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Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings cooked in the air fryer are SUPER CRISPY and coated with RICH, NUTTY cheese and GARLICKY goodness!

Great for game day or a mid week dinner break.

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If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

Who has two thumbs and loves chicken wings? THIS GIRL!

Now that my son is just as addicted to them, I am making them more often. Usually a purist when it comes to snack foods, this recipe was born out of necessity. As most good things are!

While making wings the other day, I discovered only too late, that I was out of buffalo sauce.

Not only that, but I was out of hot sauce to make homemade buffalo sauce. What’s a wing-lovin’ girl to do?

Switch it up!

Thankfully, I was not out of garlic or cheese, so I decided to try my hand at the flavor I see on the menu at our local wing joint.

I never order it, because I rarely stray from my faves, but my husband loves it.

Not only were they a hit, but I might have to start ordering my wings half medium, half garlic parmesan from now on!


These wings are just what they say they are. Crispy chicken wings tossed in fresh minced garlic and grated parmesan cheese.

And the combo is to die for!

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Can you cook wings in an air fryer? Yes! Typically I prefer a deep fried chicken wing. Nothing beats it. But the air fryer is a close second.

Not using a lot of oil gets the skin super crispy and I don’t make a huge mess cooking them. Perfect for my kids to make themselves too.

I used to bake my wings using this method, but to get them as crispy as I like, takes well over an hour. Plus prepping the night before.

I need my wing fix quicker than that.

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To get you started making your own version of these chicken wings, just grab these few simple ingredients. No store bought sauces required!


  • Chicken wings
  • Olive oil
  • Grated Parmesan
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Parsley for garnish (optional)


ONE: Make the garlic parmesan sauce by combining the garlic, olive oil, parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper.

TWO: Toss your chicken wings in olive oil.

THREE: Air fry at 390F for 20-30 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.

FOUR: Toss the wings in the sauce and garnish with parsley if desired. Enjoy!

I love extra crispy wings. So much that I always order mine cooked “well done” and sauce on the side.

I don’t like having my chicken sitting in sauce, making the skin all soggy, while the rest of my order is being prepared or transported home.

I will apply the sauce when I’m ready and use as much as I like. Thank you very much!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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  • Preheat the air fryer so the skin doesn’t stick to the basket.
  • For even crispier skin, pat your wings dry and leave them uncovered overnight in the fridge. This helps to dry the skin out even more.
  • You can toss the wings in garlic and olive oil and then add the cheese at the end like the recipe states, or you can just mix the cheese in the sauce and air fry the wings plain.
  • Serve the sauce on the side instead of tossing the hot wings in it for those who prefer plain wings or like to do their own dipping.
  • Make sure to leave space between the wings in the air fryer basket to allow for even cooking.
  • For a richer sauce, add a little melted butter to the olive oil.
  • Need a little kick to yours? Add red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce to the coating mixture.
  • If you like yours even more done, start with 20 minutes and add a few minutes to the total cook time.
  • Serve these along with these other air fryer recipes!


Yes, you can. Just add extra cooking time and turn them a few times to ensure even cooking.

Make sure the internal temperature reaches 160F before enjoying.


The more skin that is exposed to the air the crispier they will get. I would recommend cooking in batches or using a cooking rack in the fry basket.

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This version of air fryer wings is my favorite and are an absolute crowd pleaser. I feel like they are a “classy” version of everyone’s game day favorite.



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Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings cooked in the air fryer are SUPER CRISPY and coated with RICH, NUTTY cheese and GARLICKY goodness!


  • 4 pounds chicken wings
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees. Prepare air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place wings in a large bowl.
  3. Pour oil over wings and toss to coat.
  4. Add garlic, salt, and pepper to the wings and toss again.
  5. Place wings in air fryer basket with space between to allow air to circulate.
    Cook chicken wings 25 to 30 minutes (25 minutes for thawed but closer to 30 minutes for frozen), flipping halfway or until the chicken wings are done.
  6. Toss cooked chicken wings in grated parmesan cheese before serving.
  7. Enjoy!


If you love this recipe, please leave me a comment and rate it 5 stars. Thank you!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 410Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 493mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 20g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Ceil Tuzinski

Wednesday 7th of October 2020

Made Your recipe today for Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings (my favorite) btw. I give you 5 Stars. Excellent.


Thursday 8th of October 2020

Thank you so much!! I'm glad you liked them:)

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