Crispy garlic parmesan chicken wings are baked in the air fryer. These are perfect for game day or party, and they’re healthier than deep-fried. The chicken wings are coated in a delicious coating in minced garlic, melted butter, lemon juice, and smoked paprika.
In a couple of weeks, most Americans will gather around their television with their friends, some delicious finger foods, and cold beer to watch two Titan football teams clash into one another to wing the Lombardi trophy. It’s an American tradition! So even if you don’t care too much about the game, like me, you have to look forward to some football game food classics, and chicken wings are a good part of that.
My husband is what I call a fried chicken wing connoisseur. He loves chicken wings. Mainly fried chicken wings. Furthermore, my husband’s favorite chicken wing recipe is Garlic Parmesan and Buffalo Hot Garlic, but let’s stick to the garlic parm wings for this post. Shall we?
Ingredients for the Parmesan Chicken Wings
Although these chicken wings have explosive flavor, they don’t require many ingredients. I’m sure you may already have most of the ingredients in your home.
Garlic: Of course, this is a necessary ingredient to give these chicken wings. Be sure to use freshly minced garlic. But, if you have prechopped garlic that comes in a jar, that is fine too.
Butter: The butter is what brings everything together. For this recipe, you are going to want to use unsalted butter. This is because there is already salt and other seasonings throughout the chicken wings.
Parmesan Cheese: I used grated parmesan that you typically use to shake over pasta, and although the wings were still delicious, I couldn’t help but wonder if the flavor would be better if I used freshly grated parmesan that you typically get from the cheese section in
Lemon Juice: There is a lot of flavor going on, and combining the butter with parm gives the chicken wings a saltiness that needs to be balanced out by adding some acid and freshness. Fortunatley, adding some lemon juice does both. So you will be able to taste the wings, but the lemon flavor isn’t overpowering.
Parsley: I love parsley. Parsley does add a fresh pop of freshness to the chicken. I used dried parsley, but I think adding fresh parsley would elevate the flavors a bit.
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes: First off, this is one of my favorite ingredients for anything. The pepper flakes give a subtle spicy element to the wings.
Combining all of these ingredients makes one delicious butter mixture, and then tossing the wings in the sauce is where the magic happens.
How to make crispy air fryer garlic parmesan chicken wings
Learning how to make the crispiest air fryer chicken wings in the air fryer has been trial and error for me. I’ve tried several ways, but I finally came up with the best methods.
Use Baking Powder: I know this seems very weird, but I learned from watching some science guy that the chemical reaction from the baking powder on the skin of the chicken helps the skin to crisp up.
Make sure the chicken wings are dry: One way you can do this is by laying the chicken wings out on a baking rack in the refrigerator for several hours, or overnight and the chicken will dry out on the outside. Once you’ve done that, let them set out at room temperature for 30 minutes, at least.
Cook on high heat: Cooking the chicken wings on high heat ( 400 F degrees) in the air fryer on both sides is sure to make these chicken wings super crispy.
These Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Wings are perfect for game day, but this appetizer is also an excellent option for low-carb and keto dieters.
Commonly Asked Questions
The cooking time for these wings is 30 minutes, 15 on both sides in the air fryer. You will flip them after 15 minutes.
If you stack the chicken wings in the air fryer, they won’t get as crispy as they could. You want to give them some space so the heat can cook them evenly and the air can crisp the skin.
The really depends on the size of the air fryer basket and the recommendations given by the manufacturer.
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