Got a craving for buffalo wings but don’t have time to head out to a pub or restaurant? Try these air fryer chicken wings. It’ll take less than 35 minutes to make the recipe.
I have two kids in their early 20’s. Although I have gotten them to eat much healthier than their friends because of my healthy lifestyle, they still love fried food from time to time.
And there’s perhaps no other food that’s more popular with the college-age set than wings. OK, maybe pizza is right up there.
But I’m not a fan of deep frying. The main reason is you need a lot of cooking oil and the ones generally used are not healthy fats.
Why I use this must-have kitchen gadget
Moreover, I simply don’t have room in my overcrowded kitchen. However, I have made room for an air fryer.
Do I use it as often as my food processor? No. Nonetheless, it still gets some decent use.
It transforms traditionally unhealthy recipes with trans-fats into a much healthier option. That’s because the amount of oil that you have to use is far less than when using a regular deep- fryer.
Another reason it’s much healthier is not only because of quantity, but quality as well. And what I mean by that is you don’t have to use cheap, rancid vegetable oil.
Restaurants typically use soybean oil to fry food. Soybean has a terrible ratio of omega fatty acids.
But with an air fryer, you can use healthy cooking oils like avocado and coconut. It basically works like a convection oven. It just might take some getting used to, though.
However, before long, you’ll know what temperature to set it to, like the back of your hand.
I have the GoWise air fryer. It comes with a handy book/guide that makes it easy to know which temp and length of cooking time is ideal for particular foods.
Another advantage: you don’t have to thaw frozen food in the microwave; the unit will do it for you.
Has your diet been very clean as of late? Then reward yourself (and your family) with this trendy appliance.
My air fryer chicken wings recipe will satisfy your cravings for pub grub without inflaming your arteries from cheap vegetable oil. So let’s get started….
How to make wings in an air fryer
First, give the poultry a good massage with olive oil in a large glass bowl (photo 1). If direct contact isn’t your thing, a brush will do just fine.
Sprinkle on the garlic powder and salt (photo 2).
Use either more olive oil, or coconut oil or avocado oil for the air fryer. Specifically, you’ll want to spread about a tablespoon on the bottom of the basket.
Place the winglets in a single layer in the basket (photo 3).
After quite some time perfecting this recipe, I have concluded the ideal cook time and temp is 25 minutes at 360°F.
After the 25 minutes, flip the wings over in the basket. Increase the temp to 400°F and cook for an additional four minutes.
Fried chicken in air fryer: Making the sauce
While the wings are cooking, maximize your time by making the sauce.
Frank’s Red Hot is my favorite hot sauce. My recipe calls for one-third cup. Obviously, if you don’t like your wings spicy, use less. (But if you do love spicy, check out my recipe for dry rub wings.)
If you’re following my recipe to a “T” then combine the hot sauce, vinegar, butter and ground pepper in a small pot (photo 4).
Next, bring the sauce to a boil on medium heat while whisking everything together (photo 5). Once it starts boiling, remove from heat and let it cool (photo 6).
The air fryer chicken wings should be almost ready at this time!
When the poultry is done cooking (photo 7), add the pieces to the sauce (not the other way around!). Try to get an even amount of sauce on each piece (photos 8 & 9).
And you can’t serve this dish without blue cheese dressing and celery, right?
Now, if you’re concerned by the amount of cholesterol in this dish, I recommend you speak to a functional medicine doctor. He or she will give you a different perspective on dietary cholesterol’s impact on heart health.
There’s a growing body of evidence that disproves dietary cholesterol’s direct link to heart disease.
Certainly, when you use avocado oil, which has a much higher smoke point than vegetable oil, you’re doing your body much more good than by using conventional frying oil.
My kids don’t necessarily seem to pay much attention to this fact. However, they do appreciate that this air fryer chicken wings recipe tastes much like the wings I used to make when they were much younger.
And, my husband is quite fond of this recipe as well. In fact, I need to be quick to hide my share or he’ll eat the whole batch on me.
Easy Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Buffalo Sauce Recipe
Enjoy these classic wings made better by air fryer. And be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Buffalo Sauce
Got a craving for buffalo wings but don't have time to head out to a pub or restaurant? Make them in your air fryer. It'll take less than 35 minutes to make the recipe.
- 2 pounds chicken wingettes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- extra oil for greasing
- 1/3 cup hot pepper sauce I used Frank's Red Hot
- 1/4 cup butter ghee for paleo
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1/8 teaspoon ground chipolte pepper or cayenne pepper
In large bowl, rub olive oil on chicken wings and then sprinkle on the garlic powder and salt.
Rub inside of air fryer basket with a little more olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil.
Place chicken wings in a single layer in basket.
Cook wings at 360°F for 25 minutes.
Flip wings over. Then increase temperature to 400°F and cook for 4 more minutes.
While wings are cooking in air fryer, combine hot sauce, butter, vinegar, and ground pepper in small pot.
Bring sauce to a boil on medium heat while whisking everything together. Remove from heat and set aside.
When wings are done, add them to the sauce and coat each piece evenly.
Serve with blue cheese dressing and celery.
Although not required, it's best to oil both the chicken and the air fryer to give the chicken a crispy fried texture on the outside.
I prefer using olive or avocado oil on the chicken and coconut oil to grease the air fryer basket.