Crispy Homemade Hot Wings

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Hot wings are one of my all-time favorite snacks and just a bit spicier than buffalo wings.

The great thing about wings is that they can be made to crispy perfection in the oven, the air fryer, or even deep fryer, simply add your favorite hot sauce! Perfect for snacking and sharing (or not sharing at all, the choice is yours)!

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Crispy Hot Wings

Who doesn’t love crispy wings? Even better when they’re doused in delicious hot sauce!

  • Fresh or frozen wings can be used.
  • Wings can be baked, fried or air-fried until crispy.
  • Use your favorite hot sauce to make these spicy bites.

Hot Wings vs. Buffalo Wings

The difference between hot wings and buffalo wings is in the sauce (and the heat level!).

  • Hot Wings are cooked crispy and tossed with hot sauce (like Franks Red Hot but of course there are lots of other options, use your favorite).
  • Buffalo wings are cooked crispy and tossed in buffalo sauce which is often a combination of hot sauce (above) and butter or other additives (often oil).

Because the hot sauce is not diluted with butter or oil, hot wings often pack a bigger punch and are spicier than buffalo wings!


WINGS Fresh split chicken wings are used in this recipe, but frozen will work too! Keep in mind that if using frozen wings, you’ll need to add extra time to the air fryer or deep fryer.

The cook times below are for split wings (meaning the wing is cut into a little drumstick and a flat part while the tip is discarded).

SAUCE I use Frank’s Red Hot for wings because I love the flavor and the heat is just right but any hot sauce you’d like will work.

Tips for Crispy Wings

  • Dab the wings dry before frying.
  • Avoid crowding the air fryer or deep fryer so the wings get crispy on all sides.
  • If deep-frying, wings can be lightly tossed with flour first if desired.

Wings for Days!

Did you make these Crispy Air Fryer Hot Wings? Be sure to leave a comment and a rating below! 

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Review Recipe

Crispy Air Fryer Hot Wings

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Air Fryer Hot Wings are crispy on the outside, tender & juicy on the inside!



  • 1 ½ pounds chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • ¼ cup hot sauce
  • oil for frying not required for air frying, deep fryer only

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  • Pat chicken wings dry with paper towels. Toss wings with olive oil if air frying.
  • Season with garlic powder and salt & pepper to taste.

Air Fryer

  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Place wings in a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook 10 minutes.
  • Flip wings and cook an additional 7-10 minutes or until crispy.
  • Toss with hot sauce and serve immediately.

Deep Fryer

  • Preheat oil to 375°F.
  • Add wings to the fryer basket and gently lower into the oil. Cook wings 10-12 minutes or until they reach 165°F.
  • Toss with hot sauce and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

If deep frying, wings can be lightly tossed in flour before frying. Large wings may need a few minutes extra.
To Cook Wings in the Oven, toss wings with 1 TBS flour and 1 tsp baking powder. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before cooking. Toss with a bit of olive oil and bake on a rack at 425°F for about 35 minutes (flip after 20 min) or until crisp. Broil 1 minute per side if desired. Toss with sauce and serve.
Nutrition information is for air fryer wings (not oil fried).

Nutrition Information

Calories: 238, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 71mg, Sodium: 464mg, Potassium: 169mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 159IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword air fryer hot wings, hot wings, hot wings recipe, how to make air fryer hot wings
Course Air Fryer, Appetizer, Chicken, Party Food
Cuisine American
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