These Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Wings are crispy, delicious, and easy to make. There is no deep frying involved and it’s faster than the oven.
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Crispy Garlic Parmesan Wings
It’s hard to choose between these Garlic Parmesan Wings or Honey Garlic Wings as my favorite.
This wing recipe is not only delicious but so easy. It’s quick to throw together for a weeknight dinner or for game day. If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, I highly recommend them.
They’re a crowd favorite that the whole family will love. There's no buffalo sauce so they aren’t spicy but still pack a major flavor punch.
You just can't go wrong with melted butter, garlic, and parmesan poured over seasoned wings. If you want a dry rub wing, you could also try these Cajun Wings or Air Fryer Dry Rub Wings.
Why you’ll love this garlic parmesan chicken wing recipe
There is so much to love about these air fryer garlic parmesan wings. The buttery garlic sauce just can't be beaten.
They are so quick and easy to make. You can have wings on the table in less than 30 minutes from start to finish.
You’ll simply season the wings, air fry them, and toss them in the homemade sauce. So easy!
There’s no deep frying involved. It means less mess, no oil to deal with, and you still get crispy wings.
These wings are absolutely packed with flavor! The combination of the dry rub with the butter, garlic, and parmesan sauce just bring it to the next level.
If you’re low carb, these wings also happen to be keto. Don’t worry, you aren’t sacrificing any taste!
Ingredients to make garlic parmesan wings in the air fryer
A full recipe card with exact measurements and steps is located at the bottom of this post.
- Wings - I like to get both drummettes and flats. You can find them together in a large frozen bag at places like Sam’s Club and Costco. You can usually find them sold separately at your local grocery store.
- Salt & pepper - I always recommend coarse kosher or sea salt and ground black pepper
- Smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder - the key to the best flavor is making sure that your spices aren’t expired
- Butter - you can use salted or unsalted butter, just keep in mind that the parmesan cheese will add salt to this.
- Grated parmesan cheese - I like using finely grated parmesan because it distributes better in the sauce
- Fresh garlic - you can use freshly minced garlic or the jarred stuff, but either way don’t use garlic powder for the sauce
How to make garlic parmesan wings
- Start by preheating your air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes. This helps get the wings extra crispy.
- Add the wings to a large bowl and season them with salt, pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder.
- Toss them in the seasoning to fully coat them, making sure they’re well seasoned on all sides.
- Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray and place the wings inside in a single layer, making sure not to overlap.
- Air fry them for 12 minutes at 360°F.
- Open the basket, flip the wings, and air fry for an additional 5 minutes at 380°F. You want the internal temperature to be 165°F when measured with an instant-read meat thermometer. Increasing the temperature helps them get nice and crispy.
- While the wings are cooking, make the garlic parmesan sauce.
- Add the butter, garlic, onion powder, and black pepper to a saucepan over medium heat.
- Once the butter has melted, allow the garlic to saute in the butter for about 1 minute.
- Turn off the heat and mix in the parmesan cheese.
- Add the cooked wings to a clean mixing bowl and pour the sauce over them.
- Toss to combine until the wings are fully coated in the sauce.
- Serve them with extra parmesan cheese for sprinkling and a side of ranch.
Will air frying wings get them crispy?
The air fryer method for cooking wings can give you amazing results and you'll end up with a crispy garlic exterior every time.
Be sure to follow all the tips and tricks in this post and you'll have crispy wings.
How to get wings crispy in the air fryer
I love air frying wings because not only does it cook faster than in the oven, there’s no deep frying involved. You still get that nice, crispy exterior with juicy, moist chicken on the inside.
There are a few tips and tricks you can use to make sure your wings are nice and crispy from the air fryer.
- Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. You’ll want the wings to be able to have high heat circulating around and between them. That means not overcrowding the basket and keeping them in a single layer.
- Preheat the air fryer. One of the perks of an air fryer vs. oven is typically not needing to preheat it. While it’s not required for this, it does help them get extra crispy.
- Increase the heat after flipping. I always recommend increasing the heat for the last 5 minutes of cooking time to make sure you get that nice crispy exterior while still having juicy chicken.
What to serve with garlic and parmesan wings
The great thing about wings is that they can be served as a main dish or an appetizer. If you’re looking to make them as an appetizer, they work great on a chicken wing charcuterie board.
