These Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Wings are my absolute favorite chicken wing recipe! They crisp up with no oil required and the air fryer does all the work. Just like this Jalapeno Dip, try these for the best Game Day Appetizer or pair them with pizza on Friday night!
These Crispy Chicken Wings are ridiculously good. If you don't have an air fryer, I recommend buying one just to make these.
The sauce on these wings is a meeting place between the best garlic bread I've ever had and crispy chicken wings. No joke, I was eating the garlic sauce from the bowl. I can't think of a better game day food. Try my Garlic Soy Chicken Wings too!
Why You'll Love This Recipe:
- It's so easy to make with about 10 minutes of prep time
- You won't believe how perfectly crispy these wings get in the air fryer
- The garlic butter parmesan sauce is incredible
- Chicken wings are a must have for Game Day
Chicken Wings-If you can get them fresh, instead of frozen, that's the best. If they are frozen, make sure they are completely thawed before starting the recipe. I love using Smart Chicken Wings for this recipe because they are organic, have nothing to trim up and they are great for on a budget. These only cost $7 for 10 wings, which isn't bad to pay for great quality.
Garlic Butter-The garlic is roasted in butter in the skillet for just a few minutes to soften the pungent taste of raw garlic and slowly roast it into a much milder form.
Parmesan Cheese-You want to use a block form of parmesan cheese and shred it on the fine setting of the grater. If you can use parmigiano reggiano, I promise it's worth it. It is the best quality, nutty, and delicious parmesan out there.
Mayonnaise- Thickens the sauce and really binds all of the ingredients together. Mayo also brings in a nice creamy texture to the garlic parmesan sauce.
Salt, Pepper and Ranch Seasoning-A simple blend that helps season the chicken wings before cooking. I've found that with wings in the air fryer, less is more. A heavy seasoning will result in a bitter, burnt exterior on the wings.
Parsley- Optional, but it brings in a fresh element and is sprinkled on right before serving.
See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
Substitutions & Variations for Garlic Butter Wings:
If you don't like mayonnaise, you can leave it out. It is a good binder and helps create a thicker sauce to stick to the wings, but it still tastes great without it.
Not big on garlic parmesan sauce? You can toss these wings in a thick bbq sauce, or Frank's wing sauce instead.
If you don't have Ranch seasoning, just sprinkle in a teaspoon of garlic powder and a teaspoon of onion powder in with the salt and pepper.
For the parmesan, I highly suggest shredding it from a block on the finest setting of the cheese grater. Do not use bagged cheese here. It will melt into the sauce. If you have to pick an alternative, I would use the shaker powdered form of parmesan.
The parsley is completely optional. I like it for its fresh flavor.
How to Make Garlic Parmesan Wings in the Air Fryer:
Step 1: In a large bowl, add in the wings. Sprinkle in ranch seasoning and salt and pepper. Toss to coat the wings.
Step 2: Preheat the air fryer at 400 degrees or on the wing setting. Add the wings in an even layer and air fry for 25 minutes, flipping half way through.
Step 3: While the wings are cooking, melt the butter in a skillet over medium low heat. Add in the garlic and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Do not brown the garlic and the butter. Transfer to a large bowl and allow it to cool for 5 minutes.
Step 4: Once the garlic butter has cooled down, add in the mayonnaise and parmesan cheese and stir well to combine. It will look thick and that's ok. Once we add the hot wings, the sauce will melt.
Step 5: Add the crispy hot wings right into the garlic sauce as soon as they come out of the air fryer.
Step 6: Toss the wings into the sauce until it melts and coats the wings. Top with fresh parsley and more parmesan, if desired.
Step 7: Serve and enjoy! These wings don't really need a sauce, but my Wing Stop Ranch would be tasty!
- Allow the air fryer to preheat before adding in the wings.
- Mince up the garlic really fine for this recipe and when cooking in the butter, we are looking to just soften it over medium low heat, no browning.
- Pull the garlic butter from the stove and immediately transfer to a bowl to cool. This will help the butter and garlic from burning and creating a bitter flavor.
For more Game Day Appetizer ideas, try my Mango Habanero Salsa, Walking Taco Casserole, Roast Beef Sliders and Bacon Wrapped Sweet Peppers. Check out these Top 10 Super Bowl Food Ideas with recipes too.
It's a really simple sauce made from butter, minced garlic, finely shredded parmesan cheese and a little mayonnaise.
You want to cook wings at 400 degrees in the air fryer for 20-25 minutes flipping half way through. The internal temperature of wings should be 165 degrees before eating.
I don't use either. They get super crispy in the air fryer without it.
Some spices can't tolerate the heat in the air fryer. I suggest seasoning lightly, if you plan to cook something over a long period of time or over high heat. Chicken wings for example, should be lightly seasoned. Put the flavor in the sauce and coat once they come out of the air fryer.
They won't come out as crispy as the air fryer, but you can oven bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes on each side on a wired rack over a cookie sheet. Make sure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees before pulling from the oven.
How to Reheat Wings in the Air Fryer:
To reheat chicken wings in the air fryer, set the temperature to 350 degrees. Air fry for 5 to 6 minutes, flipping once half way through.
With this recipe having garlic on the outside, you could also just bake them in a 350 degree oven for 8 to 12 minutes to avoid the garlic from burning.
Serve these beside a pizza with this Same Day Pizza Dough recipe.
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