Frozen Chicken Wings in Air Fryer

Frozen Chicken Wings in Air Fryer?! Learn how easy it is to air fry your frozen wings to crispy chicken wings right in your air fryer basket!

Frozen Chicken Wings in Air Fryer

I know it sounds insane, but yes! You can make crispy air fryer chicken wings!

Everyone loves delicious wings with their favorite sauce. But, sometimes, time doesn’t allow you to thaw fresh wings…

This post will walk you through every step you need to take for the best results. Don’t worry! There is a printable recipe card below!

delicious frozen chicken wings

There is almost no prep time and no extra ingredients like potato starch or baking powder.

These make the perfect appetizer for game day, Monday, or any day!

How to make Frozen Chicken Wings in Air Fryer

I love keeping fresh frozen chicken wings in my freezer. But, I used to plan ahead and thaw them out before air frying to crispy skin perfection.

But, y’all, you can just drop the frozen wings right into your air fryer basket, and that’s it!

organic frozen chicken wings from trader joes

First, you’ll pick up your bag of fresh wings in the frozen section. My favorite ones come from Trader Joe’s.

They’re coated individually in ice, so I like to rinse them off. Just run cool water over each chicken wing so the “ice casing” melts off. The wings will still be frozen, but the extra water surrounding each one needs to go away.

thawing chicken wings

Next, plop them into a bowl and liberally dust them with whatever seasoning you want.

raw frozen chicken wings

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I chose Ranch Seasoning Powder because I have a very strong love affair with it.

Other seasonings that would go well:

Now, of course, you can totally air fry naked wings! Just plop them in and go! You’ll want to sauce the wings later anyway, so it’s not that dire to season them.

Air Frying Chicken Wings

Start by preheating your air fryer. I use a Chefman Compact Air Fryer, but I hear the Cosori Air Fryer works well too!

Different brands of air fryers hold different amounts inside them. The compact ones hold just enough for a single person, like me! Plus, it doesn’t take up as much room in my cabinet! Yay.

Did you know air fryers are just like a mini convection oven? Hot air circulates all around your food, evenly cooking to crisp perfection without a deep fryer!

Grab your cooking spray and once the air fryer is preheated for a couple of minutes you’ll hose it down. This makes for easy clean-up later! Have you tried using your own oil mister and adding a little extra virgin olive oil to it? Learn which is the Best Oil Spray for Air Fryers!

frozen wings in air fryer

Add your frozen wings to the bottom of the basket in a single layer.

Air fry the wings for 12 minutes.

After 12 minutes, open the air fryer, and this is what they should look like… Delightful!

half cooked chicken wings

Give them a turn to the other side, and pop them back into the air fryer for another 10 minutes.

turned over chicken wings

Cook the wings to an internal temperature of 165 degrees f.

Depending on the size of the wings this could take a few minutes longer. If you’re nervous, snag a meat thermometer and be 100% sure! The cooking time for various frozen wings ranges from 15-30 minutes.

If you’re using fresh chicken wings the cook time will be significantly lower! I go off of the sound they make when they’re tossed about! Very scientific…

air fryer chicken wings

If you like your chicken wings to be super saucy, follow this method:

Slather your favorite wing sauce on the chicken wings after the next air frying round. Add them back to the air fryer, and cook for 3 minutes. Remove and do this a couple more times.

The sauce cooks into the wings, and is just wonderful!

Chicken Wing Sauces

Now comes the saucy part!

Crispy wings need a good sauce!

Here are some great options:

  • Buffalo Sauce – make your own at home with equal parts butter and hot sauce! I like to add a drizzle of Golden Syrup, like in these Golden Syrup Hot Wings.
  • BBQ Sauce – such an easy way to get a bold flavor profile on your air fryer wings!
  • Teriyaki Sauce – from personal experience, this is one of my favorite sauces at Buffalo Wild Wing!

What’s your favorite wing sauce?!

air frying frozen chicken wings

Here on Sweetpea, there are a bunch of other chicken wings recipe ideas. Take a look!

Air fryer frozen chicken wings need a favorite dipping sauce.

You could whip up some homemade ranch dressing, or blue cheese dressing, or even a Copycat Chick Fil A sauce to dip your delicious air fryer chicken wings in!

Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days. The best way to reheat them is using your air fryer again!

This easy appetizer needs a platter filled high with the wings, dipping sauce, and celery sticks!

In conclusion, don’t you love an easy recipe that doesn’t require the extra time of thawing and planning ahead??! Me too!

dipping chicken wings in ranch seasoning

Other Air Fryer Recipes You Should Try:

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Frozen Chicken Wings in Air Fryer

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Frozen Chicken Wings in Air Fryer

  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: air fryer
  • Cuisine: american


Frozen Chicken Wings in Air Fryer?! Learn how easy it is to air fry your frozen wings to crispy chicken wings right in your air fryer basket!


  • 1 lb. Frozen Chicken Wings (or however many will fit in your air fryer basket in a single layer)
  • 1 TBS Ranch Seasoning
  • Wing Sauce of Choice


  1. Rinse the ice case off of each chicken wing, and add to a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle the 1 tablespoon of ranch seasoning over the frozen chicken wings, and toss to coat.
  3. Preheat your air fryer to 390˚ for 4 minutes.
  4. Spray your air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray before adding your frozen chicken wings to the basket, in one single layer.
  5. Air fry for 12 minutes at 390˚.
  6. After 12 minutes, remove and flip over.
  7. Air fry for another 12 minutes.
  8. The wings should be crispy and cooked through.
  9. Toss in your favorite wing sauce, and cook another 3 minutes or so to “cook the sauce on.”
  10. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and lots of celery!

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