Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Baking Powder

Whenever I want to make something quick and give the family a treat, I get the chicken wings ready to marinate and then throw into the air fryer.


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These chicken wings in the air fryer turn out so crispy and I don’t mean to sound cliché – but finger licking good!

The Marinade

I’m more than happy to take short cuts wherever I can. Using a store bought pre-mixed seasoning is definitely one of them.


A typical chicken seasoning usually has something like basil, rosemary, garlic powder, mustard, paprika, black pepper, thyme, celery seed, parsley, cumin, cayenne pepper, and chicken bouillon blended together. These herbs and spices can vary however. I like to use this brand.

Combine this chicken seasoning with the lemon juice, olive oil, chili and cayenne pepper, salt and garlic powder for 30 minutes or more (leaving it over night is best). This will help you achieve the most flavorful wings.

chicken wings in a marinade

The Air Fryer

I have 2 recommendations and I have personally owned and used both of these air fryers.


If you need a larger air fryer, then try this brand. I have only owned it for a short period of time but I absolutely love it. Especially for the fact that it is larger and has 2 baskets, so I don’t have to cook in batches which takes longer.

If your portions are smaller or you are cooking for less people, then definitely try this brand. I had it for over a year and had I not dropped it and dented the basket, I’m sure it would have continued to serve me well!

If you love flavorful chicken dinners, try these recipes:

Lemon Chicken Sheet Pan dinner


Plum Roasted Chicken


Baked Moroccan Chicken

What does baking powder do to chicken wings?

Baking powder helps give the chicken wings its crispiness. In fact it almost makes the wings look like they have been breaded when they haven’t been! Its important to add the baking powder and coat the wings evenly right before they are going into the air fryer.

crispy air fryer chicken wings on a plate with vegetables

Can you air fry frozen wings?

Yes you can put frozen chicken wings in the air fryer.  However, you wouldn’t be able to marinate them properly. The flavor would not be absorbed into the wings.


Chicken wings can be thawed in the air fryer at a lower temperature for around 10 minutes before you turn the heat up to cook them.

Are air fryer chicken wings healthy?

The wings are mostly skin and fat, so they are not a healthy option.  However, if you air fry them instead of deep fry them, it makes the chicken wings a little healthier.

crispy air fryer chicken wings on a baking sheet before the sauce

Can air fryer chicken wings be Keto?

You can make chicken wings Keto, but you will have to make some sacrifices! Now this is assuming you will be eating wings as your main meal as opposed to an appetizer.


Because of the starch in baking powder, you will likely have to make the wings without it. The sauces I use are also high in sugar and carbs, so you won’t be able to use the sauce in this recipe either.


So bottom line, to make chicken wings Keto, marinate them as directed, then air fry them and eat them as is. I’m sure they will still be flavorful and delicious!

Yield: 4 servings

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Baking Powder

saucy chicken wings on a plate

Crispy and flavorful chicken wings

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 1lbs of wings thawed
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp chicken seasoning (I use Clubhouse brand)
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

The Sauce

  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce ( I use Diana's)
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce ( I use Frank's) .  Reduce amount if you prefer less spicy.


  1. Mix the marinade ingredients together and coat the thawed wings for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. Remove from the fridge and mix in 2 tsp of Baking powder.
  3. Bake at 300 F for 20 minutes.
  4. Flip the chicken wings over and bake for another 15 minutes
  5. Increase the temperature to 320 F for the last 10 minutes to get that crispy skin.
  6. Place in a bowl and cover with your favorite BBQ sauce or buffalo wing sauce. My favorite is Frank’s hot sauce mixed with Diana chicken BBQ sauce.

a close up shot of chicken wings with side celery and carrots. This is a pinterest pin.

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