How to fry frozen chicken wings?

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “How to fry frozen chicken wings?” methods and tips to fry frozen chicken wings.

How to fry frozen chicken wings?

In order to fry frozen chicken wings, thaw the wings in a microwave or overnight in the fridge and fry the wings in hot oil till the temperature reaches 165℉. Using a meat thermometer, you can check the doneness of the meat.

How to cook frozen chicken wings?



  • 1 pound chicken wings (cut them into wingettes and drumettes)


  • Thaw the chicken in the fridge or warm water.
  • You can cut the chicken wings in the shape of wingettes or drumettes. If the chicken wings were precut, ignore this step.
  • Dry the wings using a dry paper towel.
  • In a bowl, add 1 tbsp oil, pepper, and salt. Add the chicken to this bowl. Mix well.
  • Heat the skillet and add the remaining amount of vegetable oil to the skillet. 
  • Place the chicken wings in the pan and fry the chicken for 10 minutes. Flip the chicken wings and let the other side cook too for 5 minutes.
  • Using a meat thermometer, measure the internal temperature of the wings. The internal temperature of the wings should be 165℉.
  • Before adding sauce to the wings, remove excess oil using a dry towel. Cook the chicken for 30-60 seconds. Serve.

Air frying


  • Frozen chicken wings
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  • In the air fryer, set the temperature to 400℉ and air fry it for 10 minutes. In a bowl, transfer the chicken wing to drain the liquid air.
  • Add oil to the chicken wings and season the wings with pepper, salt, and garlic powder. Place the chicken wings back in the air fryer.
  • Cook the chicken wings at 400℉ for 10-15 minutes again. Check with a meat thermometer that the internal temperature of the wings has reached 165℉. Place the meat thermometer in the thickest part of the wings.
  • Serve the chicken wings with lemon pepper sauce or barbecue sauce.

How to cook precooked but frozen chicken wings in an air fryer?

Place the pre-cooked wings in the air fryer and cook them at a temperature of 400℉ for 15-20 minutes. Using a meat thermometer, check the temperature of the wings to ensure their doneness.

In the case of fully cooked breaded or sauced chicken wings, cook the wings till it reaches a temperature of 165℉.

What are some tips to fry chicken wings?

  • Defrost the chicken wings before frying them. You can defrost the wings in a microwave. If you are in a hurry, you can place the chicken wings in warm water to defrost them.

You can also defrost the chicken wings by placing them in the fridge overnight.

  • Do not directly add the chicken wings to the fryer as it is dangerous and even result in undercooked chicken.
  • Avoid overcrowding the basket with too many chicken wings. This will prevent the wings from cooking evenly. Cook in batches instead.
  • If you are frying in an air fryer, there could be liquid present in the bottom of the air fryer. Drain that liquid before proceeding to fry in the air fryer. If you do not drain it before frying, the chicken wings would not end up being crispy.
  • Avoid shaking the basket of the air fryer while frying as the hot oil can fall on you as well as burn and scald you.
  • The time required to cook the chicken wings would vary depending on the size of the wings. 
  • Frozen chicken wings contain a lot of moisture. Make sure to thaw them well and dry them before proceeding to fry them (especially deep frying).
  • You can fry the chicken in the cast-iron skillet as it would turn out to be crispier than frying it in a non-stick pan.
  • Look for pre-cut pieces of chicken to fry as it would save your preparation time.
  • Use oil with a high smoke point (vegetable oils) for frying. Avoid using virgin olive oil or unrefined coconut oil.

What sauces can you consume along with chicken wings?

You can dip chicken wings in Buffalo sauce, barbecue sauce, garlic butter sauce, or honey sriracha sauce. You can also use any sugar-free sauce for dipping. 

Other FAQs about Chicken that you may be interested in.

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Can you boil chicken hearts

Can you eat canned chicken without cooking it?


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