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Who said dieting or healthy eating has to be boring? When transitioning from junk to a healthy lifestyle, one of the biggest challenges is leaving deep-fried food for healthier alternatives. But hey, guess what? You don’t have to give all of that up. That’s right, you don’t have to give up those delicious fried chicken wings. You can simply change the cooking process from deep fried to air fried. In this article, I’ll teach you how to cook frozen chicken wings in an air fryer.
Are you ready to cook frozen chicken wings in an air fryer? You will be amazed just how a few tricks here and there can give you that amazing softness on the wings.
No more soggy or undercooked chicken wings. EVER!
The best thing about this method is that you don’t need to thaw the wings hours before cooking. Who even has the time to do that, right? The wings will come out with crispy skin and moist, tender meat inside. It will literally fall off the bone when you try it.
The recipe works with all types of wings. They can be homemade, packages, breaded, pre-seasoned, or raw. So, what are you waiting for? Read on to know what materials are required to cook those wings to perfection.
• Frozen wings
• Air Fryer (DUH!)
• Seasoning as required (salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, etc.)
• Sauces – optional
Step 1: Preheat the fryer
Obvious, wasn’t it? The first thing you need to do is pre-heat the air fryer to a temperature of 400F. Make sure that the air fryer is hot enough for your wings to cook evenly without being undercooked.
Step 2: Season the wings
If your frozen chicken wings are not seasoned, go ahead and season them. You can add any seasoning you want. If you don’t have some seasoning mixed up, make a mix using a little olive oil, garlic powder, black pepper, paprika powder, and a pinch of sea salt.
Tip: Purchase unseasoned wings. This way you can get the taste of the wings exactly according to your taste palette. Also, coat the wings twice and thrice if you want a heavier coating and only once if you want a lighter coating.
At this point, we have just seasoned the wings and not added any sauces to them. The sauces will be added at the end to ensure it does not burn!
Step 3: Place the wings in the air fryer
Take a fryer sheet and arrange the wings on it. Place them into a single layer. Be careful not to overcrowd it and put too many. Even though the idea of getting free with the first batch looks inviting, you can end up with undercooked wings. If necessary, cook your wings in two or three batches. Don’t overload the air fryer.
Step 4: Let them cook
Let the wings cook for a good 10-12 minutes. After this time, open the air fryer and turn them over. This is very important. Once you have flipped them over, cook them for another 10-12 minutes.
Step 5: Crispy Wings – OPTIONAL
If you like your wings crispier like me, let them cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Be very vigilant in monitoring them to ensure they don’t burn.
Step 6: Check the internal temperature
Make sure that your wings get to a minimum internal temperature of 165 F.
Step 7: Take ‘em out
Open the air fryer very carefully. Take the fryer sheet or basket out of the air fryer.
Step 8: Let them sit
Don’t start plating the wings right away. Let them sit out for about 5 minutes.
Step 9: Glaze them up
Once they have been sitting out for 5 minutes, add your favorite sauce. Feeling adventurous? Try out a delicious honey and garlic sauce!
Want to know the recipe? It is very simple.
Combine garlic and honey in a small bowl. Whisk it well. If you like it as a dip, you can serve it as a dip separately. But, if you like your wings honey-coated, toss them in the sauce.
Step 10: Serve them hot!
The best way to consume wings made in an air fryer is to eat them hot. If you have made them beforehand, you can always reheat them in the microwave.
Wings go well with a lot of food items. You can serve them with dip sauces or you can eat them with the following things:
• Mashed potatoes
• Mixed vegetables
How to Store Cooked Frozen Wings Made in the Air Fryer
Did you make a batch of cooked frozen wings in the air fryer and your guests canceled out at the last moment? No worries! You can always store the cooked wings easily. Yes, it is possible.
In the fridge, you can store them in an airtight container for up to 5 days. If you will not be consuming them in this time frame, you can pop them back in the freezer. They can stay in the freezer for up to 6 months. Don’t keep them there any longer.
How to Warm Cooked Frozen Wings Made in the Air Fryer
Reheating them is a piece of cake. You can reheat them in multiple ways. Reheat cooked frozen chicken wings in the microwave, air fryer, or even in the oven. The best thing is that you don’t need to thaw them or defrost them before you heat them. Just pop those out of the freezer and into the microwave and you are good to go!
Remember: Once you have reheated them, you need to consume them right away. You can’t store them again. The rest need to be discarded. NEVER freeze them again.
Option 1: Reheat in the Air Fryer
You can quickly reheat the cooked chicken wings in the air fryer. Simply put the wings inside for around 3-4 minutes. You can check after 2 minutes and see if they are warm enough. If they are, take them out. If not, you can put them in again for 2 more minutes.
Option 2: Reheat in the Microwave
Use a microwave-safe plate to heat the cooked wings. It will take only 1 minute on the high setting to heat up evenly.
Option 3: Reheat in the Oven
Set the oven to 400 F. On a baking tray, arrange the wings evenly. Bake for 3-5 minutes and you will have some delicious wings in no time.
Tips and Tricks for Cooking Some Scru
Want to get that perfect glaze on your wings every time? These tips will make your wings the star of the evening without too much effort.
• Don’t thaw the wings. You can simply put it in the air fryer and you are good to go!
• There are different types of frozen wings in the market. Some or pre-cooked, there breaded and un-breaded. Some are pre-marinated. The cooking time of each of these wings will be different. So, keep that in mind. Our recipe is good for all kinds of wings.
• The golden rule is to toss your wings in sauce AFTER they have been cooked. You can marinate and cook them too but there is always a chance of the sauce burning, so why take the risk?
• Always leave room in the air fryer for the frozen wings to cook evenly. If you overcrowd it and put too many wings inside, they will not cook properly and evenly.
• Always pre-heat the air fryer before tossing in the frozen wings.
• Different air fryer brands have different strengths. You should adjust the time of the air fryer accordingly.
• Always keep the temperature of the air fryer 10 degrees less than the oven. If you make frozen chicken wings at 400 degrees in the oven, keep the air fryer at 390 degrees.
Maintenance and Safety Tips – Better Safe than Sorry!
• Always read the manual before you use an air fryer. In fact, you should read the manual of every electronic appliance that you use.
• Unplug the air fryer after every use.
• Keep a light hand when applying oil or any sauce to items in the air fryer.
• Don’t cover the air fryer with anything.
• The surface on which your air fryer is placed should be even and dry.
• Clean your air fryer after every use.
• Let it cool down before you touch it.
• Don’t use an air fryer with wet hands
With this guide, you have got the answer to your question about how to cook frozen chicken wings in an air fryer. Coupled with our tips and tricks, you will be able to make moist, crispy, and delicious chicken wings every time. We have included some safety tips to make sure your cooking experience is enjoyable and safe!