Crispy, flavorful, and OMG so good, Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings are the perfect way to eat wings without the fried food guilt!
Football food is the most elite food in the entire world, am I right?! I mean come on, you can’t go wrong with delicious, fried, finger food. You especially can’t go wrong with a crispy fried chicken wing or a blooming onion. But, sometimes these apps can be too heavy and greasy.
That’s where these amazing Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings come in. They’re crispy and delicious without all the heavy oil to make you regret eating them!!
AIR FRYER GARLIC PARMESAN CHICKEN WINGS
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Ok, so just because football season is over, doesn’t mean WING season is over. In our house, chicken wings are a year-round food. They’re great as an appetizer for a gathering of friends, wings are amazing as a main dish for a family dinner at home.
I’m talking ALL the flavors and dipping sauces! And NEWSFLASH! Chicken wings work for sporting events besides football tailgates on game day! Yup, I said it.
Now let’s talk wing flavor. I am not a huge fan of spicy foods. I can handle a little kick, but not so much that I’m running for the nearest glass of water.
So you typically won’t find me scarfing down a hot buffalo wing. Instead, my go-to flavor is garlic parmesan chicken wings!
If we were to order wings to-go, we’d be getting some super oily (but also super delicious…) fried garlic parmesan chicken wings. Sometimes eating those just leaves me feeling icky, so instead, I decided to figure out how to make wings at home.
I’ve tried making baked chicken wings recipes and garlic parm wings in the air fryer. Both are delicious, but honestly, I think the air fryer version is crispier AND more authentic tasting. Believe me when I say I am not looking back to takeout wings. This garlic parmesan chicken wings recipe is my new go-to!
What are garlic parmesan wings?
So there are typically two types of fried chicken wings – the sauced wings and the dry-rubbed wings. Each type has its own benefits, but what’s cool about these wings is that the garlic parmesan chicken wing sauce is kind of a combo of both a dry rub AND a sauce.
You’ll coat the chicken wings in some onion powder and olive oil to give the skin some yummy seasoning and then you’ll coat the wings with a dry rub of minced garlic and parmesan cheese. Here’s what you’ll need to make this delicious garlic parmesan chicken wing recipe:
Chicken Wings – when making garlic parmesan chicken wings air fryer style, I usually grab 2 pounds of wings at the grocery store. This will easily serve my family of four. If I’m serving a crowd, I’ll just double the recipe!
Garlic – one of the most important parts of a good garlic parmesan chicken wing sauce is fresh, minced garlic. Normally for other recipes, I’d say that garlic powder can be an adequate substitute for minced garlic. However, if you’re looking for optimum flavor, definitely go with fresh, minced garlic!
Parmesan – obviously garlic parmesan chicken wings need some parmesan cheese! As with the garlic, I highly suggest using freshly grated parmesan. It just mixes perfectly with the garlic, melts really well, and gives the most delicious flavor to your chicken wings!
How to make garlic parmesan chicken wings
You might think that making chicken wings at home is a big, extensive process. But, if you know me at ALL, you know that I thrive on easy to replicate recipes. Grab your air fryer and you’ll be enjoying fresh, crispy garlic parmesan chicken wings in under an hour!
Prep time for this recipe is super quick, so you’ll want to preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees so it’s ready to go once your chicken wings are prepped.
- While your air fryer is heating up, you’re going to work on getting your chicken wings seasoned. In a large bowl, toss the wings with onion powder, salt, and pepper.
- Next, add the olive oil to the chicken and make sure each wing is coated. I suggest using your hands for this step – it really helps to make sure all of the wings are fully coated!
- In a medium bowl, combine the parsley, Parmesan cheese, and garlic.
- Now coat your chicken wings with the garlic parmesan “sauce”. Again, make sure you get them totally coated, every wing deserves equal garlic parm deliciousness!!
- Next, place the wings in an even layer in the air fryer basket making sure the chicken pieces do not overlap. Depending on how many wings you have, you may need to do a couple of batches.
- Place the basket of wings in the fryer for 12 minutes. Flip chicken and place back in the fryer for another 10-12 minutes.
- You’ll know the wings are done when the internal temperature is 165 degrees F and the outside is golden brown and crispy. Since there more wings to cook, go ahead and pop the cooked wings onto a baking sheet and keep them warm in a 200-degree oven until all the wings are ready… or you can serve them up as they come out of the air fryer.
- Pull your crispy garlic parmesan chicken wings out of the basket, garnish with a little extra parmesan cheese and parsley. Serve them hot, they’ll disappear right before your eyes!
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Tools used to make this Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings recipe
Air Fryer: if you haven’t jumped on the air fryer train yet, now’s your chance! This little appliance is incredible.
Glass Mixing Bowls: I love this classic mixing bowl set. It’s simple, gorgeous, and useful!
- Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees F.
- If needed, separate chicken wings into drummettes, paddles, and discard tips. Place wings in a mixing bowl. Season wings with onion powder, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat.
- Pour olive oil over wings and use your hands to make sure the wings are well coated in oil.
- In another bowl, combine parsley, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. Pour over wings and toss to coat wings in Parmesan mixture.
- Place wings in an even layer in the air fryer basket. Make sure the chicken pieces do not overlap. (You'll need to cook in batches.)
- Place the basket in the air fryer and cook for 12 minutes. Flip the chicken over a cook for another 10-12 minutes. Chicken is done when the internal temp is 165 degrees F and outside is golden brown.
- Transfer wings to a baking sheet and keep warm in a 200-degree oven until all the wings or done. Or you can serve them up as they come out of the air fryer. Garnish with some extra Parmesan and parsley if desired.