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The Best Air Fryer Buffalo Wings


Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings made with just a handful of ingredients. Perfectly crispy on the outside, extra juicy on the inside and covered in classic hot buffalo sauce. They’re a crowd-favorite appetizer or entree that comes together in a snap! Perfect for game day!

Crispy chicken wings coated in a spicy sauce on a white plate with ranch dressing

The Best Homemade Hot Buffalo Wings

Did you know that chicken wings are actually more American than apple pie? Well, it’s true! While the first apple pie was made in England, chicken wings were invented in the Empire State.

New York is definitely known for its food – but unlike many dishes the state is famous for (i.e. pizza and bagels), chicken wings were truly born there. It all started in 1964 at a family-owned restaurant in the city of Buffalo.

It didn’t take long for chicken wings to explode in popularity, and these days you’ll find them pretty much everywhere. Although there are tons of different wing flavors today, the original ones were slathered in a delightfully spicy sauce named after the dish’s birthplace.

Now let’s talk about this amazing Air Fryer recipe for classic hot buffalo wings. These spicy chicken wings have the crispiness, juiciness and flavor that you know and love without the unhealthy deep-frying. It’s the best of both worlds!

They’re made with very little oil as opposed to their deep-fried counterparts, and the cooking process is much more hands-off. All you have to do is whip up the 2-ingredient buffalo sauce, toss your wings into the Air Fryer, flip them over, drench them in the sauce and go to town.

A hand dipping a chicken wing into a small bowl of ranch dressing

What You’ll Need

It’s time to get to business! Gather the following ingredients for both the buffalo sauce and the chicken wings.

For the Hot Buffalo Sauce

  • Frank’s Red Hot Sauce: These wings really wouldn’t be the same with a different hot sauce, so I definitely suggest sticking with Frank’s.
  • Butter: Unsalted.

For the Chicken Wings

  • Chicken Wings: This recipe uses a full pound.
  • Avocado Oil: A small amount of oil is necessary to get the wings nice and crispy and prevent them from sticking to the Air Fryer basket.
  • Salt & Pepper: Added to taste.
Air Fryer buffalo chicken wings on a plate on top of a granite countertop

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How to Make Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings

Making buffalo wings in the Air Fryer is a walk in the park. Here’s the lowdown:

Prepare the Sauce

Heat Butter & Hot Sauce: Combine the butter and the hot sauce in a small saucepan over a medium-low heat burner on the stove.

Stir & Remove From Heat: Cook the mixture until the butter is melted, making sure to stir throughout the process. Once the butter has fully melted, remove the pan from the heat and set it aside.

Make the Wings

Season Wings: Pat the chicken wings dry and place them into a large bowl. Season them with avocado oil, salt & pepper. Toss to coat all of the wings, then set the bowl aside.

A large glass bowl full of raw chicken wings seasoned with salt and pepper

Heat Air Fryer: Preheat the Air Fryer basket to 400°F for 2 minutes.

Cook Wings: Place the chicken wings into the Air Fryer basket and space them out evenly so they aren’t crowded. Cook them for 8 minutes.

Flip & Finish Cooking: Flip the wings over, then cook them for an additional 8 minutes on the other side, or until they are crispy and golden.

Partially cooked wings in an Air Fryer basket being flipped with a pair of metal tongs

Add Sauce: Once the chicken wings are done cooking, place them into a large bowl. Cover them with the prepared buffalo sauce and toss until each wing is well coated.

Enjoy! Serve the wings warm.


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