For my birthday, we visited one of my favorite restaurants. It’s a steakhouse, but their wings are incredible! They have the best flavor with nice, crispy skin! They don’t even taste fried in grease or baked. It’s weird. But, then it hit me. “I can get this same texture with an air fryer. I gotta some my Cookies!!” Which brings us here to this post. I’m going to teach you how to make the BEST and CRISPIEST chicken wings in an Air Fryer!
We need flats and drums! Rinse them well. Yes, I will ALWAYS rinse my bird. I don’t care what those folks say. My chicken is getting rinsed! Also, pat it dry well with paper towels.
I keep the spices simple. Don’t want them overly salty. I used my favorite poultry seasoning. Thanks, Chef Paul! And I add a little extra onion and garlic powder.
Put the Orange Box Down!
The key ingredient to achieving extra crispy wings is Baking Powder. Not the stuff in the orange box. That’s baking soda. We need POWDER. It’s all science. The baking powder does two things. It draws out the moisture in the skin making the skin crisp. Don’t worry. It only draws the liquid out of the skin, not the meat itself. Your wings won’t be dry at all! The baking powder also creates tiny air pockets on the skin. And what do air pockets do when you add pressure? It pops! And what pressure will we be adding? A bite! So, when you bite into these wings you’ll get that nice crispy crunch. Bomb right??
Another rule to crispy wings is space. The air needs to circulate around the wing to cook evenly and crisp the skin as much as possible. So, leave a little space between each wing. You may have to cook the wings in batches to insure even cooking.
Not all air fryers are created the same. But, hopefully, they all work well at getting the job done. My Cosori unit has a basket. So, instead of flipping over each wing in the middle of the cooking time, I can just shake the basket. But, if you have to flip then flip, baby!
Did I mention these guys are completely, Keto friendly? Yep! You can enjoy these babies and remain in Ketosis! A win is a win!!
Air Fryer Crispy Keto Chicken Wings
- 2 lbs chicken wings
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 2 TBS poultry seasoning or seasoning salt
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 TBS baking powder not baking SODA. Put the orange box down!
- Olive oil non-stick cooking spray
Preheat air fryer to 400 F
Rinse and pat the wings dry well
Pour the olive oil over the chicken wings and toss to coat
In a small powder, mix all spices and the baking powder together.
Sprinkle it over the chicken evenly; toss to coat
Spray the cooking rack or basket of the air fryer with cooking spray
Place the wings into the air fryer in a single layer with a little space between each wing. (Be careful not to overcrowd them. May have to cook in batches.)
Air fry the wings for 15-25 mins* stopping halfway through the cooking time to shake the wings around in the basket (or flip the wings over if your air fryer doesn’t have a basket.)
Allow the wings to rest for 5 mins before serving
*Timing depends on your air fryer. Mine cooked in 15 minutes. Make sure the wings have an internal temp of 165 F and as crispy as you desire.