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Crispy Air Fryer Wings | Baking Powder Secret

These crispy air fryer wings are so good, they will have you saying goodbye to your favorite sports bar wings. They not only have that delectable crusty bite but also a fall-off-the-bone moistness that your family will love. 

Air fryer chicken wings on plate horizontal

After decades of watching cooking channel shows, most people believe that the secret to the perfectly crisp chicken skin is hot, deep-frying oil. There is a level of truth in this concept because heat is vital when you want to avoid a soggy rubbery texture in poultry. 

That said, the heat does not have to come from a vat of hot oil. You don’t have to spend your precious evening hours beside a deep fryer evading oil splatters to make restaurant-quality chicken wings. You can simply use this air-fried chicken wings recipe from The Spicy Apron and get rid of that lingering hot oil odor from your kitchen forever.

Even better, you will never have to fret over the disposal of a vat of deep fryer oil ever again. You can make some Air fryer wings in less than 30 minutes from the comfort of your kitchen. These crispy air fryer chicken wings have far less fat than traditional fried chicken wings. 

cooking crispy air fryer wings

They require no frying but are as satisfying as your favorite wings place’s roasted or fried chicken wings. Stick with the best air fryer chicken wings recipe from The Spicy Apron and your friends and family will come back for more. 


The biggest hindrance to crunchy skin when cooking poultry is tepid cooking temperatures. Your medium heat pan or oven will only render your chicken wings’ fat out. You need medium-high heat for crusty chicken skin. Fortunately, air fryers use circulating hot air to make food crispy. 

That said, you would need to add a little oil to the basket to keep the trays and baskets non-stick. This will make them easier to clean. While air fryers can give you magical and easy air fryer chicken wings results without compromising on the taste, you will need to preheat your air fryer if its cooking specifications require you to do so. This will create an optimum cooking temperature for the perfect texture. 

Second, do not stuff your air fryer’s basket full of wings. Making a huge batch at once may save energy and time, but you could wreck your crispy air fryer wings. Give your food room to breathe for even cooking. 

Third, pat your chicken wings dry before cooking them. Use a paper towel to dry them so that they will turn crisp immediately they face the heat. Wet skin will produce steam, delaying the flaky texture.


You only need to cook your chicken for 15 minutes when the air fryer temperatures are at 400 degrees. Leave them in for an extra three to five minutes if you are going for an extra crispy bite. You can crank up the air fryer’s temperatures to 420 or 450 degrees just to push them over that crispy edge.


Yes, you can. These chicken wings go from raw to cooked and crispy in about 25 minutes. I like to let the wings sit out of the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before I make them. But it’s perfectly fine to throw them in straight from the fridge.

Ingredients for Crispy Air Fryer Wings

  • Chicken Wings – Thawed and patted very dry (see full recipe below)
  • Baking Powder – This is the secret to the ultimate crispiness
  • Salt and Pepper – Flavored to taste but don’t be shy with them
  • Pinch of Cayenne – I love the bit of heat this adds, but feel free to omit if desired


While cooking at the right temperature, and patting your chicken wings dry, will help them cook to a crisp, the secret to cracklin’ fried chicken wings in an air fryer is baking powder. This rather unusual ingredient is a combination of cream of tartar, sodium bicarbonate, and cornstarch.

Mix a tablespoon with your pepper, cayenne, and salt, and toss your wings in the mixture. Your air fryer chicken wings baking powder meal will have crunchy uniformly browned skin that will have everyone coming back for seconds. 

The baking powder speeds up the browning process, producing crispier and browner chicken wings, faster. Baking soda might have an unpleasant and intense flavor, so use baking powder for your crispy air fryer wings.

Finished wings vertical on plate with dip edit


Mix your baking powder, pepper, salt, and cayenne in a small bowl. Toss the mixture together with your wings, until they are well coated. A gallon zip-top bag does the tossing more efficiently.

Rub your air fryer basket with oil, then place your wings on it in a single layer. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes depending on the level of crispiness desired. Turn your wings halfway through the cooking time for even browning.

Watch Me Make Them on my YouTube Cooking Show here!

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Air fried chicken wings are all the rage and for good reason. They are quick, easy, and full of flavor and this easy air fryer chicken wings recipe is exceptional. You can also try out other easy quick recipes such as this delectable Air Fryer Tilapia recipe.

Crispy Air Fryer Wings

Crispy Air Fryer Wings

Yield: 12 wings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 pound of chicken wings, thawed and patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne (optional)


    1. Pat wings very dry with a paper towel
    2. In a small bowl mix baking powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne then toss wings with seasonings (can do this in a gallon zip top bag or in a bowl) until well coated
    3. Rub the air fryer basket with a little oil to prevent sticking. Place wings in a single layer in air fryer basket. Do not overlap.
    4. Set air fryer to 400 degrees (preheat the air fryer if your brand suggests it. Some do, some don't.) Insert basket of wings and cook for 20 minutes, turning the wings halfway through the cooking time. 
    5. Remove basket to check crispiness. If you want extra crispy (like I do), you may need to increase the temp to 420 (or 450 if yours goes that high) and add 3-5 more minutes. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 374Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 1340mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 19g


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