Wings make a quick and fun family meal.

How to Cook or Heat Fully Frozen Cooked Chicken Wings

by Catherine Misener

There may be nothing more popular at a party or family gathering than chicken wings. Not only are wings the quintessential finger food, they are made with a variety of flavors. From spicy buffalo to Asian-inspired teriyaki, it is not difficult to make something that pleases everyone. By using precooked, frozen chicken wings you will spend far less time in the kitchen -- which means you can spend more time enjoying the food with your family.

Heating Chicken Wings in the Oven

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover the baking sheet with a piece of foil. To prevent the wings from sticking, spray the foil with a light amount of cooking spray.

Spread the wings evenly on the baking sheet, allowing enough room in between the wings to heat thoroughly. Place the baking sheet on the center rack of the oven. Follow the directions on the package of wings for exact heating times, but frozen wings take approximately 25 to 35 minutes to thoroughly heat.

Remove the heated wings and place directly on a serving platter. Arrange the wings around the platter, with bowls of sauce or dressing in the center. Pair the flavors of the wings with complimentary sauces or dressings. Spicy buffalo style wings are great with bleu cheese salad dressing. Asian style wings work well with a soy or teriyaki dipping sauce. You can find many pre-made sauces in the ethnic aisles of your grocery store.

Heating Chicken Wings in the Microwave

Arrange wings on a microwave-safe plate, leaving enough space in between the wings so they heat evenly.

Microwave the wings -- uncovered -- using the high setting of your microwave. Frozen wings will take approximately 7 to 9 minutes, while thawed wings will take 4 to 5 minutes. Refer to the package for exact times. As the wings are already cooked, you only need to heat until the wings reach the desired temperature. If your microwave does not have a rotating table, you can rotate the plate halfway during the heating time.

Allow the wings to rest for one minute before serving. Arrange on a platter, and serve with a variety of dipping sauces or dressings.

Items you will need

  • Bag of fully cooked, frozen chicken wings
  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Dipping sauces or salad dressings, optional


  • Experiment with making your own dipping sauces. For a dipping sauce to hold up to a spicier seasoned wing, think bold flavors -- Thai is a popular choice. Or, try a dipping sauce that helps cool things down, such as one with mango or pineapple.

About the Author

An educator since 1998, Catherine Misener started her writing career in 2009. Her work has appeared in "NW Kids," "The Oregonian" and "Vancouver Family Magazine." She holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary’s University and a Master of Arts from the University of Michigan. After working in the food industry for years, she opened a small batch bakery.

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