Keto Air Fryer Chicken Wings


Keto chicken wings cooked in an air fryer come out extra crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

Wings are a favorite quick keto meal or appetizer that most everyone enjoys. Since they are small, chicken wings (aka party wings) cook quickly, especially if using an air fryer. This chicken wing recipe is finger lickin’ good just bare but toss them in your favorite sauce to make buffalo wings, garlic parmesan wings or sticky Asian wings.

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One of the easiest and best ways to cook keto wings is in the air fryer. Chicken wings cooked in an air fryer creates an extra crispy crust on the outside to seal in the juicy chicken meat inside. A simple toss in the mildly spicy seasoning and you’re ready to cook.

Clean up is just as easy when using an air fryer. I simply place my air fryer basket in the dishwasher when I’m finished. No need to clean out an oil fryer or oil splatter. Or a large baking sheet if baking in the oven.


“Chicken wings were amazing!!! So juicy and delicious. I recommend dipping with bleu cheese sauce.”

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Can you eat chicken wings on keto?

Yes, the chicken wing is keto approved!

Chicken wings are loved by many on the keto diet as they have near perfect fat and protein ratios, are low in carbohydrates, and are incredibly delicious.

Most people on a low carb diet eat chicken wings because of the beautifully cooked crispy chicken skin. The skin contains most of the fat. The fat is composed of saturated fatty acids and a healthy monounsaturated fat called oleic acid. This fatty acid is also found in olive oil.

Keto Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe Video

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Keto Chicken Wings Ingredients

  • 20 party chicken wings (~ 2 lbs)
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • couple dashes of black pepper

Keto Air Fryer Chicken Wings Directions

  • Keto Air Fryer Chicken Wings
  • Close up photo showing air fried crispy chicken wings on a tray.

    Benefits of cooking wings in an air fryer

    • Crispy chicken – Air fryers produce a circulating forced hot air as opposed to traditional ovens which just heat without the circulation. This is what achieves that perfect crunchy skin. The crispy skin helps to lock in the moisture inside creating a juicy chicken wing.
    • Clean up is easier – Using an air fryer over the conventional oven or an oil fryer minimizes the dishes. The mess is contained to the basket so there is no grease splatter or giant tray to wash by hand afterwards. Most air fryer baskets are dishwasher safe too.

    My family loves our air fryer. It’s one appliance my kids can easily use. They cook everything from hot dogs to breakfast sausage in the air fryer.

    Chicken wings vs party wings (drumettes or wingettes)

    If you grab a package of chicken wings, they may be a large whole wing instead of the small drumstick and flat wings that you are used to seeing. You should be able to find the smaller party wings in the meat section of the grocery store or in the freezer section. 

    Party wings are the ones used in this recipe. They consist of a drumette and wingette. The drumette looks like a miniature drumstick and tends to have more meat than skin. It is also easy to hold because of the bone on the bottom, so your fingers don’t get as messy. The other type is chicken wing is called the wingette, a flatter piece that has more skin than meat.

    If you can’t find party wings, you can use the whole chicken wing and cut them into these smaller pieces using a knife. Cut at the two joints and discard the wing tip – which has very little meat. 

    A chicken wing with dotted lines showing the separation of drumette from wingette/flat and tip.

    Air fry frozen chicken wings

    Forgot to thaw your wings? This recipe works if you have frozen chicken wings.

    • Toss the wings in the marinade then place in the air fryer basket.
    • Cook at 350 °F for 10 minutes first.
    • Then increase the temperature to 380 °F for 25 – 30 minutes.

    Tips for extra crispy chicken wings

    Want the crispiest, crunchiest wings like you get at a restaurant, follow these tips.

    • For extra crispy keto wings, spray the air fryer basket first with cooking spray. Not only will this help prevent the skin from sticking to the basket, but a little bit of oil will aid in crisping up the skin.
    • You could also try cooking your wings at a lower temperature to start (350 degrees) and then increase to 380 degrees for the last 15 minutes.
    • Remember to shake the basket every 5 minutes to allow for even cooking so that all sides are getting crispy.

    Coat with baking powder or cornstarch prior to air frying.

    Reheating chicken wings in an air fryer

    If you have leftover chicken wings, you can reheat them in the air fryer to still have perfectly cooked, crispy wings the next day. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray, add your wings and air fry at 380 °F for 3 to 5 minutes.

    Sauces for your chicken wings

    I love to eat plain keto chicken wings, but they are also delicious when you dip them into your favorite keto sauce. Here are some sauces you should try with your keto wings.

    Keto Air Fryer Chicken Wings: FAQS

    How many carbs are in keto chicken wings?

    Keto chicken wings, well chicken wings are low in carbs. This low carb recipe has only 1.3g of net carbs per serving. It is important to know that it is the sauce that generally adds carbs, so be careful of BBQ sauce and some of the Asian sauces.

    How do I make keto buffalo chicken wings?

    If you want to make air fryer buffalo wings, you should follow this recipe until finished. You may choose to add 1 teaspoon of baking powder in Step 1 in order to prep the wings to absorb more sauce. Once you have finished all the steps in the recipe place the wings in bowl and coat with buffalo wing sauce. From there you can place the wings back in the air fryer to cook in the sauce. Experiment to reach your desired results. As I like to lightly sprinkle cayenne pepper with the buffalo sauce.

    If I order wings at a restaurant, will they be keto?

    It depends. As the server how the chicken wings are prepared. If they are breaded, don't order them as they will be coated with flour, cornstarch or breadcrumbs. Buffalo Wild Wings has wings that are keto approved, especially if you get their bare or plain wings.

    Are chicken wings gluten free?

    Yes, at their simplest chicken wings contain no gluten. This chicken wing recipe does not include any ingredients that contain gluten. Be careful of wing recipes that are breaded as they likely contain gluten, unless specified otherwise.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Keto Air Fryer Chicken Wings

    Servings: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 472
    Fat 35.9g
    Protein 30.6g
    Total Carbs 2.4g
    Net Carbs 1.3g

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    1. I don’t follow keto, but I used your recipe (recommended from my mom). I coated in different sauces when done! Finger lickin’ good!

      1. Hi Sara. Thank you for your message. Lots of the recipes here are keto already.. meaning no tweaks from the traditional recipe to make it that way. Thanks for stopping in!

    2. These wings were the bomb!, made them for Super Bowl and they were a hit. The only thing I added was “Slap your Mama” Cajun seasoning (1 tsp) to kick things up a notch. Thanks for a great recipe!

    3. I came here for the wings recipe but got sold on the corn dogs! It never occurred to me to wrap them in keto dough. Of course, IRL I don’t eat corn dogs but now I just might!

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