You can serve them with pigs in a blanket, air fryer bacon-wrapped asparagus, smoked queso, and air fryer potato skins.
If you’re a big fan of dipping your wings in ranch, my favorite dipping sauce is Wing Stop Ranch. It’s perfect for dipping any flavor of wings into.
Some other great dipping sauces include buffalo ranch sauce and honey sriracha for a bit of spice.
If you’re serving them as a main dish, they go great with so many side dishes. Some of my favorites are:
- Roasted Green Beans
- Smoked Baked Beans
- Old Fashioned Potato Salad
- Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli (for a similar flavor)
- Parmesan Orzo
- Side Salad
Don't forget your carrots and celery sticks!
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How to store leftover wings
You’ll want to store any leftover chicken wings in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
When stored properly, they can also be frozen for up to 3 months.
How to reheat chicken wings
If you’re reheating your chicken wings from frozen, I recommend letting them thaw in the refrigerator first.
Place the wings in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven at 350°F for 15-20 minutes. Broil for an additional minute or two to crisp them up.
To reheat chicken wings in the air fryer, I recommend placing them in a single layer in the air fryer basket and heating them at 360°F for 7-8 minutes.
Can I freeze garlic parmesan wings?
Yes, you can freeze garlic parmesan wings. They actually freeze really well.
Place them on a baking sheet in the freezer and let them freeze completely. Once they are frozen, transfer them to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag.
They will last in the freezer up to 3 months when stored properly.
How many wings can I cook at one time in the air fryer?
I find that I can easily cook 1-2 pounds of wings in a 4-quart air fryer basket at a time.
You don’t want to overcrowd the basket, so depending on the size of your air fryer, you can make 1-2 lbs at a time.
how to make garlic parmesan wings in the oven
You can also make these wings in the oven!
Season the wings as directed and instead of placing them in the air fryer, put them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake in a 425°F oven for 35 minutes.
Resume the recipe as written for saucing the cooked wings.
What are the carbs in garlic parmesan wings?
When made following this recipe, these garlic parmesan wings have 6g carbs per serving.
FAQs about air frying chicken wings
How long do you cook wings in an air fryer?
Wings need to cook for a total of 17 minutes in the air fryer.
Why are my wings not crispy in the air fryer?
A few things can cause your wings to not be crispy in the air fryer. Overcrowding the basket, having wet wings, and not cooking at the right temperature can all attribute to how crispy the wings get.
Can I put pre-sauced wings in an air fryer?
You can put pre-sauced wings in an air fryer. If you want them extra crispy, I recommend waiting to sauce them, but pre-cooked or store-bought sauced wings can be cooked in the air fryer just fine.
Should I coat wings in flour before air frying?
No, it is not necessary to coat wings in flour before air frying.
Can you stack chicken wings in an air fryer?
No, I do not recommend stacking chicken wings in an air fryer. This can cause them to not cook thoroughly and will prevent them from not only cooking evenly but will also prevent them from getting crispy.
Do the wings need to thaw before cooking?
While you don’t have to thaw wings entirely before cooking, it will give you the best results. If you’re going to air fryer wings before thawing, I recommend cooking them plain for about 5 minutes, then seasoning them and putting them back in the air fryer.
How many wings should I make per person?
If you plan to make wings as a main dish with sides, I recommend planning for 1 - 1.5 pounds of wings per person. That would allow for about 6-8 wings per person.
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Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Wings
- 1 pound chicken wings
- 1 tablespoon coarse kosher or sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- ½ tablespoon onion powder
Garlic Parmesan Wing Sauce
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ cup grated parmesan
- Preheat the air fryer at 400°F for 5 minutes. This will help with crisping up the wings.
- Add the wings to a mixing bowl with the salt, pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder.
- Place them in the air fryer and cook at 360°F for 12 minutes.
- Open the basket, flip the wings, and cook an additional 5 minutes at 380°F. Increasing the temperature helps them get crispy.
- While the wings are cooking, make the garlic parmesan wing sauce.
- Add the butter, garlic, onion powder, and black pepper to a sauce pan over medium heat. Cook until the butter is melted.
- Once the butter has melted, let the garlic sautee in the butter for about 1 minute.
- Turn off the heat and add in the grated parmesan. Mix until it's fully combined.
- Add the cooked wings to a clean mixing bowl and pour the sauce over them.
- Toss to coat, serve, and enjoy!
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