How-To: Make Chicken Wings in an Air Fryer

chicken wings in an air fryer

Chicken wings are a classic for a reason: they’re delicious and relatively easy to make. With air fryers being all the rage right now, it’s no surprise people have found themselves wondering if their favorite chicken wings can be made in an air fryer. Below, we have the answer to that question, along with answers to your favorite chicken wing questions!


chicken wings in an air fryer


How Long Does it Take to Cook Wings in an Air Fryer?

On average, it takes about 25 minutes of actual cooking time for chicken wings. Of course, if you want the outsides to be extra-crispy, add on another 5 minutes to the cooking time.  Don’t forget to use tongs to protect your hands from being burned once the wings are done.  The tongs will not puncture the chicken wings nor tear them from metal.


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How Many Wings Can You Cook in an Air Fryer?

It depends on the storage mechanism your air fryer has. Regardless, you will want to cook chicken wings in a single layer (read: don’t stack them on top of one another). If it’s a basket, about 4-6 chicken wings; for a rack, about 6-8 at a time.


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Can You Air Fry Frozen Chicken Wings?

Yes, you certainly can air fry chicken wings from frozen. You can defrost them if needed using standard methods – i.e.: microwave, fridge, etc.


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How Long Do You Cook Frozen Chicken Wings in an Air Fryer?

Frozen chicken wings take about 25-30 minutes in an air fryer. Add on another 5 minutes if you want extra crispy skin.

Want Extra Crispy Chicken Wings in an Air Fryer Recipe?  Here’s one from

This EASY recipe makes crispy wings without all the extra oil and hassle of deep-frying them!

Place the chicken wings in the basket and insert it into the air fryer.
Cook for 24 minutes at 380°F, shaking the basket every 10 minutes.
Increase the temperature to 400°F and air fry for 6 more minutes.
Transfer to a bowl and toss with your favorite sauce.

Air Fryer Chicken Wing Sauce Recipe

Garlic Parmesan Wing Sauce: Combine 1/4 cup melted butter, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp ground black pepper and mix. 

Then pour over your crispy chicken wings above.

chicken wings in an air fryer


How to Cook Frozen Chicken Wings in an Air Fryer

Pull out the bottom drawer and spray it with vegetable oil.  Start placing the chicken wings into the pan.  Make sure to space them out a bit so there’s enough room for air flow.  Cook at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.  Turn them over with your tongs.  Continue to cook the chicken wings at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.  Top with a sauce of your liking.  You can top it with a buffalo sauce, Asian sauce or barbecue sauce.  Drench them.  Put them back in the pan.  This time cook it at 385 degrees for 5 minutes.

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Watch “Cooking With a Little Spice” cook the frozen chicken wings.



Should I Thaw Chicken Wings Before Air Frying?

It is recommended that you thaw them in some capacity if they are starting from the freezer. You can thaw them in the microwave, the refrigerator, or even by using cold water. If they aren’t and are simply in a package, you can go ahead and preheat your air fryer and place the wings in the basket or tray compartment.

Do You Cook Chicken Wings Frozen or Thawed?

You can cook frozen or thawed out chicken wings, it all depends on the state from which they are starting, as well as preference and/or convenience.


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