April 18, 2020

Whole30 Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings

Crispy buffalo chicken wings are the perfect crowd-pleasing wing recipe for game day or any day of the week! These wings are perfectly crispy, without any traditional frying, Whole30 compliant, Paleo friendly, and naturally gluten free. Just a few simple ingredients is all you need to whip up a batch!

Deliciously Crispy Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Wings

There is just something about a hot and crispy buffalo wing that is irresistible. Wings that are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and coated in tangy, spicy buffalo sauce are always an absolute winner.

These buffalo chicken wings are all of that and more because they are made with a few simple ingredients (that you probably already have!) and perfectly crispy without being fried.

If you have never tried baking your chicken wings you might be a little skeptical about the oven’s ability to get your wings to the right level of crispy. I hear you. I was a little skeptical myself before I gave it a try a few years ago.

Now, I can confidently say that if you have not tried baking your wings in the oven, you are missing out on some of the most delicious crispy wings. Trust me, the oven does a great jobe of getting just the right amount of crisp on chicken wings.  Plus, you can enjoy them without deep frying which makes them a much healthier option.

Have an air fryer? You can make a batch of crispy buffalo wings in everyone’s new favorite kitchen appliance, too!

These wings are delicious and also Paleo friendly, Whole30 compliant (just use compliant ingredients!), naturally gluten free, and keto friendly. Keep reading to learn more about how to make the best buffalo chicken wings!

What Tools Will I Need to Make Perfect Wings?

Let’s Talk Buffalo Wing Ingredients

Chicken Wings: This recipe uses “party” wings which are also sometimes referred to as “split” chicken wings. The wing is separated into two parts. These kinds of wings are what most people think of when they hear buffalo wings.

Avocado, Coconut Oil, or Ghee: All you need is one tablespoon of cooking fat and either of these will work. Just be sure to avoid olive oil. It has a lower smoke point and is not the best choice for this recipe.

Spices: This recipe keeps it simple and uses only salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Spices you probably already have on hand.

Buffalo Sauce: You can make your own buffalo sauce or buy your favorite to drizzle over all your crispy wings!\

How to Make Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings

Whole30 Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings

Step One: To ensure that the wings become nice and crispy in the oven, use paper towels to pat them fully dry. This removes any excess moisture to get maximum crispiness on your wings.

Step Two: Once your chicken wings have been patted dry, add them to a mixing bowl. Then, pour over your oil. Because the chicken wings bake at a pretty high temperature, you will want to use an oil or cooking fat with a high smoke point like avocado oil, coconut oil, or ghee.

Olive oil does not have a high smoke point so it is not the best choice for this recipe. If you are using coconut oil or ghee, which typically are a bit more solid than other oils, pop them in the microwave for a few seconds to melt before pouring over the chicken.

After the oil, add in the salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Because the buffalo sauce already has a lot of flavor, you can keep the seasoning on the chicken wings pretty minimal.

If you have a favorite seasoning blend that you like to pair with buffalo sauce feel free to add that as well. Just make sure to watch the salt. Your buffalo sauce will also be salted and you do not want to end up with salty chicken wings.

Step Three: After they have been seasoned, place the chicken wings on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Make sure that the wings are not too close to each other or they will steam in the oven and it will be harder for them to become crispy.

Bake the chicken wings at 425 degrees for forty to forty-five minutes. Flip them halfway through cooking to ensure that each side gets nice and crispy.

While your chicken is cooking, it is the perfect time to heat up your buffalo sauce. Nothing is worse than pouring cold sauce on hot wings. You end up with just kind of hot wings and no one wants that.

To make sure you do not have that problem, add your buffalo sauce to a small saucepan and heat it over medium low heat. No need to boil the sauce or even bring it to  a simmer, you just want to heat it through.

Whole30 Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings

Step Four: When the chicken wings are done cooking, it is time to toss them in buffalo sauce. I have found that the best way to do this is to transfer your wings to a large mixing bowl and then drizzle over the warm sauce. Use your tongs to toss the chicken wings in the sauce until they are well coated.

Once the chicken wings are fully coated in buffalo sauce, they are done! Time to serve them up with plenty of celery, carrots, and your favorite dressing. This dairy-free jalapeno ranch dressing is great for dipping!

Can You Cook Buffalo Chicken Wings In the Air Fryer?

Have an air fryer and want to use that to make your wings instead? The good news is that you can absolutely make these buffalo chicken wings in the air fryer!

We were recently gifted this air fryer and it has become one of my favorite ways to make wings. They get nice and crispy in around twenty minutes.

To make these wings in the air fryer, just toss them in the oil and seasonings until well coated. Then transfer the wings to the air fryer and cook at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

You can give the wings a shake or flip them halfway through to ensure that they cook evenly. After the wings are finished cooking, toss them in the warm buffalo sauce and enjoy!

