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Air fryer frozen chicken wings on a baking sheet with parchment paper and celery sticks

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings

These air fryer frozen chicken wings are crisp, juicy, and coated in the most delicious buffalo sauce. This method makes it oh so easy and quick to get homemade buffalo wings on the table without even thawing frozen wings! Serve with plenty of ranch or blue cheese dressing.
Course Appetizers, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy to make, football season, freezer meal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 447kcal


  • Air fryer
  • Spray oil (use a type safe for air fryers)
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Large bowl


  • 2 pounds frozen chicken wings trimmed; use drumettes, wingettes, or "party wings"; see Notes for whole wings
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cup hot sauce
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

To Serve (Optional)


  • Preheat air fryer to 360° Fahrenheit. While air fryer preheats, season frozen chicken wings all over with salt.
  • When air fryer is preheated, spray air fryer basket with spray oil and place wings in basket, being careful not to overcrowd. Work in batches as needed.
    Air fryer chicken wings in air fryer basket
  • Place basket back in air fryer and cook 20 minutes, removing basket and shaking it vigorously every 6 to 7 minutes.
  • While chicken wings cook, microwave butter in bursts until melted, then stir in hot sauce and garlic powder, mixing until completely smooth.
    Hot sauce and butter mixture for air fryer chicken wings
  • After 20-minute cook time is up, remove basket once more and shake it vigorously. Return basket to air fryer and turn temperature up to 400° Fahrenheit. Cook 3 to 5 minutes at 400°, until wings are browned, crispy, and cooked-through.
  • Transfer wings to large bowl. Pour butter mixture over wings and toss to coat well. Serve immediately with celery, carrots, and dipping sauces.
    Air fryer chicken wings in large bowl with tongs


  • Chicken Wings: If using whole chicken wings, separate the tips, wingettes, and drumettes before seasoning with salt. Save tips for homemade chicken stock or discard. Large wings will take longer to cook.
  • Make it Dairy Free: Use a dairy-free butter.
Recipe yields approximately 4 servings. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving, not including any optional sides for serving. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by 4. Result will be the weight of one serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 221mg | Sodium: 1829mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 419IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg