If you’re a wing lover like we are get ready to meet your next food crush. These Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings are not only quick and easy to make, but they’re also better than your favorite takeout joint by leaps and bounds. Seriously, get ready to have your mind blown!

Thanks to the magic of the air fryer, these wings come out perfectly crispy without any of the guilt of traditional frying. Coated in a tangy Buffalo sauce, these wings are the perfect balance of spicy and savory and can step into any mealtime role from appetizer or snack to being the main attraction.

Buffalo Chicken Wings Better Than Takeout! 

Who doesn’t love good chicken wings? Whether you’re hosting a game day party, need a crowd-pleasing appetizer, or just want a family-friendly protein source, they always hit the spot. 

However, we don’t always love store-bought options or takeout varieties. Luckily, we discovered the secret to making the best Buffalo wings recipe you’ll ever taste! 

With minimal prep time and a quick cook time, these air fryer buffalo wings turn out super crisp on the outside, juicy in the center, and dripping with flavor. You’ll never go back to another version again! 

Ingredients You’ll Need

Below is an overview of the ingredients and instructions for this recipe. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card below for all the details and nutrition information! 

  • Chicken Wings – You’ll need one pound of chicken wings. We recommend buying whole wings, and breaking them to drummets and flats. 
  • Cornstarch – This is crucial to creating a crisp exterior. 
  • Buffalo Sauce – Use any homemade or store-bought buffalo sauce such as Frank’s buffalo sauce you like best! 
  • Unsalted butter – This adds creaminess and a rich flavor to the sauce. 

Air Fried Perfection: The Crispiest Buffalo Chicken Wings Recipe

Before you begin, preheat your air fryer so it has plenty of time to get warm. This is key to creating the crispiest wings! 

  1. Coat the wings. Add the chicken wings to a bowl, and toss them with the cornstarch, coating them completely. 
  2. Cook. Arrange the wings in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Air fry until they’re golden brown and crispy, flipping halfway through. 
  3. Create the Buffalo sauce. While the wings cook, melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Then, stir in the buffalo sauce and salt. 
  4. Toss the wings. Transfer the cooked wings to a bowl, and drizzle the buffalo sauce on top. Toss to coat, and enjoy! 
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Tips for Success

  • Dry the wings. Before you begin, pat the wings dry with a clean paper towel. This helps ensure the cornstarch sticks. 
  • Work in batches. Be sure not to overcrowd the air fryer basket. You want to allow space around each wing to ensure they cook evenly and become crisp. 
  • Rest the chicken. Allow the wings to rest for a few minutes before serving. This helps keep them tender and juicy! 

Serving Suggestions

The best buffalo wings recipes always come with delicious dipping sauces, and this homemade version is no different! Pair your wings with ranch, blue cheese dressing, or even tzatziki for a creamy, spicy combination that will knock your socks off. 

Then, transform them into a complete meal with sides like celery sticks, carrot sticks, smashed potatoes, or French fries

How to Store and Reheat

  • Store leftover hot wings in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. 
  • Freeze cooled wings in an airtight container or sealable bag for up to three months. 
  • Reheat thawed Buffalo chicken wings in the air fryer or oven just until warmed through. This is the best way to help them crisp back up! 

Common Questions About This Easy Buffalo Chicken Wings Recipe

Do you put buffalo sauce before or after baking wings? 

It’s best to coat your wings in sauce after they are cooked. The crisp skin is perfect for soaking up all the saucy goodness! 

What makes a chicken wing a buffalo wing? 

Chicken wings are smaller and have less meat. Meanwhile, Buffalo wings are fairly large and have considerably more meat. 

How do you know when wings are done? 

You’ll know your wings are done cooking when a meat thermometer can be inserted into the center away from the bone and reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Can I use frozen chicken wings? 

Yes, just make sure they’re completely thawed and dry before cooking. Otherwise, they’re likely to become soggy. 

More Delicious Chicken Recipes

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Make this easy air fryer buffalo chicken wings recipe with just five ingredients for crisp, flavorful wings that are better than takeout!

Ingredients  

  • 1 pound chicken wings
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • Salt to taste

Instructions 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius) for about 5 minutes.
  • In a bowl, toss the chicken wings with cornstarch until they are evenly coated. This will help make the wings extra crispy.
    1 pound chicken wings, 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • Place the coated wings in the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook in batches as needed depending on the size of the air fryer.
  • Cook the wings in the air fryer for about 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until they are golden brown and crispy.
  • While the wings are cooking, prepare the buffalo sauce. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Once melted, stir in the buffalo sauce and salt to taste. Adjust the amount of buffalo sauce and salt according to preference.
    1/2 cup buffalo sauce, 1 Tablespoon butter, Salt
  • Once the wings are cooked, transfer them to a bowl and pour the buffalo sauce over them. Toss the wings until they are evenly coated in the sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 969mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 0.04g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 96IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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