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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings

by Adina 16/09/2020 0 comment

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Cooking frozen chicken wings in the fryer couldn’t be easier. Crispy skin, tender meat, delicious wings on your plate in just about 30 minutes.

close up wingette sprinkled with parsley

Did you ever forget to take the meat out of the freezer in time? It happens quite often to me… So, I looked for ways of cooking meat, especially chicken, from frozen. Not only these amazing air fryer frozen chicken wings, but frozen chicken breast as well.

And if would like to bake chicken wings have a look at these Korean ones or these spicy baked ones.

What will you need?

The frozen wings, some spices, baking powder and the air fryer.

The sauce is totally optional but really worth it! Plain, crispy chicken pieces only spiced with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder are really good, but add some sauce at the end and you will take this meal to a whole new level.

Our favorite sauce is a spicy-sweet one made with soy sauce, ketchup, honey, sriracha, vinegar, salt and pepper.

air fryer chicken wings cooked from frozen

Why use baking powder?

It is a famous trick, that helps make chicken wings really nice and crispy. Usually, really crispy wings need to be deep fried. By adding just a small amount of baking powder, you can achieve that crispiness without deep frying, in the oven or in the air fryer.

The baking powder helps dry out the skin making it crunchy. The powder raises the pH level in the chicken, breaking down the peptide bonds and making the chicken skin brown and crisp faster.

It is preferable to use aluminum free baking powder. Apparently some people react negatively to the aluminum in the powder, thus noticing a bitter taste, which most people will not notice. In this case, try using another brand of baking powder, one without aluminum.

frozen chicken wings in a bowl and two small bowls with seasoning and sauce

How to air fry frozen chicken wings?

This is actually so easy, you will not even need a lot of extra time compared to air frying defrosted chicken wings.

  • Preheat the fryer, if necessary, some need it, some don’t. Make sure you read the instruction manual. My machine needs 3 minutes of preheating.
  • In the meantime, combine the baking powder, garlic powder, salt, and paprika in a large bowl.
  • Add the frozen wings and toss well to coat.
  • Place the wings into the basket in a single layer.
  • Cook for 10 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius/ 360 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Check the basket, if there is any liquid in it (coming from the now defrosted wings), discard it. There was no liquid in my basket, but depending on the machine you have, it might happen.
  • Shake the basket well or flip the wings on the other side using tongs.
  • Increase the temperature to 200 degrees Celsius/ 400 degrees Fahrenheit and continue cooking the wings for another 18 to 20 minutes, shaking the basket every 5 minutes.
  • Check if the wings are cooked through by taking the thickest one you can spot and tearing into it. If the meat is completely white then it’s done, if it’s still slightly pink, give it a few more minutes.
  • Toss with about ¾ of the sauce and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Remove the wings from the basket, place them in a clean bowl, and toss with the remaining sauce.
all the stages of cooking frozen chicken wings in an air fryer

Pre-cooked frozen chicken wings

  • They are very common as well and they are usually already spiced or coated with sauce.
  • Although pre-cooked they will need more or less the same amount of time to be heated through in the air fryer.
  • You will not have to worry about them not being cooked through anymore, but still, you will have to check if they are hot to the bone.
  • After about 15-18 minutes of cooking time, pick the thickest one, tear into it, and check if it is heated through. If not, give it a few more minutes.
  • The same goes for pre-breaded frozen wings.
wing drumette held by a hand

The most important tips

  • Use baking powder for extra crispiness, preferably aluminum-free to avoid any bitter aftertaste.
  • There is no need for spraying with oil. Their own fat will render and that will help them crisp up.
  • Place the wings in the basket in a single layer. They can touch each other though and it is fine if they only slightly overlap. Just don’t stack them on top of each other. After the initial defrosting time, they will lose some of their volume and won’t be so crowded anymore.
  • Check if there is any water in the basket after the first 10 minutes of the cooking time. If so, discard it. Too much water in the machine will prevent the wings from getting crispy.
  • Shake the basket regularly to ensure that they are evenly cooked.
air fried frozen chicken wings with a fork on a white plate

Can you reheat the wings?

Definitely. Reheat in the air fryer for about 5-6 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius/ 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Or, if you don’t want to have to clean the fryer again, place the wings on a baking tray lined with baking paper and reheat in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius/ 360 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes or until heated through.

spicy and crispy chicken wings on a plate

More air fryer recipes:

Air Fried Zucchini

Carrots – sweet and savory

Eggplants – cubed or glazed

Pork Ribs

Chicken Legs

spicy and crispy chicken wings on a plate

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Cooking frozen chicken wings in the fryer couldn't be easier. Crispy skin, tender meat, delicious wings on your plate in just about 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • Chicken wings:
  • 900 g/ 2 lbs frozen chicken wings
  • 1 ½ tablespoon baking powder (Note)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1-2 tablespoons sriracha (or another hot sauce), to taste
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer, if necessary. Mine needs 3 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, combine the baking powder, garlic powder, paprika, and salt in a large bowl. Add the frozen wings and toss them well. Place the wings in the basket of the air fryer. Cook at 180 degrees Celsius/ 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.
  3. Check the basket, if there is any liquid in it (coming from the now defrosted wings), discard it. There was no liquid in my basket, but depending on the machine you have, it might happen.
  4. Shake the basket well or flip the wings using tongs.
  5. Increase the temperature to 200 degrees Celsius/ 400 degrees Fahrenheit and continue cooking the wings for another 18 to 20 minutes, shaking the basket every 5 minutes.
  6. Check if the wings are cooked through by tearing into the thickest one you can find. If it still slightly pink near the bone, give it a few more minutes.
  7. Toss the wings with ¾ of the sauce. Air fry for a further 2 minutes.
  8. Remove the wings from the basket and toss with the remaining sauce. Serve immediately.

Notes

Aluminum-free is best to avoid any unpleasant aftertaste.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/4 of the dish
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 794Total Fat: 55gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 184mgSodium: 2459mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 39g

Nutritional information is not always accurate.

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