These Buffalo Air Fryer Chicken Wings have perfectly crispy skin with a simple dry rub and tossed in a simple, zesty buffalo sauce. This post includes variations for Asian and Barbecue Air Fryer Wings.
I honestly can't believe it's taken me THIS long to post this Air Fryer Chicken Wings recipe! During football season, these crispy wings are our go-to game day food! I used to use a small deep fryer that we have, but thanks to the lovely air fryer, I can make crispy chicken wings without deep frying in oil.
I know there are a lot of jokes about air fryers, but I think we have to agree that they're saving us from a whole lot of extra oil in our foods!
"I made these tonight for the first time and they are so amazing! Everyone should try them!"Julie, Facebook comment
These Buffalo Air Fryer Chicken Wings have perfectly crispy skin with a simple dry rub and tossed in a simple, zesty buffalo sauce. This post includes variations for Asian and Barbecue wings. These are the some of the best air fryer chicken wings I've made!
There are a few key things you need to do to make the best chicken wings ever:
- Take your chicken wings out of the fridge early and bring them closer to room temperature before you start the cooking process.
- Use paper towels to pat your wings dry for the best results. Having too much moisture on the wings can keep them from getting crispy.
- Coat the chicken wings in a simple spice rub. I have a suggestion below, but feel free to use your favorite seasoning blend!
- Preheat your air fryer by turning it on for a few minutes before adding the wings. This will allow your wings to hit a hot surface and for the skin to begin crisping quicker.
Now, you don't have to make Air Fryer Buffalo wings if buffalo sauce if it isn't your favorite wing sauce! if you're not a spicy person, there are several other options for you!
- Air Fryer Asian Chicken Wings: Make a sauce of ½ cup soy sauce, 1 cup sweet chili sauce, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste, then toss with your cooked wings!
- Air Fryer Barbecue Chicken Wings: Make simple barbecue sauce of 1 cup ketchup, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste. Toss with the sauce with cooked wings to make Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Wings! And of course, you can also use your favorite BBQ sauce!
- Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings: Instead of black pepper in the recipe below, substitute lemon pepper seasoning, and omit the paprika. Cook the wings by following the recipe instructions, then serve without sauce!
- 2 pounds chicken wings
- 2 teaspoons garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
For the Buffalo Sauce:
- 1 cup hot sauce (I use Frank's Red Hot)
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- Thirty minutes before cooking, remove the chicken wings from the fridge to take the chill off and bring them closer to room temperature. If you have whole chicken wings, separate them in two to make a drum and flat.
- Pat each wing dry thoroughly with paper towels.
- In a small bowl, combine garlic salt, onion powder, paprika and black pepper. Stir to combine.
- Sprinkle spice rub on wings and rub to completely coat the wings with seasoning.
- Preheat the Air Fryer at 390 degrees Fahrenheit for 2-3 minutes.
- Add wings to the air fryer basket, making sure the wings do not touch.
- Air fry for 11 minutes at 390 degrees F.
- Flip the wings and cook for 10 more minutes.
- Remove the chicken wings and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes.
- In a small saucepan, combine ingredients for buffalo sauce. Heat on medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes, until the ingredients just start to bubble.
- Stir and remove from the heat.
- Add buffalo sauce and cooked chicken wings to a large bowl, and toss with tongs to coat the wings.
- Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce and fresh celery. I love blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing!
If you want to make your chicken wings EXTRA crispy, add 1 to 2 teaspoons or baking powder to your spice rub! I don't do this regularly, but when I do, it does help them crisp up!
Use your favorite air fryer, but you will need larger capacity (6-8 quarts). If you have a smaller air fryer, just fry the wings in batches!
If you love these delicious wings, I have other Easy Air Fryer Recipes on the blog that I think you'll love: