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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 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




Emily

Thursday 20th of May 2021

I've made these for lunch for myself several times now! It feels like a treat and they are so good.

staysnatched

Thursday 20th of May 2021

Yay! So glad to hear it.

Felicia

Thursday 13th of May 2021

This is why Brandi is the real MVP. I forgot to plan for dinner and I remembered this recipe. I cooked 3 pounds of wings total but I put them in the air fryer one pound at a time to thaw. This recipe worked like a charm! I seasoned them using the lemon pepper recipe that Brandi posted and they were PHENOMENAL. Far better than any carryout wings I could’ve ordered. Thanks for a great recipe.

staysnatched

Thursday 20th of May 2021

haha thank you so much!

Ashley

Saturday 10th of April 2021

Thank you so much for another great recipe! Tried the creole seasoning and they were perfect. No one even guessed the wings were from frozen! *Insert the grinch sticker you use on IG*

staysnatched

Sunday 11th of April 2021

haha! I'm cracking up. Love it.

Simone

Monday 8th of March 2021

Loved this quick and easy meal!

staysnatched

Tuesday 9th of March 2021

Wonderful! I'm glad these worked for you.

Cassie B

Sunday 7th of February 2021

Perfection! I used this and Brandi’s secret to super crisp and juicy wings in her “ Crispy Air Fryer Fried Chicken Wings” and it’s the best wings I’ve ever made!

staysnatched

Monday 8th of February 2021

Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed these from frozen.