Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Make the BEST Air Fryer Chicken Wings! Super crispy wings cooked in the air fryer and then tossed in an easy 2-minute buffalo sauce. So much healthier than the fried version!

Love making healthy recipes in your air fryer? Try my Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites for a vegetarian version of wings, and my Air Fryer Fried Rice goes with all of your favorite homemade takeout recipes!

Hand holding an Air Fryer Chicken Wing on a white plate with wings, dip, carrots and celery.

If you haven’t tried making wings in the air fryer you are missing out. They come out super crispy and there is no deep frying required! I have been using my new air fryer a lot to make fries, tortilla chips even fried chicken. It’s a healthier way to prepare some of your favorite recipes!

This easy Air Fryer Wings recipe is ready in just 30 minutes. Perfect for sharing, try this quick recipe when you’re watching the game or for a fun appetizer at the weekend.

What you’ll need for this recipe

  • Chicken: Chicken wings are the star ingredient of this recipe! You can use either fresh or frozen wings. If they’re frozen, thaw them completely before cooking.
  • Seasoning: I added onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper for lots of flavor. You can use either sweet paprika, smoky paprika, or hot paprika for a kick of spice!
  • Baking powder: This is my secret to crispy wings! Because baking soda is alkaline, it elevates the pH of chicken skin, breaking down peptide bonds and speeding up the browning process, resulting in browner and crispier wings than they would have been otherwise.

Buffalo sauce ingredients

  • Hot Sauce: I like to use the classic, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce but any hot sauce will work.
  • Butter: Butter cuts the vinegar and adds richness. If you’re avoiding dairy, a dairy-free substitute will be fine or try olive oil.
  • Worcestershire sauce: This ingredient adds plenty of umami! It’s tangy, sweet, and salty.
  • Garlic: Garlic powder rounds out the other ingredients so well. Garlic granules are a good substitute or you can use onion powder in a pinch.

How to make chicken wings in an air fryer

The wings start with a dry rub of onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Next, they get tossed with some baking powder. This is my trick for extra crispy wings. After that, you air fry them!

How long do you air fry chicken wings at 400 degrees?

I preheat my air fryer to 400 degrees and cook the wings for 15-20 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy! Depending on the size of your air fryer you may have to cook the wings in two batches.

Hand holding an Air Fryer Chicken Wing on a white plate with wings, and dip.

How to make Buffalo Sauce

I love making my own buffalo sauce at home. All you need is four ingredients! I combine franks hot sauce, butter, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder and heat it up in a small saucepan until the butter is melted and the sauce is warm. I keep the sauce on low heat until I am ready to serve the wings.

What to serve with Air Fryer Chicken Wings

I love serving ranch or homemade blue cheese dressing with these wings. I also like to serve it with a side of celery and carrot sticks for dipping. If you’re not a fan of buffalo sauce you can also toss these wings in my Bourbon Barbecue Sauce or my Honey Chipotle Sauce!

Can I put raw chicken wings in an air fryer?

Yes, absolutely! An air fryer is like an electric oven; it is perfectly safe to put raw chicken in it to cook.

How do I make my air fryer wings crispy?

My top secret to making the crispiest chicken wings is baking powder. All you have to do is toss the wings in the seasonings with the baking powder and cook them. The baking powder raises the pH balance of the chicken skin making it brown quicker and therefore becoming crispy quicker as well.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings on a white plate with dip, carrots and celery.

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Air Fryer Chicken Wings

5 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Air Fryer Chicken Wings. Super crispy wings cooked in the air fryer then tossed in an easy buffalo sauce. So much healthier than the fried version!

Ingredients

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Easy Buffalo Sauce

  • 1/2 cup franks hot sauce
  • 1/4 unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • In a large bowl toss the wings with all of the seasonings including the baking powder.
  • Grease the rack of the air fryer with non stick cooking spray.
  • Arrange the chicken wings in a single layer on the cooking rack. You may have to do this in two batches depending on the size of your air fryer. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is crispy on the outside and golden brown.
  • Toss the wings in the buffalo sauce and serve immediately with a side of ranch or blue cheese for serving, if desired.

Easy Buffalo Sauce

  • Add all of the ingredients to a small saucepan and cook on low heat until the butter is melted and the sauce is warm. Keep on low heat until ready to serve with the wings.
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Chicken Wings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 282 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 1602mg70%
Potassium 503mg14%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 305IU6%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 145mg15%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Chicken Wings

 

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  • The air fryer really makes the chicken nuggets crispy and delicious. The buffalo sauce was a surprise, I never taste such a good sauce. Now I use the sauce for almost every dish. Thank you very much.

  • Hi Kelley,
    Good Chicken Wings recipe with the air fryer.
    I will try it and upload the result for you after finishing it. I also love air fryer recipe, if you have any new recipe play with an air fryer, share for me, please.

  • Your air fryer chicken naugents is really awsome, I never heard about buffalo sauce. After getting recipe, I will really try this.Thank you very much mam

  • DMR

    This dry rub chicken wing air fryer recipe was a HUGE hit! Crispy, favorable on the outside, mouth watering juicy and tender on the inside. It was so good, no dipping sauce needed! Husband is super picky and he rated this 5 out of 5 (this is rare from him). It is now our “go to” wings. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  • Wow, what CAN’T the air fryer do??? Typically I don’t like chicken wings, but if they look this good I don’t think that I could resist!!

  • This is a very interesting recipe. I love the way you have used an airfryer so perfectly. Still in baby steps gere,so will follow your pointers.

  • stella

    The air fryer intrigues me a lot and I think I’ll do this after seeing your chicken, it’s really tempting.

  • Anjali

    Love this healthier way to make chicken wings! They turned out to be perfectly crispy and delicious – and were a great appetizer to serve to our friends at dinner today!

  • Dannii

    What a great way to use the air fryer. These chicken wings look perfectly cooked.

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