Air Fryer Buffalo Wings

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If you love buffalo wings but hate using the deep fryer (or cooking them in the oven), here’s a super easy, low-mess way to make delicious, crispy-skinned Air Fryer Buffalo Wings that you are sure to love!

Looking for something a little less hot? Try our regular Air Fryer Chicken Wings!

Air Fryer Buffalo Wings
Air Fryer Buffalo Wings

Air Fryer Buffalo Wings Recipe

Air Fryer’s are great because they are a quick, easy to clean, healthy alternative to a traditional deep fryer. Not that I don’t love chicken wings in the deep fryer but the cleaning and smell from it are something I can do without. I’m a huge fan of Buffalo Wings as well so I love making them regularly but sometimes, heating up the deep fryer is just too much work. Luckily, we have an air fryer too and I’ve now got a quick and easy method for making delicious air fryer buffalo wings!

air fryer buffalo chicken wings

How to Make Buffalo Wings in the Air Fryer

(for full instructions and measurements, see the printable recipe card below, this is just a quick summary.)

Are you a fan of buffalo hot wings? These Air Fryer Buffalo Wings are quick and easy and one of the first things I did with our new air fryer. The method is super simple as well.

You will need:

  • 1 dozen chicken wings
  • Baking Powder
  • Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • Butter

 

Step 1: Pat the chicken wings dry (both sides) using paper towels to remove any excess moisture.

Step 2: Place the chicken wings in a medium-sized bowl and sprinkle baking powder over them. Toss to ensure they are evenly coated.

Step 3: Heat your air fryer to the appropriate temperature (note: some air fryers require pre-heating. If yours is the type that does, now is the time to do it)

Step 4: Place the wings in the basket evenly spaced and not touching one another. Close the fryer and cook for 10 minutes, opening the air fryer drawer and shaking them at the 5-minute mark.

Step 5: While the wings are cooking, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a microwave-safe dish. Add in 3-4 tablespoons of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (depending on how hot you like your wings).

Step 6: Pour the mixture over the wings and toss to ensure an even coating. Then place the wings back in the air fryer basket, evenly spaced and close the air fryer.

Step 7: Turn the air fryer up and cook for another 5-10 minutes depending on how crispy / well done you want your wings.

Step 8: Remove and serve your delicious air fryer buffalo wings with celery and carrot sticks!

Questions and Answers

Can you use frozen chicken wings in the air fryer?

Yes, you can but it will change the temperatures. I recommend thawing them out and patting them dry as opposed to putting them in frozen. Anything you put in frozen will take significantly longer and may not have the same level of crispness given the large amount of additional moisture being added. However, if you insist on using frozen chicken wings, simply adjust your times and let us know what your final time was in the comments for others who have the same question.

Can you store the leftovers?

Of course, simply refrigerate any leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to three days.

Can I make these in the oven?

Yes, you can. Simply follow the cooking instructions in our Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings post but be forewarned, they won’t be as crispy when done in the oven!

Enjoy!

Mike

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Air Fryer Buffalo Wings

Simple and easy buffalo hot wings in your air fryer!

5 from 7 votes
Air Fryer Buffalo Wings
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Course
Appetizer
Cuisine
American
Calories
1381
Equipment
air fryer
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients

  • 12 chicken wings split
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons Frank's Red Hot Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions

  1. Pat the chicken wings dry (both sides) using paper towels to remove any excess moisture.

  2. Place the chicken wings in a medium-sized bowl and sprinkle baking powder over them. Toss to ensure they are evenly coated.

  3. Heat your air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (note: some air fryers require pre-heating. If yours is the type that does, now is the time to do it)

  4. Place the wings in the basket evenly spaced and not touching one another. Close the fryer and cook for at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, opening the air fryer drawer and shaking them at the 5-minute mark.

  5. While the wings are cooking, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a microwave-safe dish. Add in 3-4 tablespoons of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (depending on how hot you like your wings).

  6. Pour the mixture over the wings and toss to ensure an even coating. Then place the wings back in the air fryer basket, evenly spaced and close the air fryer.

  7. Turn your air fryer up to 400 °F (or higher if your model allows it.) Cook the wings for 5-10 minutes, or more on this hotter temperature to crisp the outside. Cook until the wings reach your desired crispiness, shaking every 5 minutes.

  8. Remove and serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 1381kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 106g, Fat: 103g, Saturated Fat: 33g, Trans Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 474mg, Sodium: 5184mg, Potassium: 903mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 1198IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 73mg, Iron: 5mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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