Cook perfect juicy, tender chicken wings from frozen in the air fryer with this easy method. The air fryer cooks any frozen chicken wings to perfection, without needing to defrost them first.
Air fried chicken wings are tender and juicy, and you can make them exactly as crispy as you'd like. With this method you can air fry chicken wings right from frozen without having to defrost them first.
Do you ever find yourself in the kitchen ready to cook dinner, only to realize that you forgot to take the meat out of the freezer? Me too. Luckily, no one will be able to tell the difference, as the wings cook perfectly even from frozen.
Why you'll love it
- Easy to make
- No preparation needed
- 20 minute dinner
- Minimum effort recipe
- Kid friendly
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Different chicken wings
This recipe works perfectly with any type of chicken wings. Use it on whole chicken wings, or cut chicken wings. You can get frozen plain wings without seasoning, or frozen buffalo wings or other flavors.
Whole chicken wings can either be air fried as they are, or cut into drumettes and wingettes. See my post on How to Cut Chicken Wings for more information.
How to air fry frozen chicken wings
You can find full instructions + ingredient measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of this page
Add the frozen chicken wings to the basket. Leave a little space between each wing to ensure an even cooking result.
Air fry the wings at 360 F / 180 C for 10 minutes, then flip and air fry for a further 10 minutes.
Serve the crispy chicken wings hot with your favorite dipping sauces and sides.
- Although the chicken wings are frozen, they should be separated. If they are all stuck to each other, you should cook them for 5 minutes, then remove them from the basket and break them apart before you continue cooking. Also, add a few minutes to the total cooking time.
- This recipe works best if you cook frozen pre seasoned chicken wings. If you use plain wings with no seasoning, I recommend adding seasoning, glaze or a sauce halfway through cooking.
- Don't add any seasoning while the chicken wings are frozen, as the spices will drip off as the wings defrost.
- Make sure to only cook wings in a single layer, and don't stack them on top of each other. The amount of wings you can cook at the same time will vary depending on the size of your air fryer. If you need to cook a big batch of wings, you might have to do it in multiple batches.
These easy chicken wings are best served as an entree for lunch or dinner, paired with a delicious dipping sauce and side dishes. Here are some of my favorite recipes to pair it with:
- Side salad: Lemon Kale Salad, Black Bean Corn Salad, Asparagus Pasta Salad
- Rice: Instant Pot Mexican Rice, Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice, Carrot Rice
- Potatoes: Parmentier Potatoes, Mexican Potatoes, Healthy Mashed Potatoes
- Vegetables: Air Fryer Eggplant, Spicy Roasted Carrots, Air Fryer Cauliflower
- Sauce: Honey BBQ Sauce, Healthy Homemade Ranch Dip
You can air fry chicken wings from frozen whether they are plain or pre seasoned. If your chicken wings don't have any seasoning, I highly recommend adding some, or they will be very bland.
I love to add a seasoning mix, dry rub, sauce or glaze to the wings.
If you're using dry spices, you can add these halfway through cooking, as you're flipping the chicken wings.
If you're using a sauce, I recommend adding this to the wings about 3-5 minutes before they are cooked to prevent the glaze from burning.
Buffalo chicken wings: Coat the chicken wings in buffalo dipping sauce, or melted butter mixed with Frank's RedHot sauce.
BBQ wings: Coat the wings in a thin layer of your favorite BBQ sauce. You can use any sauce that you like. I love my easy Honey BBQ Sauce.
Teriyaki wings: Add a very thin coat of teriyaki sauce.
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You can also shred the meat from the wings, and use it in other dishes like salads or casseroles. This is a great way to use your leftovers if you don't like eating the same meal several times in a row.
Frequently asked questions
Yes! Place a sheet of aluminum foil at the bottom of the air fryer basket to make clean up easier. This will prevent the air flow from being efficient, and will therefore slightly increase the required cooking time.
You can check that chicken wings are cooked by inserting a meat thermometer into the middle of the meat. The internal temperature of chicken should be 145 F / 75 C.
Absolutely. Reheat the wings at 360 F / 180 C for about 3-5 minutes, or until they are warm throughout.
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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings
- 8 chicken wings (frozen)
Optional glaze or sauce
- 1 tablespoon buffalo sauce
- If your air fryer basket doesn't have a non-stick coating, spray it with cooking spray or olive oil spray.
- Add the frozen chicken wings to the basket. Leave a little space between each wing to ensure an even cooking result.
- Air fry the wings at 360 F / 180 C for 10 minutes, then flip and air fry for a further 10 minutes.
- If using glaze: add a coating of glaze to the chicken wings when there are 5 minutes left of the cooking time.
- Serve the crispy chicken wings hot with your favorite dipping sauces and sides.
- Store leftover chicken wings in a refrigerator for up to 3 days, and reheat in a microwave or air fryer.
- Use any glaze or sauce that you like. Alternatives include teriyaki sauce or BBQ sauce.