These are hands down the best crispy air fryer Buffalo wings! Same authentic flavor without the oil and deep frying.

Serving plate of saucy buffalo wings with carrot and celery sticks, and blue cheese dip.

Saucy vinegary buttery GOODNESS.

Buffalo wings are my kryptonite. I grew up right outside of Buffalo, so my family and I are purists and can all agree that the farther you get away from Buffalo, the more poseur-ish the wings get. I live in North Carolina now, so you can imagine my dismay. Luckily my father and I spent some time perfecting the recipe when I was still living back home, so I’ve brought it with me and am thrilled to now bring you this easy, quick, and mess-free recipe done in the air fryer.

Why air fryer Buffalo wings are the way to go.

Traditionally, wings are deep fried. That’s what gives them that beautiful golden crisp we all covet. This is great for restaurants and all, but deep frying at home is scary, messy, and pretty smelly—not to mention you have to dispose of all that oil afterward. To put it simply, it’s a pain in the ass. With the air fryer, you don’t even need oil! The process is clean, easy, quick, and you still get that crispy skin and deep-fried flavor without the hassle (and extra calories). It’s legitimately the biggest win/win situation there is.

Small saucepan full of hot sauce with a pat of butter melting.

How to make Buffalo wing sauce—all you need to know.

There are three ingredients only needed to make this infamous sauce. No more, no less. Here they are:

  • Frank’s RedHot® Original; this is the true flavor base of the Buffalo wing.
  • Butter; this lets you control the heat. The more butter you add, the less spicy the wing will be.
  • White vinegar; this adds to the tang and offers up that infamous vinegary aroma that hits your nostrils when a waitress pops a basket of wings in front of you.

Making the sauce is super easy. Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Heat the hot sauce. Dump the hot sauce into a small saucepan and bring it to a low simmer over medium heat.
  2. Add that butter, baby. Start with 2 tablespoons. Let it melt and give it a taste. If you want less sting, add a bit more butter until you achieve the heat level desired.
  3. Stir in some white vinegar. Then bring the sauce to a low simmer and stir occasionally while your wings cook. When the wings are ready, remove the sauce from the heat.

Raw chicken wings, a stick of butter, and a bowl of hot sauce with a spoon in it.

Finally, how to make Buffalo wings in the air fryer!

I’m so excited about this method. Deep-frying is such a hassle, and baking wings in the oven robs the wings of any crispness. Air frying is quick (about 30 minutes to cook 2 lbs), it’s clean, and it’s a healthier way to enjoy the indulgence. I will say that there’s a lot of stopping and flipping involved, which may sound tedious, but it’s a small price to pay for perfect chicken wings at home. The crisp is even, the meat perfectly tender, and there aren’t any burned bits, thanks to the constant flipping. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Pat the wings dry. Use some paper towels and gently pat the wings to remove excess moisture. There’s no need to season them!
  2. Air fry those suckers. Place the wings into the air fryer basket skin-side up. Space them out as much as possible, but if some are slightly touching, that’s okay. Pop the airfryer basket into the air fryer and cook the wings at 375º F for 10 minutes. Open the basket, carefully flip the wings using tongs, and pop them back into the fryer for another 10 minutes. Then, open the fryer up, flip the wings again, and cook them for 5 minutes. Finally, open the fryer once more, flip the wings, and pop them back in for 5 minutes at 400º F. (While the wings are cooking, you can make the sauce on the stovetop.)
  3. Get saucy! Transfer the wings to a large mixing bowl, and drizzle the sauce over the wings. You can toss the wings with tongs to evenly coat them in that luscious velvety sauce.
  4. Dig in. Serve with your favorite blue cheese dip, and carrots and celery if you’d like. You know, for good balance ;)

Side by side shots of uncooked wings in air fryer basket, and cooked wings in basket.

Mixing bowl of wings being drenched in hot sauce.

Equipment you’ll need:

Recipe tips + tricks:

  1. Keep the wings and the air fryer basket dry! It’s tempting to brush the wings with oil, or at least the basket, but you don’t need to. Your wings will come out perfectly crispy and won’t stick to the fryer pan.
  2. Pat the wings dry with paper towels to reduce moisture. Less moisture means a crispier wing.
  3. The amount of butter in the wing sauce controls the heat level, so add a bit at a time until you achieve your preferred spiciness.
  4. These are good in the fridge for up to two days in a sealed container (and they’re excellent cold).

 Serving plate of saucy buffalo wings with carrot and celery sticks, and blue cheese dip.

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Serving plate of saucy buffalo wings with carrot and celery sticks, and blue cheese dip.

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Best Crispy Air Fryer Buffalo Wings

These are hands down the best crispy air fryer Buffalo wings! Same authentic flavor without the oil and deep frying.
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken wings
  • 1 cup Frank's RedHot® Original
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1 TBSP white vinegar

Instructions 

Crispy Air Fryer Buffalo Wings.

  • Spread the chicken wings out onto a flat surface like a cutting board, and gently pat them dry to remove excess moisture.
  • With tongs, place the wings into the air fryer basket skin-side up. Space them out as much as you can. If some are touching a bit, that's okay.
  • Place the airfryer basket into the air fryer and cook the wings in the following time increments:
  • 375º F for 10 minutes; open the air fryer, then carefully flip the wings.
  • Cook them for another 10 minutes; open the air fryer and flip the wings.
  • Cook the wings for 5 minutes this time. Finally, open the air fryer once more, and flip the wings. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the wings to a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour the wing sauce over the wings and toss them around with tongs to evenly coat them.
  • Serve with your favorite blue cheese dip, and carrots and celery!

Buffalo wing sauce.

  • Heat the hot sauce in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the butter and stir it in as it melts. Give the sauce a taste. If it's too spicy, add a bit more butter. The more butter you add, the less heat you'll end up with.
  • Once the heat level is to your liking, stir in the white vinegar.
  • Bring the heat to low, and leave the sauce on a low simmer stirring occasionally while the wings cook in the air fryer. When the wings are done, remove the saucepan from the heat.
Calories: 552kcal