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These crispy and delicious Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Wings are a tasty and healthier alternative to classic fried chicken wings! With a quick and easy Garlic parmesan wing sauce made in the microwave, these wings are a great appetizer to make on the fly!

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Easy and tasty Air fryer garlic parmesan wings!

If you’re craving some crispy, buttery wings- you’ve come to the right place. These Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Wings have all the flavor of a classic fried wing, but are made lighter in the air fryer! With a fast and delicious microwave-friendly garlic parm sauce, these air fried chicken wings are a great snack for the game, without the guilt!

Air fryer chicken wings

Looking for more appetizer ideas?

Give my Miso Honey Butter Wings, Seafood Bruschetta, Kimchi Shrimp Cocktail, or Crab and Shrimp Ceviche with Homemade Tortilla Chips a try!

marinated chicken wings

Making the air fryer chicken wings

These easy air fryer chicken wings get their great flavor from not only the garlic parm sauce, but also from a simple marinade! Before air frying the wings, marinate the chicken in Italian dressing for at least 2 hours, or up to overnight. Before air frying, be sure to dry very well with paper towels, and season liberally with salt and pepper. This will ensure the skin crisps up nicely!

air fryer chicken wings

Preparing the Parmesan wings

Once the chicken wings are crispy and cooked through, it’s time to sauce them up! Toss the hot wings right into the sauce, and coat well.

Making the Garlic parmesan wing sauce

The garlic parm wing sauce is easy to make, and all you need is a bowl, a spoon, and a microwave!

To make the sauce:

Melt 1 stick butter in a microwave safe bowl on high for about 1 minute, until fully melted. Add olive oil, dry chives, smoked paprika, garlic powder, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and minced garlic. Stir well. Transfer wings to bowl, and add parmesan cheese. Toss well to coat. Serve immediately with hot sauce, blue cheese, or ranch.

garlic parm sauced wings

What goes into the garlic parm sauce?

  • Melted butter 
  • Extra virgin olive oil 
  • Dry chives 
  • Smoked paprika 
  • Garlic powder 
  • Crushed red pepper flakes 
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper 
  • Minced garlic 
  • Grated Parmesan cheese 

The bold blend of spices and the use of both fresh garlic, dried chives and garlic powder give these wings a 1-2 flavor punch! The addition of smoked paprika gives a little smokiness to the sauce, and the crushed red pepper flakes add some subtle heat.

wing dipped in hot sauce

What dips go well with the Garlic parm sauce?

These garlic parmesan wings are great just as they are. If you like a little dipping action, they also go great with some good hot sauce, ranch dressing, or blue cheese. Serve them up with a little celery and carrots and an ice cold beer!

garlic Parmesan wings

Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Wings

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
marinate time2 hrs
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: chicken wing, wings
Servings: 12 wings

Equipment

  • air fryer

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing 
  • 1 lb split chicken wings
  • 1 stick melted butter 
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 tsp dry chives 
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 
  • 1 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes 
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper 
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Prep and cook the wings
    1. Marinate chicken in Italian dressing for at least 2 hours, or up to overnight.
    2. Dry wings well on paper towels.
    3. Season liberally with salt and pepper.
    4. Spray the basket of air fryer liberally with cooking spray and set aside.
    5. Place the wings in the fryer basket so they are not touching (if there’s not enough room, place drums standing upright along the sides of the basket). Set the air fryer to 360 degrees and cook wings for 12 minutes
    6. After 12 minutes, flip the wings with tongs and cook for 12 more minutes.
    7. Flip the wings once more, turn heat up to 390 degrees and cook wings until extra-crispy, about 6 minutes more.
    8. While wings crisp, prepare the garlic parm sauce.
    Make the sauce
    1. Melt 1 stick of butter in a microwave safe bowl on high for about 1 minute, until fully melted.
    2. Add olive oil, dry chives, smoked paprika, garlic powder, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and minced garlic. Stir well.
    3. Transfer wings to bowl, and add parmesan cheese. Toss well to coat.
    4. Serve immediately with hot sauce, blue cheese, or ranch.

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