Crispy, homemade Air Fryer Boneless Wings are expertly breaded with simple seasonings and tossed in a spicy buffalo sauce. Boneless wings are easy to make at home with your trusty Air Fryer!

crispy buffalo boneless wings with celery and carrots.

AIR FRYER BONELESS WINGS RECIPE

We’ve made air fryer chicken wings here a few times and in a variety of different flavors and styles.

This recipe for Air Fryer Boneless wings lets you enjoy all of the delicious flavor of chicken wings, without all the bones and skin.

Boneless wings are easy to make in the air fryer, and just as tasty as any fried chicken out there!

These breaded white meat chicken bites are juicy, tender, and perfectly cooked in under 15 minutes.

Be sure to check out all of our Air Fryer Chicken recipes, including Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders and Air Fryer Fried Chicken Drumsticks.

The ingredients for air fryer boneless wings with fresh chicken, seasonings and flour

INGREDIENTS FOR AIR FRYER BONELESS WINGS

Chicken – Boneless, skinless chicken breast is what you need to make the best homemade boneless wings. We’ll slice it up into small pieces that you can eat in 2 bites or so.

Buttermilk and Egg – Together these two create a flavorful and sticky coating for the chicken that will help adhere seasonings and flour. Don’t have buttermilk? Use regular milk instead.

Flour – I’m using all purpose gluten-free flour in the images here. You can make boneless wings with regular all-purpose flour or gluten-free – it’s your choice!

Seasonings – The seasonings I’m using here make these wings flavorful and a bit spicy, even before the buffalo sauce. Smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne are perfect.

Cooking Oil Spray – My favorite is avocado oil cooking spray. You can use any type of oil spray that you like though. Whenever you air fry anything that is coated in flour, it’s important to add oil to it to keep it from having a dry coating.

Buffalo Sauce – Use your favorite wing sauce to coat the air fryer boneless wings when they’re finished cooking. Buffalo Sauce is traditional, but you can also try barbecue, honey mustard, or teriyaki sauce for boneless wings.

On the Side – While totally optional, I always like to have some ranch dressing or blue cheese to dip these into, as well as some fresh veggies.

If you have any questions about making air fryer boneless wings, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you ASAP!

a collage of 8 images showing step by step instructions how to make air fryer boneless wings from scratch

HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER BONELESS WINGS

  1. Slice the chicken breast into cubes that are between 1 and 2 inches square. If needed, trim off any fat or skin that might be on the meat.
  2. Add the buttermilk and egg to a small bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. In another shallow bowl, add the flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Whisk to combine.
  4. Dip the chicken pieces in the buttermilk and egg mixture. Make sure that they are completely covered, and shake off any excess.
  5. Add the chicken pieces to the flour mixture, flipping them over to coat all of the sides. Tap off any excess flour.
  6. Spray the bottom of the air fryer basket with spray oil. Place the breaded chicken pieces in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Spray the top of the chicken with more spray oil.
  7. Air Fry the chicken as directed in the recipe below. It should take about 12-14 minutes at 400°F/200°C, flipping halfway through. The chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F/74°C.
  8. Remove the cooked boneless wings from the air fryer and place them in a bowl. Toss with buffalo sauce just before serving. Serve with additional dipping sauce, ranch or blue cheese dressing, and fresh vegetables like carrots and celery.

These numbered steps match the numbered photos above and are for illustration purposes. For the complete list of ingredients and instructions for these air fryer boneless wings, please see the recipe below.

a rectangle platter of homemade air fryer buffalo boneless wings with a side of dip and carrot and celery sticks

WHAT TO SERVE WITH AIR FRYER BONELESS WINGS

Air Fryer Boneless wings are a tasty appetizer! Serve them with other air fryer appetizers to create a whole meal or a party spread.

Air Fryer Frozen Meatballs, glazed with your favorite BBQ sauce are an easy app to serve when you have guests.

Make more fun bar food, like Air Fryer Potato Skins and Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks.

Boneless wings go great with Pizza! Try a Garlic Knot Pizza in the Air Fryer, or just heat up some Frozen Pizza for dinner.

We love to serve these wings for game day and with our game day spread, we always have Key Lime Pie Shots. While it sounds crazy, we have become known for them and they pair amazingly well with all game day food!

THE SECRET TO MAKING BUFFALO BONELESS WINGS IS IN THE SAUCE!

A traditional Buffalo sauce that Western New York would be proud of is made from just two simple ingredients: Franks Red Hot Sauce and Melted Butter.

Start with a mixture that is half of each, and then adjust to get the sauce to your desired level of spiciness. More butter makes mild boneless wings, and more hot sauce makes them hotter.

If you want your Buffalo sauce to be extra spicy, toss in a pinch of cayenne pepper!

If you’re looking for something a little bit different, this Vegan Buffalo Sauce uses plant-based butter and some extra spices.

HOW DO I MAKE BBQ BONELESS WINGS IN THE AIR FRYER?

Instead of buffalo sauce, toss the cooked boneless wings in your favorite barbecue sauce until they are well coated.

You can use any type of sauce to flavor your air fryer boneless wings!

HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER AIR FRYER BONELESS WINGS

Keep leftover boneless wings in a container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

It’s best to leave them un-sauced if you plan to not eat them right away. Reheat the boneless wings and then toss them with sauce just before you serve them.

