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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings

Delicious air fryer frozen chicken wings, coated in hot sauce and ready in about 30 minutes. Perfect for Game Day or any other occasion.
Course Air Fryer Recipes, Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer chicken wings, air fryer frozen chicken wings, air fryer wings
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 298kcal
Author Adina


  • Air fryer


  • 1 lb frozen chicken wings Note 1
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt or Kosher
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika sweet, hot, or smoked (Note 2)
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce Note 3
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar


  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius) according to its instructions. Some don’t need it, but most of them do. Mine needs to be preheated for 3 minutes.
  • Cook: Place the wings into the basket in a single layer (Note 4). Cook for 15 minutes.
  • Season: Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika and toss well.
  • Cook for another 10 minutes, shaking halfway through.
  • Sauce: In the meantime, mix the hot sauce and the brown sugar.
  • Toss: Pour over the wings, toss well. Air fry for 3 to 5 minutes until the wings are fully cooked, and the sauce is glossy and slightly sticky.
  • Check: Tear the meat off one wing; the inside should be completely white, not pink. If using a meat thermometer, the internal temperature should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit (74 degrees Celsius).


  1. If the wings are frozen in a clump, place them in the preheated air fryer and cook them for about 5 minutes. Try to take them apart now; if they’re not there yet, give them a couple more minutes and try again. Once you can take them apart, arrange them in the basket in a single layer.
  2. You can use other spices, a spice mixture, or a dry rub of your choice.
  3. You can use any other sauce you like. If it’s a sweet one, reduce the sugar amount or leave the sugar out.
  4. They might touch or slightly overlap each other initially; once they are defrosted, they will lose some volume and won’t overlap anymore. Don’t stack them on top of each other.


Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1794mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 253IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg