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The next time you need to woo a Buffalo wing lover in your life, make these easy Air Fryer Chicken Wings! Crispy on the outside, with juicy meat and a finger-licking sauce, this foolproof method for cooking wings in the air fryer gives you perfect results that rival your favorite sports bar.

air fryer chicken wings with buffalo sauce

Why You’ll Love Air Fryer Wings

These wings might just be the best of all of my air fryer recipes so far!

air fryer chicken wings crispy skin

The Secret to Crispy Air Fryer Wings

Wings are the best cut of chicken to fry, because of their high skin-to-meat ratio, but that ratio also makes them the trickiest.

To make wings crispy in the air fryer, you need to ensure that the fat in the skin can fully render (a.k.a. cook out) so the wings are not soggy.

To ensure the fat renders and the wings crisp, air fry chicken wings at two separate temperatures.

  • First, air fryer the chicken wings at 360°F for 24 minutes, turning once halfway through. This step renders the fat.
  • Then, turn up the heat to 390°F. This high temperature crisps the outsides of the wings, leaving the interior meat moist.

The two-temperature approach is easy, and it’s less messy than making air fryer chicken wings with baking soda or flour.

You can use this method with frozen air fryer chicken wings too.

split chicken wings in air fryer basket

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Wings

No frying oil or baking powder tricks are needed in this easy recipe!

  • The wings cook in 30 minutes in the air fryer.
  • If your wings are especially large or small, you may need to adjust the time by a few minutes in either direction.
  • Once the wings are air fried, you can toss them in any sauce of your choosing.
crispy air fryer chicken wings

The Ingredients

  • Chicken Wings. This recipe calls for 1 ½ pounds of chicken wings, which is the max amount that I can comfortably fit in a single layer in my air fryer. If you are cooking more, you’ll need to air fry them in batches.

Ingredient Note

  • This recipe is for air fried split chicken wings, meaning that the flat side of the wing has been cut away from the “drumette.” I also like to remove the tip, though you can leave it if you like. This is easy to do at home. See tips below.
  • You also can use this recipe to make whole chicken wings in the air fryer: place the wings in a single layer (you’ll be able to fit about 3 whole wings at a time). Air fry at 250°F for 15 minutes, then increase the heat to high and air fry at 400°F for 15 minutes more. Turn the wings over halfway through each cooking time.
  • Hot Sauce. Frank’s RedHot Original is my go-to, though you can use a similar mildish hot sauce you prefer (something like Tabasco would be too spicy).
  • Garlic. Minced garlic gives the sauce extra zip that’s a step above garlic powder. It’s worth it for these air fried chicken wings.
  • Vinegar. A small splash helps cut the richness of the wings and balance the sauce.
  • Butter. What makes the wings finger-lickin’ delish.

Dietary Note

To make these wings dairy free, swap the butter for coconut oil.

  • The Fixings. Blue cheese sauce (the Greek-yogurt based one in my cookbook is perfection), Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip, and celery (or carrots) sticks bring the bar experience home to you. Ranch dressing is a favorite of readers too.

The Directions

split chicken wings for air frying
  1. Split the Wings. Cut away the wing tips and split the “drumette” side of each of the “wingettes” from the flat side. Pat dry with paper towels.
chicken wings in the air fryer
  1. Air Fry at a Moderate Temperature. Place the wings in the air fryer in a single layer and cook at 360°F. This renders the fat so they don’t get soggy.
air fryer chicken wings spread in basket
  1. Turn Up the Heat. After the first stage of cooking, flip the wings again, and increase the temperate to 390°F. The skin will get nice and crispy.
whisking buffalo sauce
  1. Make the Sauce. Buffalo sauce is hot sauce that has been doctored up with melted butter and garlic. These simple ingredients create wing magic.
mix buffalo sauce on crispy chicken wings
  1. Toss. Combine the crispy chicken wings and Buffalo sauce in a large bowl. ENJOY!
crispy air fryer chicken wings

Recipe Variations

  • Honey Garlic Air Fryer Chicken Wings. Use the sauce from my Honey Garlic Chicken Wings.
  • Lemon Pepper Air Fryer Chicken Wings. Use the sauce from my Lemon Pepper Wings.
  • Asian Air Fryer Chicken Wings. Try these sweet and sticky Korean Air Fryer Chicken Wings.
  • BBQ Air Fryer Wings. Toss the wings in Homemade Barbecue Sauce.
  • Extra Spicy Chicken Wings. Add a few pinches of cayenne pepper to your Buffalo sauce.
  • Boneless Air Fryer Chicken Wings. I haven’t experimented with boneless wings, but I suspect they will cook more quickly. For another great boneless chicken recipe, check out my Air Fryer Chicken Tenders.

What to Serve With Buffalo Chicken Wings

  • Baked French Fries. Because Buffalo wings and fries are a match made in comfort food heaven. You can plan these recipes so that both are ready at the same time.
  • Sweet Potato Fries. Another tasty option in the fry department.
  • Air Fryer Broccoli. This quick-cooking air fryer side can be ready shortly after you finish up the wings. Or try oven Roasted Broccoli.

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate chicken wing leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat. Let the wings come to room temperature. Mist with water to help make them juicy, then reheat in the oven or air fryer at 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes, or the air fryer at 350 degrees F for 6 minutes, turning once halfway through.

Storage Tips

For max flavor, toss the reheated wings in a fresh batch of Buffalo sauce.

  • Knife Block Set. Ergonomic and with a broader blade curve for easy rocking cutting, this knife set is worth every penny!
  • Kitchen Tongs. These 16-inch tongs easily reach deep into the air fryer’s basket.
  • Glass Mixing Bowls. With 10 different stackable sizes and easy to wash, they’re ideal for tossing or dipping air fryer chicken wings recipe in any type of sauce.
crispy buffalo chicken wings in blue cheese sauce

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Air Fryer Chicken Wings

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How to make PERFECT Air Fryer Chicken Wings. Crispy outside, juicy and tender inside, with easy clean up. The best way to cook chicken wings!

