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Plate of air fryer frozen chicken wings.

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings (Small Batch)


My simple technique for air fryer chicken wings straight from frozen! Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or if you have a craving for a few wings while watching the game. The air fryer does all the work, cooking frozen chicken from start to finish in just about 30 minutes! Check out the post for three different seasoning ideas, or use your favorite, go-to seasoning instead!


  • 1/2-3/4 lb frozen chicken wings (I use a mix of wings and drumettes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon avocado oil (or oil spray)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cornstarch (optional)

For Spiced Hot Honey Chicken Wings

For Buffalo Chicken Wings

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)

For Fennel Pepper Chicken Wings

  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds


  1. Place 1/2-3/4 lbs (about 6-8 pieces) frozen chicken wings in air fryer basket. If your wings are frozen together, you can try and separate them a little but not completely necessary.
  2. Cook frozen wings at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove basket, and use a wooden spoon or spatula to break up the wings and get them in a single layer. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Remove wings to a bowl and season with 1/2 teaspoon avocado oil (or just give them a quick spray if your prefer oil spray), 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon cornstarch (if using). If you are using any dry seasonings you can add at this point too (see notes for directions on various flavors). Toss to coat well.
  5. Place wings back in air fryer and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until wings are fully cooked and as crispy as you want them. Chicken wings are hard to overcook so it's okay to keep them in there for a few extra minutes, as needed.
  6. Remove wings and toss with sauce (if using).


  • For Spiced Hot Honey Chicken Wings: Before the last "fry," toss chicken wings with oil and 1 1/2 teaspoons house seasoning. Make sure they are fully coated and then add them back to basket for the final cooking. Drizzle with hot honey (store-bought or you can try the hot honey from this recipe) before serving.
  • For Buffalo Wings: Don't add any dry seasoning (other than salt and corn starch, if using) and let wings cook until they are as crispy as you want. You'll still want to open the basket after the first 10 minutes to break the wings up. At that point you can add the salt and corn starch (again, if using) and just let cook for 15-20 minutes or until fully cooked. Meanwhile, combine 1 tablespoon melted butter, 1 tablespoon hot sauce and 1 teaspoon honey (optional) and mix to combine. Add cooked wings and toss to coat.
  • For Fennel Pepper Chicken Wings: While wings are initially cooking, grind 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns with 1/4-1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds (depending on how much you enjoy the flavor). Add this mix with your oil and toss to coat before the last "fry."
  • This recipe works with the plain frozen chicken wings you can buy already bagged in the frozen section (the raw, frozen ones!) or you can buy fresh chicken wings, portion them out into a freezer-safe bag and freeze until ready to cook. With either, you air fry from frozen!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Main, Appetizer
  • Method: Air Fryer

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