Air Fryer Chinese Chicken Wings

These irresistible Air Fryer Chinese chicken wings are topped with a sweet and spicy sauce. They’re deliciously crispy & juicy!

Interested in more chicken recipes? Try out my Air Fryer Chicken Breasts Recipe, Instant Pot Shredded Chicken or Crockpot Salsa Chicken Recipe.

Air Fryer Chinese Chicken Wings cook up amazingly crispy and juicy in the air fryer without deep frying. The most authentic way to make chicken wings is to deep fry them but I have found that they can be made just as crispy in the air fryer.

Growing up near Buffalo, New York, I’m a huge purist when it comes to any kind of wings. These Chinese chicken wings are made with the most delicious sweet-yet-spicy sauce – a combination of soy sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire Sauce and sambal oelek.

Want more ways to get your wing fix? Try my Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Buffalo Sauce, Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings, or Vietnamese Chicken Wings Recipe!

What ingredients are needed for the chicken wings?

  • Chicken wings
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper

What ingredients are needed for the sauce?

  • Soy sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Sambal oelek chili paste
Ingredients for air fryer chinese chicken wings on tray.

How to garnish them:

  • Green onions
  • Sesame seeds
  • Cilantro
  • Lime wedges

How should the wings be prepped before the air fryer?

  • Spray the Air Fryer basket with cooking spray before adding the chicken. It helps prevent sticking and the tiny bit of oil makes the wings extra crisp.
  • In a large bowl, toss together the chicken wings, oil, salt and pepper.

What temperature should the air fryer be set to?

  • Place chicken wings in air fryer basket and cook at 380 degrees for 25 minutes, shaking the basket every 5 minutes.
Chinese chicken wings in air fryer basket.

How should the sauce be prepared and added to the wings?

  • Meanwhile, combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire Sauce and sambal oelek chili paste in a large mixing bowl.
  • Remove the wings from the air fryer and add to the bowl with the sauce. Toss to combine.

Should the chicken be added to the air fryer again?

  • Return the wings to the air fryer and cook at 400-degrees for 5-10 minutes longer, until browned and crisped.

Can I make this recipe in the oven?

How should the air fryer Chinese chicken wings be served?

  • Serve garnished with green onions, sesame seeds and cilantro. Serve lime wedges on the side.
Chinese chicken wings arranged on grey plate next to bowl of chili sauce.

Wine pairings for Air Fryer Chinese Chicken Wings:

  • Riesling
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Sparkling – cleanses the palate between each bite

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Air Fryer Chinese Chicken Wings

Crispy and juicy chicken wings, topped with a sweet yet spicy combination of soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and Sambal oelek chili paste.
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Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken wings
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons sambal oelek chili paste

To Garnish

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, toss together the chicken wings, oil, salt and pepper.
  • Place chicken wings in air fryer basket and cook at 380 degrees for 25 minutes, shaking the basket every 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire Sauce and sambal oelek chili paste in a large mixing bowl.
  • Remove the wings from the air fryer and add to the bowl with the sauce. Toss to combine.
  • Return the wings to the air fryer and cook at 400-degrees for 5-10 minutes longer, until browned and crisped.
  • Serve garnished with green onions, sesame seeds and cilantro. Serve lime wedges on the side. Enjoy!
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Equipment

Air Fryer

Nutrition

Calories: 838kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 189mg | Sodium: 3699mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 453IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 5mg
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