Air Fryer Garlic and Parmesan Chicken Wings

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Garlic and parmesan chicken wings are delicious and come together quickly and easily in an air fryer! Salt, pepper, olive oil, grated parmesan cheese, and garlic powder deliver a crispy and flavorful snack that pairs perfectly with a nice bitter IPA.

Crispy golden chicken wings in a basket on a wooden table with ranch dressing and a beer.

The air fryer is a phenomenal way to quickly cook ultra-crispy wings without the need for messy oils and deep frying. While you can make this recipe in the oven, the air fryer is much faster and delivers crispier results thanks to the circulating high heat.

These wings are gameday essentials along with my honey buffalo wings, honey garlic wings, and simple dry-rubbed wings. Serve with a side of creamy ranch and optional celery and carrot sticks.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Crispy and delicious: cooking wings in an air fryer is a foolproof way to get the perfect crispy wing texture without deep frying. You’ll be amazed by the texture.
  • Healthier and easier cleanup: air frying is a much healthier alternative to deep frying and eliminates the handling and disposal of hot cooking oils.

Ingredients

Garlic and parmesan chicken wing ingredients organized on a cutting board.
  • Chicken “party” wings: fully defrosted and separated into wingette and drummette.
  • Finely grated parmesan cheese: finer grated cheese makes for easier spreading/adhering to the wings however you can use a slightly coarser consistency if you prefer. I like to use a combination of the two.
  • Olive oil: olive oil helps to make the skin extra crispy.
  • Garlic powder: garlic powder works better than fresh garlic because it crisps nicely and helps form more of a dry rub texture.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities below.

How to Cook Crispy Chicken Wings in an Air Fryer

Step 1.

Pat the wings dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture from the skin. This helps with crisping the skin.

Patting uncooked wings dry with a paper towel.

Step 2.

Toss wings in a bowl with a light drizzle of olive oil. A very light coating is all that is needed. Too much oil will result in pooling and smoking in the air fryer. Season all over with salt and pepper.

Raw, uncooked chicken wings in a white prep bowl.

Step 3.

Add garlic powder and parmesan cheese and toss until evenly coated. Add more garlic powder as needed.

Tossing chicken wings in a bowl with parmesan cheese and garlic powder.

Step 4.

Transfer wings to a 4-5 quart air fryer arranging them as evenly as possible in the basket with minimal overlap. Some overlap or stacking is OK, especially if you rotate them every 5-6 minutes.

Uncooked seasoned chicken wings arranged in an air fryer prior to cooking.

Step 5.

Air fry at 375°F for 22-26 minutes, or until wings are crispy and fully cooked through (at least 165°F internal temp for chicken). Toss the wings 2-3 times throughout the cooking process to ensure even cooking. This is especially important if cooking larger quantities.

Partially cooked chicken wings in an air fryer basket.
Crispy golden chicken wings in an air fryer basket.

Step 6.

Plate the wings and sprinkle a dusting of parmesan and optional fresh parsley. Serve immediately with optional carrots, celery, and ranch dressing.

Quick Tip

Use a food processor to finely grate parmesan cheese. This is my favorite way to add a final light coating of parmesan.

Close up of a hand holding a crispy golden chicken wing dipped in ranch dressing.

Expert Tips

  • You can make homemade grated parmesan by using a blender or food processor. Cut cheese into small cubes and pulse until the desired texture is reached. You can also use a microplane.
  • If you can’t find separated wings, you can buy full chicken wings and separate them yourself with a sharp knife. Here is a very helpful video.
  • You can arrange up to 2 layers of wings in your air fryer if you add additional cooking time and toss every 5 minutes. The wings should be evenly golden brown on all sides.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many wings can I cook at once?

I can fit 2 pounds of wings at once in a 4-quart air fryer. The secret is to flip/toss the wings every 5 minutes to ensure an evenly cooked exterior. If you’re cooking multiple layers of wings, this is especially important.

Do I need to preheat my air fryer?

I typically do not preheat my air fryer, however preheating for 2 minutes prior to cooking ensures faster cooking and an immediate blast of hot air from the start.

What internal temperature should chicken wings be cooked to?

Chicken wings can be cooked up to 180°F and remain juicy and tender due to their higher fat content. At a minimum, wings should be cooked to an internal temp of 165°F.

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Air Fryer Garlic and Parmesan Wings

Servings: 5
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Party wings tossed in salt, pepper, olive oil, grated parmesan cheese, and garlic powder. They’re crispy, super flavorful, and pair perfectly with a nice bitter IPA.

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2-2 pounds chicken party wings, thawed, wingette and drummette separated
  • 1/4-1/3 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2-3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional minced parsley, for garnish
  • Optional sliced carrots, celery, and ranch dressing for dipping

Instructions 

  • Pat the wings dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture from the skin. This helps with crisping the skin.
  • Toss wings in a bowl with a light drizzle of olive oil. A very light coating is all that is needed. Too much oil will result in pooling and smoking in the air fryer. Season all over with salt and pepper.
  • Add garlic powder and parmesan cheese and toss until evenly coated. Add more garlic powder as needed.
  • Transfer wings to a 4-5 quart air fryer arranging them as evenly as possible in the basket with minimal overlap. Some overlap is OK, especially if you rotate them every 5-6 minutes.
  • Air fry at 375°F for 22-26 minutes, or until wings are crispy and fully cooked through (at least 165°F internal temp for chicken). Toss the wings 2-3 times throughout the cooking process to ensure even cooking.
  • Plate the wings and sprinkle a dusting of parmesan and optional fresh parsley. Serve immediately with optional carrots, celery, and ranch dressing.

Notes

Chicken wings can be cooked up to 180°F and remain juicy and tender due to their higher fat content.
I typically do not preheat my air fryer, however preheating for 2 minutes prior to cooking ensures faster cooking and an immediate blast of hot air from the start.
The easiest way to make finely grated parmesan is by using a blender or food processor. Cut cheese into small cubes and pulse until the desired texture is reached. Finer grated cheese makes for a better coating/dusting.
If cooking closer to 3 pounds of wings, it may take closer to 30 minutes to fully cook the wings, depending on the size of your air fryer. Do not overfill.

Nutrition

Serving: 5wingsCalories: 578kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 47.9gFat: 41.6gSaturated Fat: 11.3gCholesterol: 148mgSodium: 357mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
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