Easy Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

These air fryer chicken wings are crispy and savory with a delightful garlicky flavor that pairs perfectly with the parmesan cheese. So delicious on its own that you don’t need any sauce to go with it. Using just a few simple ingredients these easy air fryer garlic parmesan chicken wings are a breeze to make and come out so perfectly tender and tasty in the air fryer. Such a delicious party appetizer or snack for game day, movie night, or any gathering. This is also completely gluten-free so everyone can enjoy these tasty chicken wings!

You know something is delicious when I make them back to back at home! That is the case with these air fryer garlic parmesan chicken wings! My teenage boy pretty much ate half of the chicken last night and ate some more of the second batch today. My husband and daughter equally loved these wings!

As for me, I was blown away not only by its tasty cheesy and garlicky flavors but the fact that they came out so crispy on the outside yet so joyously tender and juicy on the inside! Not dry at all!

This is why I love cooking my chicken wings in the air fryer! They always cook so perfectly! Besides, I needed to make a yummy party food for the Super Bowl and what can be yummier than chicken wings, right?

Chicken wings are a staple in any American household, especially on game day, movie nights or any potluck or gathering. They are a crowd-pleaser and are loved by people of all ages.

But, if you’re tired of the usual classic buffalo sauce and looking for something different, you need to try out this recipe for garlic parmesan chicken wings. These chicken wings are crispy, and savory, and have a delightful garlicky flavor that pairs perfectly with the parmesan cheese. Chicken wings are perfection!

Now, let’s go and make these yummy garlic parmesan chicken wings!

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WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS FOR AIR FRYER GARLIC PARMESAN CHICKEN WINGS?

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken wings
  • 1-2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 8 tablespoons parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Nonstick Cooking Spray


HOW DO YOU MAKE AIR FRYER GARLIC PARMESAN CHICKEN WINGS?

  1. Pat dry the chicken wings to ensure they don’t have any excess water or moisture. Don’t skip this part. This is very important. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cornstarch, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir to mix.
  3. Dip each chicken wing in the beaten egg lightly. Use a brush to remove any excess egg. You just want to lightly coat it and not overdo it. Toss the wings in the parmesan-flavored breading and ensure they’re well coated. Place the wings in a rack as you preheat the air fryer.
  4. Preheat the air fryer to 380F. Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick spray. Add the wings and generously spray the wings with the cooking spray, too. Cook for 26-28 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Flip the chicken wings halfway through the cooking time.
  5. Serve immediately on its own or with your favorite chicken dip!

CAN I REPLACE THE CORNSTARCH HERE WITH FLOUR?

I would say – preferably not! The secret to making these chicken wings come out so crispy is the cornstarch so don’t substitute with flour, if possible. Below I explain why cornstarch is so necessary for making these chicken wings perfect!

Cornstarch is often used in fried chicken recipes for a few reasons:

  1. Crispy coating: Cornstarch helps create a crispy coating on the chicken because it absorbs moisture from the chicken, causing the surface to dry out and become crunchy when fried.
  2. Tender meat: Cornstarch also helps to tenderize the chicken by breaking down the proteins, resulting in juicy and tender meat.
  3. Thickening: Cornstarch can also help thicken the coating and make it adhere better to the chicken. This helps to prevent the coating from falling off during the frying process.
  4. Gluten-free alternative: Cornstarch is gluten-free, making it a great alternative for those with gluten sensitivities.

WHY DO I NEED TO COAT THE CHICKEN WINGS WITH EGG WASH?

Coating chicken in an egg wash before breading or coating it is a common technique used in many fried chicken recipes. The egg wash serves several purposes:

  1. Adhesion: The egg wash helps the breading or coating adhere to the chicken, creating a crispy exterior that stays in place during the frying process.
  2. Flavor: The egg wash can add flavor to the chicken, especially if seasoned with spices or herbs.
  3. Moisture: The egg wash helps to keep the chicken moist during the cooking process. This results in juicy and tender meat.
  4. Crispiness: The egg wash also helps create a crispy exterior on the chicken. The egg proteins coagulate during the frying process, forming a barrier that locks in moisture and creates a crispy texture.

When coating the chicken in an egg wash, it’s important to use a light touch and not over-coat the chicken. Over-coating can result in a heavy and soggy breading or coating that does not crisp up well. To ensure the best results, it’s recommended to dip the chicken in the egg wash, shake off any excess, and then coat it in the breading or coating of your choice.

WHAT DIPS OR SAUCES GO WELL WITH THESE GARLIC PARMESAN CHICKEN WINGS?

