Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe (Easy, Delicious, And Healthy)

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These crispy buffalo air fryer chicken wings are delicious, healthy, and a great party snack. It’s possible to make crispy & juicy chicken wings without deep frying them in tons of oil.

These Extremely Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings are air fried in the Air Fryer, but you can bake them in the oven. It’s possible to make crispy & juicy chicken wings without deep frying them in tons of oil.

While baking these chicken wings in the oven is an excellent alternative to frying them, the Air Fryer version is quicker and cleaner. They are ready in less than 30 minutes and so easy to make. Perfect for any low carb diet, such as a keto or paleo diet, these buffalo wings have less than 1g carb per serving.

I add no potato starch or wheat flour, but they are still crispy! You can use fresh or frozen chicken wings, a few of your favorite spices. I’ll show you how to make the easiest low carb buffalo sauce. Trust me! You’ll never know these are not deep-fried wings.

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I made these air fried wings every two days since I got this fantastic XL Air Fryer for Christmas from my family. My mother has one since summer and uses it every day to cook meat, vegetables, burgers. Almost anything you think of can be cooked in an Air Fryer – even cakes.

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These wings are perfect for the Game Day Parties, Superbowl or any other family & friends gathering. Have them during a usual weekday when you need to cook something fast and delicious.

You’ll love these flavorful crispy, spicy chicken wings. Best of all, you can have them in under 30 minutes!

Why Are You Going To Love This Recipe

  • Super easy to make using a few ingredients.
  • You can make them ahead of time.
  • Healthier than fried chicken wings.
  • You can serve them as appetizers or snacks at any party or game day.
  • Extremely crispy and juicy.
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Ingredients for Crispy Chicken Wings

The best part about air frying wings is getting to lick the sauce right off your fingers. So why not ditch the fat and cut calories with this air fryer version? And it’s easy to make with just a handful of ingredients.

  • Chicken wings – cut the wing tips or you can buy them ready cut.
  • Seasonings – we used salt, pepper, and garlic powder, but feel free to add your favorite seasonings, like smoked paprika or red pepper chili flakes.
  • Baking powder – Time for the SECRET INGREDIENT that will make the wings extremely crispy: baking powder (NOT BAKING SODA!!!). Use aluminum-free baking powder to avoid the bitter taste)

For The Low Carb Buffalo Sauce 

  • Hot Sauce – use your favorite hot sauce; make sure it doesn’t have any added sugar.
  • Butter – you will need unsalted butter.
  • Garlic Powder – adds a subtle flavor to the sauce.
  • Paprika – you can also add smoked paprika for an intense flavor.
  • Cayenne Pepper – adds a hot and a little fruity flavor.
  • Salt – to taste
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How To Make These Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Let’s stop talking and get straight to cooking. Here’s all you have to do to enjoy these delicious air fryer crispy chicken wings:

  1. Using a sharp knife cut about 10 whole chicken wings and discard the wing tips. You’ll end up having 20 wing pieces: 10 drumettes and 10 flaps.
  2. Put the wings to a medium bowl and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder.
  3. Time for the SECRET INGREDIENT that will make the wings extremely crispy: baking powder (NOT BAKING SODA!!!).
  4. Using your hands massage the seasonings and baking powder into the chicken wings skin. This way all the wings are well coated in spices.
  5. Place the wings into a single layer in the basket and insert it into the Air Fryer.
  6. Set the air fryer to 340F / 170C and cook for 13 minutes.
  7. When the time is up, increase the temperature to 400F and cook for another 13 minutes.
  8. While the wings are cooking, make the buffalo sauce. In a bowl, combine the hot sauce (sugar-free for keto & low carb), melted butter, paprika, cayenne powder, garlic powder. Set aside.
  9. After the wings are done, cover them with buffalo sauce and serve. Enjoy!
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Tips For Making The Best Crispy Chicken Wings

  • Chicken wings come in different sizes, so if your wings are larger, increase the cooking time by about 5 minutes or until they look crispy and the meat gets easily off the bone.
  • Make sure that you are using BAKING POWDER, not BAKING SODA. We use baking powder to change the skin’s ph, making the wings very crispy. Here you can read the science (chemical reactions) behind using baking powder for crispy chicken wings.
  • Pat the wings dry before adding the seasonings to help them get even crispier. 
  • Spray the air fryer basket before adding your chicken wings to ensure they won’t stick to the basket.
  • Allow your chicken wings to come at room temperature for a few minutes before cooking them to ensure they are evenly cooked.
  • Don’t overcrowd the chicken wings to ensure that air can pass through and make the skin look fresh.

Serving Ideas

These delicious air fryer chicken wings can be paired with many delicious side dishes to create a complete meal. Here are some ideas:

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Storing Ideas

  • Fridge: If there are any leftovers, you can store them in an airtight jar for 5 days.
  • Freezer: This recipe is also freezer-friendly, so you can store them in a freezer bag in the freezer for up to 2 months. 

To Reheat: Allow the wings to defrost overnight and reheat them in the oven or air fryer when you want to eat them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make This Recipe Using Frozen Chicken Wings?

Yes, you can use frozen wings to make this recipe and get the same crispiness. First, increase the initial cook time by 5 minutes at 330F ( 18 minutes total), before increasing the temperature to 390F. This will allow the wings to defrost and get crispy.

How Long To Air Fry Chicken Wings? 

Chicken Wings take about 30 minutes to prepare in the Air Fryer.

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Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe (Easy, Delicious, And Healthy)

5 from 2 votes

Prep time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Yelds 4 servings

Description
 

These crispy buffalo air fryer chicken wings are delicious, healthy, and a great party snack. It’s possible to make crispy & juicy chicken wings without deep frying them in tons of oil.

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb Chicken wings about 20 wings
  • Seasonings: salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Baking powder

Buffalo Sauce

Instructions
 

  • Using a sharp knife cut about 10 whole chicken wings and discard the wing tips. You’ll end up having 20 wing pieces: 10 drumettes and 10 flaps.  Pat them dry dry using kitchent towels.
  • Place the wings to a medium bowl and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder.
  • Using your hands massage the seasonings and baking powder into the chicken wings skin. This way all the wings are well coated in spices.
  • Place the wings into a single layer in the basket and insert it into the Air Fryer.
  • Set the air fryer to 340F / 170C and cook for 13 minutes.
  • When the time is up, increase the temperature to 400F and cook for another 13 minutes.
  • While the wings are cooking, make the buffalo sauce. In a bowl, combine the hot sauce, melted butter, paprika, cayenne powder, garlic powder. Set aside.
  • After the wings are done, cover them with buffalo sauce and serve. Enjoy!

OVEN BAKED CHICKEN WINGS INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 450F/225C. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set a wire rack inside.
  • Season the chicken wings and sprinkle baking powder. Toss them together until well coated.
  • Arrange the wings on the rack for 50-60 minutes, flipping them halfway to the baking process. Cook until they look crispy and golden.
  • Coat the wings with the buffalo sauce and serve hot with cheese dressings, ranch dressing, and celery or cucumber sticks.
Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving.
Calories
356kcal
Total Carbs
1g
Net Carbs
Protein
21g
Fat
30g
Fiber
0.1g
Sugar
0.2g

How do we calculate the nutrition info?

These nutrition facts listed are determined using nutrition information from the USDA Food Database. Our nutrition facts are accurate, but if you are using different products, please make your calculations. Net carb count is calculated by subtracting both fiber and sugar alcohols because they don’t raise blood sugar.

Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken wings, keto, low carb, paleo
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