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Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Buffalo Sauce

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Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Buffalo Sauce are a favorite keto recipe in our house. My husband is from Buffalo where buffalo sauce was made, so his expectations of chicken wings are high.

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Air Fryer Chicken Wings coated with buffalo sauce on a white plate

I remember the first time I wanted to make them in our Cosori Air Fryer, and he rolled his eyes. Nothing was as good as chicken wings in Buffalo.

I absolutely love our Cosori Air Fryer. It has a square basket that allows for more cooking space and creates extra crispy food, like this recipe.

We now make them all the time for sports games, appetizers, and just some good snacking side food. They’re amazing to make in a Nuwave, Cosori, and even the Power Air Fryer Oven.

Holding Buffalo Air Fryer Drumette in hand close up

I think the favorite part of this Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Buffalo Sauce recipe is how easy it is to make. It even includes a homemade buffalo sauce that’s a make-ahead recipe.

The spicy wing sauce can stay inside the fridge for up to a month, but you will probably go through it much quicker than that.

It doesn’t hurt that these chicken wings are MUCH healthier than deep-fried ones. They contain absolutely no oil but still get the crispy flavor you know and love.

Title and Shown: Air Fryer Chicken Wings (dunking wing in blue cheese)

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Wings That Are Keto

I love buying chicken wings that are already trimmed and ready to go. Usually, I won’t spend extra money on this, but when I want wings, I usually think about them last minute.

STEP ONE: If you buy the whole chicken wings, separate the wings at the joints, creating a flat and a drumette, and discard the tips.

STEP TWO: Pat the chicken wings dry. It’s important they are as dry as possible to allow them to crisp up more. And that’s my favorite part about making chicken wings in an air fryer.

STEP THREE: Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees for about 4 minutes. This allows for more even cooking so the entire chicken wing is crispy.

STEP FOUR: Season the Air Fryer Chicken Wings with a generous amount of salt and some pepper. The salt will help bring out lots of flavor.

Raw chicken wings inside air fryer

STEP FIVE: Place the chicken wings in the air fryer and cook on 380 degrees for 20-22 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.

You can use aluminum foil in the basket if you would like, but you will get a crispier result without any. Air fryers are designed to circulate the air 360 degrees and aluminum foil restricts the air from moving below the basket.

STEP SIX: Shake the basket, then increase the temperature to 400 degrees. Continue to cook the Keto Air Fryer Chicken Wings for another 4-5 minutes.

Cooked chicken wings inside air fryer

Increasing the temperature gets the chicken wings nice and crispy on the outside and cooked tender on the inside.

STEP SEVEN: Toss them in this homemade make-ahead Buffalo Sauce or other wing sauce of preference and enjoy!

Air fried chicken wings being tossed in buffalo sauce in clear bowl

Can You Stack Wings in an Air Fryer?

Yes, you can stack wings in your air fryer, but just slightly. You can let the chicken wings touch, but do not officially stack them on top of each other or they won’t cook evenly

If slightly stacking your wings, add an extra minute or two into the initial cooking time. It’s also crucial to give it a good shake halfway through.

Air Fryer chicken wing being dipped in bowl of blue cheese

How Long Does it Take to Cook Wings in an Air Fryer?

These air fryer chicken wings with buffalo sauce have an approximate 25 minute cook time in the air fryer. This includes the initial cooking and the increase in temperature to crisp them up.

This does not account for the time to trim any chicken wings if needed.

Overhead shot of air fryer chicken wings on a white plate with cutting board in background

Can I Eat air fryer Chicken Wings with buffalo sauce on a Keto Diet?

Yes, and they are delicious! This healthy low-carb recipe is specifically designed for the keto diet. There is no breading and the homemade buffalo sauce contains 0 carbs made as is.

The chicken wings contain only 1 gram of carbs per servings, which means you can eat them on up on a low-card diet!

The chicken wings and hot wing sauce are also completely gluten-free as well!

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Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Buffalo Sauce

Air Fryer chicken wing being dipped in bowl of blue cheese

Crispy chicken wings are coated with homemade buffalo sauce to create a delicious spicy game day snack.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees.
  2. Trim or separate wings at the joint if needed, creating a flat and drumette per chicken wing. Discard the tips.
  3. Pat chicken wings dry -- you will want them as dry as possible to help crisp them up.
  4. Coat chicken wings with a generous amount of salt and a little pepper.
  5. Cook wings at 380 degrees until cooked through, about 20-22 minutes shaking the basket or flipping wings halfway through.
  6. Increase air fryer temperature to 400 degrees and cook until chicken wings get a nice crispy outside, about 4-5 minutes.
  7. Coat with homemade buffalo sauce or other desired sauce.
  8. Enjoy immediately.

Notes

How to reheat chicken wings in the air fryer*:

1. Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees.

2. Cook chicken wings for 5-6 minutes until heated thoroughly.

3. Remove from the air fryer and enjoy!

*They will heat up better without sauce on them as different sauces will cook differently.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 315Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 340mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 30g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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16 thoughts on “Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Buffalo Sauce”

    • Hi Sarah, I recommend cooking fresh wings in the air fryer for the best results. If you have frozen ones, just let them thaw out before cooking.

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  1. The nutrition info is confusing. The total carb count of 16 seems quite high for the ingredients but then, without benefit of fiber, the net carb count goes to 0. Huh? Is there a typo there?

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    • Hi Jacklin, thanks for bringing that to my attention. It looks like the nutrition was thrown off by the term “chicken wings.” Weird, right? I went ahead and corrected it, but please keep in mind exact nutrition will depend on the exact type of products used.

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  2. This Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Buffalo Sauce article has helped me a lot, is very well written, I’m glad I found it.

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    • Hi Danielle, yes, you should shake the basket or flip the chicken wings halfway through cooking to let them cook evenly. This is included up in the post, but I just added it into the recipe directions on the bottom. Thanks!

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    • Hi Ruby, there is a link to the buffalo sauce within the recipe card and also in the post. This allows you to use the easy homemade kind or your favorite buffalo sauce, whether homemade or store-bought. Enjoy!

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