Homemade Buffalo Wings have a secret ingredient that makes them super crisp and irresistible. The easy buffalo sauce is just 3 ingredients and makes these taste like a restaurant-quality appetizer.

If you loved our Air Fryer Chicken Wings, you’ll love these Oven-Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings. You can bake a bigger batch all at once which is great for feeding a crowd. Think Super Bowl appetizer.

Crispy buffalo wings served with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks

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Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings

The beauty of baked buffalo chicken wings is that you can get the same, crispy texture without the need for splattering hot fryer oil. Using our handy baking powder trick and a wire rack, they get a wonderful crust with a fraction of the fat of deep-fried versions. Tossing the crispy wings together with a buttery, tangy buffalo sauce is irresistibly good.

Baked buffalo chicken wings on a platter with sauce

Ingredients for the Crispiest Buffalo Chicken Wings

  • Chicken wings – Use fresh or thawed frozen wings that are broken down into drumettes and wingettes 
  • Baking powder – The secret ingredient for getting your chicken wings ultra-crispy without the need for deep frying 
  • Salt – we use fine sea salt in nearly all of our cooking
  • Garlic powder – adds a bit of zest to your wings before tossing them in the buffalo sauce 
  • Unsalted butter – adds a nice creaminess to the buffalo sauce 
  • Frank’s Original Red Hot Sauce – This is the perfect base for your wing sauce. It’s tangy, a little sweet, and has just the right amount of spiciness.
  • Sugar – helps the sauce caramelize and thicken on your piping hot wings.
Ingredients for Baked wings and homemade buffalo sauce

How to Make Crispy Buffalo Wings

  1. Prep Chicken Wings – cut wings in half to separate the drums from the wingettes. Pat the wings dry with a paper towel. Preheat the oven and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack over the pan.
  2. Make dry seasoning – Combine baking powder, salt, and garlic powder. 
  3. Season the wings – Place the chicken wings in a large mixing bowl and toss them in the dry seasoning until well-coated. Assemble the wings in a single layer over the rack.
  4. Bake in the center of the oven for 50 minutes, flipping halfway.
  5. Make the Buffalo Sauce – In a medium bowl, stir together melted butter, sugar, and hot sauce.
  6. Toss Wings in Sauce – Transfer chicken wings to a bowl, and toss, drizzle with sauce and toss to coat. Serve with your favorite sauce.
Step by step how to bake chicken wings and coat with buffalo sauce.

Tips for the Best Buffalo Wings

  • Remove moisture – pat dry with paper towels to remove as much moisture as you can to ensure they turn out crispy.
  • Use baking powder – The baking powder creates such an incredible crust on the wings. It’s a must! 
  • Bake on a rack – A wire rack allows the wings to circulate and makes them crispy all around. 

How to Serve

  • Restaurant Style – We love to serve buffalo wings as they do at Chilis restaurant alongside some chunky blue cheese dip and celery sticks.
  • Avocado Ranch – this dressing is also an amazing dip for buffalo chicken.
  • Jalapeno Ranch – if you want a spicy kick to your sauce as well, adding jalapeno adds just the right amount of heat.
  • Add fries – you can turn this into lunch by serving with crispy Air Fryer French Fries.
Serving buffalo wings with dipping sauce and celery

Common Questions

How do you know when chicken wings are done?

The temperature and timing should be adequate, but you can always use a thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken (at least 165˚F and tastier if 175˚F).

Can you use frozen chicken wings?

You can, but be sure to thaw completely before baking, or they won’t crisp up properly.

How can you make the wings spicier?

Add in a teaspoon of cayenne pepper or black pepper to the dry seasoning for a spicier wing.

Can I make these in the Air Fryer?

You can cook the wings following the time and temperature for our Air Fryer Chicken Wings then toss with buffalo sauce to finish. You will need to cook in 3 batches or cut the recipe down to 1 lb of chicken wings.

The best Baked Buffalo wings on a serving platter

More Easy Chicken Recipes

Chicken is so versatile, from chicken wings to drumsticks, thighs, and chicken breast. My favorite thing to do is Cut a Whole Chicken, freeze the various cuts and then use the bones for the Best Chicken Stock.

