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These easy Air Fryer Chicken Wings rival your favorite sports bar! Crispy on the outside and juicy inside, these wings are quick, easy, and perfect for customizing with your favorite sauces and seasonings. Best game day snack ever!

air fryer chicken wings with buffalo sauce

Why You’ll Love This Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe

crispy air fryer chicken wings in an air fryer

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Wings

The Ingredients

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

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.

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 360°F for 24 minutes. This renders the fat so they don’t get soggy. Flip halfway through.
air fryer chicken wings spread in basket
  1. Turn Up the Heat. 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. We use Buffalo, but use any kind you like.
mix buffalo sauce on crispy chicken wings
  1. Toss. Combine the crispy chicken wings and sauce. 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.
  • 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.
air fryer chicken wings crispy skin

What to Serve With Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate chicken wing leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer. 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.
  • 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

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Air Fry at 2 Temperatures. Start at a low temperature to render the fat, then increase the air fryer to a higher temperature to crisp the skin.
  • Don’t Overcrowd the Air Fryer. If your wings aren’t crispy, you likely cooked too many at once (or didn’t turn up the temperature enough at the end).
  • Skip the Baking Soda. Toss your wings with baking soda or flour isn’t necessary for crispy results, and you’ll save yourself hassle.
  • To Use Frozen Wings in the Air Fryer. Increase the cook time 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.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings Video

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Air Fryer Chicken Wings

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Here's how to make the BEST air fryer chicken wings! Crispy skin, juicy meat, quick and easy—the perfect game day snack!

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

Servings: 10 wings (flats and drumettes)

Ingredients
  

FOR THE WINGS:

  • 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

TO SERVE:

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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Video

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

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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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 wellplated.com 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. Okay, ready for a stupid question, Erin? Servings: 10 wings. Umm…10 wings per person? Or 10 servings of 1 wing??? Not really sure, since the calories are so low..lol. Help an old broad out and ‘splain it to me, Lucy. Hahahaha!

    1. No stupid questions! That is nutrition per 1 wing. So multiply by however many you usually eat (for my husband, that’s probably all 10 LOL!)

  2. This recipe was easy and really satisfied my craving for Buffalo wings! I recently bought a double basket air fryer which had the perfect capacity. I won’t have a need to go out and buy restaurant wings again!5 stars

  3. Hi, would you folks with experience advise us on how you clean up your air fryer from the fat? This step has been an issue for me. Thanks!5 stars

    1. Hi Alan! Your air fryer should have some instructions with it that tells you how to clean it. I think it would be specific to your brand and model. Hope this helps!

  4. Hi Erin,
    You nailed this recipe! Have been on the the prowl for an air fried wing recipe that would ratchet up the crispness. My attempts with coatings got close but never quite got there.
    Your instructions were perfect, especially drying and salting the wings. The double air fry with increased temp to 390 took the crispness over the top. This is my go to wing recipe for eternity……
    Rick5 stars

    1. Hi Anita! Here is my recipe for air fryer chicken breast: https://www.wellplated.com/air-fryer-fried-chicken-breast/ Hope this helps!

  5. You say to cook at 360 24 minutes, flipping halfway through then turn up to 390 and flip half way through but you DON’T say how long at 390???

    1. Hi Carmen! It’s in Step 5 of the recipe card. Could you please double check to see if you see it on your end, because I see it on my end.

  6. I have tried many recipes for air fryer chicken wings, but the two recipes on this site are the best. The chicken is crispy, not fatty, which is key. I’m convinced this is the way – pat very dry, cook on low, then on high! The sauces are delicious on both recipes.5 stars

  7. I have tried many chicken wings gimmicks over the years with ‘average’ results but you nailed it. “Baking soda. Air drying in the fridge. Instant pot and broil.” Nothing was quite right.

    And in fairness, I just got an air fryer so that does make a difference, but I did some research before I picked a first time air fryer wings recipe. I made them as directed and they were crispy without being dried out. Best I could hope for without being actually deep fried. Your two temperature technique turned out terrific. (Say that three times fast!) I have since made your Korean wings too. Awesome.5 stars

  8. This was by far the most confusing recipe for anyone , it’s not step by step, some parts you say the temp for cooking but not the time, and the part that has the temp , you don’t put the cooking time, you also don’t mention the measurements for all the ingredients to make the sauce . Also? You don’t mention if the wings need any season before putting in the air fryer . too much unnecessary words/writing, and very confusing, it should be simple , step by step. This is by far the worst cooking article and I had to make this comment because of how frustrating it was , reading it multiple times and yet, it’s not clear.

    1. Hi Nancy, did you not see the full, detailed recipe card directly above? You would have scrolled right past it to leave this comment. For ease, you can use the “jump to recipe” button at the top of the post which will take you right there.

