Air-Fryer Buffalo Wings


A sports bar favorite comes home with these deliciously crispy chicken wings in the air fryer, which require just 10 minutes of active prep time. In fact, one of EatingWell's recipe testers declared this air-fryer Buffalo wing recipe "a reason to buy an air fryer." Add a spicy sauce, carrot sticks, celery sticks and ranch dressing for dipping and you have a healthy take on wings that's sure to score.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
4 servings

How We Made Air-Fryer Buffalo Wings Healthy:

1. We cut down on fat and calories by cooking the chicken wings in the air-fryer instead of deep frying them. The air fryer circulates hot air, which crisps up the skin naturally without requiring any additional oil.

2. We kept sodium in check by omitting added salt and using unsalted butter to coat the wings. Hot sauce and a mix of spices fill in where added salt is left out so you won't miss out on flavor.

Additional reporting by Hilary Meyer


  • 1 ½ teaspoons paprika

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 3 ½ to 4 pounds chicken wings, separated if necessary

  • ½ cup Buffalo-style hot sauce (such as Frank's RedHot)

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • ¼ cup ranch dressing

  • 2 carrots, cut into sticks

  • 1 stalk celery, cut into sticks


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees F. Combine paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper in a large bowl. Add wings and toss to coat. Let stand for 10 minutes.

  2. Add half of the wings to the air-fryer basket; cook for 15 minutes. Turn the wings; continue to cook until they're crispy and a thermometer inserted in the thickest portion registers 165 degrees F, about 5 minutes. Arrange the wings in a single layer on a baking sheet; transfer to the oven to keep warm. Repeat the process with the remaining wings.

  3. Cook hot sauce and butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, whisking often, until the butter melts and the mixture is smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.

  4. Transfer the wings to a large bowl. Add the butter sauce and toss to coat. Serve alongside ranch dressing, carrots and celery.


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

302 Calories
17g Fat
7g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 302
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 29g 58%
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Vitamin A 6488IU 130%
Vitamin C 5mg 5%
Folate 16mcg 4%
Sodium 1277mg 56%
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Magnesium 36mg 9%
Potassium 467mg 10%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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