Easy and delcicous hot and spicy air fryer frozen chicken wings! Learn how to cook frozen chicken in the air fryer to perfection at all times.
You can cook raw and precooked wings in your air fryer, the result is juicy, tender chicken with crispy skin. No need to thaw as you can cook directly from frozen.
Air frying frozen chicken wings
Ever wondered if you can cook frozen chicken wings in your air fryer? Yes, you can and it is a straightforward process too. Cooking frozen chicken wings in the air fryer is one of the easiest and quickest ways to get your wings to the dinner table. Not only is this cooking method convenient, but it is also cheap and saves time. More importantly, it is good if you don't like handling raw chicken.
Frozen chicken wings come in different varieties, with some being pre-seasoned or pre-cooked. The wings I am sharing with you today are already preseasoned and partially cooked. Meaning all I am doing is just one thing, finishing the cooking process just setting the timer and temperature.
I also love the fact that I can choose from the many flavored/seasoned store-bought precooked frozen wings. I love bbq, hot and spicy wings, Nashville hot wings, buffalo, parmesan and lemon pepper, salt and pepper and many more.
Even if you do decide to make it yourself, you can season it however you like and then coat it in any glaze of choice. Sweet, sticky, spicy, hot, buttery, cheesy, the possibility are endless.
Now you don't have any excuse for turning up to that bbq party, cookout or summer party empty-handed. Make a batch or two of your favorite flavor of chicken wings and turn up to that barbeque party like a boss.
Air fryer: I tested these frozen wings in my Cosori 5.5L and Instant 6-in-1 Vortex 5.7L air fryers, but feel free to use any air fryer you have on hand.
kitchen tong or a spatula
How to cook air fryer frozen chicken wings
Preheat the air fryer to 400F / 200C for 5 minutes, this is optional but recommended for a better result.
Remove the frozen chicken wings from its packaging and arrange them in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Ensure the chicken is not stacked together.
Cook at 400F/200C for 10-15 minutes flipping halfway through the cooking time. If the wings are not fully cooked after this time, continue cooking them for an additional 3-5 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165F.
Serve and enjoy!
PS: If the wings are stuck together, place them in the air fryer, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the air fryer basket from the air fryer and separate the wings also making sure they are in a single layer. Continue to cook until the internal temperature registers at least 165F. You will still be guaranteed a juicy wing even if the temperature is slightly higher than this.
Can I make chicken wings in my ninja foodi air fryer
Yes, you can cook chicken wings in Ninja Foodi air fryer just as you can with any other air fryer. Use breaded, unbreaded, or any kind of frozen wings.
What temperature should I use to cook frozen chicken wings in an air fryer?
There is no hard rule to this, you can cook the wings between 365F-400F. If cooked at a lower temperature, it may take a longer time for the wings to cook through. What is important is that the chicken is cooked to a safe consumption of 165F.
Do I need to brush or spray the chicken with oil
Most preseasoned or precooked wings do not require any oil but you can brush it or spray lightly with cooking oil 5 minutes before you finish air frying it for extra crispiness. However, this is not mandatory, you will be able to tell if the wings would require additional oil after about 6 minutes of cooking.
How long to cook frozen wings in air fryer
This will be dependent on the size of the wings as well as the type of air fryer you are using. Generally, an air fryer takes between 12-15 minutes to cook pre-seasoned and precooked frozen chicken.
If using raw frozen wings then adjust the time accordingly. you can add an extra 5-7 minutes of cooking time.
Best frozen chicken wings for air fryer
You can cook any type of frozen chicken wings in the air fryer. Breaded, glazed, saucy and even boneless. However, the best frozen chicken wings for air fryers are ones that use natural flavor and with less preservatives. Additionally, the best wings cooked in the air fryer should taste fresh and delicious like you just made it, it shouldn't have any funny smell or taste.
With many brands of wings to choose from, be sure to check the label when you’re at the store to enure it contains good ingredients.
Some of the popular brands out there are Tyson, TGIF, Perdue, Iceland, Kirkland, Banquets and many more. You may try a few brands to see which type you like best.
Can I cook a whole frozen chicken wings in the air fryer
Yes, you can cook a whole wing that is not separated into drumettes, wingettes and tips in the air fryer. To achieve the best result, separate the wings so that they cook faster and evenly. It is important to ensure that the wings are completely cooked before consuming them. The internal temperature of fully cooked chicken wings should register 165F /74C.
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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings
- 2 lb frozen chicken wings I used hot and spicy preseasoned wings
- Oil spray optional
- Preheat the air fryer to 400F / 200C for 5 minutes, this is optional but recommended for a better result.
- Remove the frozen chicken wings from its packaging and arrange them in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Ensure the chicken is not stacked together.
- Cook at 400F/200C for 10-15 minutes flipping halfway through the cooking time. If the wings are not fully cooked after this time, continue cooking them for an additional 3-5 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165F.
- Serve and enjoy!PS: If the wings are stuck together, place them in the air fryer, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the air fryer basket from the air fryer and separate the wings also making sure they are in a single layer. Continue to cook until the internal temperature registers at least 165F. You will still be guaranteed a juicy wing even if the temperature is slightly higher than this.
And there you have it! A simple and delicious air fryer frozen chicken recipe you can make at home in 10 minutes. As always, if you made this recipe, I would love to hear from you! Kindly rate the recipe 5 star and leave me feedback in the comment section below. Tag me @cheapchickenrecipes on Instagram and save it away to your Pinterest or make it on Tiktok. Please subscribe to the blog if you haven’t for free new recipes in your inbox every week.