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Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings

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Looking for an easy way to make Buffalo Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer? This simple 2 ingredient recipe takes next to no prep time and cooks the wings in just about 35 minutes from frozen. 

air fryer buffalo wings

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings

This buffalo chicken hot 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 Sunday Football? Buffalo Chicken Wings!

Seriously though, who doesn’t love chicken wings? The big question is do you prefer the drumstick or the wing?

Why should you make these chicken wings in the air fryer?

  • Less Messy – Frying wings in oil takes a lot of oil and is also messy. 
  • Healthier – Crispy wings with a fraction of the calories. 
  • Everybody loves buffalo wings – Buffalo hot wings are an American classic, only second to the hot dog. 
  • Easy – These wings are so easy to make that you’ll be kicking yourself for not trying them sooner. 
  • No thawing required –These hot wings cook in 35 minutes from frozen to ready to eat. 
buffalo chicken wings in the air fryer

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 Sams.)
  • Buffalo Sauce | You can use whatever kind of buffalo 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

  1. Place the 12 frozen wings in your air fryer and cook for 35 minutes at 400 degrees.
  2. After 5 minutes, give them a little shake and toss to move them around a bit. At this point, they will have thawed. 
  3. Every 10 minutes, give them a toss.
  4. Once finished cooking, place your wings in a bowl that has a lid. 
  5. 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. air fryer chicken wings
  6. Enjoy!
buffalo chicken Wings in the air fryer

Recipe Tips

  • Don’t scrimp on the sauce! There is no shame in my sauce game, I like a lot of sauce. If you prefer less saucy wings, use less. 
  • 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. 

Variations

  • Try making these chicken wings with your favorite barbque 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. Keep a tally of who likes which sauce best.
air fryer chicken wings

FAQ’s

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.

Do I Have To Flip The Wings In The Air Fryer?

Yes, it’s important 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. 

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air fryer buffal chicken wings

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings

  • Author: Jamie Sanders

Description

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.


Ingredients

Units
  • 12 Frozen Traditional Bone-In Chicken Wings
  • 1/3 cup Buffalo Sauce

Instructions

  1. Place the 12 frozen wings in your air fryer and cook for 35 minutes at 400 degrees.
  2. 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 helps with a more even cooking process.
  3. Every 10 minutes, give them a toss.
  4. Once finished cooking, place your wings in a bowl that has a lid.
  5. 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!

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