Frozen Chicken Wings in Air Fryer

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For irresistible and easy-to-make wings, you have to try frozen chicken wings in the air fryer.

Crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, these wings are ready in minutes without thawing involved!

Similar to making fresh wings in the air fryer, these chicken wings are perfectly dippable and make a great snack or appetizer for the big game!

saucy chicken wings in bowl with ranch dip and carrot sticks behind
Frozen chicken wings are so easy to make in the air fryer!

Recipe Tips

Before you make air fryer frozen chicken wings, read through the recipe tips so that you end up with the best result!

  • There is no need to thaw the chicken wings first. Simply place them into the air fryer from frozen.
  • There are various types of frozen wings. They might be pre-cooked or raw, breaded or un-breaded. Some already have sauce applied and they will vary by size. All this will affect your cooking time slightly, so keep that in mind and use your judgement!
  • If you have wings that don’t have a breading/sauce on them yet, cook them first and toss them in your favorite wing sauce once they are cooked. This way, you won’t risk the sauce burning in the air fryer.
  • It’s important to not overcrowd the air fryer when making chicken wings. This way, they will get crispy and cook evenly.

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

If you’d like some visuals for how to make frozen wings in the air fryer, you can have a look at the few photos below. This way, you know exactly how we make ours.

Alternatively, Iíf you just want to know the times and temperatures for cooking frozen wings in the air fryer (without the photos), you can skip to the bottom of this post for the recipe card!

frozen chicken wings in black air fryer tray
Place the frozen chicken wings into the air fryer.

First, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

When the air fryer is hot, add the wings. Be sure not to overcrowd the air fryer – the wings should fit in one layer with some space between to allow for even cooking and crisping.

If your air fryer is too small to fit all the wings, cook them in two batches.

cooked crispy chicken wings in black air fryer tray
Make sure the wings are fully cooked through.

Cook the wings for 11-14 minutes for pre-cooked frozen wings, and 16-19 minutes for uncooked frozen wings. Flip the wings halfway through.

Cook time can vary depending on the size of the wings and your air fryer. Just make sure that the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Remove the chicken wings once they are fully cooked/heated on the inside and are crispy on the outside.

saucy chicken wings in bowl with ranch dipping sauce
Air fryer frozen chicken wings – ready for dipping!

If you would like to add sauce, you can place the cooked chicken wings into a bowl and toss them in your favorite wing sauce (optional). Popular options are buffalo, blue cheese, and BBQ sauce.

You can serve the chicken wings with some celery sticks, carrot sticks, and a dipping sauce like blue cheese or ranch dressing.

To make a bigger meal out of it, you can also make the wings part of a larger meal with a few curly fries or waffle fries tossed on the side.

Storage Tips

You can store leftover chicken wings in a sealed container in the fridge. Keep in mind that they might get a little soggy over time if they have sauce on them.

Consume the chicken wings within 3 days.

To reheat, you can place them back into the air fryer if you want to dry them out a tad. The microwave will also work, but they might end up softer.

Of course, you can also just eat them cold – sometimes cold wings are the best!

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saucy chicken wings in bowl with ranch dipping sauce

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings

Yield: 9
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Frozen Chicken Wings are super easy to make in the air fryer! Ready for dipping in minutes, air fryer frozen wings make a finger-licking dinner or snack for the big game!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound frozen chicken wings (approximately 8-12 wings)
  • your favorite wing sauce (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Add the wings into the air fryer tray when it is hot. Be sure not to overcrowd the air fryer - the wings should fit in one layer with some space between to allow for even cooking and crisping. If your air fryer is too small to fit all the wings, cook them in two batches.
  3. Cook the wings for 11-14 minutes for pre-cooked frozen wings, and 16-19 minutes for uncooked frozen wings. Flip the wings halfway through. Cook time can vary depending on the size of the wings and your air fryer. Just make sure that the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Remove the chicken wings once they are fully cooked/heated on the inside and are crispy on the outside.
  5. Optional: You can place the cooked chicken wings into a bowl and toss them in your favorite wing sauce if desired.
  6. Also optional: Serve the chicken wings with some celery sticks, carrot sticks, and a dipping sauce like blue cheese or ranch dressing.

Notes

  • There are different types of frozen wings you can buy - some are pre-cooked, others are raw, some are breaded, others are not. Cook time will vary slightly across all these different kinds and also depends on your air fryer (they all cook a little bit differently). Make sure that the internal temperature of the chicken wings reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 375Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 454mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 19g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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  1. Thank you! This is the most informative way to air fry frozen wings I have come across. I will be trying it out tonight and feel sure they will be wonderful!

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