These delicious Air Fryer Chicken Wings are crispy, low carb, and full of spicy, buttery buffalo sauce.
Buffalo Chicken Wings
Buffalo wings are a classic appetizer or game day meal — They’re perfect for parties and snacking! While wings are often fried, tossing them into the air fryer instead saves you a ton of calories, mess, and time. You can have hot, crispy wings on the table in about 20 minutes!
These easy chicken wings are tossed in a homemade 3-ingredient buffalo sauce you’ll want to use on EVERYTHING. You can even use a sugar-free sweetener like monk fruit or Stevia for a low-carb meal that your keto friends can enjoy, too!
Buffalo Wing Ingredients
Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll need. For exact measurements, keep scrolling down to the printable recipe card below.
- Chicken Wings – These are also called “party wings,” and the wing is separated into little drummies and flats.
- Baking Powder, Salt, Pepper – Baking powder will absorb moisture from the chicken skin, leaving you with perfectly crispy wings, even after they’re coated in sauce.
- Hot Sauce, Butter, Sweetener – These will form the delicious buffalo sauce. Brown sugar or maple syrup provide the best flavor. Sugar-free options like monk fruit will also work.
How to make chicken wings in the air fryer
This recipe is super easy — You’ll have dinner ready in under 30 minutes! Here’s a step-by-step guide for how to make air fryer chicken wings.
First, dry off the wings extremely well with paper towels — The dryer you get the skin, the crispier your wings will be! In a medium sized bowl, toss your wings with the baking powder, salt, and pepper.
Preheat the air fryer to 390 for 3 minutes (Yes, I know they say you don’t have to… But I still say you get a more even cook if you do!). Give the basket a quick spray or brush of oil, then place the chicken wings in and cook for 18-20 minutes. Halfway through, shake the basket to turn the wings.
While the chicken is cooking, combine the hot sauce, butter, and sweetener in a sauce pan on medium high heat. Stir and cook until the sweetener has dissolved and the sauce has started to bubble. Remove from heat.
Once the largest wing reaches 165 degrees F with a meat thermometer, remove the wings from the air fryer. Toss wings with the buffalo sauce and serve immediately.
These delicious buffalo chicken wings are best served with a great dipping sauce like Jalapeno Ranch. Dust the wings with some fresh herbs and add a side of fries (even keto fries if you’re low-carb!) for a great pub-style meal at home.
Wings should be stored in the fridge in an airtight container up to 4 days.
Easily freeze chicken wings by first allowing them to cool completely, then transferring them to a freezer bag. If you will want to remove only 1 serving at a time, you may want to first freeze the wings (not touching) on a baking sheet. After two hours, then transfer to a freezer bag. This will prevent the wings from freezing into a large clump, all stuck together.
If you love crispy wings, the air fryer and oven are your best reheating methods. Toss into the air fryer (350 degrees, about 3-5 minutes) or the oven (350 degrees, 10-15 minutes) to reheat. You could also microwave the wings (30 second blasts, preferably at 50% power so you don’t dry out the meat), but that does result in soggy skin.
If you love these wings, you’ll love these buffalo chicken recipes!
- Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese – Spicy, easy, this is a great one pan dish for everyone in the family.
- Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats – This is SO easy to meal prep, and it’s perfect for the summer when zucchini is growing by the boat load!
- Crockpot Buffalo Chicken – This meal prep recipe is amazing for potlucks. Great for stuffed peppers, salads, quesadillas, and more!
- Buffalo Chicken Keto Taquitos – It doesn’t get much better than tender, juicy buffalo chicken wrapped up in a cheesy shell!
- Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad – Adding a few spicy chicken tenders to a tasty cobb salad makes for a super flavorful, easy lunch!
FAQ’s about chicken wings
Some stores will carry buffalo sauce, so you’re welcome to replace the hot sauce, butter, and sweetener with your favorite version. Homemade buffalo sauce is great when you’re in a pinch or when you have dietary restrictions and need to make it sugar-free.
Yes, chicken wings can be baked at 425 degrees F for 50-55 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking time. You may want to follow up the bake with 1-2 minutes under the broiler for extra crispy skin.
Yes, chicken wings are low in carbs, making them great for a keto diet. These air fryer wings only have 4.4 net carbs per serving.
Tossing the chicken wings in baking powder makes them crispier because the powder will absorb the moisture from the skin, allowing it to develop a great crunch. The air fryer will get your wings crispiest. For the ultimate crispy wings, broil them for 1-2 minutes before serving.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings
- 2 lbs chicken wings
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp salted butter
- ⅓ cup hot sauce
- 2 tsp brown sugar or maple syrup monk fruit or sugar free options work if keto
- ½ tsp each salt and pepper
- Pat chicken wings dry and trim off any loose bits. Toss chicken wings with baking powder, salt, and pepper.
- Preheat air fryer to 390 for 3 minutes. Add in chicken wings. Some overlap is fine, but work in batches if your air fryer is too small to handle all of them at once.
- Cook chicken wings for 18-20 minutes, shaking at least once halfway through. Once a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F in the largest wing, they are done.
- In a sauce pan over medium heat, stir together hot sauce, butter, and sweetener. Cook until sweetener has dissolved (about 3-5 minutes), then toss with the chicken wings. Serve immediately.