Frozen Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer

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Frozen Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer take just a few extra minutes to cook and they turn out just as crisp and juicy as thawed chicken wings, so why not skip the defrosting and just go for it!

» You might like these Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs or Air Fryer Chicken and Broccoli as well.

air fryer chicken wings

Chicken wings take just 20 minutes to cook in the air fryer from fresh. It’s a very simple dinner or lunch you can make so quickly. But many times we forget to take the chicken out of the freezer and I get the question often: can I make chicken wings from frozen in the air fryer?

You absolutely can make them from frozen. Aside from the extra time it takes to cook, you won’t even notice a difference. So if you’re pressed for time and haven’t defrosted the wings yet, don’t worry. Just put them into the air fryer and let it do the work. Try these easy frozen pork chops and frozen shrimp in the air fryer and see how easy it really is.

air fryer chicken wings

Ingredients You’ll Need

You’ll need the following ingredients for to make frozen chicken wings in the air fryer:

  • 1 pound chicken wings – If they aren’t cut into pieces when you buy them, you might have to remove the wing tip and detach the wing joint.
  • Cooking spray It just helps crisp up the skin. You can spray the chicken halfway through cooking, after they’ve fully defrosted, and once more near the end of cooking to keep the skin from drying out and make it nice and crispy.
  • Seasonings – I usually just use salt and pepper on the chicken wings, and then baste the with a sauce when they’re just about done cooking. You can use any type of seasoning or sauce you like.

Super Useful Air Fryer Accessories

Once you’ve started using your air fryer more regularly, you’ll find there are so many other ways you *could* be using it, if you had a few extra useful accessories. Here are a few favorites that we use almost every day.

How to Make Frozen Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer

Since the chicken wings are starting out frozen, you’ll want to wait to add seasonings until they’ve dethawed a bit and will actually hold on to the seasoning.

So place the frozen chicken wings in the air fryer basket. They can overlap and/or be stacking on top of each other.

frozen chicken wings in air fryer

Start it cooking at 400° F for 40 minutes. After 10 minutes, shake the basket. Halfway through cooking, shake the basket again. Spray the wings with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper.

About 5 minutes to the end of cooking, shake the basket again and give another spray of oil. If your chicken wings were quite large, you might want to check the internal temp with a meat thermometer to make sure it’s come up to the right temperature of 165°F.

air fryer chicken wings

If you want to add a glaze or sauce to the wings, do it when there’s about 10 minutes left on the timer. Use a basting brush to brush on BBQ sauce, Frank’s Buffalo sauce, or any other glaze of your choice, if you want to. You can also toss them in sauce after cooking to add more flavor.

If you’re looking for a sauce to serve them with, check out these dips for chicken wings. I personally love to serve them alongside BBQ sauce, a sweet soy sauce glaze, or Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.

air fryer chicken wings

What Oil & Oil Sprayer is Best for the Air Fryer?

The biggest issue most air fryer lovers face is finding the right oil and oil sprayer to use on food cooked in the air fryer. A fine mist of oil will help the entire piece of food crisp evenly, so it’s very important.

My personal preference is to use canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil. I use both a refillable spray bottle like the Evo one pictured below and non-propellant extra virgin olive oil, which has not harmful aerosols or chemicals.

Can I Double the Recipe?

Yes, you can double the recipe and make up to 2 pounds of frozen chicken wings at a time, if you have a larger air fryer. I have a 5.5-quart air fryer basket and I find that 1.5 pounds of wings is the max that will fit without them being too crowded to get crispy.

When doubling, air fry for 45 minutes, or until the skin is crisp. Make sure you shake the basket at least twice during cooking. With so many wings, you might have to stir them with a spatula instead. Bake time will vary based on the size of your air fryer basket and the size of the wings, so be sure to check the temperature of the wings.

Chicken wings with a salad

Can These Chicken Wings Be Baked Instead?

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can bake the chicken wings in the oven instead. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and cook the wings on a baking sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper for 45 minutes, flipping them halfway through cooking.

Can I Baste the Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer?

You can baste chicken wings with a sauce – like one that was mentioned above – in the air fryer, if you wish. You don’t want to do it too early on in the cooking process or it might burn.

To baste the chicken wings with a sauce, wait until the last 5 minutes of cooking. So if you’re cooking them for 30 minutes, you’ll flip them after 15 minutes, then baste them after 25 minutes. Baste one side of the wings, cook for another 3 minutes, then flip and baste again. Cook until they reach your desired crispiness.

bbq chicken wings
BBQ Basted Chicken Wings

Why Use an Air Fryer

An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.

What Side Dishes to Serve?

You can serve some really easy side dishes with your main dish cooked in the Air Fryer. Sometimes, you can cook them together in the air fryer to make it even faster.

Some of our favorite side dishes to serve include:

Here are 28 more air fryer side dishes to try


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frozen chicken wings in the air fryer

Frozen Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer

Frozen Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer take just a few extra minute to cook and they turn out just as crisp and juicy.
5 from 87 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 204 kcal


  • 1 1/2 pounds frozen chicken wing pieces
  • Spray cooking oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Sauce or seasoning of choice


  • Place frozen chicken wings in the basket and cook at 400° F (200°C) for 40 minutes.
  • After the first 20 minutes, shake the basket. Spray the wings with cooking oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Continue cooking for 10 minutes, then shake the basket again. With 5 minutes left, shake basket again and baste wings with sauce, if desired.


  • Internal temperature needs to be 165° F when done. Always check the temperature and continue cooking if necessary to reach 165.
  • As a full meal, serve 1/2 pound of wings per person.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.


Calories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 17gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 212mgPotassium: 145mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 136IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
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Frozen Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer

One thought on “Frozen Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer

  1. Jerika says:

    5 stars
    This Frozen Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer saves time! can’t wait to try it, the chicken looks so yummy and crispy, yum! Thanks.:)

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