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Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Homemade Buffalo Sauce

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These Air Fryer Chicken Wings are made easy in your air fryer, and so super crispy you will think they were deep-fried! With a homemade buffalo sauce and a side of celery sticks and blue cheese, these Air Fryer Buffalo Wings are an easy classic treat done in less than 30 minutes.

air fryer chicken wings tossed in buffalo sauce on a white plate with celery

Making homemade chicken wings can be a bit of a struggle – deep-frying is such a fuss, baking them is never ask crispy or satisfying, and store bought sauces are never as good as homemade.

These Air Fryer Chicken Wings are just as good as any wings I’ve ever bought at a pizza shop. They have a perfectly crisped outside with a tender and juicy inside, and the homemade buffalo sauce is packed with flavor. Both me and my husband couldn’t taste any difference between these and deep fried wings!

air fryer chicken wings tossed in buffalo sauce on a white plate with celery

For another game day snack made in the air fryer, try my Pretzel Crusted Chicken Sandwich!

What do I need to make Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer?

  • An air fryer. The duo crisp is my favorite, cause you can an instant pot with it 🙂
  • Chicken wings. This recipe is for 2 pounds of wings.
  • Olive oil or cooking spray, for the air fryer basket.
  • Salt and pepper.
air fryer chicken wings on white plate with no sauce on white plate with celery and blue cheese

How do I make my air fryer wings extra crispy?

There are a few ways to ensure your air fried wings are just as crispy as pizza shop wings!

chicken wings immediately after being taken out of air fryer
  • After removing the raw wings from the package, use a paper towel to pat them completely dry. Any extra moisture will make them less crispy.
  • Extra cook time. I air fry my wings for 12 minutes on each side, then I flip one more time and air fry for an additional six minutes. This will get them crispy and a beautiful golden brown color.
  • Cook at a high temperature. I air fry at 365 degrees for the first 25 minutes, then raise the temperature to 390 degrees for extra crisp.
chicken wings in air fryer basket
  • Make the wings one layer at a time. This will mean making them in a few batches, but it will also mean that the wings won’t be overcrowded. The wings needs room to breathe so they can cook properly.

Homemade Buffalo Sauce

I love making homemade sauces for everything – the homemade touch just can’t be replicated from a jarred sauce.

buffalo wing dipped in blue cheese

Wing sauce can be daunting (especially in Upstate NY, where I live) because everyone has strong opinions on it. You can cover these wings in any sauce of your choosing – but I recommend this buffalo sauce.

air fryer chicken wings tossed in buffalo sauce on a white plate with celery
  • Hot sauce. I usually use Frank’s, but any hot sauce is okay.
  • Salted butter.
  • Brown Sugar.
  • Minced garlic. I wouldn’t try to replace this with garlic powder – you want actual minced garlic for this.
  • Blue cheese crumbles.
  • Grated Parmesan.
buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese sauce

Mix the hot sauce and butter, then add the sugar and dissolve over medium heat on the stove. Once sugar is dissolved, add all the other ingredients. Transfer to a large bowl and toss your crispy wings in your delicious homemade buffalo sauce!

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air fryer chicken wings tossed in buffalo sauce on a white plate with celery

Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Homemade Buffalo Sauce

Yield: About 20 chicken wings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Crispy chicken wings made in the air fryer with a homemade buffalo sauce!

Ingredients

Chicken Wings

  • 2 lbs chicken wings
  • Olive oil, for air fryer basket
  • Salt and pepper, for seasoning

Homemade Buffalo Sauce

  • 1 cup hot sauce
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 6 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • Celery sticks, for the side
  • Blue cheese sauce, for dipping

Instructions

  1. Buffalo Sauce: Mix together the hot sauce and melted butter. Transfer to a sauce pan over medium heat and add the brown sugar. Whisk until sugar is completely dissolved, then add the garlic, parmesan cheese, and blue cheese crumbles. Keep whisking until cheese is melted and sauce is thick and smooth. Set aside.
  2. Preheat air fryer to 365 degrees.
  3. Take chicken wings out of the package and pat dry with a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Once air fryer is preheated, generously spray with nonstick spray. Place chicken wings in basket in one layer. Be sure not to overcrowd the air fryer basket.
  5. Air fryer for 12 minutes, then flip the chicken wings with tongs. Cook for another 12 minutes.
  6. Once wings are cooked on both sides, turn the temperature up to 390, flip the wings again, and cook for an additional 6 minutes.
  7. Remove wings from air fryer using tongs, and toss in homemade buffalo sauce.
Nutrition Information
Yield 3 Serving Size 6 wings
Amount Per Serving Calories 1675Total Fat 137gSaturated Fat 63gTrans Fat 3gUnsaturated Fat 63gCholesterol 401mgSodium 2427mgCarbohydrates 52gFiber 2gSugar 18gProtein 62g

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