Air fryer frozen chicken wings are easy to cook even from frozen straight from the freezer. They’re so easy to make as an appetizer, snack or meal. We love them! Here’s our discussion and tips to making sure each batch of air fried frozen chicken wings delicious.

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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings

There’s so many different brands and types of frozen chicken wings to air fry. First is identifying if the frozen chicken wings are raw or pre-cooked. Secondly, some are plain, breaded or sauced. Once you know which type you’re cooking, you’re halfway there to making an amazing batch of air fried wings. We were surprised at how well the wings cooked from frozen! Yes, straight from the freezer and rock hard, these frozen wings cooked wonderfully in the air fryer. We couldn’t believe how easy they were and even the raw ones cooked all the way through. More info below in our write up and all recipe times and temperature details are in the recipe box below.

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Different types of frozen chicken wings

How to Cook RAW FROZEN Chicken Wings

  • Holy cow, frozen RAW chicken wings cooked all the way through in the air fryer. We were initially doubtful during our first tests because the raw chicken wings were rock hard frozen. It was hard to believe that they would cook all the way through, but they sure did. They were crispy on the outside and cooked all the way through on the inside.
  • It’s always better to check one wing first to make sure it’s cooked through before you pull the whole batch out of the air fryer and start eating. Pick the thickest drumette or wing and tear into it. If it’s still slightly raw, cook it for a few more minutes.
  • What if your wings are raw and thawed? Here’s our technique if they’re raw and thawed.
  • Pro-Tip: here’s our favorite tools to help make air frying easier:
Evo Oil Sprayer
Evo Oil Sprayer

We LOVE Evo Oil Sprayers. Not the prettiest, but they’re functional and spritz oil great! They don’t clog up like many others we’ve bought. There’s different styles, but all seem to have the same great spray head. Works great for grilling!

8.5" Square Blue Silicone Mat
Perforated Silicone Mat

There are Square Mats & Round Mats. These perforated non-stick silicone mats are used to cook food in your air fryer or steamer to minimize sticking. Holes allow hot circulating air to cook the food & keeps the food from sticking.

Perforated Parchment Paper
Perforated Parchment Paper

Parchment sheets are great for your air fryer or bamboo steamer (food tends to stick most on wire basket or tray). Choose from different sizes, shapes, white and brown (unbleached). Holes allow air to cook food evenly.

How to Cook PRE-COOKED FROZEN Chicken Wings

Some frozen wings are already cooked so you have less worry about them being raw in the middle. But it still takes time because they’re frozen solid and you want the outside to be crispy. Like we mentioned before, check the thickest drumette or wing and see if it’s cooked through. Also, make sure it’s cooked crispy enough to your preferred liking.

FROZEN BREADED or PRE-SAUCED Wings

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.

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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings

Read First: Lots of factors influence outcome of how the frozen chicken wings cook. They all vary significantly in size, coating, pre-cooked or raw, so you’ll have to adjust timing.
All air fryers are different and some cook much hotter than others. Once you cook your first batch, you’ll know more of what works for your model of air fryer and size of food. These recipes were tested on basket style air fryers. Read more recipe notes below the recipe.
Make sure to cook in just a single layer. Cook in multiple batches if needed.
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound (454 g) frozen chicken wings (Raw, Raw & Breaded, Pre-cooked – breaded &/or sauced)

Equipment

Instructions 

  • Place the frozen chicken wings in the air fryer basket and spread in an even layer (make sure they aren't overlapping). No oil spray is needed. See individual type below for cooking guidance.

Frozen Chicken Wings – Raw

  • Air Fry at 400°F/205°C for 18-30 minutes (depending on thickness), flipping the wings a couple times while cooking. Check for doneness & air fry longer if needed.

Frozen Chicken Wings – Pre-Cooked

  • Air Fry at 380°F/193°C for 18-30 minutes (depending on thickness), flipping the wings a couple times while cooking. Check for doneness & air fry longer if needed.

Notes

Air Frying Tips and Notes: 
  1. No Oil Necessary. Cook Frozen – Do not thaw first.
  2. Shake or turn if needed. Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket.
  3. If cooking in multiple batches, the first batch will take longer to cook if Air Fryer is not already pre-heated. Recipe timing is based on a non-preheated air fryer. 
  4. Recipes were tested in 3.4 to 6 qt air fryers. If using a larger air fryer, the recipe might cook quicker so adjust cooking time. 
  5. Remember to set a timer to shake/flip/toss as directed in recipe. 

If your air fryer is preheated or if you are cooking multiple batches, you may need to reduce timing by a few minutes (unless preheating is called for in the recipe).

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 272kcal, Protein: 22g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 94mg, Sodium: 89mg, Potassium: 191mg, Vitamin A: 180IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 1mg

Dipping options and ideas:

More Air Fryer Options: 

  1. Here’s –> How to Cook FRESH RAW Chicken Wings
  2. Air Fried Frozen Chicken Tenders or Strips
  3. Keto Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Crispy Parmesan Crust RECIPE HERE.
  4. How about air frying frozen chicken tenders, nuggets and other munchies? All frozen food info is here.
  5. More–> All French Fries Recipes
  6. This article was originally published in 2020.

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