If you love chicken as much as we do, you’re sure to find some new favorites in this list of our favorite chicken recipes:

Crispy Buffalo Wings Recipe

4.98 from 375 votes
Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
Buffalo chicken wings served with dip and celery
Crisp Buffalo Chicken Wings are irresistible with the best 3-ingredient homemade buffalo sauce. An easy, restaurant-quality appetizer.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 servings

Buffalo Sauce

Instructions

  • Thoroughly pat dry the chicken with a paper towel. Preheat the oven to 450˚F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack over the pan.
  • Combine the baking powder, salt and garlic powder in a bowl, sprinkle over the chicken and toss to combine. Arrange chicken on the prepared wire rack.
  • Bake the chicken for 25 minutes, flip it over and bake for another 25 minutes or until crisp and cooked through.
  • In a medium-size bowl combine sauce ingredients. Remove chicken from the baking sheet to a bowl. Drizzle the sauce over the chicken. Toss to coat the chicken in the sauce. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Nutrition Per Serving

265kcal Calories3g Carbs17g Protein20g Fat8g Saturated Fat3g Polyunsaturated Fat7g Monounsaturated Fat1g Trans Fat86mg Cholesterol590mg Sodium306mg Potassium1g Fiber2g Sugar312IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C78mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Crispy Buffalo Wings Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
265
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
20
g
31
%
Saturated Fat
 
8
g
50
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
7
g
Cholesterol
 
86
mg
29
%
Sodium
 
590
mg
26
%
Potassium
 
306
mg
9
%
Carbohydrates
 
3
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
17
g
34
%
Vitamin A
 
312
IU
6
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
78
mg
8
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buffalo chicken wings
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 265
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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya is a food blogger who founded Momsdish to make cooking easier. Growing up on a farm in Ukraine, Natalya was inspired by the amazing dishes that were prepared using simple ingredients. Natalya is most notably known for making cooking approachable for any person.

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  • rod mccarrell
    April 30, 2024

    The Chicken Tortilla Soup link on this page defaults to Juicy Roast Chicken and Vegetables (VIDEO)

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 1, 2024

      Thank you for the heads up! We’ll make sure to update the link.

      Reply

  • Alisa Charnley
    April 20, 2024

    I was scared to try the recipe with baking powder but thought after so many 5 star reviews it’s got to be good! Wrong! Absolutely horrible as all I could taste was baking powder. And not only me – but all guests. Followed recipe exactly to the T and I’m very experienced and good cook so no way I could’ve done something wrong. Were wings crispy? Yes. Was it worth to
    Sacrifice the taste? No! Will never – ever do it again.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      April 22, 2024

      Hi Alisa, you should not be tasting any baking powder. Did you use aluminum free? Also, make sure you don’t substitute with baking soda because that would taste very wrong.

      Reply

  • Ken Skelton
    April 17, 2024

    We don’t have from Natalya any TIMES OR QUANTITIES of the ingredients and cooking time, respectively, that are necessary to make this ! Do we need a TRUCKLOAD or a TEASPOON

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 17, 2024

      Hi Ken. The recipe card is at the bottom of the blog if you keep scrolling. You can also click on “jump to recipe” at the top of the page for a short cut to the recipe card where you will find all this information.

      Reply

  • CHERYL LYNN DAVIS
    April 12, 2024

    This came in handy for my 14 year old daughter’s Sip & Paint Party. Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 12, 2024

      That sounds so fun! Thank you for your lovely review, Cheryl!

      Reply

  • Kim
    April 10, 2024

    Didn’t tell me how much I needed of anything no measurements

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 10, 2024

      Hi Kim, if you click Jump to recipe it will bring you to the recipe card that has all the measurements and ingredients.

      Reply

  • Kristi
    April 7, 2024

    Ummmm….is it weird that I wanted to hug these wings???? LOL. All jokes aside, these were absolutely amazing!!! Perfect amount of spice and crispy. I will never buy wings from a restaurant again.

    Reply

  • Elizabeth Heiduschka
    March 15, 2024

    Excellent and easy recipe for Demi Ilya chicken wings. Thank you.

    Reply

  • Tjasha
    March 10, 2024

    I ordered the Frank’s hot sauce online just for this recipe (not available in stores in my country).
    I followed the recipe almost to the letter – I just didn’t add sugar to the hot sauce and butter mixture, but a pinch of pepper and garlic and I added 2 Tbsp of flour to baking powder.
    I baked the wings in the air-fryer (I had 1 kg wings for 3 people) for about 24 minutes on 220°C (I turned them around a couple of times). I don’t really like this hot sauce by itself, but it goes great with wings. Even my husband who doesn’t like poultry said they were great.
    Great recipe! Wings were truly crispy.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 10, 2024

      Thank you for sharing! Good to hear that you liked this recipe!

      Reply

  • Joanna
    March 3, 2024

    This recipe was by far our favorite wings to date. I will always come back to this recipe from now on. My husband said we are never buying wings at a restaurant again. LOL They sure were heavenly. They have the perfect amount of kick and really crispy!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 3, 2024

      Hi Joanna! I’m so glad to hear that. Thanks for sharing.

