Frozen chicken wings in air fryer machines actually turn out great! Tender meat on the inside with a crispy skin and smothered in sauce. It’s the way to go when you forgot to defrost dinner!
Are you forgetful like me? Or are there occasions when you need a quick appetizer? This frozen chicken wings in air fryer recipe is just for these occasions! It’s one of our favorite air fryer recipes here on The Typical Mom blog. I bet your family will love it as much.
- We’ve made tender pressure cooker frozen chicken wings before, but these are even better!
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- Here’s a printable air fryer cook times chart here for your fridge.
- It has temp. and times for making the best frozen foods for air fryer too.
Before you had to cook them, then pop them under your broiler. Not anymore! With a hot air fryer you can make crispy chicken skin on the outsides too!
Can you cook frozen meat in an air fryer?
Yes!! Frozen meat can take a long time to cook when normally, however thanks to air fryer technology you can now cook a variety of frozen meat products in no time at all!
AND there’s NO prep work for these babies! That means when I’m having a blonde moment and totally forgot to defrost my meat for dinner, I can still save the evening.
- Once we got the hang of this we went on to create a whole lot of other frozen meat in air an fryer. Air fryer frozen fish comes out amazing too.
Now if you do remember it is a bit better in my opinion.
- BUT it’s great to have this and how to cook frozen chicken in the Instant Pot on hand too.
This is what you’ll need for air fryer frozen chicken
- Ninja Foodi or other electric air fryer
- Bag of frozen chicken wings
- that is it if you don’t want sauce
- naked wings are quite good with just some salt and pepper
- Buffalo sauce
- Brown sugar
- Garlic powder
- Olive oil spray
I like my wings both ways, sauced, dipped in fry sauce, or with a dry rub. If they’re frozen that won’t work though, you’ll have to use a bottled teriyaki sauce, or use the recipe below for something a bit sweet and spicy.
How long do you cook frozen chicken wings in the air fryer?
The short answer is about 25 minutes for 1 batch. Of course times will vary depending on whether you preheat it first, and how crispy you like your skin too.
Here are the basic steps for air fried chicken wings
- Put single layer of frozen chicken wings in your air fryer basket.
- Close drawer or lid and set to 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Then flip them over and continue cooking the wings for another 10 minutes.
- Flip again, spray with olive oil spray and continue for 5 more minutes.
Flipping them a few times is really important to getting them as crispy as possible and the middle tender at the same time.
- You could enjoy them at this time but if you want perfectly cooked crispier skins flip the wings again.
- Spray with olive oil and add another 3-5 minutes at a time.
- Remove when your frozen air fryer chicken wings are as crispy as you’d like.
- Put on paper towels when done, sauce and enjoy!
Total cooking time will be about 30 minutes per batch.
Can you defrost in an air fryer?
The beauty of the air fryer is that you don’t need to defrost frozen foods before cooking them. Take these air fryer tater tots. They work just like if you were to cook them in the oven. Just throw them in rock solid and they’ll come out tender, but crispy on the outside. Actually, crispier than if you put them into the oven.
Love deep fried wings but want a healthier version ?
- This is it!!
If you want to decide whether naked wings in the oven, or these are better, follow our how to bake crispy chicken wings recipe here.
You use a bit of baking powder on the outside to get that CRISPY skin. That’s what we did before we got this nifty machine.
What to serve with air fryer frozen chicken wings
- Crunchy air fryer corn dogs are yummy too
Now if you have defrosted meat you can follow the air fryer wings recipe with the best dry rub ever and enjoy. Yes you can put sauce on them but I kid you not these seasonings will blow any sauce out of the water.
How do you make leftover wings crispy?
Can chicken wings be reheated? YES to both. You can preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Just put parchment paper on a baking sheet and place the wings in one layer. Bake for 15 minutes or until they are thoroughly heated through.
I personally prefer using my air fryer though. Just a few minutes in a preheated air fryer at 400 F. usually does the trick. Of course fresh is always best but don’t throw anything away for sure! Leftovers can be resurrected.
Are chicken wings still good if left out overnight?
If they’re out between 40 and 140 degrees F, they can be out for up to two hours. If they’re out in temperatures around 90 degrees or higher, you can only leave the wings out for about an hour.
Can you cook frozen chicken in an air fryer?
- YES! Not only are frozen chicken wings in air fryer possible, but cooking a frozen chicken breast in an air fryer is great too!
Frozen Chicken Wings in Air Fryer
- Place wings in air fryer basket so they aren't overlapping.
- Close drawer and set to 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Open, flip each one over and set again for 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
- After 5 minutes spray wings with olive oil spray so they crisp up more.
- Check, if you want them crispier flip them again, spray again, and set for a few more minutes.
- Mix 3 ingredients together in a bowl to make sweet n spicy buffalo sauce.
- Toss together to coat and serve!