Quick & Easy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

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air fryer chicken wings

Easy Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer!

Perfectly cooked chicken wings in a lot less time and practically no prep! That’s why I love this air fryer chicken wings recipe – done in 40 minutes, straight from frozen.

You can make them with any sauce you want, or stick to what we have below. Either way this air fryer chicken wings recipe will turn out fantastic!

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Ingredients needed for making Quick and Easy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

air fryer chicken wings

  • Frozen chicken wings
  • Garlic salt
  • Pepper
  • BBQ sauce

Supplies needed for Air Fryer chicken wings:

Can I use another sauce?

Yes, you most definitely can you another type of sauce with these chicken wings. We love to use classic BBQ sauces like Sweet Baby Rays with this recipe. However, you can always swap it out with your favorite sauce.

how to make chicken wings in the air fryer

Fresh or Frozen?

When making these easy chicken wings in the air fryer, we have used frozen chicken wings and they turn out great and I think there is even less mess!

If you choose to use fresh or raw chicken wings, make sure you adjust the cooking time so you don’t overcook the chicken and have dry chicken instead of juicy chicken wings.


How to Cook Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer

Step 1: Dump the chicken

frozen chicken wings in air fryer

Dump the frozen chicken wings into the air fryer basket. No need for oil. No need to thaw. The air fryer will take care of all of that! Easy peasy.

Air frying note:

It’s okay if the chicken pieces overlap quite a bit at first because they will shrink in size as they cook.

The amount you can cook at one time will depend on the size of your air fryer. I can easily cook a little over 2 pounds of bone-in skin-on “chicken party wings” in my 4-quart air fryer.

Step 2: Cook the chicken

cooking chicken wings in the air fryer

Start by cooking the frozen chicken wings at a low temperature of 350˚F or 177˚C for 10 minutes to thaw.

seasoned chicken wings

Then season both sides of the chicken pieces with garlic salt and pepper. Now we’re ready for the main cooking time.

Step 3: Bump up the temperature

Set the air fryer at 380°F or 193°C and let it cook for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking time.

Flipping halfway helps the chicken cook and crisp up evenly. Cooking chicken wings in the oven usually takes 45-60 minutes, so this feels a lot faster!

Step 4: Season the chicken wings

air fryer chicken wings with bbq sauce

After cooking the chicken for 25 minutes coat the chicken with your favorite BBQ sauce. I love this homemade Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce.

Any of your favorite sauces will work though. In fact, you could use this yummy Sweet & Spicy Wings sauce, if that’s more your style.

Depending on the BBQ sauce you choose, these air fryer wings can be made pretty healthy – keto, low carb, gluten-free, and/or dairy and egg free. It’s all up to you!


Step 5: Extra frying

air fryer chicken wings with bbq sauce

The final cooking time is just for 5 minutes at 400°F or 200°C to caramelize that sauce and finish them off.

Then serve the chicken wings warm with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy! If you them more saucy, just add more sauce after cooking.


Easy Air fryer frozen recipes

Chicken wings are not the only delicious things you can make in the air fryer. We have so many great recipes that you need to try and make over and over!

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Final Thoughts

This recipe is such a great recipe that you can whip up for an appetizer, snack, or part of an easy lunch or dinner meal.

Air fryer chicken wings are such a great recipe to make when you are in a pinch so we love to keep frozen chicken wings on hand.


More snacks to make in the air fryer:

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Quick & Easy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Make perfectly cooked chicken wings in the air fryer - straight from frozen, with almost no prep time, and less cooking time than in the oven!
4.83 / 5 ( 23 Reviews )
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Serves: 4
Adjust Servings: 4




  • Dump frozen chicken wings into air fryer basket. It's ok if they overlap because they will shrink as they cook. The amount you can cook at once will depend on the size of your air fryer.
  • Cook at 350˚F/177˚C for 10 minutes to thaw.
  • Season both sides of chicken with garlic salt and pepper.
  • Cook at 380˚F/193˚C for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking time.
  • Coat chicken with your favorite BBQ sauce.
  • Cook at 400˚F/204˚C for 5 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

My 4-qt air fryer fits just over 2 pounds (almost 2.5 pounds) of frozen wings at one time.


Calories: 320kcal | Protein: 26g | Fat: 23g | Sodium: 105mg

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Ingredients: BBQ Sauce, Chicken, Garlic, Pepper
Meal Type: Appetizers and Snacks, Main Dish, Side Dish, New Year's Eve, Super Bowl Party, Clean Eating, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb and Keto
Categories: Finger Food and Dips, Meat and Poultry, Air Fryer

Comments & Reviews

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  • Cathy,
    Your cookbook is the first thing I grab when I want to know how to cook something in my air ftyer.
    Recently, that was frozen chicken wings. This recipe is fantastic! The bag of wings had enough to so it twice. Both times things went exactly as you indicated they would. Thaw, remove wings from basket, pour out water, put wings back in basket and air fry. Turn half way. At the end add BBQ sauce and air fry 5 more minutes. Then serve. Fabulously great both times.
    Cooking for an army of one your recipe presentations are scalable, easy to read and figure out.
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    • Hey David, thanks so much for taking the time to share such a positive and kind review! We appreciate all your support! So glad to hear you are loving our recipes 🙂

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