Garlic parmesan chicken wings are delicious on their own, but they can be even better with the right dipping sauce. Here are some options that would pair well with this flavor profile:

  1. Ranch dressing: The creamy and tangy flavor of ranch dressing complements the savory and slightly salty flavor of the garlic parmesan chicken wings.
  2. Blue cheese dressing: If you’re a fan of blue cheese, this dressing is the perfect match for your garlic parmesan chicken wings. The strong and tangy flavor of blue cheese balances out the richness of the wings.
  3. Buffalo sauce: For those who can’t resist a little heat, buffalo sauce is a great option for dipping garlic parmesan chicken wings. The combination of spicy and savory flavors will tantalize your taste buds.
  4. Honey mustard: The sweetness of honey mustard pairs perfectly with the salty and savory flavor of the garlic parmesan chicken wings. It’s a classic combination that never fails.
  5. BBQ sauce: For a smoky and sweet flavor, try dipping your garlic parmesan chicken wings in BBQ sauce. The combination of sweet and savory flavors is always a hit.
  6. Garlic aioli: For an even stronger garlic flavor, try dipping your wings in garlic aioli. The creamy and garlicky flavor will complement the parmesan cheese and add a decadent twist.

These are just a few options to consider when it comes to dipping sauces for garlic parmesan chicken wings. Feel free to experiment and find the one that best fits your taste preferences.

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Easy Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

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These air fryer chicken wings are crispy and savory with a delightful garlicky flavor that pairs perfectly with the parmesan cheese. So delicious on its own that you don’t need any sauce to go with it. Using just a few simple ingredients these easy air fryer garlic parmesan chicken wings are a breeze to make and come out so perfectly tender and tasty in the air fryer. Such a delicious party appetizer or snack for game day, movie night, or any gathering. This is also completely gluten-free so everyone can enjoy these tasty chicken wings!
4.86 from 28 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 26 minutes
Course Appetizers, Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 293 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • pounds chicken wings
  • 1-2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 8 tablespoons parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • nonstick Cooking Spray

Instructions
 

  • Pat dry the chicken wings to ensure they don’t have any excess water or moisture. Don’t skip this part. This is very important. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cornstarch, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir to mix.
  • Dip each chicken wing in the beaten egg lightly. Use a brush to remove any excess egg. You just want to lightly coat it and not overdo it. Toss the wings in the parmesan-flavored breading and ensure they’re well coated. Place the wings in a rack as you preheat the air fryer.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 380F. Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick spray. Add the wings and generously spray the wings with the cooking spray, too. Cook for 26-28 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Flip the chicken wings halfway through the cooking time.
  • Serve immediately on its own or with your favorite chicken dip!

Notes

TIPS & TRICKS
I add only about a teaspoon each of salt and freshly ground pepper. Feel free to adjust to your taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 293kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 22gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 244mgPotassium: 180mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 273IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 137mgIron: 1mg
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Last updated on January 30th, 2024 at 03:00 pm

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13 Comments

  1. Neil Bunn
    June 15, 2023 / 12:43 pm

    I’ve cooked chicken in my air fryer at 380 an it just burns everything..should I use a lower temp for this receipe

    • abigail
      Author
      June 17, 2023 / 1:37 pm

      Mine always comes out perfect at the temperature in the recipe but you know your air fryer better so adjust temperature if needed.

  2. Kerry
    June 17, 2023 / 8:07 am

    Do you use grated parm from a bottle or fresh grated Parmesan?

    Thanks.

    • abigail
      Author
      June 17, 2023 / 1:27 pm

      Use what you have. I always have the bottled one so I use that.

  3. Vicky
    June 28, 2023 / 1:47 pm

    5 stars
    I love the crispy texture and intense flavor of these wings. They offer a healthier alternative to traditional deep-fried wings. The garlic and Parmesan combo give them a delicious savory taste.

  4. Justine
    June 28, 2023 / 2:02 pm

    5 stars
    Oh man, these were sooooooo good! I love how crispy they are, the flavor was perfect!

  5. Caroline
    June 28, 2023 / 2:17 pm

    5 stars
    I love the simple tasty flavor of these, and so easy in the air fryer.

  6. Sara Welch
    June 28, 2023 / 4:24 pm

    5 stars
    Enjoyed these for dinner last night, and they did not disappoint! Turned out perfectly crisp and easy; my new favorite go to recipe for busy weeknights, indeed!

  7. Elisa
    June 28, 2023 / 5:13 pm

    5 stars
    Love this air fryer chicken wings recipe, we like to eat chicken wings for easy food and we make them in the air fryer, but this recipe looks delicious and never seen this way of preparation. Will try them. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Andrea
    June 29, 2023 / 9:20 am

    5 stars
    Wow, these look amazing! I can see why you make them often. They are super crispy and delicious!

  9. Toni
    June 29, 2023 / 9:58 am

    5 stars
    This is so good! It was a huge hit at our house!

  10. Amanda Wren-Grimwood
    June 29, 2023 / 10:33 am

    5 stars
    We made these at the weekend and they turned out so crispy. Everyone loves the unexpected cheesy flavour!

  11. Beth
    June 29, 2023 / 11:13 am

    5 stars
    These are so good! I had a bag of grated parmesan on hand, and it worked perfectly. I love how crispy they get, too.

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