      Reply

  • Alesia
    February 24, 2024

    This is great. I cooked wings just a little longer so they were extra crispy and also I played with the sauce. I added brown sugar, sriracha and tiny bit of ketchup. So so good. Thanks for this great recipe.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 24, 2024

      Hi Alesia! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for sharing your experience.

      Reply

  • Elizabeth Dickson
    February 11, 2024

    I’ve never made wings before. Did these tonight, exactly as written. O. M. G. Fantastic!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 11, 2024

      Yay, great to hear that you loved it! Thanks for sharing.

      Reply

  • Tjasa
    January 31, 2024

    Hi,
    Recipe looks and reads delicious, but
    what can I use instead of this Frank’s sauce which is not available in my country? Tabasco perhaps?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 31, 2024

      Hi Tjasa, you may try another brand of hot sauce, as a test, you might taste a little bit of hot sauce out of the bottle to see if it has a kick to you to begin with and to your liking. The hot sauce is where the spice comes from in this recipe.

      Reply

    • Marshall
      June 1, 2024

      I have the same problem re Frank’s availability. Try Googling “Homemade Buffalo sauce without Franks”, and you can find a great sauce recipe that is almost exactly the same. That sauce, plus following this recipe makes great wings (if Frank’s is not available where you live). BTY, I’m sure I could find Frank’s online, but it would cost a small fortune. Plus, I enjoy cooking, and don’t mind spending extra time to make my own sauces. This is a great recipe I’ve used several times. I was just reviewing it because I’m fixing to make a batch of Buffalo wings today.

      Reply

  • Darla Burton
    January 21, 2024

    I always Was a little terrified of trying wings. But I followed the recipe directly and cooked in air fryer. Delicious! The sauce is not too spicy and the butter is a smooth finisher!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 21, 2024

      Hello Darla, thanks for trying out my recipe and I’m glad that it was a success!

      Reply

  • Carl
    January 19, 2024

    This recipe looks fantastic. Can I use salted butter instead of unsalted? Unsalted butter is something that we never have on hand. Thanks!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 19, 2024

      Hi Carl, that may work, if using salted butter, you may need to adjust the salt in the recipe. I hope you love it.

      Reply

  • David
    January 13, 2024

    I must have done something wrong since these were the worst wings that I have ever made or had both in terms of the texture and flavor but especially the flavor since buffalo wings should have a little kick to them. I do a lot of cooking but can’t figure out what I could have done wrong. Next time I am going to fry the wings using a cast iron.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      January 15, 2024

      Hi David, did you change anything in the ingredients? Did you possibly purchase a mild hot sauce? Franks original does have a kick to it. Also something to consider – are you tasting food ok otherwise? As a test, you might taste a little bit of hot sauce out of the bottle to see if it has a kick to you to begin with). The hot sauce is where the spice comes from in this recipe.

      Reply

  • Louis
    January 11, 2024

    The baking powder spoils the taste that would have taste better without the baking powder.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 11, 2024

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Louis. we believe we found the perfect balance by adding it. It helps get the ultra-crispy wings without the need for deep frying. I recommend ensuring too much was not added. We’ve had excellent results using this recipe and great review from other users as well. Did you use aluminum free baking powder as recommended? If not, then that could have caused the unpleasant taste.

      Reply

  • Sheila
    December 26, 2023

    Definitely the best recipe for Buffalo wings. However I added an additional 3 tbsp of brown sugar just to cut the tanginess of the vinegar in the hot sauce. Definitely will make again.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 26, 2023

      Thank you, Sheila for this review and for sharing your experience trying out our recipe!

      Reply

  • Irvin miles
    November 7, 2023

    When making the sauce for the wings do you use the light or dark brown sugar

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 8, 2023

      Hi Irvin! Either one will work. I hope you love the recipe!

      Reply

  • Irvin miles
    November 7, 2023

    Do you use Light or dark brown sugar to make the sauce for the wings

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 8, 2023

      Hello Irvin, you can actually see a pic of the ingredients in the recipe. You can use 1 tbsp granulated sugar, or light brown sugar

      Reply

  • Lori
    November 6, 2023

    The wings were delicious. However at 16 minutes they were RAW inside. Everyone should check their wings as each air fryer is different.
    Andddd I understand the recipes are free because of the ads but it’s hard to read them or make comments because the page is constantly jumping to a video.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      November 7, 2023

      HI Lori, that is highly unusual for them to be raw inside in any kind of modern air fryer. Is yours a convection or toaster oven? What kind of air fryer do you use?

      Reply

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