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Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings

by Capri Lilly
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Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings are an absolute treat! Make finger-licking good wings that are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and drenched in spicy buffalo sauce! Serve with my homemade ranch dressing and celery, and these wings will be better than any you’ve had at a restaurant!

Are wings totally your thing? Then, you’ll want to try my Air Fryer Fried Chicken Wings or Air Fryer Barbecue Wings recipe next!

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings Served with homemade ranch, fries, and celery

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Crispy Air Fryer Buffalo Wings | Gluten-Free, Easy Recipe!

These crispy, flavorful wings are made easy in the air fryer, which means no need for excessive amounts of oil or deep-frying! It’s less clean up, less fuss, and MORE FLAVOR!

crispy buffalo air fryer wings

Making air fryer buffalo wings is super easy. First, you’ll season the wings with a dry rub and cook them in the air fryer. Then, you’ll cover them in buffalo sauce and place them in the air fryer once more to seal in all the flavor. Once done, top with more sauce and serve with your favorite dipping sauce, celery, and fries.

My perfect plate is these tasty wings, Homemade Ranch Dressing, and Crispy Sweet Potato Fries!

ingredients needed to make buffalo wings in the air fryer: chicken wings, butter, seasonings, olive oil cooking spray

Ingredients Needed To Make These Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Chicken Wings Dry Rub

The key to making the most flavorful buffalo wings is in the rub! Season the chicken before cooking to make the best wings!

air fryer wings in a bowl next to buffalo sauce in a measuring cup and butter in a ramekin

How To Make Buffalo Chicken Wings In The Air Fryer

  1. Clean and pat dry your chicken wings with a paper towel. Add the chicken to a large bowl and season with the dry rub mixture and avocado oil. Make sure all the wings are coated in the seasoning.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 380°F for 3 minutes.
  3. Lightly spray the air fryer basket with oil. Place the chicken in a single layer into the air fryer basket. Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket or place chicken on top of each other.
  4. Cook at 380°F for 10 minutes. Then, flip the chicken and cook for another 10 minutes, until no longer pink and an instant thermometer reads 165°F. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to work in batches so that the wings are not overcrowded.
  5. While the wings are cooking, prepare the buffalo sauce. In a small saucepan, over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Then, add the buffalo sauce and mix well. Warm over medium-low heat for about 2-3 minutes. Pour 1/4 cup into a small bowl to reserve for later.
  6. Transfer the chicken wings to a {clean} large bowl. Then, pour the remaining buffalo sauce onto the wings and mix until all the wings are coated.
  7. Place the chicken coated in buffalo sauce back into the air fryer and heat for 3 minutes at 350°F.
  8. Place the wings back into the bowl and top with the 1/4 cup of buffalo sauce that was set aside.
  9. Serve with celery and your favorite dipping sauce! Enjoy!
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Keys To Making The Best Air Fryer Buffalo Wings

  1. Season generously before cooking. The seasonings give the wings incredible flavor. Don’t skip this step and only rely on the buffalo sauce to provide the flavor. If so, you may be sorely disappointed.
  2. Coat the wings with 2 teaspoons of aluminum-free baking powder before seasoning to get extra crispy wings.
  3. The real secret is coating the wings in the buffalo sauce and placing them back in the air fryer to seal in the flavor. It is an absolute game changer!! I do this when I make my buffalo cauliflower wings and they are THEE BEST! Remember, when the wings are done, you can add more buffalo sauce before serving if you like your wings dripping with sauce.
  4. Make sure your chicken is thawed entirely before cooking to ensure the best results.
  5. To get the best crispy wings, do not overcrowd the air fryer when cooking the wings.
air fryer buffalo wings served with homemade ranch dressing

Common Questions

How Long Does It Take To Cook Chicken Wings In the Air Fryer?

It generally takes 15-20 minutes to cook chicken wings in the air fryer. Be sure to always check for doneness using a thermometer. Inserted into the thickest part of the chicken, it should read 165°F if it is fully cooked.

Can You Put Sauced Wings In the Air Fryer?

You most certainly can! This is a great way to seal the flavor of the sauce into the wings!

How To Store Any Leftover Wings?

I have a feeling you won’t have any wings left! BUT, if you do, you can store any leftover wings in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

How To Reheat Buffalo Wings In The Air Fryer?

To rewarm, place the chicken into the air fryer at 370°F for 2-3 minutes.

No Air Fryer? No Problem! You Can Make These Buffalo Wings In The Oven.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Season the wings with the dry rub mixture (add 1 tbsp baking powder for extra crispy wings). Place the seasoned wings on an oven-safe wire rack in a single layer. Bake for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through. Then toss the wings in the buffalo sauce and bake for another 7-10 minutes, or until the wings are fully cooked and reach an internal temperature of 165°F. Toss the wings in more buffalo sauce and enjoy!

gluten free buffalo wings made in the air fryer

What To Eat With With Your Buffalo Wings:

I hope you enjoy this Air Fryer Buffalo Wings Recipe! 

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Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings Served With homemade ranch, celery, and fries.

