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Crispy Air Fryer Fried Chicken Wings

These Crispy Air Fryer Fried Chicken Wings can be made using fresh or frozen wings! This dish is seasoned with a dry rub and tossed in baking powder to get them nice and crunchy!

air fryer keto fried chicken wings on a white plate

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I absolutely love to fry chicken in my air fryer. If you love chicken as much as I do, then you will also have to check out my Air Fryer Buttermilk Fried Chicken. This recipe puts a spin on classic southern fried chicken.

This recipe focuses on crisp and crunchy fried chicken that is low in carbs and also keto-friendly. WHAT?! You can have breaded chicken, that is crispy without using all-purpose flour or almond flour!

When I first got my air fryer I tried to fry chicken with almond and coconut flour. The wings were ok, but there was a reason those recipes never made the site. They weren’t good enough. Keep scrolling and check out these babies.

If you are looking for chicken with no breading, then definitely whip up my Keto Low Carb Buffalo Chicken Wings. These are great for dinner or events.

My Breaded and Fried Chicken Tenders are a family favorite! Kids and adults will love them.

For holidays, special occasions, or even a normal dinner, I recommend my Air Fryer Whole Chicken. You won’t believe how easy it is to roast your own!

raw chicken wings in a glass bowl

How to Make Fried Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer

  1. Tasty chicken will need good seasoning. I like to use McCormick’s Grill Mates Montreal Chicken Seasoning, salt, and pepper. Season the chicken and toss it in baking powder.
  2. Place the chicken in the air fryer basket. Do not stack. Cook in batches.
  3. Air fry for 15 minutes and flip.
  4. Air fry an additional 10 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  5. Cool before serving.
collage photos of raw chicken wings in a glass bowl with seasonings and baking powder
keto breaded chicken wings in an air fryer

How Long to Cook

There are some basics to follow in order to make chicken that is perfectly crisp on the outside, done on the inside, and isn’t burnt. Overall, cook time will vary depending on your air fryer brand. I use the Power Air Fryer XL.

keto breaded chicken wings in an air fryer

I cooked the wings for 15 minutes at a lower temperature, then I increased the temperature for another 10 minutes. The lower temperature allows the chicken to cook at the appropriate rate on the inside. When you turn up the temperature, the chicken will become crisper on the outside.

air fryer keto fried chicken wings on a white plate

Air Fryer Temperature

I start out with 320 degrees and then move up to 400 degrees.

air fryer keto fried chicken wings on a white plate

Can You Stack the Chicken?

I do not recommend you stack chicken wings in the air fryer. When I first got an air fryer, I would stack the chicken in the air fryer and shake the basket every 5 minutes while it cooked. This was effective, but it is not optimal.

When you shake the chicken, you may lose some of the breading. That’s the most important part, you don’t want that! I’ve found the best results come when you cook the chicken in batches if needed. This will vary based on the size of your air fryer.

air fryer keto fried chicken wings on a white plate

The chicken wings will cook more evenly and you won’t lose any of the crunchy breading.

How Long to Cook Using Frozen

Add an additional 5 minutes of cook time for frozen wings. Do you have to thaw the wings first? No, you can add them frozen.

person holding air fryer keto fried chicken wings

How to Reheat

I reheated these chicken wings over the next couple of days in the air fryer for 4 minutes on 400 degrees. Test to see that the chicken is warm in order to determine the optimal time that will work for you.

air fryer keto fried chicken wings on a white plate

Is Air Fried Chicken Healthy?

Air frying cuts up to 80% of the fat of traditional frying, making it a much healthier alternative. Most deep-fried recipes require 2 to 3 cups of oil. With the air fryer, you need only a tablespoon. Because air-fried meals are so much lighter, you will feel less bogged down after eating them.

This recipe also provides a healthy option because it excludes all-purpose flour, which is loaded in carbs and can sometimes leave you feeling bloated.

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air fryer keto fried chicken wings on a white plate
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Crispy Air Fryer Fried Chicken Wings

These Crispy Air Fryer Fried Chicken Wings can be made using fresh or frozen wings! This dish is seasoned with a dry rub and tossed in baking powder to get them nice and crunchy!
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer chicken wings, air fryer fried chicken, air fryer keto chicken wings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 470kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Dry the chicken completely with paper towels.
  • Place the chicken wings in a large bowl or in a sealable plastic bag.
  • Season the chicken with chicken seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste. Next, sprinkle the baking powder throughout and ensure each piece is evenly coated.
  • I like to use air fryer parchment paper to line the air fryer basket. Place the chicken wings on the parchment paper. Spray the top of the chicken with cooking oil.
  • Air fry for 15 minutes on 320 degrees.
  • Open the air fryer and flip the chicken. Spray this side of the chicken with cooking oil. 
  • Cook for an additional 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees or until the chicken has reached your desired level of crisp. Test the inside of the chicken with a meat thermometer. Ensure the chicken has an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer
  • Cool before serving.

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Notes

Baking powder is used in this recipe to make it keto and low-carb. You can use all-purpose flour if you do not require a low carb version. I find baking powder works its way into the chicken much easier and does not leave white spots.
Reheat the wings in the air fryer for 4-5 minutes on 400 degrees for leftovers.
Each air fryer brand cooks differently. Monitor your chicken and check in on them frequently to gauge your appropriate cook time.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1g | Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 33g
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Recipe Rating




Teri

Saturday 16th of January 2021

I would have never thought using baking powder on wings would make them so crispy. My original plan was just arrowroot powder. But this combo turned out perfect. I used half with the mix of the two powders and half with just baking powder. The baking powder wings are crispy!

staysnatched

Thursday 21st of January 2021

I'm glad you enjoyed them.

Nicki

Friday 8th of January 2021

Honey honey!! When I tell you this recipe was amazing! I’ve never been able to master fried chicken let alone air fryer chicken. They came out beautiful and the flavor amazing. I did add some garlic powder, onion powder, and curry powder to the chicken as well (they’re my go too seasonings). I can’t wait to try more things! Thanks Brandi

staysnatched

Friday 8th of January 2021

You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed them!

Ingrid

Wednesday 6th of January 2021

Easy and quick. Served up the perfect wings.

staysnatched

Friday 8th of January 2021

I'm glad you enjoyed the wings!

Tessa

Wednesday 6th of January 2021

I love wings, this recipe is so simple and GOOD. This was my first time trying the McCormick's Grill Mates Montreal Chicken Seasoning - what a flavor. Great recipe. Thank you for sharing.

staysnatched

Wednesday 6th of January 2021

You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed them!

Kendyl

Tuesday 5th of January 2021

Made these tonight and they were delicious!!! Crispy and flavorful. My first batch (multiple batches bc I cooked the wings in a single layer per the recipe notes which is key!) I followed the cooking times exactly and they were delicious but I knew for my second batch with my particular air fryer I could go shorter on the cooking time so I lessened it. I used a thermometer to confirm as suggested. I will definitely be making these wings again! My husband and I loved how crispy and delicious they came out. I’ve made air fryer wings before but without baking powder and they were never so crispy! Game changer!! Thanks Brandi!

staysnatched

Wednesday 6th of January 2021

You're welcome! I'm so glad you enjoyed these.