frozen chicken on white plate with cutting board in background

Chicken Wings from Frozen

Contributor: Ilona Orzechowska

Cooking chicken wings from frozen is a quick way to get dinner ready without the hassle and time of defrosting them.
Note: This recipe was retested and updated in December 2021 for more accurate timing and temperature.

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  • Author: Ilona Orzechowska
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • 20 split chicken wings (drumettes and flat)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil (or use spray oil)
  • 1 tsp. salt


  1.  On a parchment-lined baking sheet, arrange wings in a single layer. Brush wings with oil; sprinkle with salt.
  2. Set oven temperature to 425°F. Immediately place pan in oven, do not wait for oven to preheat.
  3. Bake for 50 minutes or until an instant read thermometer registers 160°F. when inserted into the thickest part of the wing. 
  4. Remove pan from oven; let stand 5 minutes.
  5. Toss wings in barbecue or buffalo sauce and serve.

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  • It’s important to let the wings rest after removing the pan from the oven; carryover cooking will bring the wings to the proper temperature, without overcooking them.
  • If wings are stuck together in a package, microwave for 1-2 minutes, which will be just enough to pry them apart and place in a single layer on sheet pan.
  • If wings are not already cut into flats and drums, add 10 minutes to cook time.
  • Do not open the oven door until the 50 minutes are up. Use the oven light to check the wings.