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings (Gluten-Free)

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings are an absolute treat! Make finger-licking good wings that are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and drenched in spicy buffalo sauce! Serve with my homemade ranch dressing and celery, and these wings will be better than any you've had at a restaurant!
4.97 from 80 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 16 wings
Calories: 352kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken wings (about 16 wings)
  • 1 tbsp Avocado Oil, or cooking oil of choice

Dry Rub Mixture

  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 tsp Herbs De Provence (or Italian Seasoning)
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt, optional or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly Ground Pepper or to taste

Buffalo Sauce Mixture

  • 1/4 cup Butter (vegan or regular)
  • 1/2 cup Buffalo Sauce, plus more if desired

Instructions

  • Clean and pat dry your chicken wings with a paper towel. Add the chicken to a large bowl and season with the dry rub mixture. Make sure all the wings are coated in the seasoning.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 380°F for 3 minutes.
  • Lightly spray the air fryer basket with oil. Place the chicken in a single layer into the air fryer basket. Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket or place chicken on top of each other. Make sure there is space between each wing.
  • Cook at 380°F for 10 minutes. Then, flip the chicken and cook for another 10 minutes, until no longer pink and an instant thermometer reads 165°F. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to work in batches so that the wings are not overcrowded.
  • While the wings are cooking, prepare the buffalo sauce. In a small saucepan, over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Then, add the buffalo sauce and mix well. Warm over medium-low heat for about 2-3 minutes. Pour 1/4 cup into a small bowl to reserve for later.
  • Transfer the chicken wings to a {clean} large bowl. Then, pour the remaining buffalo sauce onto the wings and mix until all the wings are coated.
  • Place the chicken coated in buffalo sauce back into the air fryer and heat for 3 minutes at 350°F.
  • Place the wings back into the bowl and top with the 1/4 cup of buffalo sauce that was set aside.
  • Serve with celery and your favorite dipping sauce! Enjoy!

Notes

No Air Fryer? No Problem! You Can Make These Buffalo Wings In The Oven.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Season the wings with the dry rub mixture (add 1 tbsp baking powder for extra crispy wings).
  3. Place the seasoned wings on an oven-safe wire rack in a single layer. Bake for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  4. Then toss the wings in the buffalo sauce and bake for another 7-10 minutes, or until the wings are fully cooked and reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
  5. Toss the wings in more buffalo sauce and enjoy!
**Please Note: I’ve made these wings in an Instant Vortex Air Fryer and a Yedi 7 QT air fryer. Cooking Time may vary based on the type of air fryer you use. Adjust time accordingly and be sure to use an instant thermometer to check the doneness. Chicken is fully cooked at 165°F

Nutrition

Calories: 352kcal

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50 comments

Erique December 20, 2021 - 1:21 am

5 stars
This air fryer buffalo chicken wing recipe is the best. The wings came out crispy and the seasoning with Sweet Baby Ray’s is the perfect combination.

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Capri Lilly December 20, 2021 - 6:41 am

Thanks Erique!

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Beth April 20, 2022 - 5:50 pm

5 stars
Love this recipe! Love it so much we make it with chicken legs instead of wings!

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Capri Lilly April 20, 2022 - 7:31 pm

Hi Beth! I am glad you like it! Making this recipe with legs is great! Sometimes I make it with chicken breast 🙂

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Stephanie December 20, 2021 - 3:51 am

5 stars
I love this airfryer recipes because it was so simple to make. My husband really loved the sauce. I think he loved it more than the chicken lol…but, don’t worry he loved the chicken too.

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Capri Lilly December 20, 2021 - 5:59 pm

Haha! I love the sauce too! I was so happy to find a gluten-free buffalo sauce. Also, thanks for leaving a review! I am glad you liked the recipe! 🙂

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Robin December 20, 2021 - 8:30 am

5 stars
We make wings quite a bit in my home so I was happy to find a new quick yet tasty preparation. My whole family raved!

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Capri Lilly December 20, 2021 - 5:59 pm

Hi Robin! I am glad to hear it! These wings are a fav in my household

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Kate December 20, 2021 - 12:05 pm

5 stars
I love my air fryer so you can imagine my joy when I came across this recipe! My chicken wings turned out so crispy and delicious!

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Jen Sim December 22, 2021 - 10:58 am

5 stars
These days I air fry anything and everything so this buffalo wing recipe came just in time! The texture was perfect and the buffalo marinade was drool worthy. Yum!

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Capri Lilly December 22, 2021 - 7:07 pm

Hi Jen! I air fry just about everything as well! It just makes cooking so much easier! I am glad you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

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Tamara December 22, 2021 - 3:59 pm

5 stars
These wings turned out so perfect! They were crunchy, and delicious! I love that they are made without actually having to fry them in oil too!

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Crystal DaCruz December 22, 2021 - 8:16 pm

5 stars
These wings!! I can’t even express how much I loved them. The air-fryer is a life saver when it comes to making wings. The seasoning was so bomb! Thanks for sharing!

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Jessica December 22, 2021 - 8:29 pm

5 stars
Made these for game day last weekend and they were bomb. Crispy, saucy, everything you want in buffalo wings. Tasted just like my favorite bar food and it was super easy to make. Thank you!

