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“Chickens are actually indigenous to the Arctic, they like the cold!”-Hopeless Youth
So you Air Fry, eh?
I won’t lie, I fought the air fryer movement. I didn’t want another big ass kitchen appliance taking up space in my 700 square foot apartment. Then one year I was gifted one for Christmas.
That was the year I vowed to stop exchanging gifts. But it was also the year I started playing around with the air fryer. And I must say, in a very scroogey tone, they’re pretty great.
I had to make my cat an outdoor pet to find space for it, but I am formally endorsing the air fryer. This air fryer chicken wing recipe is a great representation of why the air fryer is so great.
Without needing to add any oil, the air fryer is much healthier than deep frying. Oven cooking in the heat of the summer can be miserable and warm your house to uncomfortable levels, the air fryer doesn’t. It cooks everything in a flash, and is super easy to clean. The main knock on it being, and I know whiskers agrees with me, is the size. It’s like having a fat Yoda live on your countertop.
If you’re in the market, this is a great option. Air Fryer Link
Air Fryer Recipes
If you need some more air fryer ideas, look no further! We have some other great recipes that are super simple and super tasty.
For a healthy (relativly), quick, and easy dessert try our Air Fryer Pumpkin Spiced Pears.
Need an easy last minute idea for a side dish? Check out our Air Fryer Sweet Potato Wedge Recipe. They are an awesome addition to any impromptu BBQ or any game day event.
Check em out and let us know what you think. Happy air frying and we hope you enjoy our air fryer frozen chicken wing recipe.
Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings?
Are you tired of the mess and fuss of deep frying chicken wings at home? Have you ever wished for a quicker, easier way to cook up a batch of crispy wings? If so, it’s time to break out your air fryer.
Cooking frozen chicken wings in an air fryer is a game changer. Not only is it faster and easier than deep frying, it’s also healthier, as it requires less oil. Plus, the wings come out perfectly crispy and delicious every time.
And you don’t even need to thaw the chicken! Just toss the frozen chicken wings right into the air fryer! Hot damn!
AIR FRYER FROZEN CHICKEN WINGS RECIPE
Air Fryer Chicken Wing Flavors
For this recipe we keep it simple and just toss them with some simple seasonings and douse them in our favorite buffalo sauce. However, there are all kinds of great variations you can do with air fryer frozen chicken wings.
When you’re buying frozen chicken wings, make sure to get bone in, skin on, chicken wings. You can get the pre flavored or breaded wings, but it just locks you into that flavor.
We like to sauce em up at home and customize for all kinds of wing flavors. Here are a couple of our favorite flavors. Click to try out the recipe and let us know what you think.
Lemon Pepper Air Fryer Wings
Garlic parmesan Air Fryer Wings
Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make these air fryer frozen chicken wings.
- Chicken Wings: We buy skin on, bone in. This way we can sex them up with whatever flavor we’re feeling. If you buy frozen chicken wings that are already breaded or flavored thats fine to, it won’t change the cooking instructions.
- Baking Powder: The secret to crispy wings right here! I use like a half tablespoon per pound of wings.
- Oil & Seasoning: Little salt and pepper in with the baking powder mixture goes a long way. A little olive oil or butter helps coat the wings with seasoning and will help to make the wings crispy.
- Sauce: For this simple recipe we keep it classic buffalo. If there’s a better buffalo hot sauce than Frank’s red hot, lemme know. That’s what we use anyway, use your favorite.
- Garnishes: Chopped green onions or chives, and of course carrots and celery. Whats with the wing places that only give you celery? I NEED my carrots!
How to Air Fry Frozen Chicken Wings?
Here’s how to cook frozen chicken wings in an air fryer:
Step 1: Prep Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings
Preheat your air fryer to 400°F.
Place the frozen wings in the basket of the air fryer. Do your best to remove any chunks of ice and try and leave as much space between the wings as possible. Work in batches if you have to.
Step 2: Thaw & Season Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings
Cook the wings for 5 minutes, take them out and drain any liquid from the bottom of the tray. Transfer the wings to a bowl and add the baking powder, salt, pepper, and oil. Toss to coat the wings evenly.
Return the wings to the air fryer and cook them for 10 minutes at 400 degrees F.
Step 3: Flip
Pull the tray out and use thongs to flip the wings. Cook them for an additional 10 minutes at 400 degrees F.
Step 4: Toss & Crisp* Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings
Again remove your wings and transfer them to a bowl. Pour your favorite Sauce over them and use a spatula to make sure they are all evenly coated.
Return them to the air fryer for a final 5 minute cook at 400 degrees F.
*Depending on the size of your wings, your air fryer, and how crispy you like you wings, you will need to adjust your cooking time. The instructions provided cook a crispy wing without drying them out.
Step 5: Garnish & Serve
Immediately transfer your wings to a serving bowl or plate. Top them with more sauce, chopped green onions or chives, and serve them with celery sticks and carrots. And do NOT forget the ranch and blue cheese!
If you need a recipe for a fun flavor blasted homemade ranch dressing, try our Dill Pickle Ranch Dressing recipe. It’s super easy and you can make it in the jar you store it in.
Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings Dipping Sauces
Com’on now, you can’t have chicken wings without some dipping sauces. Of course you could just buy a bottle of ranch dressing and squirt it onto you plate, but haven’t we cut enough corners today? I mean we didn’t even thaw the f*ckng chicken!
Roll up your sleeves, crack a beer, and make your own sauce. It’s super easy, only takes a few minutes, and I promise you, it’s a game changer.
Here’s a couple of our dipping sauce recipes that take will take your air fryer frozen chicken wings to the next level. Go on, sauce it up Susan!
Frankie’s personal favorite is our Buffalo Ranch – the Ultimate Dipping Sauce, and I don’t blame her, this stuff is seriously tasty. Obviously its great with wings, but we use it on all kinds of things like taco salads and pizza.
I don’t like gettin stuck without a good dipping sauce, thats not pickle I wanna find myself in. So I make this Dill Pickle Ranch Dressing, its a punch in the mouth, I love it. And NO, Im not sorry for that pickle joke.
Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings FAQ’s
Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions about cooking frozen chicken wings in an air fryer:
Can you really make good chicken wings in an air fryer?
Yes, you can! In fact, many people prefer the texture and taste of air fried chicken wings to those that are deep fried. The hot, circulating air in the air fryer cooks the wings evenly and gives them a crispy exterior without all the added fat and grease.
How long do you cook frozen chicken wings in an air fryer?
Cooking times for frozen chicken wings in an air fryer will depend on the size of the wings and your desired level of doneness. As a general rule, you can expect to cook frozen wings in the air fryer for 20-25 minutes at 400°F. Flip the wings halfway through the cooking time to ensure even cooking.
Can you put frozen chicken wings directly in the air fryer?
Yes, you can cook frozen chicken wings directly in the air fryer without thawing them first. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time as needed, as frozen wings will take longer to cook than thawed ones.