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes

Servings: 10 wings (flats and drumettes)



  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce Frank’s RedHot is what I use
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
  • Nonstick cooking spray


  • Blue cheese sauce The Well Plated Cookbook, page 212 or blue cheese dressing of choice
  • Celery sticks
  • Chopped fresh chives optional for color


  • Coat the basket of a 3 quart or larger air fryer with nonstick spray.
  • Trim off the wing tips (you should be able to feel the joint soft spot). It should separate fairly easily, but if not, put the blade in place, then carefully but firmly hit the top of your knife to apply extra pressure. Discard. Next, split the drumette side of each wing from the flat side at the joint: slice down through the skin feeling for the “soft spot” and wiggle your knife as needed.
  • Pat the wings very dry. Sprinkle all over with salt.
  • Place the wings in the air fryer in a single layer, making sure they do not touch (if needed, stand up the drumettes along the side). Set the air fryer to 360 degrees F. Cook the wings for 12 minutes, then remove the basket and with tongs, flip the wings over. Return to the air fryer at 360 degrees for 12 additional minutes.
  • Slide out the basket, flip the wings once more, then return them to the air fryer. Increase the air fryer temperature to 390 degrees F. Cook the wings for 6 minutes, flipping once more halfway through. The skin should look nice and crisp (if your wings are on the larger side, they may need a few more minutes).
  • While the wings finish up, melt the butter in a large microwave safe bowl in the microwave or a saucepan on the stove. Stir in the hot sauce, garlic, and vinegar until smooth.
  • Transfer the wings to the bowl with the hot sauce mixture. Toss to throughly coat the wings. Transfer the wings to a serving plate. Sprinkle with chives as desired. Enjoy warm with blue cheese sauce and celery.



  • TO MAKE IN THE OVEN: Place a broiler rack 4 to 6 inches from the broiler. Preheat to high. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place an oven safe baking rack on top. Arrange the wings on the rack in a single layer so they do not touch. Broil for 20 to 25 minutes, until the wings are browned and crisp, flipping once halfway through.
  • TO STORE. Refrigerate leftover chicken wings for up to 3 days.
  • TO REHEAT. Let the wings come to room temperature. Mist with water to help make them juicy, then reheat in the oven at 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes, or the air fryer at 350 degrees F for 6 minutes, turning once halfway through.


Serving: 1gCalories: 104kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 7gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 34mgPotassium: 70mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 134IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Aren’t My Air Fryer Wings Crispy?

For the crunchiest wings, be sure to air fry your wings at two temperatures—first lower to render the fat, then higher to crisp the skin. Also, make sure not to overcrowd the air fryer or the wings won’t crisp.

Can You Make Frozen Wings in an Air Fryer?

Yes, you can cook frozen wings in an air fryer! If you are using frozen wings, the air fryer chicken wings cook time will need to increase by 5 additional minutes at 360 degrees F (29 minutes total at this temperature). The wings may stick together at first. Simply shake the basket after a few minutes to separate them, then use tongs to arrange them so they are not touching.

What if I Don’t Have an Air Fryer?

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can still make this recipe. See the “Recipe Notes” section below for tips on how to make these in an oven.

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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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  1. Love the recipe. First time my wings came out how I actually wanted them & the best I ever made. Not a fan of the sauce too much but did a light layer of it instead and it was delicious.5 stars

    1. Hi Phyl! It’s not needed for this recipe, that said, there are some air fryer models that require preheating so I would check your manual. Hope you enjoy them!

  2. Just tried this with my new combo air fryer/toaster oven. I doubled the sauce recipe because hubby likes saucy wings. I used half Frank’s Extra Hot and half regular Frank’s and added cayenne and crushed dried hot peppers from our garden since we also like the wings extra spicy. My husband is kind of a wing gourmet and he gave these a big thumbs up. I think the vinegar adds a nice touch to the flavor. Now that I know what I’m doing, these are a good, fairly easy alternative to ordering takeout wings and we’ll have some for the Super Bowl next Sunday. Go Birds!5 stars

  3. Erin,
    Thanks for sharing your recipe(s). Today was the first time I ever used an air fryer (4 qt) and the wings came out perfectly crispy. The hot sauce was awesome and it is gonna be my ‘secret sauce’ go to for friends & family. I’m gonna make the chicken leg recipe next and will use the leftover hot sauce. Wow…so good. Chicken never tasted so good!5 stars

  4. The two star rating was do to the fact that I dusted the first batch I used the baking soda method. They were disgusting and a BBQ sauce didn’t help. Who came up with this awful idea

    1. Hi Margaret! I’m sorry to hear you had trouble with the recipe and I am a little confused. These wings don’t include baking soda. If you take a look at the ingredient list, it’s not listed. We explained in the blog post about how some people use baking soda to make their wings crispy but after testing it out we ultimately decided not to put that in our recipe because we felt like the baking soda was not needed to make these wings crispy.

  5. Very good wing recipe, I think the vinegar was the SHI** that took it over the top. HOWEVER, not as crispy as expected with my air fryer. But, I loved them and will continue to cook again!! Thanks!!5 stars

  6. Ok so I am newish to the air fryer world AND originally from Buffalo, NY. I have been living in Miami for many years and I was craving “traditional” chicken wings. I stumbled upon this recipe and decided to give it a try. Holy moly…they came out sooo good and sooo close to the wings I remember eating as a kid. Thank you Erin…what a treat!5 stars

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