How to Air Fry Frozen Chicken Wings is simple: defrost the chicken in the air fryer, season, then air fry again and toss in a yummy sauce.
Baked chicken wings are so easy to make in the air fryer, and now even easier if you forgot to defrost the chicken. Wings are my favorite part of the chicken and I find that the ratio of meat to bone is simply perfect. I make these very often when I have nothing to eat. They are quick, easy, and so crispy.
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
- Frozen Chicken Wings
- Olive oil spray
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Salt and Pepper
- Your favorite sauce
See recipe card for quantities and How to Air Fry Frozen Chicken Wings.
Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
Place the frozen chicken wings in the basket of the air fryer (it is okay if they are stuck together). Cook for about 10 minutes to defrost.
With tongs, remove the chicken (they should easily separate) and place them in a large bowl. Spray the chicken with olive oil spray. Add garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper and toss to coat. With a. paper towel, dab the liquid that accumulates on the bottom of the air fryer.
Return the seasoned wings into the air fryer basket and air fry for another 15 minutes (flipping once halfway), until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
Return the chicken into that large bowl again and toss in the sauce of your choice.
Hint: Every air fryer brand cooks differently, so keep an eye on the wings.
Chicken wings: This recipe calls for frozen chicken wings. It is okay if they are stuck together, as when you defrost them, they will separate. If you happen to already have defrosted chicken, just skip to the seasoning part.
Spices: I love using the traditional onion and garlic powder, if you would like a spicier wing, you can add some chili powder or paprika.
Sauce: There are so many sauces available to purchase like buffalo sauce, barbecue sauce, chili garlic sauce, lemon pepper sauce, ranch, jerk sauce, or even honey mustard. Feel free to get creative!
Meat thermometer: Since we are cooking chicken that was previously frozen, it is important to use a meat thermometer to make sure you get an internal temperature of 165°F.
Cooking is a chance to be creative! Have fun with it and feel free to make your own variation.
- Spicy - add chili pepper flakes in with the rest of the seasoning for some spice.
- Deluxe - There are so many sauces available to purchase like buffalo sauce, barbecue sauce, chili garlic sauce, lemon pepper sauce, ranch, jerk sauce, or even honey mustard. Feel free to get creative!
- Kid friendly - Use ketchup for dipping!
Check out this Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings.
Equipment can have a big impact on how a recipe turns out. Stone bakeware takes longer to heat up than metal pans, and also retain heat for longer, which could make the recipe more watery, or burnt on the outsides.
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This will be good in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
These ingredients don't stand up well to freezing, since they were already frozen.
Feel free to keep checking internal temperature of the thickest piece of chicken wing.
Cook in batches if you need to - no overcrowding.Print
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove