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frozen chicken wings in air fryer

Frozen Chicken Wings in air fryer

Frozen Chicken Wings in air fryer

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Frozen Chicken Wings in air fryer
Frozen Chicken Wings in air fryer


Air fryer

An air fryer is a small countertop convection oven designed to simulate deep frying without submerging the food in oil. A fan circulates hot air at high speed, producing a crisp layer via browning reactions such as the Maillard reaction. Some product reviewers find that regular convection ovens or convection toaster ovens produce better results, or say that air frying is essentially the same as convection baking.


Air fryers circulate hot air to cook food that would otherwise be submerged in oil. The air fryer’s cooking chamber radiates heat from a heating element near the food, and a fan circulates hot air.

The original Philips Airfryer used radiant heat from a heating element just above the food and convection heat from a strong air stream flowing upwards through the open bottom of the food chamber, delivering heat from all sides, with a small volume of hot air forced to pass from the heater surface and over the food, with no idle air circulating as in a convection oven. A shaped guide directs the airflow over the bottom of the food. The technique was patented as Rapid Air technology.

Traditional frying methods induce the Maillard effect at temperatures of 140 to 165 °C (284 to 329 °F) by completely submerging foods in hot oil, well above the boiling point of water. The air fryer works by coating the food in a thin layer of oil and circulating air at up to 200 °C (392 °F) to apply sufficient heat to cause the reaction.

Most air fryers have temperature and timer adjustments that allow more precise cooking. Food is typically cooked in a basket that sits on a drip tray. The basket must be periodically agitated, either manually or by the fryer mechanism. Convection ovens and air fryers are similar in the way they cook food, but air fryers are generally smaller and give off less heat.


I love Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings. Not only are they easy to make, but they taste as if they are fresh! Grab your favorite seasonings, favorite dipping sauce, and your favorite brand of chicken wings to make this quick and easy recipe.


Making frozen chicken wings in the air fryer is way easier than you think. Air fried frozen wings serve as a blank canvas for any dipping sauce you’d love to toss them in.

Having a bag of frozen wings from Costco, Walmart or target will help you have these on hand to serve at small family gatherings and for game night with friends. The air fryer makes it so easy.

I used my Cosori air fryer for this recipe. However I have also made delicious wings in my Gourmia air fryer and Instant Pot Vortex Oven style air fryer. I bet it would cook perfectly in your Ninja foodi or Power XL air fryers if that’s what you’ve got.

Can you cook frozen meat in an air fryer?

Yes!! Frozen meat can take a long time to cook when normally, however thanks to air fryer technology you can now cook a variety of frozen meat products in no time at all! If you have never done this before it is a guaranteed game changer for us all.

When they’re done you’ll never know they were rock hard when you first put them in.


Yes I see you. You are wondering, frozen wings! Air fryer? How does that even work? Well you’ve got to slow down with those questions peeps! I will answer below and more will be answered in the FAQs section of this blog post.

  • I buy Tyson frozen chicken wings from my nearby grocery or I buy the Kirkland brand from Costco because buying in bulk saves me money and time and also helps me plan our meals better. However most times I forget to get these out to thaw in the refrigerator overnight in time to use for the next day and guess what now I don’t need to thaw and I would still get the same crispy delicious wings every time with my air fryer.
  • The air fryer will give a deep fryer a run for it’s worth because it makes crispy chicken with less calories. I mean who wouldn’t love to enjoy ‘deep fried’ with less of the oil. Plus if you were to wanted to deep fry you’d need to defrost the wings first in a different kitchen gadget like the microwave before deep frying.
  • Can you bake chicken wings in the conventional oven. Oh yes but not from frozen sorry.


Frozen Chicken Wings in air fryer
Frozen Chicken Wings in air fryer



  • Chicken Wings: You can use both bone-in and boneless wings here.
  • Olive Oil: Used to coat the chicken and get each piece nice and crispy.
  • Spices: I toss my frozen wings in a simple mixture of garlic powder, paprika, and salt and black pepper to taste.

Honey Buffalo Sauce

  • Buffalo Sauce: Use your favorite brand or make it from scratch!
  • Honey: Adds thickness to the glaze and delicious, sweet flavor.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Adds a savory, tangy flavor to the honey buffalo sauce.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.


Calories 234kcal (12%) Carbohydrates 10g (3%) Protein 11g (22%) Fat 17g (26%) Saturated Fat 4g (20%) Polyunsaturated Fat 3g Monounsaturated Fat 9g Trans Fat 1g Cholesterol 47mg (16%) Sodium 525mg (22%) Potassium 125mg (4%) Fiber 1g (4%) Sugar 9g (10%) Vitamin A1 53IU (3%) Vitamin C 1mg (1%) Calcium 11mg (1%) Iron 1mg (6%)


Frozen Chicken Wings in air fryer
Frozen Chicken Wings in air fryer


How long do you cook frozen chicken wings in the air fryer?

The short answer is about 25 minutes for 1 batch. Of course times will vary depending on whether you preheat it first, and how crispy you like your skin too.

Can you defrost in an air fryer?

The beauty of the air fryer is that you don’t need to defrost frozen foods before cooking them. Take these air fryer tater tots.

They work just like if you were to cook them in the oven. Just throw them in rock solid and they’ll come out tender, but crispy on the outside. Actually, crispier than if you put them into the oven.

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