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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings (No Thaw)

These Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings (No Thaw) are perfect for weeknight dinners and meals when you are strapped for time. Enjoy these in a crispy dry rub or breaded and fried!

chicken wings in air fryer

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I get tons of questions on if you can air fry frozen wings? Yes, you can. In general, my preferred method is to cook the wings from fresh or thawed. It only takes a couple of hours to defrost frozen chicken in cold water.

But, air frying your wings from frozen only takes an additional 6-10 minutes if you are only using a pound of wings. That’s not too inconvenient. Check out more of my observations below.

frozen chicken wings in packaging

How to Make Frozen Wings in the Air Fryer

  1. Place the frozen wings in the air fryer basket.
  2. Air fry for 6 minutes.
  3. Open the air fryer basket and use a wooden spoon or spatula to break apart the chicken.
  4. Air fry the wings for an additional 4 minutes.
  5. Open the basket and season both sides of the wings.
  6. Air fry for 8 minutes.
  7. Open the basket and flip the wings.
  8. Air fry for an additional 5 minutes or until the wings have reached your desired level of crispiness.
frozen chicken wings in air fryer
frozen chicken wings in air fryer

How Long to Cook Frozen Wings

I find the wings only need to cook 6-10 minutes longer to cooking them fresh, which is pretty surprising. You will spend additional time opening the air fryer than you would with fresh wings.

In total, (for dry rub) the wings will need to cook for 23-25 minutes. Add additional cook time for breaded wings or if you’re using more than 1 pound of wings.

frozen chicken wings in air fryer

Air Fryer Temperature

I recommend 400 degrees.

Will the Wings Drip Water?

Mine don’t. It could be because of the vacuum sealed packaging on the wings I use. Because of this, there wasn’t much frozen ice on the wings when I air fried them. The wings themselves were just frozen.

If you have wings that are packed in ice you may notice water drip into the bottom of the air fryer. Drain the water as you check in on the wings if this is the case.

chicken wings in air fryer

Is it Safe to Cook Frozen Chicken?

According to the USDA, chicken can be cooked from the frozen state in the oven or on the stove. The air fryer functions a lot like the oven and is applicable here.

The cooking time may be about 50 percent longer (with the oven, as we see in this recipe that time is more than cut in half when air frying). Be sure that the chicken is cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature of 165°F as measured with a food thermometer.

air fryer chicken wings in a red and white basket

How to Make Dry Rub Wings

These are the easiest to make in the air fryer. You don’t need any oil if you are going to use a dry rub and the wings will still crisp. Here are a few of my favorite rubs to use.

How to Make Breaded Wings

To make battered and breaded wings you will need to add all-purpose flour or baking powder to the wings at the same time you add the dry rub or seasoning. You can follow the directives for how to add flour and baking powder in my Air Fryer Chicken Wings and Air Fryer Buttermilk Fried Chicken Wings recipes.

Can You Air Fry Other Frozen Food and Meat?

Yes. The key is to just check in and watch the food as it cooks. When air frying frozen meat, you want to be sure you check in on it frequently. You want to season the meat before it starts to brown so that the spices and seasoning are cooked into the meat and adds flavor.

Some of my other favorite frozen foods to cook are veggies. Check out my Air Fryer Broccoli and Air Fryer Green Beans.

person holding air fryer chicken wing

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • In general, I find it easier to use fresh or thawed wings, but these taste just as good and still get just as crispy in the air fryer.
  • When using frozen wings, you can’t brine or marinate the wings. I love to do this occasionally for added flavor. Keep in mind that won’t work here.
  • It’s a tad bit harder to get the spices and seasoning to stick. If necessary, after the wings have cooked for 10 minutes, remove them from the air fryer and add them to a bowl. Toss in the seasoning and ensure both sides are fully coated. Add the wings back to the air fryer.
  • Every air fryer will cook at varying speeds. During your first experience, get to know what works for your air fryer by constantly checking in and monitoring the results.

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This recipe works great with my Homemade BBQ Seasoning and Rub and Air Fryer Lamb Chops, Air Fryer Crab Legs, Air Fryer Steak and Roasted Ranch Potatoes.

chicken wings in air fryer
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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings (No Thaw)

These Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings (No Thaw) are perfect for weeknight dinners and meals when you are strapped for time. Enjoy these in a crispy dry rub or breaded and fried!
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer frozen chicken wings, frozen chicken wings in air fryer
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 210kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • I like to allow the wings to thaw on the counter for 15 minutes prior to air frying, just so that it's easy to remove the packaging. If the packaging is frozen and stuck on, you will have trouble.
  • Place the frozen wings in the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry for 6 minutes on 400 degrees.
  • Open the air fryer basket and use a wooden spoon or spatula to break apart the chicken. You may need to air fry it for a few additional minutes if 6 minutes isn't long enough for you.
  • Air fry the wings for an additional 4 minutes on 400 degrees.
  • Open the basket and season both sides of the wings.
  • Air fry on 400 degrees for 8 minutes.
  • Open the basket and flip the wings.
  • Air fry for an additional 5 minutes on 400 degrees or until the wings have reached your desired level of crispiness, and an internal temperature of 165 degrees. The amount of wings you use and the air fryer brand and model you use may alter the cooking time. If you use more wings, allow a longer cooking time and check in on the wings to monitor doneness.

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Notes

  • In general, I find it easier to use fresh or thawed wings, but these taste just as good and still get just as crispy in the air fryer.
  • When using frozen wings, you can’t brine or marinate the wings. I love to do this occasionally for added flavor. Keep in mind that won’t work here.
  • It’s a tad bit harder to get the spices and seasoning to stick. If necessary, after the wings have cooked for 10 minutes, remove them from the air fryer and add them to a bowl. Toss in the seasoning and ensure both sides are fully coated. Add the wings back to the air fryer.
  • Every air fryer will cook at varying speeds. During your first experience, get to know what works for your air fryer by constantly checking in and monitoring the results.
  • If you have wings that are packed in ice you may notice water drip into the bottom of the air fryer. Drain the water as you check in on the wings if this is the case.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 210kcal | Protein: 20g | Fat: 14g
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Recipe Rating




Bill

Saturday 7th of May 2022

If you want to actually learn how to cook the wings, things like the cooking temperature

Christina

Saturday 12th of March 2022

Brandi does it again!! This is such a time saver and was clutch when I had last minute changes to my dinner plans! As usual, the post includes helpful info and the instructions did not miss!! Thank you!

staysnatched

Wednesday 16th of March 2022

I'm glad the tips were helpful!

Jess

Sunday 16th of January 2022

Thank you! This was a great recipe for game day apps. Such a time savings and delicious wings!

staysnatched

Thursday 20th of January 2022

Time saver for sure!

Dianne

Thursday 13th of January 2022

This recipe is perfect, and is delicious even cooked with only salt and pepper. Sooo good that having a dipping sauce is not required. A little hint THAT WILL MAKE LIFE EASIER is to . . . . . . . . . . freeze your wings when fresh, on a cookie sheet. Once frozen, place individual pieces in a plastic bag, and keep frozen until needed.

This way, you simply take out the required number of wings, and start cooking from frozen! I do this with my hamburger patties as well. Makes life so much easier. I cook everything from frozen and have NEVER been disappointed!

staysnatched

Friday 14th of January 2022

I'm glad you're never disappointed!

Shevvi

Wednesday 5th of January 2022

Game changer post late sports practice and the teen needs second dinner. I couldn't figure out when to add the seasoning for frozen wings. Have made these dozen of times

staysnatched

Wednesday 5th of January 2022

Great for when you are in a pinch!