  9. DRIED WING PARTS. USED MY OWN SEASONING MIXED IN WITH ALMOND FLOUR. TOSSED AND LET SET FOR 1 HOUR. COOKED 12 MINS BOTH SIDES @ 360 AND 3 MORE MINS @ 390. TOSSED IN BUFFALO SAUCE LET SET FOR 5 MIN AND PERFECTLY PERFECT. NEVER BUYING HOT WINGS AGAIN. I LIKE MIND BETTER.5 stars

  10. I cooked 6 whole chicken wings in the air fryer, using recommendation for whole wings. They turned out really great. Drizzled Sweet Baby Rays sweet teriyaki sauce over them and ate 4. My taste buds savored every bite.5 stars

  11. I can’t cook anything right and I followed your recipe to a t. These came out PERFECTLY! I’ll never get restaurant wings again!5 stars

  12. I made these air fryer wings twice and love how perfectly crispy they always come out! My go-to wing recipe going forward! YUMMY!5 stars

  13. 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!

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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.

      1. This chicken wings recipe has become our favorite go-to meal. It taste so good. Looking forward to more quick and easy recipes. Cheers!5 stars

  17. Very good, very easy. I did adjust the cooking time because my wings were on the smaller side but this is my go-to for wings. Delicious!5 stars

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. I’ve tried many wing recipes, but the air fryer method is my new favorite. It’s quick, easy, and it taste so good.5 stars

  21. I can’t believe how quickly these chicken wings cooked in the air fryer. I made this last night with a homemade bbq sauce. It was fantastic!5 stars

  22. Your recipe was incredibly easy to follow. I must say that air fried chicken wings are much better that frying them. I also appreciated the versatility of the recipe when it came to the sauce. I opted for the classic Spicy Buffalo sauce. we devoured them in one go!5 stars

  23. Hi Erin! I’ve tried this recipe a few times now, and it’s always been a hit with my family and friends. I appreciate how easy to follow your recipes.5 stars

  24. These were absolutely delicious! So few ingredients and yet it was bursting with flavor. I’ll definitely be making these again!5 stars

  25. First time making wings in my new air fryer. The seasoning was perfect and the wings were delicious! So glad I chose this recipe.5 stars

  26. I really liked the flavor of the rub, however my husband thought there was too much pepper in the mix and asked that the next time I make it, that I cut back on it. They come out juicy and nicely done.5 stars

  27. I made these for dinner and WOW! I loved them. Will definitely be making these again.
    I took a picture of my plate of crispy wings but I don’t know how to share onto the comment page. Anyway thank you so much for the amazing recipe.5 stars

    1. Yay Chloe! So glad you enjoyed it! If you are on social media you can post the photo there and tag us! Thank you!

  28. AMAZING! Super easy to make, our second batch came out crispier because we did crowd a little on the first batch. It was so tender!5 stars

  29. I make this recipe often. Delicious, and so simple. Sometimes I add other seasonings, like pepper, garlic, onion, and a pinch of Cajun seasoning.5 stars

  30. Simple crowd pleaser. I’m not a fan of wings but this recipe is so simple and my nephew is obsessed. I make these every time we get together!5 stars

  31. I made a different sauce to coat wings in but the wings were perfectly cooked. I love the simplicity of this recipe. So good!5 stars

  32. I’m new to the air fryer trend and these were fantastic! Easy and tasted great – way better than oven baked. I did have to decrease the time, though. The wings I got were on the smaller side and 30 minutes was too long.5 stars

  33. First time for me making wings. This recipe created excellent wings. I am not a spicy Buffalo wing person, so I may used half the hot sauce and added a little Sticky Fingers bourbon sauce (no corn syrup). I was amazed at the flavors. I look forward to cooking another of your recipes, and would definitely serve your wings to friends and family.5 stars

  34. FANTASTIC!
    Wings were crispy and cooked to perfection. The flavor was perfect – the teaspoon of kosher salt (I used coarse ground) was exactly the right thing.
    The sauce was tart with a little kick; not overpowering.
    This will be put into the regular meal rotation at our house for picky wings fans!5 stars

  35. Just made wings per this recipe and they were just as good if not better than what you get out! ( and YES CRISPY!)5 stars

  36. tasty and easy to make. still turned out great when i used frozen wings. if you’re busy or a little low on energy like me it’s a great recipe :)5 stars

    1. I’m sorry to hear that you had trouble with the recipe, Andrew. The timing has worked well for myself (and others) so I wished it would have been a hit for you too! I know it can be so disappointing to try a new recipe and it does not turn out for you.

  37. These were just perfect! I found that they were ready after the two rounds of 12 minutes each and did not need to do the final 6 min. Came out perfectly juicy AND crispy!5 stars

  38. I made these for the 1st time yesterday. I was hesitant, because they are cooked in the air fryer without the sauce (I prefer my wings saucy). They were remarkable! I will never make wings any other way! The crispiness is restaurant-quality, & tossing them in the sauce afterwards worked well! I’m sharing your recipe on Facebook, so others can enjoy it. Thank you!5 stars