2021 - 7:22 am

5 stars
This chicken really hit the spot tonight! The seasonings were fantastic, and it came out SO crispy!

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Capri Lilly May 13, 2021 - 1:47 am

So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Chenee!

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Jazz May 12, 2021 - 4:12 pm

5 stars
Ok the chimichurri is a must. The chicken is already delicious and this takes it over the top!

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Capri Lilly May 13, 2021 - 1:47 am

Thanks! I am glad you think so! The chimichurri is my favorite part!

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