Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Buffalo Sauce

Platter of air fryer chicken wings with buffalo sauce and blue cheese.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings cook up amazingly crispy and juicy without deep frying. Then they’re tossed with a spicy buffalo wing sauce that can be made mild to hot, depending on your taste preference.

I grew up just about an hour South of Buffalo, New York and I have definitely consumed my fair share of Buffalo Wings. We would eat them every Friday night and everyone in town had their opinion on who made the best wings in town. In our house, the wings almost always came from The Cherry Lounge. But, I’ve never actually been there… Being that it was a “lounge” and I was in high school, I was never actually allowed in. So, my mom would just get a to-go order and bring them home for us. I love them super spicy, and they have to be served with icy cold celery sticks and blue cheese (not ranch). text

PS – Never order boneless wings in the vicinity of Buffalo, New York. It’s just not a thing. The traditional wings are always served on the bone, and it’s up to you whether you prefer the drumettes or the wingettes. I tend to grab the drumettes because they’re easier to eat, but the wingettes seem to have a lot more flavor.

Even though our wings came from The Cherry Lounge in Jamestown, New York, the best wings, in my opinion are from Guppy’s in Bemus Point, NY. Guppy’s was owned by my Aunt Sally and Uncle Mike and their were always the best. Crispy and spicy, with just the perfect kiss of butter. They’ve since sold the restaurant, but I was back a few summers ago and I have to say that the wings are still amazing.

Their buffalo wing sauce recipe is simple, and it’s always been the authentic way to make buffalo wings – using Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and butter. In my version, I added in a dash of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco too.

As you probably guessed, the authentic way to make buffalo wings has always been to deep fry them, but I’ve discovered that you can make chicken wings just as crispy in the Air Fryer, plus it saves some calories, meaning that you’ll feel a little less guilty about the aforementioned butter/Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.

You’ll honestly never believe these wings weren’t fried in the deep fryer. They are some of the most crispy chicken wings I’ve ever tried! Do you have an Air Fryer yet? 

Tips for Making Extra Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings:

  • Spray the Air Fryer basket with cooking spray before adding the chicken. It helps prevent sticking and the tiny bit of oil makes the wings extra crisp.
  • There’s no need to preheat your Air Fryer. Just turn it on and go!
  • Start the wings at a lower temperature and then increase the temperature for the last 5-15 minutes to get them extra crispy. The total time will vary depending on how big your wings are.
  • Shake the basket throughout the cooking process to help the chicken wings brown more evenly.
  • Customize your buffalo wing sauce. Be sure to keep reading to find out how to make mild, medium or hot buffalo sauce.

How to Make Mild Buffalo Wing Sauce:

  • Use 8-ounces Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, 8 tablespoons butter, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco.

How to Make Medium Buffalo Wing Sauce:

  • Use 12-ounces Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, 6 tablespoons butter, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco.

How to Make Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce:

  • Use 14-ounces Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, 4 tablespoons butter, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco.

Air fryer chicken wings being tossed in buffalo sauce.

How Long to Air Fry Chicken Wings:

Chicken wings take 30-40 minutes to cook and become crispy in the Air Fryer.

How to Cook Frozen Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer:

Before starting the cooking process below, cook the wings for 10 minutes at 350 degrees, to help them thaw. Give them a toss then increase the temperature to 380 degrees and follow the recipe below.

How to Reheat Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer:

Spray the Air Fryer Basket with cooking spray and cook at 400-degrees for 5-10 minutes, until heated through and crispy.

Hand reaching for air fryer chicken wings.

Platter of air fryer chicken wings with buffalo sauce and blue cheese.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 422 kcal
Author: Erin
These Air Fryer Chicken Wings cook up amazingly crispy and juicy without deep frying. Then they’re tossed with a spicy buffalo wing sauce that can be made mild to hot, depending on your taste preference.
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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken wings about 20 wings
  • Cooking spray

Medium Buffalo Wing Sauce:

  • 12 ounces Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • 6 Tablespoons butter melted
  • Few dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • Few dashes Tabasco

Instructions

  1. Spray Air Fryer basket with cooking spray.
  2. Place chicken wings in basket and cook at 380 degrees for 25 minutes, shaking the basket every 5 minutes. After 25 minutes, increase the temperature to 400 degrees and cook for 5-15 minutes longer. Shake every 5 minutes and begin checking for doneness at 5 minutes. Remove when the wings are crisped to your liking.
  3. While the wings are cooking, combine the Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, butter, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  4. When the wings are finished, dump them into the mixing bowl with the sauce and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

For a milder buffalo wing sauce, use more butter. (See above) 

For a hotter buffalo wing sauce, use more Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. (See above)

If you use less or more than 2 pounds of chicken wings, the cook time remains the same.

Tools used for making these Air Fryer Chicken Wings:

  • Air Fryer
  • Tongs – I use these when tossing the wings with the buffalo sauce.
  • Large Mixing Bowl – Perfect for making your buffalo sauce and big enough to toss those wings in.

