Go Back
+ servings
overhead shot of chicken wings on a platter served with sriracha sauce, ranch, and celery sticks.


Katerina | Diethood
Crispy, golden-brown chicken wings are cooked to perfection in the air-fryer and served with a homemade sriracha butter sauce.
Servings : 6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


For the Wings:
  • 2 pounds skin-on and bone-in chicken wings, separated at the joints, wing tips discarded (see notes if counting WW Points)
  • Zest of 1 lemon, (lime works great, too!)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sweet or smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne, optional
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
For the Sauce:
  • ¼ cup sriracha sauce, OR use Frank's Hot Sauce for less heat
  • 3 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt, or to taste
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
  • lemon wedges, for serving


  • Using paper towels, thoroughly pat dry the chicken wings.
  • Place chicken wings in a bowl and add lemon zest, salt, paprika, garlic powder, baking powder, thyme, cayenne, and black pepper; toss to coat evenly.
  • Coat the inside of the air fryer with cooking spray.
  • Set Air Fryer to 400˚F.
  • Arrange chicken wings in the Air Fryer basket in one single layer with spaces in between. Don’t try to fit all the chicken wings at once; you have to cook them in batches.
  • Spray wings with cooking oil and cook for 8 minutes.
  • Flip over the chicken wings; spray with cooking oil and continue to cook for 8 more minutes, or until chicken wings are golden brown and cooked through.
    Larger chicken wings will need more time to cook through. Use an instant read thermometer for accuracy; chicken wings are done when internal temperature registers at 165˚F. DO NOT measure the temperature near a bone.
In the meantime, prepare the Sauce:
  • Place sriracha sauce, butter, and garlic salt in a small saucepan; set the saucepan over medium-low heat and bring to a simmer, whisking continuously until the butter melts.
  • Remove from heat; taste for salt and adjust accordingly.
  • Garnish chicken wings with parsley and serve with lemon wedges and prepared Hot Sauce.



  • WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS: For those following a WW diet, the Points were calculated with skinless bone-on chicken wings to reduce the points by almost half. We calculated 11 Points with the skin ON, and 6 points without the skin.
  • NET CARBS: 0 g


Serving: 6 ounces | Calories: 236 kcal | Carbohydrates: 1 g | Protein: 15 g | Fat: 19 g | Saturated Fat: 7 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 78 mg | Sodium: 859 mg | Potassium: 160 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 516 IU | Vitamin C: 8 mg | Calcium: 17 mg | Iron: 1 mg | Net Carbs: 0 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer chicken wings, healthy air fryer recipes, sriracha dipping sauce