These Ranch Chicken Wings are super simple to make and ready in only 30 minutes. The wings require only a few ingredients, minimal prep and make the perfect crispy dish for family dinners or a party appetizer.
Chicken wings are a common occurrence in our house for not just parties, but game days and family dinners. These ranch dry rubbed wings are easy to make and ready in under 30 minutes. The flavor isn't too bold making them a great choice for kids and picky eaters.
The chicken requires little prep and the recipe uses a store bought ranch mix for even faster prep. Once prepped the wings are air fried in the Ninja Foodi for the perfect cook and crispy exterior. No air fryer? No problem, these can be made using the conventional oven method as well.
Chicken Wings: I use a combination of drums and flats anytime I make chicken wings. You can use all of one type or a mix and it will depend on your personal preference. We are a house divided with some loving the flats and others obsessed with the drums!
Ranch Seasoning: I usually just use a store bought ranch dip packet when making these Ranch chicken wings. I usually have one on hand and it makes prep for this recipe a breeze. Alternatively, you can easily make your own homemade version of ranch seasoning if you wish.
Why You Will Be OBSESSED!
Minimal Mess and Ingredients
Perfect for Game Days, Parties or Family Dinners
Ready in Under 30 Minutes
Great for both Kids and Adults
- Pat the chicken wings dry with a paper towel, then add to a large bowl. Add the dried ranch dip mix, salt, pepper, oil oil and red pepper flakes (optional) to the bowl.
- Toss the chicken wings and spices together until evenly coated.
- Mist the basket of your air fryer and add in the chicken wings in a single layer. Depending on the size and style of your air fryer you may need to cook in several batches.
- Close the lid and cook at 400 degrees F for 20-25 minutes. Halfway through add additional ranch seasoning and toss the chicken wings. The wings should be crispy, slightly charred and have an internal temperature of 165 degrees F when finished cooking.
- Once cooked, remove from the air fryer and serve warm topped with chopped green onion, ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing. Enjoy!
Storing Leftover Chicken Wings
Store leftover air fried wings in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Rewarm in the air fryer, oven, or microwave until warm before enjoying. To crisp the skin up again I recommend using the air fryer or oven to rewarm.
Double the Seasoning
For the perfect ranch wing I like to double coat the wings in seasoning. I do the original dry rub round, air fry, then halfway through cooking I toss the wings in additional ranch seasoning. I think this makes the flavor come though stronger and helps the seasoning stick well.
I always preheat my air fryer before adding the food in. Some have a preheat button, some will do it automatically and others you will need to manually let the air fryer run for a couple of minutes. I find preheating makes the wings crispier, cook faster and more evenly.
The Perfect Cook
I love a little char to my wings, so like to cook these at high heat for a short amount of time. Depending on the size of the wings you use you may need more or less time. Check the wings often to monitor cooking and use a meat thermometer to ensure they are cooked through.
Additionally, try and keep the wings in an even layer in the air fryer and don't pile them on top of each other. This will help them cook more evenly and get nice and crispy. For a large batch of wings you will need to air fry in batches or use the oven meathod.
Recommended Kitchen Tools
I love my Ninja Foodi Grill for air fryer everything including these chicken wings. The shape of the basket allows for more wings to fit in at once, and they cook always is incredible.
A meat thermometer helps get the perfect cook to these wings and ensures the chicken is cooked completely and safe to eat.
Chicken wings come in two categories: Drums and flats. Drums, or drumettes, have a single, main bone running through the middle. Flats have two smaller bones in the middle. Both parts are part of the larger whole chicken wing, but most grocery store slice and section them before a consumer purchases them.
Sweet Potatoes, air fried avocados, French fries, onion rings, pasta salad, baked potatoes, mac and cheese, roasted veggies, or a side salad are some great side options to pair with chicken wings.
You do not need to defrost chicken before cooking in an air fryer. For wings, you can cook them frozen then toss in sauce after frying. However, if you like to enjoy wings with a dry rub or plain, I recommend defrosting the wings and tossing in seasoning of choice first. When air fryer from frozen you will also need to air fry the chicken for additional time.
Oven Method Instructions
These Ranch Wings come out beautifully when cooked in an air fryer, but they can also be baked in an oven. This method works great if you are wanting to make a larger amount or do not have an air fryer.
For baking, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare the wings according to the recipe instructions then add to the cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake on the center rack for 40-45 minutes until the wings are crispy and cooked through internally.
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Air Fryer Ranch Chicken Wings
- 15 Chicken Wings
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 tablespoon Ranch Seasoning Packet
- Sea Salt To Taste
- Ground Black Pepper To Taste
- ¼ teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
- Pat the chicken wings dry with a paper towel, then add to a large bowl. Add half the dried ranch dip mix, salt, pepper, oil oil and red pepper flakes (optional) to the bowl. Toss the chicken wings and spices together until evenly coated.
- Mist the basket of your air fryer and add preheat to 400 degrees. Once preheated, add in the chicken wings in a single layer. Depending on the size and style of your air fryer you may need to cook in several batches. Close the lid and cook for 18-22 minutes.
- Halfway through add the remaining ranch seasoning and toss the chicken wings. The wings should be crispy, slightly charred and have an internal temperature of 165 degrees F when finished cooking. Once cooked, remove from the air fryer and serve warm topped with chopped green onion, ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing. Enjoy!
Additionally, You may need to air fry the wings in several batches depending on how large your air fryer is. Leftover storage: Store leftover wings in an airtight container for up to 4 days and reheat before enjoying. Oven Method: For baking, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare the wings according to the recipe instructions then add to the cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake on the center rack for 40-45 minutes until the wings are crispy and cooked through internally.
Love the ranch seasoning and how beautiful these chicken wings turned out. They are amazing!
Thank you I love the flavors!
These wings are so flavorful and I love being able to air fry wings from frozen.
Yep, they make the perfect main or side and so simple.
Another great recipe for the air fryer. There's just so much you can do with them.
I agree! Super versatile!
delicious - i mean - it's hard to go wrong with wings - but i love the ranch and pepper flakes - so good!
Glad you liked them!
I love using my air fryer for wings and I am always looking for new flavours to try. This recipe was easy to make and perfect for our family wing night.
I totally agree, hope you love them!