If you checked out my recipe for Air Fryer Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wings, then you know that you can easily make crispy, chicken wings in an air fryer. Since I’m still experimenting with my air fryer, I decided to make these Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings. These wings are one of my favorite proteins to make when entertaining a crowd and watching a football game. I included an easy to make Blue Cheese Dressing because Blue Cheese Dressing and Buffalo Wings make the perfect pair. Plus, I prefer to make my salad dressings at home.
This recipe makes about 14 Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Wings and 1 cup of blue cheese dressing.
How do you make these Buffalo Wings in an oven?
If you don’t have an air fryer or want to make more than 14 chicken wings, then I’d recommend that you make these in an oven. You can follow the steps as listed in the recipe. The only difference is that you will cook the wings in an oven on 425 degrees for 25 minutes per side.
Where do you get the ghost peppers? Do I have to use them?
I love the addition of Smoked Ghost Pepper Chilis in this recipe. It adds a spicy kick and a smokey flavor. To get this flavor, I picked up the Smoked Ghost Pepper Chilis spice mix from Trader Joes for $1.99. If it isn’t available in your local Trader Joe’s I’ve also found it on Amazon (for more money…sigh!). This ingredient is completely optional. I do recommend that you “turn and taste”. This means that as you should add one turn of Smoked Ghost Pepper Chilis, stop, and taste the sauce. This way, you’ll be able to have the kick without it being overwhelmingly spicy.
Are the wings fresh or frozen?
I always cook my meat fresh or thawed. For me, when I cook meat that’s ice cold or straight from the fridge, I find that it cooks inconsistently. Some meats also get tough when they are placed in a hot pan while they are cold. In this recipe, I use fresh wings. I typically allow the wings to sit out while the oven preheats (if I’m baking them) or while I prep other parts of the meal.
A recipe note about salting:
I reduced the amount of salt in this recipe (compared to the Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Wings) because I find that Buffalo Wing sauce is already pretty salty. If you want more salt, feel free to add another 1/4 tsp of salt to the wings after they are cooked. Remember, you can always add salt, but you can’t take it away once a dish is over salted.
Buffalo Wing Sauce
- 1/2 cup Franks Red Hot Wing Sauce
- 1 tbsp salted butter melted
- 1/4 tsp about 2 turns on the grinder Trader Joes Smoked Ghost Pepper Chiles (optional)
- Remove the chicken wing parts from the refrigerator and pat dry (removing as much moisture as possible helps to have a crispy wing skin)
- Mix the sea salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and baking powder in a small dish or ramekin
- Sprinkle seasoning mixture on the wings and toss to coat
- Place wings on a flat layer in the airfryer
- Use the air-fryer programmed settings for chicken (400 degrees) and cook for 25-30 minutes. I set my timer 15 minutes, flipped the wings, then checked the wings at 5 minute intervals until the skin was crispy enough for me. Getting the wings crispy quickly requires you to flip them about halfway through.
- Mix all of the ingredients for the Buffalo Wing sauce by stirring them in a small bowl with a fork (keep mixing until the melted butter is well incorporated)
- Mix all of the ingredients for the blue cheese dressing by stirring them in a small bowl with a lid (this made enough dressing to dip the wings, have on my dinner salad, but also another day of salads for lunch)
- Toss the wings in the Buffalo Sauce mixture and serve immediately with a side of Blue Cheese Dressing
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