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Capri Lilly December 23, 2021 - 7:28 am

Hi Jessica! I am glad to hear it! I love making tasty favorites at home, especially for game day! Thanks for leaving a review 🙂

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Chenée December 23, 2021 - 5:23 am

5 stars
That dry rub is AMAZING! My wings came out so delicious and then the Buffalo sauce took them to the next level!

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Capri Lilly December 23, 2021 - 7:28 am

I am so glad you liked, Chenee!

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Kyleigh December 27, 2021 - 6:16 pm

5 stars
They turned out so good in the air fryer!

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Amanda Scarlati December 27, 2021 - 6:32 pm

5 stars
These were so tasty! Love how crispy they got in the air fryer.

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Capri Lilly December 28, 2021 - 9:14 pm

Hi Amanda! That is my favorite part! Glad you like the recipe!

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Swathi December 27, 2021 - 7:19 pm

5 stars
These air fryer buffalo chicken wings are a really great appetizer.

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Emily Krill December 27, 2021 - 9:29 pm

5 stars
Great recipe! So happy to have something new to make in my air fryer.

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Capri Lilly December 28, 2021 - 9:13 pm

I am happy to hear it, Emily!

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Rob December 27, 2021 - 10:19 pm

5 stars
These wings were delicious!

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Oscar December 27, 2021 - 10:25 pm

5 stars
This recipe looks great, can’t wait to try it.

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Capri Lilly December 28, 2021 - 9:13 pm

Hi Oscar! I hope you enjoy

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nancy December 28, 2021 - 2:15 am

5 stars
these wings are so flavourful and so easy to make!

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Capri Lilly December 28, 2021 - 9:13 pm

Hi Nancy! I am glad you like the recipe!

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Addie December 28, 2021 - 3:49 am

5 stars
Love my air fryer! So easy and delicious.

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Capri Lilly December 28, 2021 - 9:12 pm

I love using the air fryer too! It makes cooking so easy and quick!

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Lindsay Howerton-Hastings December 28, 2021 - 3:59 pm

5 stars
These are so yummy; perfect for football watching!

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Capri Lilly December 28, 2021 - 9:12 pm

For sure! These are a favorite over here on gameday!

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Dennis Littley December 29, 2021 - 3:09 pm

5 stars
using an airfryer to make wings is genius! all the deliciousness without the extra oil!

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Jazz January 5, 2022 - 4:57 pm

5 stars
Thank you for the step by step pictures. It was really easy to make these wings with your instructions! Will be enjoying them again soon.

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Britney Brown-Chamberlain January 5, 2022 - 8:43 pm

5 stars
These wings came out so crispy and were truly seasoned perfectly! I’m currently eating leftovers for lunch and they’re just so darn good!

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Mary ellen Billson January 18, 2022 - 1:24 am

5 stars
I just made this recipe at 8 o’clock at night. I am the pickiest wing person. These came out so delicious my husband and I gobbled them up. I only made 6 to make sure we liked them but I can tell you I’m going to make 20 next time. The 6 were definitely not enough. Thank you so much for the recipe 😊

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Capri Lilly January 18, 2022 - 7:19 am

Hi Mary! That makes me so happy to hear that, especially coming from a picky wing person! I am glad you and your husband liked the recipe! Thank you for leaving a review 🙂

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Scott February 13, 2022 - 12:51 pm

5 stars
I just finished making these for my party and wow! They are good!

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Jeannie February 14, 2022 - 12:45 am

5 stars
they are so good and tasty! perfect for our movie nights at home.

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Capri Lilly February 14, 2022 - 12:52 pm

So glad you enjoyed!

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Maya February 14, 2022 - 7:25 am

5 stars
The dry rub really takes this to the next level – definitely worth the time!

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Amy February 14, 2022 - 2:10 pm

5 stars
Just got a new air fryer and have been trying recipes. These chicken wings were amazing! Was so good.

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Shannon June 16, 2022 - 7:04 pm

5 stars
YES. All the yes.

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Capri Lilly June 17, 2022 - 8:31 am

YAY! glad you like! 🙂

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Steve July 5, 2022 - 2:12 am

5 stars
Man these wings are good!! I’ve made this recipe 4 times already and every time it taste dang good! This last time I made it for my dinner party and boy oh boy everyone was devouring these wings

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Dana July 6, 2022 - 4:15 pm

3 stars
Something told me to cut the salt in half. It was too salty for us. We couldn’t eat them.

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Capri Lilly July 7, 2022 - 4:19 am

Hi Dana, that is unfortunate that you were unable to eat the wings. With any recipe, you should always modify it to your own liking, especially when it comes to salt.

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Calvin July 19, 2022 - 7:02 pm

5 stars
I consider myself a wing aficionado, and these exceeded my wildest expectations! The dry rub (salt included), were perfect. Thank you!

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Capri Lilly July 20, 2022 - 12:08 pm

I love to hear it!! Thank you for leaving a review, Calvin. I am glad you like the recipe, esp as a wing aficionado 🙂

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