Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Wings

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For a tasty, cheesy take on classic chicken wings, air fryer garlic parmesan wings are a must-try!

Made with very few ingredients – like freshly grated parmesan – these garlic parmesan wings in the air fryer are perfectly snackable and go great with a dipping sauce!

parmesan chicken wings in bowl with dip and cut celery behind
Air fryer garlic parmesan wings – so good!

Recipe Tips/Substitutions

Before you get out the cheese grater to make air fryer garlic parmesan chicken wings, read through these recipe tips and substitutions so that you know what to expect!

  • Make sure to use split wings for this recipe – drumettes and/or wingettes.
  • You first cook the wings (to some extent) and then add the garlic and grated parmesan as a second step. You can either do this when the chicken wings are 2/3 done and then crisp up then parmesan cheese in the air fryer. Or you can wait to add the garlic-parmesan-mixture after the chicken wings are done cooking. See the sections below for detailed instructions.
  • If you are using salty parmesan cheese, we wouldn’t add more than 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the chicken wings. If the parmesan is not that salty and you like your wings salty, feel free to add 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  • Since every air fryer is different and some wings are slightly larger or smaller, your cooking time might vary slightly. Make sure that the inside of the chicken wings is cooked through fully!

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

For the step-by-step instructions on how to make garlic parmesan chicken wings in the air fryer, you can follow the recipe process photos in this section.

This way, you can see just how we made our wings and follow along with confidence.

If you just want to air fry garlic parmesan wings and don’t like visuals, you can skip to the recipe card at the bottom of this post!

raw chicken wings in silver bowl with spices in counter
Add the wings to a mixing bowl.

If your chicken wings (drumettes and wingettes) are quite moist, place them on a plate and use a paper towel to pat them dry.

If your chicken wings are without excess moisture, then you can skip this drying step.

At this time, also preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Next, add the wings into a medium mixing sized bowl. Then also add in oil, salt, and pepper.

raw chicken wings in bowl with oil and spices mixed in on counter top
Make sure the wings are evenly coated.

Toss until the wings are evenly coated.

raw chicken wings in black air fryer tray
Place the chicken wings into the preheated air fryer.

Once the air fryer is hot, add the wings to the air fryer. The wings should be in one even layer in the tray so that they can cook and crisp evenly.

If this amount of wings is too much for your air fryer, cook the wings in two batches.

Cook the chicken wings for 14 minutes (they won’t be done yet!). Flip the wings halfway through the cooking time.

brick of parmesan on wooden cutting board on white counter
Grate the parmesan cheese.

While the wings are cooking, grate the parmesan cheese and melt the butter.

semi-cooked chicken wings in black air fryer tray on white counter
Remove the chicken wings from the air fryer.

Once the 14 minutes are up, remove the chicken wings from the air fryer and place them into a clean bowl. Don’t turn the air fryer off yet!

chicken wings in silver bowl mixed with parmesan cheese on white counter
Add the parmesan, butter, and garlic powder to the bowl.

Drizzle the melted butter on top of the wings then sprinkle the parmesan cheese and the garlic powder on top, too.

Toss the wings in these new ingredients to coat them.

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Add the wings back to the air fryer to finish cooking.

Now, place the chicken wings back into the air fryer and cook for another 4-6 minutes until fully cooked and the parmesan cheese has slightly browned.

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Fully cooked garlic parmesan wings.

When cooked, remove the chicken wings from the air fryer.

Serve them with cut-up carrot and celery sticks as well as your favorite dipping sauce (optional).

chicken wings in bowl with dipping sauce and cut veggies behind
These garlic parmesan wings are waiting to be served.

Alternatively, if you don’t want the parmesan cheese to get slightly crispy, you can cook the chicken wings fully until they are done (approximately 18-20 minutes).

Then take them out, place them into a clean bowl, drizzle the melted butter on top and add the grated parmesan cheese and garlic powder.

Toss until the wings are evenly coated, then serve right away.

Storage Tips

If you have leftover air-fried garlic parmesan wings, you can store them in a sealed container and put them in the fridge. They will last for up to 3 days and reheat nicely.

You can choose the air fryer or the microwave to reheat the chicken wings. They’ll not be as crispy as freshly made but these wings are still tasty to munch on!

Related Recipes

For more tasty chicken air fryer recipes, have a look at these creations and try one out the next time you air fry!

chicken wings in bowl with dipping sauce and cut veggies behind

Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Wings are crispy and delicious. Made from fresh wings with spices and grated parmesan cheese, these wings are ready for munching and dipping!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken wings (drumettes and wingettes)
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt (see notes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

The Garlic Parmesan Coating

  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. If your chicken wings (drumettes and wingettes) are quite moist, place them on a plate and use a paper towel to pat them dry. If your chicken wings are without excess moisture, then you can skip this drying step.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Add the wings into a medium mixing sized bowl. Then also add in oil, salt, and pepper. Toss everything until the wings are evenly coated.
  4. Once the air fryer is hot, add the wings to the air fryer. The wings should be in one even layer in the tray so that they can cook and crisp evenly. If this amount of wings is too much for your air fryer, cook the wings in two batches.
  5. Cook the chicken wings for 14 minutes (they won't be done yet!). Flip the wings halfway through the cooking time.
  6. While the wings are cooking, grate the parmesan cheese and melt the butter.
  7. Once the 14 minutes are up, remove the chicken wings from the air fryer and place them into a clean bowl. Don't turn the air fryer off yet! Drizzle the melted butter on top of the wings then sprinkle the parmesan cheese and the garlic powder on top, too. Toss the wings in these new ingredients to coat them.
  8. Place the chicken wings back into the air fryer and cook for another 4-6 minutes until fully cooked and the parmesan cheese has slightly browned.
  9. When cooked, remove the chicken wings and serve them with cut-up carrot and celery sticks as well as your favorite dipping sauce (optional).

Notes

  • If you are using salty parmesan cheese, we wouldn't add more than 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the chicken wings. If the parmesan is not that salty and you like your wings salty, feel free to add 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  • Alternatively, if you don't want the parmesan cheese to get slightly crispy, you can cook the chicken wings fully until they are done (approximately 18-20 minutes). Then take them out, place them into a clean bowl, drizzle the melted butter on top and add the grated parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Toss until the wings are evenly coated, then serve right away.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 445Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 1014mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 22g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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