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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings

Cooking frozen chicken wings in the fryer couldn't be easier. Crispy skin, tender meat, delicious wings on your plate in just about 30 minutes.
Course Poultry
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 794kcal
Author Adina


  • Chicken wings:
  • 2 lbs frozen chicken wings 900 g
  • 1 ½ tablespoon baking powder Note
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1-2 tablespoons sriracha or another hot sauce, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar


  • Preheat the air fryer, if necessary. Mine needs 3 minutes.
  • Toss wings: In the meantime, combine the baking powder, garlic powder, paprika, and salt in a large bowl. Add the frozen wings and toss them well. Place the wings in the basket of the air fryer.
  • Cook at 180 degrees Celsius/ 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.
  • Check the basket; if there is any liquid in it (coming from the now defrosted wings), discard it. There was no liquid in my basket, but depending on the machine you have, it might happen.
  • Shake the basket well or flip the wings using tongs.
  • Increase the temperature to 200 degrees Celsius/ 400 degrees Fahrenheit and continue cooking the wings for another 18 to 20 minutes, shaking the basket every 5 minutes.
  • Check if the wings are cooked through by tearing the thickest one you can find. If it still slightly pink near the bone, give it a few more minutes.
  • Toss the wings with ¾ of the sauce. Air fry for a further 2 minutes.
  • Remove the wings from the basket and toss with the remaining sauce. Serve immediately.


Aluminum-free is best to avoid any unpleasant aftertaste.


Serving: 1/4 of the dish | Calories: 794kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 31g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 184mg | Sodium: 2459mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g