A Couple of Air Fryer Method Notes: 

  • Depending on the size of your air fryer and the amount of chicken you are cooking, you may need to make this recipe in two batches.

  • If you are trying to cut down on the amount of oil you are using, you can use a half a tablespoon of oil for this recipe instead of the full tablespoon. I would still use a little bit of oil to ensure ultimate crispy-ness but chicken wings have a lot of natural fat so using a little less oil will still work!

How Do You Reheat Buffalo Wings?

Whole30 Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings

Can’t eat all your buffalo wings at once? No worries! These are so easy to reheat and eat again.

If you have an air fryer, you can easily pop a few wings back into the air fryer to reheat. If your air fryer has a ‘reheat’ function you can use that or just air fry them again at 400 degrees for a few minutes until heated through.

Another great way to reheat buffalo wings is in the oven. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees then place the wings on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Pop them in the oven and heat for a few minutes until hot and crispy. Once your wings are reheated you can toss them in a little more buffalo sauce if you prefer.

I have found that the absolute worst way to reheat wings is in the microwave. They just do not have the same crispy-ness that you will get from an oven, air fryer, or toaster oven.

How Do I Make Sure My Wings Are Whole30 Compliant?

Because these chicken wings are made with minimal ingredients, they are easy to make Whole30 compliant and perfect to enjoy if you are completing a round. They are a great “fun food” option when you are starting to feel burnt out or just want to switch things up a bit.

Here are a few tips to ensuring your wings are Whole30 compliant: 

  • Use a Whole30 compliant cooking oil. Avocado oil, coconut oil, or ghee are your best choices.

  • Toss the wings in a Whole30 compliant buffalo sauce. You can make your own buffalo sauce but there are also some great options that you can likely find in your local grocery store. Be sure to check the labels and avoid common ingredients like dairy and sugar.

  • Make sure your dip is Whole30 compliant. Traditional blue cheese is out if you are doing a round of Whole30. Don’t worry though you can make your own ranch dressing or find a Whole30 compliant brand at your local grocery store.

These easy baked buffalo chicken wings are the perfect crowd-pleasing wing recipe for game day or any day of the week. They’re crispy and delicious without any deep frying and you they’re Whole30 friendly if you use a compliant buffalo sauce. Make this easy recipe for your next party or wing night!

Whole30 Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings

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Whole30 Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 1 1/22 pounds split chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil, melted coconut oil, or ghee
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Pat the chicken wings dry and then toss in the oil, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt.
  3. Place the chicken wings on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake the wings for 45 minutes until golden brown and the skin is crispy, flipping halfway through.
  4. While the wings are baking, heat your buffalo sauce in a small saucepan over low heat.
  5. Once the wings are done cooking toss them in the warm buffalo sauce until well coated.
  6. Serve immediately with dairy-free ranch, celery, and carrots!

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  1. I love these wings! The recipe is super easy and makes for a quick weeknight meal the whole family loves.

  2. I was looking for a great tasting recipe that was also Whole 30, and this is perfect. Not only did the grownups love it, but it got two enthusiastic thumbs up from our teenage son who loves wings (and who could care less whether they are Whole 30). Thank you!

    • Haha! You’re so welcome! I’m so glad everyone loved the recipe, Kristen! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!

  3. This recipe was fantastic! Paired it with roasted cauliflower and garlic mashed potatoes. The whole family loved it.

    • That sounds good, AZ! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review!

    • Hi, Luci! I don’t have a recipe for buffalo sauce. I’d recommend picking your favorite sauce and using that. Hope you love the recipe!

  4. Great flavors in this recipe! However, one issue I ran into is that my wings were cold, so the ghee I added clumped up and solidified very quickly. I’ll bet the same thing would happen with coconut oil, so I’d probably recommend using the avocado oil instead!

  5. Love love loved this recipe! This was my first time making wings at home and it was pretty simple! I let my wings sit in salt water brine for about 5 hours leading up, and I confess my sauce was not Whole30 compliant (butter + Frank’s Red Hot) but following Ash’s method for the wings themselves produced restaurant quality wings. My husband was VERY impressed. I did half in the oven and half in the air fryer and honestly couldn’t tell much difference – all of them were delicious!

  6. Best and only chicken wings I ever make! If you haven’t tried them….what are you waiting for!! So good!

  7. Very good, and easy. Marinated 2 lbs, free range chicken wings for 12 hours. Air fried for 25 minutes. Delicious. Dipped into Frank’s Hot Sauce.

  8. We made these and your Crispy Lemon Garlic Wings for “wings two ways” and they were both SO good and so simple. We didn’t have compliant buffalo sauce in the house so we just used ghee+compliant hot sauce (Franks Red Hot) and they came out great.

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