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Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings

These easy Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings are crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside and drenched in your favorite tangy buffalo sauce. They’re the ultimate crowd-pleaser for a party, so you’d better make a double batch! Just as finger licking good as my bbq chicken wings!!

We love classic game day snacks like Million Dollar Dip, Seven Layer Dip and Cowboy Caviar.


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Air Fryer Buffalo Wings

Using the air fryer for these tasty wings not only cuts down on the mess but also uses much less oil. The best thing is they taste just as good and crispy as deep frying them!!

We start with a light seasoning of the wings, then cook them until they’re perfectly crispy. Once cooked to golden perfection, we toss them in our favorite buffalo sauce. We like to use Frank’s to make a buffalo wings sauce recipe but you can use the brand you love.

Air fryer chicken wings made with cornstarch  on a white plate.

Serve up these crispy chicken wings with air fryer french fries, our fresh house salad, mango salsa and Pico de Gallo with a generous helping of nacho chips for the perfect party snacks.

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • EASY TO MAKE – Air frying these chicken wings is so easy and less messy than the stovetop or deep fryer
  • LESS FAT – using less oil than deep frying
  • CROWD-PLEASER -these are always the first to disapper at a party
  • BUDGET-FRIENDLY – cheaper than takeout and no long lineups on game day!

Ingredients for Crispy Chicken Wings Recipe

Be sure to check out the full recipe and ingredient list below in the recipe card

Labelled ingredients air fryer buffalo chicken wings.

Wings:

  • Chicken Wings – 2 lbs thawed or fresh chicken wings
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Baking Powder
  • Olive Oil

Buffalo Wings Sauce:

  • Buffalo Sauce – we used Frank’s Buffalo sauce
  • Butter
  • Honey

How to Make Buffalo Wings in the Air Fryer

First few process steps photo collage of how to make buffalo chicken wings in the air fryer.

STEP ONE – Preheat air fryer to 400F.

STEP TWO – Pat wings completely dry with a paper towel.

STEP THREE – Add wings, oil, salt, pepper, and baking powder to a medium-sized bowl. Toss to coat. 

STEP FOUR – Working in batches if needed, add the wings to the air fryer basket in an even single layer making sure they don’t touch. Cook for 20 mins, flipping halfway through. 

Final steps for making the chicken wing recipe in a photo collage.

STEP FIVE – Prepare the sauce while the chicken is cooking. 

STEP SIX – In a small bowl, add buffalo sauce, butter, and honey. Microwave for 30 seconds. 

STEP SEVEN – Remove the chicken and toss in the sauce. 

Optional: pop wings back in the air fryer for 3 minutes to caramelize the sauce on the wings

Variations

Make a maple bourbon buffalo wing sauce by adding 1/4 cup of bourbon with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup to our buffalo wing sauce!

Sandra’s Top Tips

  • Make sure your wings are dry and adding the baking powder helps to make the wings crispier
  • Air fryers need good air flow to work well, so be sure not to overcrowd your basket
  • Flipping halfway through the cooking time helps them to crisp up and cook evenly
  • Checking that the internal temperature of the chicken wings is 165°F is the most accurate way to be sure they are done and for safe eating practices
  • If you have leftover wings save some sauce in the fridge to toss them again before reheating
  • Serve with your favorite wing dipping sauce like a blue cheese dip or ranch

How long to cook wings in the air fryer?

Cook chicken wings in a single layer for 20 minutes in the air fryer flipping halfway at 400°F.

Storage and reheating instructions

Store any leftovers using an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

You can freeze using a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

Thaw overnight in the fridge before you reheat them.

Reheat in the air fryer until warmed through and avoid using the microwave as they will not come out crispy. If you saved some sauce you can toss them again before reheating.

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Air fryer buffalo chicken wings on a white plate.

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings


  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Description

These easy Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings are crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside and drenched in your favorite tangy buffalo sauce. They’re the ultimate crowd-pleaser for a party, so you’d better make a double batch!


Ingredients

2 lbs thawed or fresh chicken wings

1 and 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 Tbsp baking powder

Sauce

1/3 cup buffalo sauce of choice

3 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp honey


Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400F.
  2. Pat wings completely dry with a paper towel.
  3. Add wings, oil, salt, pepper, and baking powder to a medium-sized bowl. Toss to coat.
  4. Working in batches if needed, add the wings to the air fryer basket in an even single layer making sure they don’t touch. Cook for 20 mins, flipping halfway through.
  5. Prepare the sauce while the chicken is cooking.
  6. In a small bowl, add buffalo sauce, butter, and honey. Microwave for 30 seconds.
  7. Remove the chicken and toss in the sauce.
  8. Optional: pop wings back in the air fryer for 3 minutes to caramelize the sauce on the wings
  9. Serve immediately.

Notes

Storage and reheating instructions:

Store any leftovers using an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

You can freeze using a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

Thaw overnight in the fridge before you reheat them.

Reheat in the air fryer until warmed through and avoid using the microwave as they will not come out crispy. If you saved some sauce you can toss them again before reheating.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: air fryer buffalo chicken wings, chicken wings recipe, fried buffalo wings recipe, buffalo wings sauce recipe

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