Say hello to Air Fryer Sweet Asian Chili Wings made in under 30 minutes! Oh my, these wings are so good, and the air fryer makes them so crispy, and delicious, without being greasy (at ALL!).
🥘 What is an Air Fryer
I want to touch base on this, as I know there are lots of people out there just like me…it takes me FOREVER to jump on board a new kitchen tool or gadget. I’m old fashioned, and like what I like. I was at an event and everyone was talking about their Air Fryers. I was still just thinking “why do they seem so obsessed with these things?”
Then my friend made me wings (not these!) and I was hooked. My husband became obsessed with them. Full disclosure: I was out of town visiting my mom and he made THREE recipes in it over the weekend. All of them turned out amazing!
Air Fryers work like a convection oven where air circulates around the food so all of the surfaces are getting heat evenly instead of heating from the coils from the bottom up. I love that they cook foods that are generally meant to be fried and makes them healthier. The results so far have been extremely crispy and toasty delicious!
The only thing we have noticed is that not everyone cooks exactly the same! So when trying out recipes, start with a lower time to just make sure you don’t overcook your food. We have the Instant Pot version while my mom has the Ninja and they are slightly different with cooking times. I can’t stress that enough.
🍽️ Why This Recipe Works
Quick and Easy: My favorite words to use when cooking dinner or fun appetizers like this one.
Economical: These aren’t 100% cheap but they aren’t expensive either. Share this as an appetizer with friends when they come over for game night. The wings run about $1-1.50/lb and the sauce is under $3. Not too bad.
Variations: Change these up completely just by swapping the sauce. Go to the international aisle at your grocery store and see what inspires you.
These sweet wings are incredible, easy to make, and only take a few ingredients. While they taste like they have been cooking for hours, you can make them in around 30 minutes! Check out the main ingredients:
Chicken Wings – We use a combination of wingettes and drumettes. We do like them cut apart though. You could even go as far as to use boneless chicken breast for the wings. You would need to adjust the cooking time because they will cook faster if you go that route.
Seasonings – We use a combination of garlic salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika, and it’s seriously so good. It goes perfectly with the sweet Asian chili sauce too.
Sweet Asian Chili Sauce – This sauce is sweet and spicy. If you don’t like a lot of heat, then use just half the bottle instead of the entire thing. Either way, it’s so good!
Step One: Lay the wings out on waxed paper or a cookie sheet, and sprinkle the wings with garlic salt, and seasoned salt.
Step Two: In a medium dish, add the milk and egg, and beat together until well blended. In another medium dish, add the flour, corn starch and corn meal, and mix well. Add the onion powder, garlic powder and paprika to the flour mixture, and mix until well blended.
Step Three: Dip the wings in the milk/egg, and then roll in the flour until well coated. Place the coated wings in the air fryer, and spray lightly with spray can olive oil. Turn the air fryer on, and set the temperature to 375. Set the time to 12 minutes. When the air fryer is done, turn the wings. Spray the wings lightly with the spray olive oil, and cook for 12 more minutes.
Step Four: When the wings are done cooking, pour half of the Sweet Chili Sauce into a large bowl, and place the wings in the chili sauce, tossing and coating them. Remove the wings from the sauce with tongs, and place on a platter. Drizzle the rest of the sauce on top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions. Enjoy!
❗ Expert Tips
If you don’t have the spray olive oil, you can get some in the oil section of your grocery store. Pam and Bertolli each have varieties that say OLIVE OIL SPRAY on the can. It is probably one of those things that you don’t even notice unless you are looking for it.
I buy my wings already cut up. It speeds up the process and I like serving the individual pieces for my guests.
If you haven’t eaten Sweet Asian Chili Sauce, it is a little sweet, and it is a little spicy. You can typically find it in the Asian section in the grocery store. It is addicting once you try it!
🍲 Meal Prep Instructions
The best way to meal prep this one is to prepare your two bowls of mixtures and cover/refrigerate them. Then, simply dip the wings into each mixture and put them into the Air Fryer. You most likely will be waiting for the Air Fryer to heat up as this is really a dip and go recipe! This is perfect for game days and busy nights when you are on the run. Serve them with salad and cucumber slices for a quick meal.
Of course! Simply double the recipe and depending on the air fryer you own, you may just need to prepare these for a couple batches. No other changes need to be made. The only caution is to not crowd the wings in the air fryer. The air won’t get to all the surfaces and you lose the effect of air frying.
You bet! No problem! The Air Fryer is awesome at defrosting them. Simply cook the wings at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes and then continue cooking them as the directions state.
Air Fryers come in two different varieties. There is the larger counter version that simply replaces your old toaster oven. My Instant Pot Air Fryer will roast, dehydrate, roast and rotisserie. It takes up the same amount of space as my Instant Pot. The trays pull out and are adjustable. You can also cook two layers of food (think wings!) at the same time if you go this route as it comes with two trays.
When I use two trays, I simply rotate the two so that each tray has equal time in each spot. I love the fact that this one can roast and dehydrate as well! My husband grows a lot of his own herbs and dehydrating him is a big part of our summer routine.
The other variety is a basket version. My mom has the Ninja Air Fryer which air fries, roasts and dehydrates. The internal basket is much smaller but perfect for feeding one person. My 78 year old mom whipped this out of the box and was roasting carrots in under 10 minutes. Set up is fast and, if you can use a simple appliance, you can use this. The buttons are easy to read and there is absolutely no confusion at all on how to use it. If I hadn’t purchased my Instant Pot Air Fryer first, I would have bought this one!
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Sweet Chili Air Fryer Asian Chicken Wings
- Air Fryer
- 1 lb Chicken Wings
- 1 cup Flour
- ½ cup Corn Starch
- ½ cup Corn Meal
- Garlic Salt to taste
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 1 cup Milk
- 1 Egg
- 1 bottle Sweet Asian Chili Sauce
- Sesame Seeds to sprinkle on top
- Green Onions chopped to top on wings
Prepare the Coating for the Chicken Wings
- Lay the wings out on waxed paper, and sprinkle them with garlic salt and seasoned salt.
- In a medium dish, add the milk and egg, and beat together until well blended. In another medium dish, add the flour, corn starch, corn meal, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika. Mix until well blended.
- Dip the wings in the milk/egg dish, and then roll in the flour dish until they are well coated.
- Place the coated wings in the air fryer, and spray with the spray olive oil.
Air Fry the Chicken Wings
- Set the Air Fryer temperature to 375, and set the time to 12 minutes. When the air fryer is done, turn the wings over and spray the other side lightly with the spray olive oil. Cook for 12 more minutes.
- When the wings are done cooking, pour half of the Sweet Chili Sauce into a large bowl, and place the wings in the chili sauce, tossing and coating them. Remove the wings from the sauce with tongs, and place on a platter, or plates, and serve immediately. Top with sesame seeds sprinkled on top of wings, and green onions. Enjoy!