The BEST Perfectly Delicious CRISPY Air-Fried Wings using the NuWave Air Fryer! {Recipe}

My husband and I lOVE wings. We would choose to eat wings over most other foods on a daily basis. SO GOOD. However, we are a little picky about our wings.

He does NOT like wings soaked in sauce. Ever. 

I do NOT like soggy wings. Ever. 

I don’t mind the wings to have a wet sauce on them…. but the base of those wings BETTER be fried crispy! I cringe at the thought of oven baked wings — unless it’s CRISPY oven baked wings. We tried this oven baked crispy wing recipe for a while… but ultimately didn’t like them because we love the oil fried taste that comes from traditional frying. BUT if you’re not picky like us and you don’t have an air fryer — I suggest trying that recipe!


Anyways, we used to have a traditional oil fryer when we first got married. We loved it. BUT – I’m TERRIFIED of fires.

T E R R I F I E D.

When we moved to our house about 4 years ago, our fryer got tossed in the move. We decided to retire it and try baking all of the delicious goodness that we love so much.

EHHHHH. It was never my favorite way of cooking anything.

So, this Christmas, Kevin purchased me the NuWave Air Fryer. I was like THANKS, HONEY! (In sheer excitement but also hesitation because I was all HOW THE HECK IS AIR GOING TO FRY MY FOOD?!)

After Christmas, he went to Kroger and purchased some party wings and asked me to try them out in our new air fryer. I was like… um… WHAT THE HECK DO I DO?! We did some research on how to cook wings (and looked in the little recipe book that came with the air fryer) and decided that we didn’t like ANY of the methods we were researching.

So, we experimented with what we were going to do and we were ABSOLUTELY BLOWN AWAY with how these wings came out. PLUS – it was SO EASY.


  • 1 bag of Frozen Party Wings
  • 1/2 TBSP EVOO
  • 1/2 TSP Salt (Plus more for the thawing out process)


  • Thaw out the wings in a large bowl of HOT water + salt
  • Dry the wings off completely. I like to use paper towels to soak as much water out of them as I can.
  • Put the EVOO and salt in a large bowl.
  • Toss the wings in the mixture
  • Preheat your air fryer to 360 degrees
  • Spray the bottom of the basket with a cooking spray (only to prevent sticking during the cooking process)
  • Put a layer of wings in the basket. I only do as much as one layer at a time ONLY because I haven’t tried more yet. I put my cooked wings in the oven at 200 degrees only to keep them warm while the rest cook. FEEL FREE to try cooking all the wings and let me know how it goes!
  • Cook for 40 minutes. Check the wings every 5 minutes or so and “shake” them. This helps them get evenly crispy — don’t forget this step!
  • When your wings are done, either toss them in your favorite wing sauce or use a dry rub like I do — Lemon Pepper!

That’s it! Please let me know how you like them!


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