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 dressing).
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. You can also make air fryer whole chicken wings, which will have the drum and wing attached together. The cook time will remain the same.
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 theirs 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.
Are air fryers good for chicken wings?
- Yes! 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! This is the Air Fryer I have.
Tips for making crispy air fryer 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:
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.
How long does it take to cook wings in an air fryer?
- Chicken wings take 30-40 minutes to cook and become crispy in the Air Fryer.
Can you air fry frozen chicken wings?
- Yes! To make air fryer chicken wings from frozen, begin cooking the wings for 10 minutes at 350 degrees, to help them thaw. Then, 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.
Tools used for making 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.
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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Want a yummy dipping sauce for your wings? Try one of these:
Air Fryer Chicken Wings
- 2 pounds chicken wings (about 20 separated wings & drumettes, or 10 whole chicken 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
- Spray Air Fryer basket with cooking spray.
- 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.
- 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.
- When the wings are finished, dump them into the mixing bowl with the sauce and toss to coat. Serve immediately.
This recipe was originally published in 2018. It was updated in 2020 to add new photographs and instructions. The original recipe remains the same. Enjoy!