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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings

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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings
Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings


Frozen Chicken Wings in Air Fryer

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!

Making Frozen Air Fryer Chicken Wings

The best way to cook frozen chicken wings in the Air Fryer? Well, frozen, of course! All you have to do is simply dump your chicken wings into the air fryer while frozen (do not thaw!), and let the appliance do its thing.

Whether frozen raw or previously cooked, the cooking process is the same. Remember that even pre-cooked frozen wings take time to prepare because they have been frozen solid. Besides, you want them to turn out crispy on the outside, and achieving that crunchiness is only possible after 18 to 30 minutes in the Air Fryer.

How Long to Cook Frozen Chicken Wings in Your Air Fryer?

Although the 18-30-minute range is a good (or should I say crispy) rule, it all depends on the size of your wings. Obviously, the larger they are, the more time they need to thoroughly cook through.

While frozen chicken wings are generally considered cooked after only 15-18 minutes, you will need to leave the Air Fryer working for longer than that if you’re looking for that crunchy bite. We find 30 minutes of air frying to be the crispiest delight.


Yes to make it more complicated, frozen wings are sold either breaded or pre-sauced. So it’s easy to get confused, but use our base timing below and your best judgement on when they are cooked.

Tips for Making Frozen Chicken Wings

Here are the ultimate tips for air frying the perfect chicken wings every single time:

Check the Manual – Keep in mind that there are different types of Air Fryer on the market. Some may require you to preheat the unit before adding your food inside, so make sure to study the instructions first.

Grease If Not Crispy Enough – If your wings don’t turn out to be as crispy as you’d like, next time, spray with some oil.

Don’t Overcrowd – Just like with baking or pan-frying, your wings can only be adequately cooked if you give them enough room. We recommend about 15 chicken wings per batch, so rethink the urge to cook them all at once if you have way more than a dozen.

Reheat – Have some leftovers? Feel free to pop them into the Air Fryer when ready to consume. Just cook for 5 minutes at 380 degrees F, and enjoy!

Be Careful with the Liquid – Keep in mind that all of the frozen liquid will drain into the inner basket, so handle with care. If your Air Fryer starts to smoke, it may be because of excess liquid inside. Empty the basket before cooking.

Will My Air Fryer Chicken Wings Taste Good?

If you follow the tips from above, absolutely! All you have to do is nail the desired doneness, season with favorite spices, and voila! Remember, though, that the most important thing is to make sure they’re cooked through. If you cannot quite figure it out, we suggest buying a metal thermometer. Insert it into the meat and see if the internal meat temperature is at least 165 degrees F.


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


  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.


Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings
Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings



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.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.4g | Protein: 17.5g | Fat: 14.7g | Saturated Fat: 2.9g | Sugar: 0.3g

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings FAQ

Can You Air Fry Frozen Chicken Wings?

Yes you can. Us Milner’s have been cooking frozen chicken wings in the air fryer since 2012. We have always been impressed with how good frozen chicken wings turn out when they are have been cooked in the air fryer.

Do You Preheat Your Air Fryer?

If you preheat your air fryer, it means that your cook time will be reduced. As many air fryer recipes online do not preheat, if you add a preheat you could end up with overcooked chicken wings.

Can You Cook All Your Chicken Wings In The Air Fryer?

Don’t over crowd the air fryer when you cook your air fryer frozen chicken wings. It’s better to do your air fryer chicken wings in batches. We recommend approximately 12-15 chicken wings cooking in the air fryer at once. Though this depends on your air fryer size as you might have a much bigger air fryer than us.

Will My Air Fryer Chicken Wings Taste Good?

Yes, they will. Season the air fryer chicken wings well and you will have no problem with the taste. There is nothing worse than bland chicken wings. You can also mix it up and use half the seasoning for cooking with and then sprinkle over the rest of the seasoning once the cooking process has finished.

How Do I Make My Air Fryer Chicken Wings Crispy?

The best way to create crispy frozen chicken wings in the air fryer is to use a little extra virgin olive oil. Towards the end of cooking, spray with extra virgin olive oil and increase the temperature to 200c/400f for the last 2-3 minutes.

Crispy Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings Recipe

Tips and Techniques for Air Frying Frozen Chicken Wings

I was a little dismayed that the wing portions were all stuck together when I pulled them out of the bag. They were a solid mass. I tried to separate them with a dinner knife, but they were definitely not cooperating. And frankly, it was a little dangerous as the ball slipped out of my hand a couple of times. I nixed that plan after 2 attempts.

There is no need to worry about your mass of frozen chicken wing portions. Just preheat the air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes. Oil and season the frozen wings and place them in the basket or on the crisper plate and cook for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, the wingettes and drumettes will naturally separate. Reconfigure them into a single layer and continue to cook for another 8 minutes. Flip the wings over and cook for an additional 7 minutes or until the wings are crispy and 165°F when checked with a digital meat thermometer.

You can air fry the wings without any oil or seasoning. I find that a coating of oil helps to keep the skin from sticking to the fryer basket. A little extra virgin olive oil works quite well. I also like to lightly season the wings with salt and pepper. That is because I eat them straight out of the fryer. If you intend to toss your wings in a buffalo or teriyaki sauce, you can skip the salt and pepper.

The best part about air frying chicken wings is that most of the fat drips into the bottom of the bucket. The result is crispy and lean wings.

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings (Gluten-free, Keto, Paleo)

This recipe is for 16 wing portions. You will have to prepare these in batches. It is best that the wings are in a single layer in the air fryer basket for really crispy skin and even cooking. Leave half the portions in the freezer while cooking the first batch. You can keep the cooked wings in a warm oven until ready to serve.


Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings
Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings



  • 16 frozen chicken wing portions (wingettes and drumettes)
  • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked pepper


1. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes.

2. Place 8 of the frozen chicken wing portions in a bowl or on a plate. Coat the wings with 1/2 the olive and 1/2 the salt and pepper. Rub the oil and seasonings all over the frozen wings.

3. Place the wings on the crisper plate or in the basket of the air fryer. Close the bucket and cook for 10 minutes.

4. Open the air fryer and separate the wings into a single layer. Cook for 8 minutes.

5. Open the fryer and flip the wings over. Cook until crisp and the internal temperature reads 165°F when checked with a digital meat thermometer, approximately 7 minutes. Repeat with the second batch of 8 wings.

6. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce or as is.



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