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Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings


Crispy, juicy chicken wings coated in tangy, spicy buffalo sauce, these air fryer buffalo chicken wings are finger-licking good!

Get ready to add spice to your life with these finger-licking good Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings! If you’re a fan of chicken wings, you’re in for a treat with this recipe. Imagine crispy, juicy chicken wings coated in tangy, spicy buffalo sauce. Whether hosting a party, having a game night, or just looking for a tasty snack, these wings will surely hit the spot. Plus, you can indulge guilt-free with the added bonus of being cooked in the air fryer, which is healthier than the traditional deep-fried version. So get your taste buds ready, and let’s get cooking!

Main Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings

Get ready for a flavor explosion! But first, let’s dive into the key ingredients that make this Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings recipe a crowd-pleaser.

air fryer buffalo chicken wings

Chicken Wings: The star ingredient in this recipe. Coated in oil, salt, and pepper, and air-fried for a crispy exterior while remaining juicy and tender.

Oil: Used to coat the chicken wings to ensure even cooking and crispy texture.

Salt and Pepper: Simple seasonings are used to enhance the natural flavor of the chicken wings.

Hot Sauce: The main ingredient for the spicy and tangy buffalo sauce, perfect for wings.

Butter: Adds richness and creaminess to the buffalo sauce, balancing out the heat from the hot sauce.

Honey: Adds sweetness to the buffalo sauce, balancing the heat and richness of the butter.

Garlic Powder: Adds a savory flavor to the buffalo sauce, enhancing the dish’s overall taste.

Blue Cheese Dressing (optional): A classic pairing for buffalo wings, adding a tangy and creamy flavor that complements the sauce’s spiciness. Optional but a delicious addition.


How to Make Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings

Take your cooking to the next level with this Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings recipe. Crispy, juicy wings paired with a tangy and spicy buffalo sauce make a mouthwatering combination perfect for any occasion. Follow these simple instructions to create a dish that is sure to impress.

buffalo chicken wing recipe

1. Begin by drying the chicken wings with paper towels. Then season them with salt and pepper.

air fryer buffalo chicken wings

2. Place the chicken in the air fryer and drizzle it with olive oil, ensuring that it is evenly coated.

buffalo chicken wing recipe

3. Set the air fryer to 400°F and cook the chicken wings for 20 minutes, flipping them over at the 10-minute mark to cook both sides evenly.



buffalo chicken wing recipe

4. While the chicken wings are cooking, prepare the buffalo sauce. In a small saucepan, combine the hot sauce, butter, honey, and garlic powder.

5. Cook this buffalo sauce mixture over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent it from burning.

buffalo chicken wing recipe

6. Once the chicken wings are done, remove them from the air fryer and transfer them to a large bowl.

7. Pour the buffalo sauce over the chicken wings and toss them together to ensure they are evenly coated.

buffalo chicken wing recipe

8. Serve and enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions for Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings Recipe

air fryer buffalo chicken wings

My kids won’t eat spicy things. Can I make this without the buffalo sauce?

Yes, I have a few other air fryer chicken recipes here like the Crispy Air Fryer Chicken WingsAir Fryer Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings or the Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings.

Can I use chicken legs to make this recipe?

I make that all the time at our house! It is like having chicken wings, but you get a lot more meat out of each leg. You don’t even need to adjust the cooking time.



Can I use a pre-made buffalo sauce?

Yes, I suggest heating the sauce for a few minutes in the microwave or on the stove. This will thin the sauce, so it’s easier to coat the wings.

How do I make the sauce more spicy? 

You can add some cayenne pepper to taste.

How to Serve Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings (Pairing Suggestions)

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings are versatile and delicious, making them perfect for any occasion. From pairing them with refreshing sides to creating a classic meal with mac and cheese or mashed potatoes, explore the endless possibilities and get creative with your wing pairings! Here are some ideas:

air fryer buffalo chicken wings

  • Party Snack: Serve the air fryer buffalo chicken wings as a snack at your next party, with celery sticks and carrot sticks on the side for a refreshing crunch. Pair with a cold beer or a classic Margarita.
  • Game Night Dinner: Serve the chicken wings as a main course for game night with friends or family, along with some oven-baked fries or sweet potato wedges. Pair with a refreshing salad and a glass of your favorite red wine.
  • Movie Night Treat: Serve the chicken wings as a movie night treat, with some popcorn and your favorite dipping sauce on the side. Pair with a refreshing lemonade or an iced tea.
  • Tailgating Party: Serve the chicken wings as finger food at your next tailgating party, with some chips and guacamole or salsa on the side. Pair with a cold beer or a refreshing cocktail.
  • Family Dinner: Serve the chicken wings as a family dinner, with some mac and cheese or mashed potatoes on the side. Pair with a refreshing salad and a glass of your favorite white wine.

Tips and Tricks for Making the Perfect Air Fryer Chicken Wings + Storage and Reheating Tips

Ready to take your Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings to the next level? As someone who has made this recipe countless times, I’m excited to share my top tips and tricks with you. From perfectly seasoning and coating the chicken wings to storing and reheating them for later, these suggestions will help you create the ultimate chicken wing experience. Let’s get started!

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1. Prep the wings: Make sure to pat the chicken wings dry with paper towels before seasoning them with salt and pepper. This will help them cook evenly and achieve a crispy exterior.

