Air fryer wings with a homemade marinade are the perfect game-day recipe. These crispy chicken wings are low-carb, paleo, and whole30.
It’s no secret I love chicken wings. I love chicken in general but wings are my favorite cut hands down. Using an air fryer to cook wings produces crispy yet healthy chicken wings without the fuss of frying.
What is an Air Fryer?
An air fryer is an appliance that circulates hot air around food at high-speed, cooking the food and producing a crispy ‘fried’ layer. Air fryers come in various sizes. I have 2 air fryers. Two different brands, two different capacities. One is a 5-quart, the other is a 5.8-quart. What size air fryer you should get depends on your needs. I’m a household of two so most days I usually cook 2 pounds of food and under which can go in my 5-quart without having to do more than 1 batch. For this recipe since I’m using 3 pounds of wings, I used my 5.8 quart.
Homemade Dry Mixes
I am a big proponent of homemade dry mixes. If you want to use a store-bought mix that is full of processed ingredients you can’t pronounce, that’s on you but I highly suggest you try a homemade version. For this recipe I used my homemade dry ranch mix. The ingredients are simple (there’s no dry buttermilk which is expensive and hard to find) and it’s flat-out healthier. It’s also paleo and whole30 compliant. 2 tablespoons of this dry ranch mix are equivalent to one store-bought packet. Below you will find a couple of my other favorite homemade dry mixes. Add the dry ranch mix to oil & vinegar and voila you have an easy, homemade marinade. Marinate the wings for a minimum of 1 hour. I let mine sit in the marinade in the frig for about 3 hours.
Crispy Chicken Wings
I like to cook my chicken wings to the point of them being very crispy. I’ll admit I probably like them crisper than most people. To achieve your desired amount of crisp, you’ll need to turn up the degrees on the air fryer the last few minutes of cooking. How long you crisp your wings is up to you; in part, it will depend on your air fryer and how well it heats. I suggest you check on them every few minutes the first time you make this recipe.
Turn These Into Buffalo Wings
These ranch air fryer wings are very close to being healthy buffalo wings. To be honest, I pretty much used almost all the same ingredients from my Slow Cooker Buffalo Wings recipe. To make these buffalo wings, mix together 1 cup of hot sauce, 2-3 of melted ghee (butter) pour the sauce over the cooked wings. Add in additional dry ranch mix if needed.
Cook your wings until they’re crisp to your liking. I prefer mine extra crispy!Print
- 3 lbs chicken wings
- 2 tbsp homemade dry seasoning (see below for the ranch seasoning I used)
- 2/3 cup oil (I used extra-virgin olive oil)
- 2/3 cup white vinegar
Homemade Dry Ranch Mix
2 tbsp dried, chopped onions
1 tbsp parsley
1 tbsp chives
1 tbsp dill weed
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
- Add chicken wings to a large bowl.
- In a medium size bowl, mix together dry ranch seasoning, oil, and vinegar. Pour marinade over the chicken wings.
- Marinate wings in the refrigerator 1-6 hours. When done, remove wings and discard the marinade.
- Preheat air fryer at 370 degrees for 5 minutes.
- Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray. Add the chicken wings. You might need to do this in batches depending on how large your air fryer is.
- Cook 20-25 minutes, shaking the basket or turning the wings halfway though.
- After 20 minutes, turn air fryer up to 400 degrees and cook and additional 5-10 minutes or until wings are crisp to your liking.
Every air fryer is different so you may need to cook your wings longer than 25 minutes.
I used a 5.8-quart Cosori Air Fryer for this recipe.
Other homemade dry mixes that you can use to make a marinade for this recipe:
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