How To Cook Frozen Chicken Wings In Air Fryer

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There isn’t a time of the year when chicken wings aren’t fit for your meal table, especially on a game day.

My air fryer has become my go-to for air frying chicken wings without oil—ideal for smaller portions.

If you are trying to find fool-proof recipes for chicken wings in the air fryer, Check out my list of the best-frozen wing recipes for air fryers.

So let’s get started!

How To Cook Frozen Chicken Wings In Air Fryer

Ninja AF161 Max XL Air Fryer

  • 7 versatile cooking programs
  • Max crisp technology
  • Ceramic basket nonstick & dishwasher safe.

These air fryer frozen chicken wings are the juiciest and easiest you will ever try. Let’s dive into the secret recipe.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes    
  • Cook Time: 22-23 minutes   
  • Total Time: 27 minutes  
  • Temperature: 400F
  • Servings: 23 wings (5-6 servings)

Ingredients

  • Wings: 2 Pounds frozen wings
  • Olive oil or avocado oil: 1 tbsp
  • Garlic powder: 1 tsp
  • Onion powder: 1 tsp
  • Paprika: 1 tsp
  • Salt: 1 tsp
  • Black pepper: ½ tsp
  • Servings: French fries, Blue cheese dressing (optional)

Cooking Instructions

Defrost

  • Arrange the wings in your air fryer basket. 
  • At 400F, cook for 5-8 minutes or until the chicken is defrosted. 
  • Transfer the defrosted wings to a bowl using a pair of tongs and drain any water collected in the basket. 

Prep

  • In another bowl, add garlic powder, olive oil, paprika, salt, pepper, onion powder, and paprika. 
  • Season the defrosted wings with the dry mix. Toss them until coated evenly.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400F. 
  • Arrange the wings in your air fryer.
  • Cook for 20 to 22 minutes or until the wings are cooked through, Flipping their sides midway through cooking.

Note: the final time of the simple or sauced wings depends on the size of the wings, batch size, and your air fryer model. I tried this recipe using the (name of the air fryer).

Air Frying Breaded Frozen Chicken Wings

Air Frying Breaded Frozen Chicken Wings

Try these frozen breaded chicken wings in your air fryer for a crispy outside and juicy inside perfection.

They are perfect for your Netflix binge session, friends' party, or simply enjoying on a laid-back day. Here is the recipe for you.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Time to cook wings: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Temperature: 400F
  • Servings: 2-3 People

Ingredients

  • Frozen chicken wings: 1 pound
  • Vegetable oil: 3 tbsp
  • All-purpose flour: 1/2 cup
  • Smoked Paprika: ½ tsp
  • Salt: ½ tsp
  • Pepper: ½ tsp
  • Garlic Powder: ½ tsp

Cooking Instructions

Defrosting

Prep

  • Use your silicone tongs to transfer the wings to a bowl.
  • Pour in the vegetable oil and toss the wing a few times to coat.
  • Take a separate bowl and mix the dry ingredients to make the breading.
  • One by one, coat each wing in the dry mixture.
  • Transfer them to a dry paper towel or tray.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400F.
  • Arrange the wings in the air fryer.
  • Cook for 20 minutes, changing sides halfway through.

Air Fryer Honey Buffalo Wings

Air Fryer Honey Buffalo Wings

While air fryer frozen wings can be made plain or with a breading, coating them with a sauce can add a twist to their flavor.

You can prepare these honey Buffalo wings with your favorite buffalo sauce sourced from a local store. If you have frozen wings, add five to seven minutes to the cooking time or use thawed wings.I am using defrosted chicken wings. 

