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Air Fryer Boneless Buffalo Wings

Delicious and easy recipe for boneless buffalo chicken wings.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 278kcal
Author: Louise


  • Air Fryer


  • 1 recipe Chicken Nuggets OR 32 store-bought frozen chicken nuggets
  • 4 Tbsp Cholula Hot Sauce
  • 4 Tbsp Butter salted
  • 1-2 Tbsps Honey


  • Make 1 batch of air fryer chicken nuggets or use 32 frozen chicken nuggets. Recipe for homemade chicken nuggets HERE or in Recipe Notes below. Place the nuggets on a cooling rack until you are ready to toss them in the wing sauce.
  • Mix Cholula or your favorite hot sauce with melted butter and honey. I find it easiest to melt the butter with the honey in the microwave for 15-30 seconds and then add in the hot sauce and stir until combined.
  • Put the sauce in a large mixing bowl. I find wide bowls work the best so you have room to toss the nuggets around. Add the air fried chicken nuggets and toss until coated with sauce.
  • Serve with celery and blue cheese or ranch dressing. Enjoy!


Time for recipe is based on one batch, you may need to air fry multiple batches depending on your air fryer. 

Ingredients for Homemade Chicken Nuggets  

  • 1½ pounds chicken breast
  • 1 Tbsp oil for spritzing

Wet Batter

  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour- sifted

Bread Crumbs

  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp fine grind sea salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper 


  • Trim & cube chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  • In a shallow container, add cold water and cold egg. Sift flour into the container. Mix with a fork, but do not beat or whisk. Gently swirl the fork around in the batter until the flour is mixed in and the batter is smooth.
  • In a second shallow container, combine breadcrumbs, salt, and cayenne pepper. Mix until combined.
  • Preheat the Ninja Foodi, with the basket in, on broil for 10 minutes.
  • Coat the chicken pieces in the wet batter and then coat in breadcrumbs. Place the coated chicken onto a cooling rack until all the pieces of chicken are coated.
  • Spritz the basket with oil of your choice and place the chicken nuggets in a single layer and spritz the top of the chicken nuggets with oil.
  • Close the TenderCrisp lid and select Air Crisp on 360°F/182°C. Air Crisp for 5 minutes and flip. Spritz with oil and Air Crisp for an additional 3-5 minutes or until the chicken nuggets are golden brown and the internal temp has reached at least 165°F/74°C
  • Remove and place on cooling rack until ready to serve or toss in your favorite wing sauce!
  • Serve & Enjoy
To freeze breaded chicken nuggets: 
Place chicken nuggets in a single layer on a tray covered in parchment paper. Place in freezer for 1-2 hours until frozen solid. 
Place chicken nuggets in a freezer bag (remove as much air as possible) and store up to 3 months. 
Air Crisp from Frozen:
Preheat the Ninja Foodi, with the basket in, on broil for 10 minutes. Spritz the basket with oil and dump in the chicken nuggets. Spritz the top of the chicken nuggets with oil.  Air Crisp on 360°F/182°C for 5 minutes. Flip and spritz again with oil. Air Crisp at the same temperature for another 5-7 minutes. Serve and enjoy! 
Nutritional information based on 1 batch of homemade chicken nuggets. 
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Serving: 4pieces | Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 721mg | Potassium: 376mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 214IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg