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Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wings are easy and fast homemade chicken wings. A great game day tailgate recipe snack or appetizer. Gluten free and made in air fryer or oven. Tossed in cheese garlic sauce.
Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wings spread out on butcher paper

I love making these Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wings for game day! A savory and cheesy sauce perfect for tailgating appetizers. Make them in the air fryer in less than 30 minutes!

Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wings spread out on butcher paper

Homemade Chicken Wings

Making homemade chicken wings is one of my favorite things to do when we are hosting tailgate parties. And this flavor is a fan favorite!

Inspired by the classic flavor combination of Parmesan cheese and garlic, these wings are a mild, savory flavor that everyone will love.

Want to kick up the heat a little? You can add some cayenne or hot sauce to the butter when melting as desired.

Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wings on butcher paper with celery and carrots

Ingredients Needed for Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wings

Here is what you need to make these game day wings:

  • Chicken Wings
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese (freshly grated is best!)
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Garlic Powder

Yes, both fresh garlic and garlic powder! I love using both because the fresh garlic brings an element of freshness in flavor plus little pockets of bursting garlic flavor.

And the garlic powder is an amazing way to really bring that garlic flavor through the entire sauce.

Instruction Overview

First you want to pat the wings dry with a paper towel or clean towel. This will help the skins crisp up.

Sprinkle them with cornstarch (if using), salt, and pepper and then cook per the directions.

Meanwhile, make the sauce.

A hand grabbing a Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wing

Cooking Methods for Chicken Wings

You can either air fry or bake these wings.

I like to use an air fryer because it is fast and gives a great fried texture to the wings without the oil.

I have the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven which is wonderful because it also bakes, toasts, and more all in one appliance. With the shallow and wide basket.

To cook in an air fryer, air fry at 400F for 20 minutes, flipping half way through.

If cooking in an oven, bake at 425F for 40 minutes, flipping half way through.

A hand dunking a piece into sauce

How do you throw wings in sauce?

You want to use a large bowl and have your wings in the bowl ready to pour the sauce on top of.

Then I switch between swirling the bowl so the wings move in a circle and doing mini flips where you move the bowl upward to flip the wings around, like you see people do with pancakes in a skillet.

If this worries you, simply move them around with tongs until everything is coated. Just be gentle to not tear the wings.

The wings being tossed in a bowl with the toppings

Can I use frozen wings?

Yes! Frozen wings can be cooked the exact same method, just for a longer cook time. Typically around 30 minutes in an air fryer.

The cook time regardless of fresh or frozen will vary with the size of the wings. The larger the wings, the longer they take.

This is why I like to use a digital thermometer to read the internal temperature of the wings and make sure they are cooked through.

Do you put sauce on chicken wings before or after you cook them?

After, especially since this sauce uses honey.

The sugars in a sauce will burn if cooked too long. And adding sauce right away means that you will not get a crispy wing.

You can keep the wings warm by holding them in an oven set to low (130 to 150F) and wrapped in foil for up to 90 minutes.

I would recommend not tossing them in the sauce until you are ready to serve so that the sauce does not dry up while waiting.

A hand holding a wing up close

Picking an Air Fryer

There are a lot of air fryer options out there. Many air fryers are designed as single-use appliances, as in they air fry and not much else.

If you are looking at purchasing an air fryer, you want to consider how you will likely be using it.

Not only does the batch size vary with how large the air fryer is, but some have small and deep baskets while other have shallow and wide frying baskets.

I prefer and recommend something that has a wide and shallow basket because you can fit more in it without the food overlapping on itself, which especially matters sometimes such as chicken wings.

I have the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven which is wonderful because it also bakes, toasts, and more all in one appliance. With the shallow and wide basket.

And it works FAST which means chicken nuggets for the kiddos are ready in a flash!

The wings being served on butcher paper with vegetables and dip
Pin of a hand grabbing a Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wing with title at top
Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wings spread out on butcher paper

Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wings Recipe

Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wings are easy and fast homemade chicken wings. A great game day tailgate recipe snack or appetizer. Gluten free and made in air fryer or oven. Tossed in cheese garlic sauce.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Chicken/Turkey, Football, Game Day, Gluten Free
Servings: 2 large servings
Calories: 1114kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Parmesan Garlic Sauce

Instructions

  • Pat your chicken wings dry. Toss them with the cornstarch (if using, see note), 1 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • Spray your air fryer basket with nonstick spray. Arrange the wings in a single layer.
  • Air fry at 400°F for 20 minutes, flipping half way through. Make sure the wings are cooked through, registering 165°F.
    (Or if baking in the oven, bake at 425°F for 40-45 minutes until cooked through.)
  • While the wings are cooking, make the sauce.
  • Heat a small pot over medium heat. Add the butter.
  • When the butter is melted, add the minced garlic, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Bring to a simmer.
  • Once simmering, continue to simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • When the wings are done, place them in a large bowl with the sauce and Parmesan cheese. Toss to combine and let them sit for one minute.
    The wings being tossed in a bowl with the toppings
  • Serve warm with leftover sauce and dipping sauces. Garnish with additional cheese if desired.

Notes

The cornstarch is optional. It helps give a little crunchy crust to the wings.
If using frozen raw wings, increase cooking time to approximately 30 minutes.
If your wings are small, you will need to adjust your cooking time. This recipe works for wings that are approximately 3 inches long.
To keep warm after cooking, place in foil covered container in the oven on a very low setting, 130 to 150F, for up to 90 minutes.
Want to bake the wings in an oven? Bake at 425F for 40-45 minutes.
I like to use both fresh and powdered garlic because fresh brings the fresh bite of flavor and powder packs a lot of flavor depth that dissolves easily into the sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pound | Calories: 1114kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 92g | Saturated Fat: 44g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 30g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 333mg | Sodium: 1552mg | Potassium: 512mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2001IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 339mg | Iron: 3mg
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By on November 8th, 2021

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