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These Marinated Chicken Wings are full of flavor and take less than 30 minutes to cook. Like my marinated chicken legs, this chicken wings recipe includes a homemade chicken wing marinade that uses pantry staples like olive oil and lemon juice. Dip these into my blue cheese dressing or pair them with a side dish like my air fryer squash for an easy keto-friendly chicken dinner.
Why Make These
- Simple homemade marinade: this recipe includes an easy marinade recipe that’s filled with pantry staples like olive oil and lemon juice.
- Cooks in about 25 minutes: After the chicken wings are marinated, they come out juicy and crisp in the air fryer with a cooking time that’s less than 30 minutes.
- Great as an appetizer or main dish: These are the best wings that you can make for your weeknight dinner, game day, and more.
- Chicken Wings: You can use fresh drumettes, party wings, or whole wings for this recipe.
- Chicken Wing Marinade: the marinade for the wings comes together with sea salt, a salt-free herb blend (includes garlic powder and onion powder), fresh minced garlic, black pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice
You can get the full list of ingredient amounts and instructions from the full recipe card at the end of the post.
How to Cook Marinated Chicken Wings in an Air Fryer
- Make the marinade: Add the salt, herb seasoning, garlic, black pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice to a large bowl. Whisk to incorporate the marinade ingredients.
- Marinate the chicken wings: Add the chicken wings to the bowl with the marinade and mix. Cover and allow the wings to marinate for at least 4 hours.
- Add the marinated wings to air fryer: once marinated, place them in a single layer at the bottom of your air fryer basket. This allows the hot air to circulate. Make sure you discard the remaining marinade.
- Air fry & flip halfway through
Top Cooking Tips & FAQs
- Marinate the chicken wings for at least 4 hours: to get the best results and the most flavor, you should allow your wings to marinate as long as possible. I’ve allowed my chicken to sit in the chicken wings marinade for 1-2 days with great success. Remember to discard any leftover marinade.
- Works for store-bought marinated wings too: if you buy your chicken wings with a marinade already on them, you can still use this recipe. Simply, jump to step #5 in the recipe.
- How to cut chicken wings: if you have whole wings, but don’t want to use them as is, break them down. Use a sharp knife to cut the wings into a drum, flat, and wing tip. You can discard the wing tips.
More Chicken Wing Marinade Ideas
- Korean BBQ Marinade: swap the ribs in my keto Korean bbq ribs for chicken wings for an Asian-inspired dish. This easy recipe includes things like sesame oil, fresh ginger, and coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
- Buffalo Wing Sauce: bottled buffalo wing sauce makes an easy marinade that requires no effort! It already includes things like white vinegar, cayenne pepper, hot sauce, avocado oil (or canola oil, depending on the brand), which add flavor to your wings.
Cook Marinated Chicken Wings on the Grill
If you’d like to try these on the grill, you can: set the grill to 400F, toss the wings in the marinade once more to ensure that they have enough olive oil to keep them from sticking, and cook them for 12-15 minutes on each side. Be careful not to burn them!
Making Wings in the Oven
After marinating, add the wings to a baking sheet with parchment paper or wire rack.
Cook in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees (if using a meat thermometer).
Storage & Leftovers
If you have leftover air fryer chicken wings, a great way to store them is in an airtight container for next time. You can also wrap them up tight in aluminum foil for up to 5 days.
You do not have to marinate chicken wings before air frying them. In fact, there are so many ways to make chicken wings in the air fryer across the site. But, you can add a marinade like the one included to add a different flavor to your chicken.
Yes. This recipe is for cooking raw marinated chicken wings.
I would only put sauce on wings in the air fryer at the very end because most sauces will burn if they are left on for the entire cook time. You can put saucy wings in an air fryer to reheat them without issues.
This depends on the size of your wings and whether or not you are making air fryer frozen wings.
Recipes to Enjoy This With
More Marinated Chicken Wing Recipes
Here are some other wing recipes that require either a dry rub or wet marinade to sit on the wings before cooking:
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Marinated Chicken Wings
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- 1 lb chicken wings, fresh drumettes, party wings, or whole wings cut into drumettes and flats
Chicken Wing Marinade
- Add the salt, herb seasoning, garlic, black pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice to a large bowl. Whisk to incorporate.
- Pat the chicken wings dry with a paper towel.
- Add them to the bowl, and mix them evenly with the marinade.
- Cover and marinate for at least 4 hours (ideally overnight)
- Take the chicken about 15-30 minutes before cooking.
- Stir the chicken in the marinade one last time. Shake off excess marinade
- Add the chicken to the air fryer cooking basket.
- Air Crisp the wings at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes per side.
- Marinate the chicken wings for at least 4 hours: to get the most flavor, you should allow your wings to marinate as long as possible. I’ve allowed my chicken to sit in the marinade for 1-2 days with great success.
- Works for store-bought marinated wings too: if you buy your chicken with a marinade, you can still use this recipe. Simply, jump to step #5 in the recipe.
The nutrition facts come from entering the recipe ingredients into Spoonacular API, a database of food ingredients. They may vary for any recipe based on the exact product used. The keto sweeteners I use have 0g net carbs & are not included because sugar alcohols do not impact most people. This is provided as a courtesy, but you can do your own calculations if you wish!