2. Use enough oil: When coating the chicken wings with oil, use enough to ensure they are evenly coated. This will help them get crispy in the air fryer.

3. Make extra sauce: If you love extra sauce, double the buffalo sauce recipe and store the leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

4. Store leftovers properly: Store leftover Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

5. Freeze for later: To freeze the chicken wings, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for an hour. Once frozen, transfer the wings to a freezer-safe bag or container and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

6. Reheat in the oven: To reheat the chicken wings, place them on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

7. Reheat in the air fryer: For a crispy texture, reheat the chicken wings in the air fryer for 5-7 minutes at 375°F.

8. Add fresh toppings: Add some extra flavor and texture to your chicken wings by topping them with fresh herbs, chopped green onions, or crumbled blue cheese.

Ready to take your taste buds on an adventure? These Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings are a must-try for any chicken wing lover. With the perfect combination of spicy and tangy flavors, this dish will surely be a hit at your next party or game night. So, what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try and experience the ultimate chicken wing sensation!


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Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings


  • Author: Jocelyn Brown
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Scale

Wings:

  • 1 pound chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Buffalo Sauce

  • 1/3 cup Frank’s hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 blue cheese dressing, optional

Instructions

  1. Pat your chicken dry with paper towels, then sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Place the chicken in your air fryer.
  3. Drizzle olive oil over the chicken, making sure to turn the chicken to coat with oil evenly.
  4. Turn the air fryer on to 400° for 20 minutes, making sure to turn halfway through at the 10-minute mark.
  5. While the wings are cooking, proceed to make the buffalo sauce. In a small saucepan, combine the hot sauce, butter, honey, and garlic powder.
  6. Cook this buffalo sauce mixture for 5 minutes over medium heat. Stir every now and then making sure it doesn’t burn.
  7. Remove the wings from the air fryer and place them in a large bowl.
  8. Pour the buffalo sauce over the cooked wings and toss to coat.
  9. Serve warm and enjoy!
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: air fry
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: air fryer, chicken, air fryer chicken, buffalo chicken




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A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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21 Comments

  1. 03/12/2023 / 4:05 am

    This looks so yummy and we did try it before using the air fryer to cook the chicken. And it tasted so good.

  2. Neely Moldovan
    03/11/2023 / 1:40 am

    I bet my kids would love these! THey love wings!

  3. 03/09/2023 / 10:24 pm

    Look so yummy and I could almost smell the flavours from your photos. Thanks for sharing this recipe and this such an easy and great dish to try at home!

  4. 03/09/2023 / 6:30 am

    We are planning to get an air fryer soon! I’ll try this recipe for sure, looks so delicious 😍.

  5. 03/09/2023 / 4:11 am

    These look really delicious. Definitely giving this recipe a try!

  6. 03/09/2023 / 3:22 am

    My family loves Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings, they are a delicious and convenient option when I’m looking for a quick and easy meal or snack.

  7. 03/09/2023 / 1:06 am

    I have a huge bag of chicken wings in my deep freezer. I’ll be making us a batch of wings to eat this weekend for dinner.

  8. 03/08/2023 / 10:48 pm

    Def. going to have to give this recipe a try. My boys love wings and this looks yummy and easy.

  9. Telina
    03/08/2023 / 10:38 pm

    These wings look so good. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  10. Catalina
    03/08/2023 / 9:15 pm

    I love how crispy these chicken buffalo wings are! It’s exactly what I need for our movie night!

  11. 03/08/2023 / 8:53 pm

    I love a good dry rub chicken wing! These look nice and crispy!

  12. Melsisa Cuhsing
    03/08/2023 / 8:24 pm

    These look so delicious and I pinned this recipe to make sure my husband. He loves a good batch of wings and these look perfect!

  13. Katie C
    03/08/2023 / 8:12 pm

    These look delicious! My oven has an air fry feature and whenever I make wings, I always switch to that at the end. I love the way they crisp up!

  14. Rose Ann Sales
    03/08/2023 / 7:48 pm

    I really love wings! This looks absolutely delicious and tasty this is making me crave!

  15. Alita Pacio
    03/08/2023 / 5:40 pm

    I’m a purist and I want to keep things especially recipes simple so this is the best! Very easy to make.

  16. briannemanzb
    03/08/2023 / 5:39 pm

    Wow! These air fryer buffalo chicken wings are supremely juicy and crispy. No deep frying or splattering oil is required!

  17. 03/08/2023 / 4:33 pm

    We always cook our wings in the air fryer after a blast in the main oven ( just for safety). It always leaves them crispier, especially when reheating. These wings look amazing, by the way! Absolutely to die for!

  18. Monica
    03/08/2023 / 8:57 am

    These would make a great party food! I might try these for my family but maybe with some bbq sauce instead of hot sauce. My kids are wimps haha

  19. Kathy
    03/08/2023 / 6:05 am

    This look really good. I love buffalo chicken wings. I have not tried them in the air fryer yet though. I can’t wait to try this.

  20. 03/08/2023 / 2:05 am

    Another delicious sounding recipe! I haven’t used my air fryer in ages so time to get it out

  21. Amber Myers
    03/08/2023 / 12:08 am

    Yum, I do love wings! I don’t have an air fryer though so I need to get one to try this!

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