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Make the BEST Air Fryer Buffalo Wings that are crispy, spicy and super flavorful in just 30 minutes with this easy hot wings recipe!

air fryer buffalo chicken wings on a white platter

Skip takeout and make these amazingly crispy air fried Buffalo chicken wings right in your own home. This easy wings recipe starts out with a simple dry rub and ends with a quick dip in spicy Buffalo sauce. You get all of the flavor without the extra calories from deep frying!

You guys, out of all of my air fryer recipes, chicken wings are probably my favorite.  Buffalo wings are one of my favorite appetizers, especially during football season, and these air fried ones are the closest to the real deal.

And yes, you can bake wings in the oven, but it’s so much faster in the air fryer! Plus, you get extra crispy wings in the air fryer!

How to Make Buffalo Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer 

One of the secrets to making extra crispy wings without deep frying is to pat the wings dry and coat them in a simple dry rub that includes a dash of baking powder. This helps the skin stay crispy even after being dunked in hot sauce.

I use just a little bit of baking powder, so if you’re worried about getting an unpleasant aftertaste, don’t be. You can’t taste it at all!

chicken wings with dry rub on air fryer tray

How Long to Air Fry Wings

Because I wanted these Buffalo wings to be super crispy, I air fried them for 30 minutes. I usually do 25 minutes, but these guys had a lot of meat on their bones, plus I wanted to make them as crispy as possible.

For the last couple of minutes, I raised the temperature from 390 to 400. This isn’t required, but as you can see, it helped!

crispy seasoned air fried chicken wings on cooking rack

How to Coat Wings in Sauce

For the hot Buffalo sauce, just melt a little butter into the hot sauce. Then, dunk the air fried wings into the sauce, and plate them up!

dunk chicken wings in buffalo sauce

What to Serve with Buffalo Wings

You might want to serve something cool along with these hot wings:

  • Celery sticks
  • Carrot sticks
  • Ranch dressing or blue cheese
  • Fresh fruit or other fresh veggies

air fryer buffalo wings on white serving tray with celery and ranch dressing

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Easy Crispy Buffalo Wings Recipe

5 from 8 votes

Air Fryer Buffalo Wings

By: Dee
Make the BEST Air Fryer Buffalo Wings that are crispy, spicy and super flavorful in just 30 minutes with this easy hot wings recipe!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6


  • air fryer


For the Buffalo Wings

  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • olive oil spray

For the Buffalo Wing Sauce

  • ½ cup hot sauce, like Frank's
  • 2 tablespoons butter
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For the Buffalo Wings

  • Mix the sea salt, garlic powder, pepper and baking powder together in a small bowl
  • Pat chicken wings dry with a paper towel
  • Sprinkle dry rub mix over chicken, and rub into wings until well coated. Spritz with olive oil
  • Place wings evenly on air fryer cooking trays, and preheat air fryer to 390 degrees according to manufacturer directions
  • Place cooking trays in air fryer, and cook for 30 minutes, switching trays about halfway through cook time. Optional -- Increase temperature to 400 for last 2 minutes of cooking,
  • Dunk wings in Buffalo sauce until well coated, and serve immediately

For Buffalo Wing Sauce

  • Heat the sauce and butter for about 30 seconds in the microwave until butter is melted, and mix until well combined


Recipe was made in Instant Pot Vortex Air Fryer, but it can be made according to directions in any oven-style air fryer.
For basket-style air fryer, follow manufacturer's instructions, cooking wings in batches, if necessary.
If using Buffalo Sauce, you can skip the butter when preparing sauce.


Calories: 217kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 1094mg, Potassium: 167mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 237IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 24mg, Iron: 1mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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  1. Jen says:

    My family will surely love this! Looks so delish!5 stars

  2. Melanie Bauer says:

    This is so yummy! One of our family’s favorite, so excited to make this again!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Definitely brings bqck memories! Thanks, Melanie.

  3. Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert says:

    This looks delicious! Love the recipe too!5 stars

  4. Des says:

    These air fryer wings are our favorite thing to make in our air fryer. We absolutely love them and I personally could eat them all day every day.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Just like me! Thanks, Des!

  5. Beth Pierce says:

    Wow! These were perfectly seasoned and delicious too! Looking forward to making these again for football season; they will be a hit!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Beth! I can’t wait to make them for football games!

  6. Malissa says:

    Thank you! these were so good!! I dipped mine in ranch mixed with hot sauce. I also left the wing tips on. This will be my go to wings recipe!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So glad you liked them, Malissa! Thanks!

      1. Tammy says:

        Can you put wings back in air fryer after dipping in hot sauce?

      2. Dee says:

        You could, but it might be a little messy.

  7. Sara Welch says:

    Another great recipe for my Air Fryer! These will be perfect for football season! Delicious!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much, Sara! Can’t wait for football!

  8. Anthony Allen says:

    I don’t even have an air fryer, but this post is making me SOOO hungry for some wings. Wings have a soft spot in my heart.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks! You need to get an air fryer! 🙂