If you loved these Air Fryer Chicken Wings I would appreciate it so much if you would give this recipe a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished dish and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings and tagging me @platingsandpairings.

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Chicken Wings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 422 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 55%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 139mg 46%
Sodium 239mg 10%
Potassium 191mg 5%
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 14.1%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 2%
Iron 6.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Wine Pairings for Buffalo Wings:

  • To tame the heat of these buffalo wings, look for a wine with a hint of sweetness. Riesling and Gewurztraminer make great options.
  • Even though I usually give wine pairings, I’d also suggest pairing a light beer, like a pilsner with these buffalo wings.

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29 comments

  1. Rachel Lloyd

    I didn’t know you grew up on the east coast!! That’s so cool 🙂 I also love a good buffalo wing! I’ve been reading all about these air fryers lately- I’m trying to convince Drew to purchase one. Maybe with your code it will sway his choice! Those wings look amazing!!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Rachel! Yes, I’m an East Coast girl, but definitely a West Coast girl at heart (minus the lack of Buffalo wings!).

      Reply

  2. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife

    Loving our air fryer lately and chicken wings are amazing in them!! My kids aren’t keen on buffalo sauce but we have a good friend who grew up in Buffalo and is a total stickler for buffalo sauce, so I will have to make this for him and surprise him! 🙂

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    1. Erin

      Awesome! What are some of your favorite air fryer recipes Marlynn?

      Reply

  3. Ben Myhre

    I don’t even have an air fryer, but this post is making me SOOO hungry for some wings. Wings have a soft spot in my heart.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Me too Ben – Totally!

      Reply

  4. All That I'm Eating

    I love buffalo sauce but I have never made my own! I really should as these look amazing.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      You definitely should! It’s so easy and delicious too!

      Reply

  5. Catherine @ To & Fro Fam

    I’ve never heard of an air fryer before, and it sounds too good to be true!

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    1. Erin

      I’m still testing it out Catherine, but it worked absolutely perfectly for these wings!

      Reply

  6. Karly

    These wings looks so amazing! You would never know that they weren’t fried!

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    1. Erin

      Yes!!! They are absolutely so crispy with the air fryer, plus less fat!

      Reply

  7. E

    This recipe for Air Fryer wings came out perfectly for me! They were so crispy and flavorful!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      So happy to hear that! I’m in love with this recipe!

      Reply

  8. Marv Beachler

    This recipe does look amazing! I’ve used my air-fryer to cook steaks and it’s almost too easy. It sears them on the outside and perfectly cooked on the inside, dependent upon the timing. Thank you for this great recipe!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Marv – I attempted steaks in the air fryer once but didn’t love the way they turned out. Any tips?

      Reply

  9. Jerry

    When I was younger(don’t want to mention ages here), we use to go to BJ’s in Fredonia, NY, about 45 miles south of Buffalo. Those were the best wings ever! They offered $.10 wings and $.50 Molsons beer on Wednesday. I would always order 100 wings, play foosball while waiting and my share of beer. We would eat half the wings and take the rest home to enjoy later. The difference in their wings was they baked them after applying the sauce. Oh so good! Not the dripping wet wings you see everywhere now.

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    1. Erin

      I love that tip Jerry! I grew up about a half hour from Fredonia but never made it to BJ’s. I may have to check it out on our next trip out there!

      Reply

  10. Joe

    Wow this looks great. I want to try the vietnamese style ones you have as well. Using the air fryer to “fry” chicken is probably one of my favorite uses of the one we have at home.

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    1. Erin

      I’m with you on trying the Vietnamese ones in the air fryer Joe! I’ve been wanting to give that a try for some time now!

      Reply

  11. Lindsay

    These were so yummy. My husband, brother in law, sister and I all agreed these were better than Buffalo Wild Wings and my brother in law was ready to head back to the store for more chicken so I could make more, haha. Phenomenal

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Yay! I’m so glad you liked them!

      Reply

  12. Joann

    I would love the recipe for the Vietnamese ones please

    Reply

  13. Sasha Jamison

    Do you have a recommendation on a particular wing sauce to use?

    Reply

  14. Tracy

    I purchased an air fryer this past weekend…My first dish was buffalo wings…AMAZING!! My second dish was country style spare ribs and they were delicious as well. My highlight of the day is figuring out what to experiment with next….I love my new gadget!

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    1. Erin

      I’m so happy you’re loving your Air Fryer Tracy!

      Reply

  15. Doug Ruwe

    Recipe is wonderfull – to kick them up a notch, after cooking and coating, I put back in the fryer for five minutes, followed by a second dousing of sauce – sometimes I add timari and spice wjen flipping.

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  16. Seth

    Just got a new air fryer and chicken wings are definitely on the list to make! One thing I’ve heard but never tried is to mix cornstarch into the sauce. The idea is that the residual heat in the wings causes the cornstarch to thicken the sauce so it sticks better.

    Reply

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