These Frozen Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer are a new and exciting way to cook chicken wings! Air fryer frozen chicken wings are succulent, juicy, and have the most amazing crispy skin. They come together in minutes!

plate of buffalo chicken wings with ranch dressing on the side

Frozen Chicken Wings In Air Fryer

Air fry frozen chicken wings as a great way to save time and energy and end up with something incredibly tasty. Plus, they come out crispy and delicious every time!

Do you know those days when you don’t want to use your oven? Hot summer days when the idea of heating up the whole house or spending a lot of time cooking is dreaded. UGH! Well, dust off your air fryer — you’ll be amazed by all the tasty meals you can make.

This is my foolproof method for making crispy wings in the air fryer. They make the greatest appetizer, lunch, or dinner.

I have been making wings for over 3 years in my air fryer and have come up with all different ways to prepare them. Try more of my Air Fryer Wings Recipes like AIR FRYER NAKED WINGS, BBQ CHICKEN WINGS, AIR FRYER SMOKED TURKEY WINGS and CHIPOTLE LIME CHICKEN WINGS.

Why You’ll Love Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings

  • Minimal prep work
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Easy
  • Great for entertaining
  • Simple cleanup
  • Healthier option than deep-fried wings

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Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Frozen Wings

  • Frozen Chicken Wings: These may come as flats, drumettes, or a mixture of both — often labeled as a party bag. You can use whichever cut you prefer, as long as they’re frozen!
  • Olive Oil: Any good cooking oil will do, including avocado or vegetable oil.
  • Seasonings or Sauces: Here’s where you can get creative! Rub with spices before cooking or at the halfway point, or toss with your choice of sauce right at the end. This recipe is simply a jumping off point for you.

How To Air Fry Frozen Chicken Wings

chicken wings in air fryer basket

Step 1: Add wings to the basket

Place your frozen chicken wings in the air fryer basket and lightly brush them with olive oil.

Step 2: Air fry frozen wings

Cook for 25-30 minutes at 400 degrees F, shaking the basket every 5 minutes until the frozen wings are fully cooked.

Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. When it reaches 165 degrees F, they’re done!

buffalo wings on platter with ranch and celery, air fryer in background

Step 3: Add sauce

Toss with your favorite sauce, then return the chicken wings to the air fryer. Cook for about 2-3 minutes at 400 degrees F to turn the sauce into a sticky glaze.

Step 4: Serve

Serve air fryer frozen chicken wings with ranch or your favorite dipping sauces and devour!

overhead of rectangle platter with buffalo wings, ranch dip, and celery

Pro Tips:

  • Don’t crowd the wings. You need to make sure to space out each piece before you air fry frozen chicken wings so they aren’t touching. Leaving space allows the air to properly flow and cook the wings.
  • Make them extra crispy. Simply coat the frozen wings in baking powder before air frying if you want them to have even more crunch.
  • Save time on cleanup. To reduce your time spent cleaning up, line your basket with parchment paper. It’s best to use a brand that has holes in it so the air can circulate properly.
  • Don’t forget to shake it. Shake the frozen chicken wings in air fryer basket every 5 minutes. This way, the wings get evenly cooked. If you have an air fryer oven, use a pair of sturdy tongs.
  • Cook before saucing. Don’t add sauce until after you air fry frozen wings. This will prevent the sauce from burning.

Best Sauces and Seasonings for Chicken Wings

Seasonings will need to be added before or during the cooking process. With sauces, you can add them right at the end, toss the wings after they’re cooked, or use them for dipping.

Storage and Reheating

If you happen to have leftovers, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Keep wings in an airtight container so they don’t dry out.

Then, reheat in the air fryer at 350 degrees F for just a few minutes. They’ll be hot and crispy just like before!

How to Know When Air Fryer Frozen Wings Are Done?

The best way to know your chicken wings are done is by using a meat thermometer. Stick into the thickest part of the chicken, making sure not to touch a bone. If it reads 165 degrees, your wings are done.

Another way to tell is by cutting a wing open. There should be no pink and the juices should run clear.

Do I Need To Preheat My Air Fryer?

No, you do not need to preheat when you air fry frozen chicken wings. While some recipes require preheating, this one does not. Check out my tips for making the best air fryer chicken wings!

Do I Need To Thaw My Chicken Wings First?

No, just air fry them directly from frozen. If you thaw them first, they will not come out crispy.

How Many Wings Can I Cook In The Air Fryer?

Every air fryer is a little bit different in size and capacity. Read the manufacturer’s information to get a better idea of what your device can do. In general, add only a single layer of frozen chicken wings in the air fryer.

Do Chicken Wings Shrink in the Air Fryer?

Yes, chicken wings will shrink in both the oven and air fryer. Chicken loses moisture as it cooks. Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal and there isn’t anything you need to do about it.

Can I Dry Rub Frozen Wings Before Air Frying Them?

Yes, I often add a dry rub along with some baking powder before I air fry frozen wings.

Can I Cook Chicken Wings In A Traditional Oven?

Yes, of course. Simply bake them for about 40-50 minutes at 400 degrees F on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment.

To ensure they get crispy on all sides, you may want to set a wire rack inside the baking sheet. This allows the hot air to circulate all the way around the food.

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Frozen Chicken Wings In Air Fryer

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings

Description

These Frozen Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer are succulent and juicy! Made with minimal ingredients, they will please a crowd!

Ingredients 

  • 2 pounds frozen chicken wings

Instructions

  • Place your frozen chicken wings into the air fryer basket for 25-30 minutes, at 400 degrees F. Shaking the basket every 5 minutes. Until the frozen chicken wings are fully cooked.
  • Use a meat thermometer and check for the internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Then toss with your favorite sauce.
  • Return the chicken wings back to the air fryer and air fry for about 2-3 minutes at 400 degrees F.
  • Plate, serve, and enjoy!

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Notes

AIR FRYER FRESH CHICKEN WINGS

  • Place your frozen chicken wings into the air fryer basket for 20 to 22 minutes, at 400 degrees F. Shaking the basket every 5 minutes until the frozen chicken wings are fully cooked.
  • Use a meat thermometer and check for the internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Then toss with your favorite sauce.
  • Return the chicken wings to the air fryer and air fry for about 2-3 minutes at 400 degrees F.
  • Plate, serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 272kcalProtein: 22gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 89mgPotassium: 191mgVitamin A: 180IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg

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