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Air Fryer Buffalo Wings – Crispy & Easy Recipe!

Air Fryer Buffalo Wings are a crispy, tangy and delicious air fryer appetizer. Hot wings are the type of quick and easy meals air frying makes effortless. These Buffalo Wings have the perfect kick of zippiness with deliciously crispy skin and juicy inside.

Air Fryer Buffalo Wings displayed on a plate.

Air Fryer Buffalo Wings – Easy Recipe!

Buffalo chicken wings really are the ultimate appetizer. Everyone loves crispy wings and especially in Buffalo sauce. Add a side of carrot sticks and celery sticks along with your favorite dipping sauce and it’s a filling feast.

Air fryer buffalo chicken wings are popular at game day parties, backyard get-togethers and pool parties, but they are just as perfect for a quick meal at home.

Actually, crispy chicken wings are practically a staple for our family. And when the whole family loves an easy recipe, it’s a win-win for everyone, especially the cook!

What is an Air Fryer?

Air fryers are magical cooking machines for me. Most recipes take about half the time as a regular oven which is a wonderful thing for the entire family. The air fryer circulates hot air all around the food to evenly cook all sides and get the best results without using a deep fryer.

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Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas are so juicy and flavorful, you might never grill fajitas again!

Toasted Ravioli Appetizer is made with frozen ravioli and bread crumbs for an easy air fryer appetizer.

Are Buffalo Chicken Wings Healthy?

Yes, Air Fryer Buffalo Wings are low card and keto friendly. With the caveat that you choose a no carb and no sugar buffalo wings sauce. In this recipe, I’m using Anchor Bar Buffalo Wing Sauce (totally delicious) and it has zero carbs and zero grams of sugar.

Of course, you can use whatever brand is your favorite. The best wings are the ones that taste perfect to you! Just make sure to check the nutritional label on the buffalo wing sauce you are using. Not all sauces are sugar free.

Plus, the added benefits of no extra fats by not frying in oil. Makes a pretty healthy meal!

Air fryed Bufflao Wings on serving tray with clelery, carrots and ranch dressing for dipping.

Air Fryer Buffalo Wings Ingredients

  • 12 Chicken Wings
  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Buffalo Wings Sauce

The four ingredients : Pam Olive Oil Cooking Spray, Buffalo Wing Sauce in a Jar, Salt and Pepper.

What is Buffalo Wing Sauce Made Of?

Buffalo wing sauce is tangy and spicy. The main ingredients are cayenne pepper, vinegar, oil and salt. Depending on the heat of the sauce, there is more or less cayenne pepper.

I’m a fan of hot and spicy wings, so I’m using the “hotter” variety of the Anchor Bar Buffalo Wing Sauce. But it also comes in mild, medium and extreme heat. The “Hotter” flavor has a really good kick but I don’t think I could bump up to the “extreme heat” variety! I know I’d like the Medium heat just as much as the Hotter flavor.

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How to Make Air Fryer Buffalo Wings

This recipe is so easy! You need just 5 ingredients, your air fryer and just 30 minutes until they are ready to serve. Perfect for a weeknight meal or a quick appetizer.

Step 1:  The chicken wings need to warm up before cooking. Take them out of the refrigerator and let them warm to room temperature.

Step 2: Once the wings have reached room temperature, use a paper towel to pat each chicken wing dry. This is an important step, especially if you thawed out frozen chicken wings. There will be a good amount of water that needs to be removed. Less moisture means crispier chicken wings. And we want crispy!

Step 3: Spread the chicken wings out on a flat surface. You can use a large plate, baking sheet pan, cutting board, a piece of parchment paper etc… Lightly spray the wings with olive oil cooking spray and season with table salt and pepper.

Raw chicken wings sprayed with cooking spray and sprinkled with salt and pepper.

 

Step 4: Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees and place the wings in the air fryer basket or rack (depending on your model). Close the air fryer and set the timer for 15 minutes.

Be sure to separate the wings into a single layer in the basket of your air fryer. If you need to stack the wings, make sure to rotate them halfway through to make sure the airflow is getting to all sides of your chicken wings. You may need to add a few more minutes of cook time to ensure the wings are crispy on all sides.

 

Raw chicken wings in air fryer basked seasoned with salt and pepper.

 

Step 5: Remove from the air fryer and place wings in a large bowl with a lid. Pour in some buffalo wing sauce, put the lid on the bowl and toss wings until completely covered. Place them back in the air fryer (again on 360 degrees) and cook for 5 minutes. If you want them a little more crispy, add another 3-5 minutes.

Chicken wings in plastic bowl covered in buffalo wings sauce.

Note: The chicken wings may not look like they are covered in the sauce when you remove them from the air fryer, but they are! Make sure you taste them before you decide to add any more sauce.

Pro Tip: The first time you make this chicken wings recipe, check them a few times during the cooking process. It’s OK to open the air fryer several times to make sure they aren’t under or overcooking. Once you’ve made air fryer buffalo wings a time or two, you’ll know exactly how long you need to cook them in your particular model of air fryer. The cooking time might have slight variations depending on the size of your air fryer and brand.

Favorite Dipping Sauces

There are so many great sauces you can serve up with Buffalo chicken wings. Here are a few ideas:

  • Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Peppercorn Ranch Dressing

How to Store Leftover Chicken Wings

If you have just a few wings leftover, you can simply store them in the fridge in a zip lock bag if you plan on eating them the next day. If you need to store them for several days then use an airtight container. The leftovers will keep in the fridge for about 3-4 days.

How to Reheat Leftover Buffalo Wings

When you reheat leftover wings, you’ll want to use the air fryer again. If you reheat in the microwave or oven they won’t turn out crispy.

To reheat, put them back into the air fryer at 350 degrees for approximately 8-10 minutes. This will crisp them right back up and they’ll taste just as yummy as the first time you cooked them.

Delicious juicy wings are one of our favorite things to make and hopefully, it will be one of your personal favorites too.  When you need a quick and easy meal or appetizer, these really are the best air fryer chicken wings!

Yield: 2

Air Fryer Buffalo Wings - Crispy & Easy Recipe!

Air Fryer Buffalo Wings on serving plate.

Air Fryer Buffalo Wings are crispy, tangy and delicious. Hot wings are the type of quick and easy meals air frying makes effortless. These Buffalo Wings have the perfect kick of zippiness with deliciously crispy skin and juicy inside.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 Chicken Wings
  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Buffalo Wing Sauce

Instructions

  1. Remove your chicken wings from the refrigerator and let them reach room temperature. 
  2. Pat each wing dry with a paper towel.
  3. Spray with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Pre-heat the air fryer to 390 degrees.
  5. Place wings on air frying rack or in the basket and air fry for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from air fryer and place wings in a large bowl.
  7. Pour Buffalo sauce over wings and toss until all the wings are covered.
  8. Place wings back in the air fryer for 5 minutes or until they reach your desired crispness.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

6

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 590Total Fat: 46gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 985mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 27g

Nutritional values are estimates and not exact.

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