How to Make Perfectly Crispy Frozen Chicken Wings in an Air Fryer

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By: Christian Chereau


Air fryers have become increasingly popular over the years as a healthier and more convenient alternative to traditional deep-frying methods. With an oil-less fryer, you can easily cook frozen foods like chicken wings to crispy perfection without thawing them first.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps on how to cook frozen chicken wings in an air fryer, including tips for seasoning and achieving the perfect crispy texture. Get ready to enjoy delicious, crispy chicken drumettes straight from your oil-less fryer!

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Why Air Fryer is Ideal for Frozen Chicken Wings

How to Make Perfectly Crispy Frozen Chicken Wings in an Air Fryer

Air fryers have gained popularity due to their ability to cook food with less oil and in a shorter amount of time than traditional methods. Cooking frozen chicken drumettes in an oil-less fryer offers several benefits over traditional methods like deep-frying or baking.

Firstly, oil-less fryers produce crispy and delicious chicken wings with less oil or fat than deep-frying. Air fryers circulate hot air around the food, creating a crispy exterior similar to deep-frying but without the added oil.

Secondly, cooking frozen chicken drumettes in an oil-less fryer is much faster than traditional methods. With an air fryer, there’s no need to thaw the wings beforehand, saving you time and hassle.

Thirdly, air fryers are more versatile than traditional cooking methods. Most oil-less fryers come with different temperature and time settings, allowing you to cook a wide variety of foods with different cooking times and temperatures.

Lastly, air fryers are easier to clean than traditional cooking methods. Unlike deep-frying, there’s no oil or grease to clean up, and the oil-less fryer basket and tray can usually be cleaned in the dishwasher.

Preparation Steps for Perfectly Crispy Chicken Wings

How to Make Perfectly Crispy Frozen Chicken Wings in an Air Fryer

To get the best results when cooking frozen  chicken drumettes in an oil-less fryer, follow these preparation tips:

  • Choose uniformly sized and shaped frozen chicken wings to ensure even cooking in the oil-less fryer.
  • Preheat your air fryer before cooking. This is important for achieving crispier and juicier wings. Set the temperature according to the instructions in your owner’s manual.
  • Season the wings with any type of seasoning you prefer, such as herbs and spices, barbecue sauce, or hot sauce. Lightly coat the wings with oil or cooking spray before seasoning to ensure even coverage.
  • For extra crispiness, add a few tablespoons of flour or cornstarch to the seasoning mixture. This will create a crispy crust that seals in all of the delicious flavors.

Cooking Time and Temperature

Generally, the recommended cook time and temperature for frozen chicken drumettes in an air fryer is 375°F (190°C) for 15-20 minutes. For extra crispy wings, cook them at 400°F (204°C).

When the timer is up, check the internal temperature of the wings using a food thermometer. The chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) before serving.

How to Know When Your Wings are Done?

When it comes to cooking chicken drumettes in an air fryer, it’s important to know how to tell when they are done. Here are some tips to ensure your wings come out perfectly every time:

  • Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the wings. The ideal temperature for cooked chicken is 165°F.
  • Look for a golden brown color on the outside of the wings. This indicates that they have been cooked thoroughly.
  • Give the wings a gentle shake to see if the skin is crispy. If the skin moves easily and doesn’t make a crackling sound, they may need a few more minutes of cooking time.
  • When in doubt, cut into one of the larger wings to check if the meat is cooked through. The meat should be white and no longer pink.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your oil-less fryer chicken drumettes are cooked to perfection every time. With a little practice, you’ll be able to tell when your wings are done just by looking at them and won’t need to rely on a thermometer or cutting into the meat.

Tips for Perfectly Crispy Wings in Air Fryer

Crispy chicken wings are a classic game day snack that everyone loves! To ensure perfectly crispy chicken wings every time, try these tips:

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F before cooking to help the chicken cook evenly.
  • Pat the wings dry with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture, then add a thin layer of baking powder before seasoning with salt and pepper. 
  • Baking powder helps to make it extra crispy. Arrange the wings in a single layer and cook for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through. 

Once cooked, remove from the air fryer and serve with your favorite dipping sauce. These tips are a game changer, and you’ll never order chicken wings from a restaurant again!

Serving Suggestion

If you’re wondering what to serve with your delicious oil-less fryer chicken wings, there are many options to consider. Here are some ideas:

Pairing options:

  • Classic french fries
  • Coleslaw
  • Salad
  • Fresh veggies like carrots or celery for a healthier option

Sauces and dips ideas:

  • Buffalo sauce for a spicy kick
  • BBQ sauce for a smoky flavor
  • Ranch dressing for a creamy dip
  • Sweet chili sauce for a sweet and tangy flavor
  • Honey mustard for a sweet and tangy dip
  • Peanut butter sauce for a unique twist

Whether you try these classic and unique options or come up with your own homemade sauces or dips, you’re sure to enjoy your crispy air-fried chicken drumettes with a delicious touch to your meal.


Here are some frequently asked questions about cooking frozen  chicken drumettes in an oil-less fryer:

How long can I store raw chicken wings in the fridge before cooking them in an air fryer? 

It is recommended to use raw chicken drumettes within 1-2 days of purchase if stored in the fridge. If you need to store them for longer, they can be frozen for up to 9 months. Be sure to thaw them in the fridge before cooking in an air fryer for the best results.

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Can I cook frozen chicken wings in an air fryer without thawing them first?

Yes, you can cook frozen chicken drumettes in an air fryer without thawing them first. However, the cooking time may be slightly longer than when using thawed chicken drumettes.

What’s the best seasoning or marinade for frozen chicken wings in an air fryer?

The best seasoning or marinade for air fryer chicken drumettes will depend on your taste preferences. Popular options include barbeque sauce, garlic and herb seasoning, honey mustard sauce, and teriyaki sauce.

How long should I cook frozen chicken wings in an air fryer, and at what temperature?

The cooking time and temperature will depend on the size of the chicken wings, as well as your oil-less fryer model. Generally speaking, for frozen chicken drumettes, we recommend a cooking time of 15-20 minutes at 400°F (204°C).

Can I stack the chicken wings in the air fryer, or should I cook them in batches?

You can stack the chicken drumettes in the oil-less fryer, but it’s best to avoid overcrowding the basket so that the hot air can circulate freely. If you have too many wings, cook them in batches.

How do I get my frozen chicken wings to come out crispy in the air fryer?

To get crispy chicken drumettes from your oil-less fryer, you’ll want to make sure that the temperature is set to at least 400°F (204°C) and that you season or marinate the wings beforehand. 

Additionally, flipping the wings halfway through cooking can help ensure even browning and crispiness.

Take Home Message

Cooking frozen chicken drumettes in an air fryer is an easy and hassle-free way to enjoy this delicious snack. Remember to preheat the oil-less fryer, choose the right frozen chicken wings, season or marinate the wings beforehand, and cook at the recommended temperature and time. 

By following these tips, you’ll be able to achieve the same deliciousness of oven-baked chicken wings but with less mess and time! Try out this recipe for yourself, experiment with different flavoring ideas, and enjoy chicken drumettes whenever the craving hits. 
“Crispy and Delicious: How to Cook Frozen Chicken Wings in an Air Fryer” will be your go-to guide for quickly and easily frying up some deliciousness in no time!

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Christian Chereau

Christian Chéreau is a fourth generation French Pastry Chef born in France on December 20th, 1951. Chéreau cultivated his passion for the art of Pastry as a child in his grandfather’s acclaimed pastry shop, “Chéreau” in Sandillon, France

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