ARE BONELESS WINGS MADE FROM CHICKEN WINGS?

No. Typically boneless wings are made from chicken breast white meat. We dress them up to look and taste like chicken wings, but they don’t have bones or skin like actual wings do.

WHICH IS HEALTHIER – BONELESS OR TRADITIONAL WINGS?

The answer to this question will depend on your idea of healthy.

Traditional chicken wings are higher in fat since they are dark meat with lots of skin still attached. Regardless if they are deep-fried or if you make the chicken wings in the air fryer, wings are a high-fat food.

Boneless chicken wings in the air fryer or cooked in another way are lower in fat since they are made from boneless skinless chicken breast meat. However, they are breaded using flour, which adds carbs to the mix.

Traditional chicken wings will be healthier for someone looking for a low-carb or keto option, while boneless wings might be better if you’re trying to eat less fat.

HOW DO I MAKE UNBREADED BONELESS WINGS IN THE AIR FRYER?

You can make tasty buffalo boneless wings that are “naked” or without any breading in less time than the breaded air fryer boneless wings take.

Instead of breading the chicken bites with seasoned flour, just season the chicken with the seasonings. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and air fry at 400°F/200°C for 6-10 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked.

Toss with buffalo sauce and enjoy!

TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST AIR FRYER BONELESS WINGS

  • Buttermilk adds flavor and helps to tenderize the chicken. If you can use it, definitely do! If you have all of the other ingredients already and don’t want to head to the store, just use milk instead.
  • To make this recipe dairy-free, you can use your favorite non-dairy milk in place of the buttermilk too.
  • The boneless wings pictured here are gluten-free! I made them with all-purpose gluten-free flour. You can use regular all-purpose flour as well – they both work well in this recipe.
  • Use lots of spray oil – You’ll be using way less oil in this recipe than any fried boneless wings, but don’t shy away from spraying the oil all over the breaded chicken bites. This step gets the boneless wings nice and crispy. When you check on the chicken, spray with more oil as needed to moisten any spots that look dry and floury.
  • Don’t crowd the basket – Space around each piece of chicken is key to allowing them to cook evenly and get nice and crispy.
closeup view of crispy buffalo boneless wings made in the air fryer

MORE YUMMY AIR FRYER RECIPES

Instead of buffalo boneless wings, make small pieces of breaded air fryer chicken and turn them into Air Fryer Orange chicken or General Tso’s Chicken. Serve with jasmine rice and frozen veggies for a simple and delicious meal.

Need a vegetarian option? Make Air Fryer Tofu or Air Fryer Crispy Cauliflower to toss in Buffalo sauce instead.

Need an easy air fryer recipe tonight? Cook up some frozen favorites like Frozen Popcorn Shrimp in the air fryer or Air Fryer Frozen Dumplings.

Boneless wings without sauce, cooked in an air fryer

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crispy air fryer buffalo boneless wings with celery and carrots.
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Air Fryer Boneless Wings

Crispy, homemade Air Fryer Boneless Wings are expertly breaded with simple seasonings and tossed in a spicy buffalo sauce.
Prep Time6 minutes
Cook Time14 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 282kcal
Ken

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour traditional or gluten free
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • avocado oil cooking spray or other light oil spray
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce or dipping sauce of choice

Instructions

  • Slice the chicken breast into 1-2 inch cubes.
  • Add the buttermilk and egg to a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to a shallow bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Dip the chicken pieces in the buttermilk and egg mixture. Make sure they're completely covered. Tap off any excess.
  • Then, place the chicken pieces in the flour mixture, flipping to coat. Tap off any excess flour.
  • Spray the bottom of your air fryer basket with spray oil. Place the chicken pieces in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Spray the top of the chicken with the spray oil.
  • Air fry the chicken at 400F for 12-14 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F. Spray the chicken as needed with spray oil to get rid of any floury bits.
  • Remove from the air fryer and place the chicken in a bowl. Toss with buffalo sauce just before serving. Serve with additional dipping sauce like ranch or blue cheese, and fresh celery and carrots.
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Notes

  • I like to use chicken breast for this recipe, but you could use chicken tenderloins which are already cut thinner or even chicken thighs if you like dark meat. 
  • I used Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour in this recipe. You could also use all-purpose flour if you are not gluten-free. 
  • Depending on the size of your chicken, you may need to cook it more or less than the recipe states. Make sure your chicken reaches an inner temperature of 165°F/74°C. 
  • Instead of buffalo sauce, you could use BBQ sauce, honey mustard, teriyaki sauce, or a honey sauce to change up your wing flavors. 
  • I like to serve my buffalo chicken wings with ranch dip to cut the heat and some fresh celery and carrots.
  • Pro Tip: This recipe can be made in the air fryer unit with a basket or the air fryer oven. If you are using the air fryer oven, use the middle rack and select the “Air Fry” function.
  • Pro Tip: Check your food as it cooks. Each air fryer runs a bit differently. Sometimes air frying is a trial and error process. Check your food as it cooks to learn your air fryer better!  When cooking a new recipe or food items be sure to check your food often to help avoid over/under cooking.

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Nutrition

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 1391mg | Potassium: 533mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 442IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    These boneless wings are amazing! As much as I love chicken on the bone, this is a nice change and the coating is perfect. I’m not a lover of buffalo sauce though, so I used a ready made bbq sauce that I had in the fridge.
    Lovely! Thank you

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