Air Fryer Frozen Wings are so easy to make, so moist and delicious, and only require three ingredients. It doesn't get any easier than that!Jump to Recipe
While in general I tend to prefer boneless wings for ease of eating, sometimes only traditional wings will do. That's where these Air Fryer Frozen Wings come in. They're super easy to make, absolutely delicious, and half the cost of ordering from a wing restaurant.
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- Frozen Chicken Wings - I like a mix of drumstick and flat wings, but you can use any combo you like.
- Franks Red Hot or the hot sauce of your choosing - the wings need sauce - they will not have much flavor until you add sauce.
- Butter - use unsalted butter here - you can add salt if you want, but the hot sauce will be salty already.
- Place your frozen wings in the basket of your air fryer in a single layer. You may have to cook these in batches if you have a small air fryer, as I do. I was able to fit about 9 wings at a time.
- Cook the wings skin side DOWN to start for 10 minutes. Remove the wings from the air fryer basket and dump out any liquid that has accumulated in the bottom of the air fryer.
- Replace the wings into the basket skin side UP, and continue air fryer for another 15-20 minutes. I haven't noticed that the chicken dries out much for the longer cooking time. Remove the cooked chicken to a bowl, and toss with the hot sauce.
- Melt the butter into the hot sauce in the microwave and toss with the cooked wings.
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Do I have to thaw these before cooking?
Nope! You can just toss the frozen wings right in the air fryer.
The chicken pieces are stuck together!
If the frozen wings are stuck together, put them in the air fryer for 3-5 minutes. This should be enough to get them apart, then proceed with the recipe as written.
How hot are these wings?
They're as hot as you make them! I'm not a big fan of spicy foods, so I stick with original Franks Red Hot, but you can use any type of hot sauce you like. Just make sure to add the butter, and more than you think you need. That's what takes these wings over the top.
How do I know if the air fryer frozen wings are done?
The easiest way is to use a thermometer, and pierce the chicken close to the bone. If you don't have a thermometer, you can slide a sharp knife into the wing close to the bone, and if the juices run clear and the meat is no longer pink, then you should be good.
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Air Fryer Frozen Wings
- 12 chicken wings frozen
- ⅓ cup hot sauce Frank's Red Hot preferred
- 2 tablespoon butter
- Preheat air fryer to 400. Once preheated, spray the bottom of the basket with non-stick cooking spray.
- Place the wings (however many will fit without overlapping*) into the basket of the air fryer, skin side down. Cook for 10 minutes.
- Remove the wings from the air fryer, drain any juices that have accumulated, then return the wings to the air fryer skin side up. Cook for another 15-20 minutes.
- While the wings cook, melt the butter into the hot sauce in the microwave or in a small saucepan.
- Once the wings have cooked, remove them to a bowl, and toss with the hot sauce.
- Serve with celery, bleu cheese or ranch!