Looking for an easy way to make Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings? This simple 2 ingredient recipe takes next to no prep time and air fries the wings in just about 35 minutes, from frozen.
Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings
This Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken wing recipe is so easy that you can make it any time of the week.
Need an easy weeknight dinner everyone will love? Chicken wings!
Need a game-time snack for Game Day? Buffalo Chicken Wings!
Seriously though, who doesn’t love chicken wings? They make the perfect appetizer. The big question is do you prefer the drumstick or the wing?
Grab your favorite wing sauce and some blue cheese dressing, and get to air frying crispy air fryer chicken wings!
Why make these Buffalo chicken wings in the air fryer?
- Less Messy – Frying wings in oil takes a lot of oil and is also messy.
- Healthier – This recipe uses less oil than deep frying. You get crispy wings with a fraction of the calories.
- Everybody loves buffalo wings – Buffalo chicken wings are an American classic, only second to the hot dog.
- Easy Recipe – These wings are so easy to make that you’ll be kicking yourself for not trying them sooner.
- No thawing required –These Buffalo wings take only 35 minutes to go from frozen to ready to eat.
Ingredients + Tips
(Ingredients at a glance, you will find the full recipe with ingredient amounts in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.)
- Frozen Chicken Wings | Traditional bone-in chicken wings are what this recipe calls for. (I like to buy the big bags of frozen wings from Costco or Sam’s.)
- Buffalo Sauce | You can use whatever kind of buffalo hot sauce you like; my favorite is Sweet Baby Ray’s Buffalo Wing sauce. (Mild in heat, but still has that classic buffalo sauce flavor.)
How to Cook Frozen Chicken wings in the Air fryer
- Place the 12 frozen wings in your air fryer basket and cook for 35 minutes at 400 degrees.
- After 5 minutes, give them a little shake and toss to move them around a bit. At this point, they will have thawed.
- Every 10 minutes, give them a toss.
- Once finished cooking, place your cooked wings in a bowl that has a lid.
- Add the buffalo sauce to the bowl, place the lid on top, and give them a good shake. If you don’t have a very large bowl, you can do this in batches.
- If you are worried about making sure your wings are cooked through, you can test the chicken with a meat thermometer. You want the internal temperature to reach 165 F. (Don’t leave the thermometer in the chicken while cooking as the circulating air will cause the thermometer to read higher than it actually is.)
- If you want these wings to stay extra crispy, serve the sauce on the side.
- If you’ve got kiddos who are old enough to help with dinner, saucing the wings is a great job for them.
- A bowl with a lid works great for tossing the wings. If you don’t have a bowl with a lid you can use an extra-large bowl and tongs or a spatula to mix. A large airtight plastic bag can also be used to sauce the wings. Just do smaller batches to get a good even coating of sauce.
- A 3-quart air fryer holds 12 wings perfectly. You may need to adjust the number of wings you put in your air fryer if yours is smaller or larger. Air fryer wings work best when they are in a single layer.
- Try making this air fryer chicken wings recipe with your favorite barbeque sauce, like honey or brown sugar-flavored sauce. Honey mustard, ranch, teriyaki, and garlic parmesan are other winning combinations.
- Blend buffalo sauce with fresh garlic or BBQ sauce to make custom blends.
- Make wings a fun family activity by making plain wings and then serving them with different dipping sauces. Blue cheese dip, homemade ranch dressing, whatever your favorite dipping sauce is. Keep a tally of who likes which sauce best!
- Store leftover air fryer buffalo chicken wings in an airtight container in the fridge, for about 3 days.
- If you want to freeze your leftover wings, for best results I suggest lining a baking sheet with parchment paper and then spreading the wings out in a single layer. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for a few hours. Once frozen, you can transfer the wings to a plastic bag or air-tight container. This process will keep the wings from freezing together in one big clump and makes it easier to pull a few out of the freezer at a time. The wings will stay good in the freezer for about 3 months.
Do I Have To Thaw My Chicken Wings Before Putting Them In The Air-Fryer?
No! This recipe is easy because you cook the wings from frozen.
How Long Does It Take To Air Fry Frozen Chicken Wings?
This recipe uses frozen uncooked chicken wings, and you will cook them for 35 minutes at 400 degrees, shaking the basket a few times during the cooking time. Keep in mind that different brands and air fryer models will cook a bit differently, so the first time you make these wings, you might start checking the wings at about the 30-minute mark and then every couple of minutes after that for doneness.
Do I Have To Flip The Wings In The Air Fryer?
Yes, it’s essential to flip the wings to the desired crispiness and coating of sauce.
Can I Stack The Wings?
No, it’s best to cook frozen chicken wings in the air fryer in a single layer.
What If I Forget To Flip The Wings?
No biggie, just make sure to flip them at least one time halfway through.
What else can I serve with these wings?
I love to serve finger foods and other dips along with my wings. Some of my favorites are:
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Air fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings are so easy to make! This 2 ingredient recipe makes amazing, crispy wings in just about 35 minutes from frozen.
- 12 Frozen Traditional Bone-In Chicken Wings
- ⅓ Cup Buffalo Sauce
- Place the 12 frozen wings in your air fryer and cook for 35 minutes at 400 degrees.
- After 5 minutes, give them a little shake and toss to move them around a bit. At this point, they will have thawed. It’s not a vital step, but it helps with a more even cooking process.
- Every 10 minutes, give them a toss.
- Once finished cooking, place wings in a bowl that has a lid.
- Add the buffalo sauce to the bowl, place the lid on top, and give them a good shake. If you don’t have a very large bowl, you can do this in batches. Enjoy!
- Serving Size: 6 wings
- Calories: 419
- Fat: 30
- Carbohydrates: 0
- Protein: 36
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.