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes   
  • Cook Time: 16 to 18 minutes
  • Temperature: 400F       
  • Servings: 2-3 people

Ingredients

  • Defrosted chicken wings: 1 pound 
  • Olive oil: 2 tbsp (to help the seasoning stick on the wings)
  • Garlic powder: 1 tsp (for flavor)
  • Paprika: ¼ tsp (for color and flavor)
  • Salt and pepper: To taste

Honey Buffalo Sauce

  • Buffalo: 1/4 cup (Pick a buffalo sauce of your choice)
  • Honey: 2 tbsp (To reduce the spicy kick of the Buffalo sauce)
  • Worcestershire Sauce: 1 tsp (For a savory flavor)

Cooking Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer at 400F
  • Put the chicken wings in a bowl
  • Fold it with olive oil, paprika, salt, garlic powder, and pepper.
  • Arrange the wings in the air fryer in a single layer, spacing them out for better heat circulation.
  • Cook for eight minutes.
  • Flip the sides and cook for another 8 minutes or until they turn golden brown and cooked.

Honey Buffalo Sauce

In a small bowl, add honey, Worcestershire Sauce, and buffalo sauce. Brush the glaze on the wings.

Air Fryer Parmesan Garlic Wings

Air Fryer Parmesan Garlic Wings

If you love chicken wings, these wings with parmesan, honey, and garlic sauce will blow your mind.

The best thing about this recipe is that you don’t need many complicated ingredients to make these savory wings.

Here is the sweet and to-the-point recipe for Parmesan Garlic Wings.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 16 to 20 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes 
  • Temperature: 400F
  • Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • Wings: 4 pounds (defrosted and pat-dried with a kitchen towel)
  • Baking powder: 1 tbsp
  • Garlic powder: 1 tsp
  • Salt: 1 tsp
  • Pepper: 1/4 tsp

Parmesan Garlic Sauce

  • Butter: 4 tbsp (unsalted and melted)
  • Parmesan: 1/4 Cup
  • Garlic Cloves: 3 (minced)
  • Honey: 1 tbsp
  • Chopped Parsley: As required (optional)
  • Grated parmesan: As required (optional)

Cooking Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400F
  • Add the defrosted wings to a ziplock bag.
  • Add the ingredients (salt, pepper, baking powder, and garlic powder)
  • Shake the bag to coat the wings uniformly.
  • Place them in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
  • Cook for 8 minutes on each side or until done.
  • Repeat the process for all the wings.
  • When the wings are about to be cooked, mix all the ingredients to make the sauce (melted butter, honey, parmesan, and garlic) in a bowl. Add the wings and fold them until coated.
  • After arranging on a platter, garnish them with grated parmesan and chopped parsley.

Air Frying Fully Cooked Chicken Wings

Air Frying Fully Cooked Chicken Wings

In addition to their raw form, frozen wings come fully cooked; these wings is nothing more than reheating the wings.

Here is how you can air fryer fully cooked frozen wings:

  • Add wings to the air fryer basket. Make sure to arrange them without the plastic packaging.
  • Configure temperature to cook wings at 400F
  • Cook for 15 minutes or until thoroughly warmed and crispy

Note: Follow the same process if you are Air Frying Fully Cooked Breaded Or Sauced Chicken Wings

Dipping Sauces, Sides, And Dressings To Serve With The Chicken Wings

Wings can be served without any sauce.

Nevertheless, flavorful dips, sauces, and sides can add an extra layer of flavor and take their experience to new heights.

Here are my favorite dips, sauces, and sides for serving chicken wings.

Sides

  • Carrots celery sticks
  • Air fried crinkle fries
  • Air-fried onion rings
  • Air-fried broccoli and green beans

Dipping Sauces

  • Buffalo sauce
  • BBQ sauce
  • Honey buffalo sauce
  • Garlic butter sauce
  • Honey sriracha sauce (you can go for the sugar-free option)

Dressings

  • Blue cheese dressing
  • Ranch

How Long To Cook Chicken Wings In Air Fryer?

Making chicken wings in an air fryer only takes 20 to 25 minutes at 400F. The final cooking time depends on the size and quantity of the wings.

When using frozen wings, make sure to add 5-7 minutes to the cooking time to cover for defrosting time.

Other meals you can heat in the air fryer

Conclusion

Making savory frozen chicken wings has never been easier than with an air fryer. The crunchy and flavorful frozen chicken wings recipes mentioned in the article above can make any moment memorable. Try these recipes at home for a delightful evening or a fun-filled game day. Feel free to share your comments and stories in the comments section below. We'd love to hear from you!

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