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!

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Crispy Homemade Hot Wings

Homemade Hot Wings are tender & juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and smothered in a flavorful hot sauce!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings



  • 1 ½ pounds chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • ¼ cup hot sauce


  • Toss wings with flour and baking powder.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before cooking.
  • Toss wings with olive oil and bake on a baking sheet at 425°F for about 35 minutes (flip after 20 min) or until crisp.
  • Broil 1 minute per side if desired.
  • Toss with hot sauce and serve immediately.


To Cook Wings in the Air Fryer: Preheat air fryer to 400°F. Pat chicken wings dry with paper towels. Toss with olive oil, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Place wings in a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook 10 minutes. Flip wings and cook an additional 8-11 minutes or until crispy. Toss with hot sauce and serve immediately.
To Cook Wings in the 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.
If deep frying, wings can be lightly tossed in flour before frying. Large wings may need a few minutes extra.
Nutrition information is for air fryer wings (not oil fried).
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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.

Course air fryer, Appetizer, Chicken, Party Food
Cuisine American

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