Air Fryer Sweet Thai Chili Chicken Wings (EASY!)

Football season is here! These air fryer wings are excellent for game days, parties, or a quick meal with minimal clean up. Expect the tastiest, crispy wings ever. Grab a wet nap; things will get sticky.

bowl of sweet thai chili chicken wings with red pepper flakes scattered about
sticky and crisp

Wing fans will adore the homemade sweet chili sauce with this recipe for air fryer chicken wings.

With your Air Fryer, you can have crispy chicken in less than 30 minutes or less! I also make Asian-inspired bang bang chicken and sesame chicken in my air fryer!

Serve with a side of Simple Instant Pot Mexican Corn or Air Fryer Garlic Bread.

table with bowls of ingredients for thai wings
yummy flavors for the perfect wings

Ingredients for the best Thai chili wings

CHICKEN

  • chicken wings
  • cornstarch or baking powder
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • salt and ground black pepper

SWEET CHILI SAUCE

  • Thai sweet chilli sauce
  • brown sugar
  • sesame oil
  • chilli flakes
  • black pepper powder.
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • Hoisin sauce
  • cornstarch mixed in 2 tablespoons of water
preparing chicken wings
don’t forget the cornstarch

Wing prep

  1. Dry the chicken wings with a paper towel. If using frozen chicken wings, defrost them fully.
    Put the chicken wings, cornstarch, and spices in a zip-lock bag.
  2. Close the bag securely and remove all air.
  3. Shake and squeeze the wings until they are all coated. Alternatively, combine the baking powder (or cornstarch) and spice in a bowl and dip the wings. I prefer the bag technique since it is easiest.
wings in the air fryer
preheat and add wings
wings after cooking in the air fryer
golden and crisp

How to cook wings in the air fryer

  1. Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 180-degree C / 350-degrees F.
  2. Brush the basket with little oil and put the chicken wings in it (7-8 per batch).
  3. Brush oil on the top of the wings.
  4. Cook for 10 minutes on one side then turn the chicken wings and cook for another 7-8 minutes or until golden brown. Repeat with other chicken wings.
sweet chili sauce in a bowl
mix sauce ingredients using a whisk
heating sweet chili wing sauce in a pan
heat until thickened
adding wings to saucepan
add wings
coating wings in sweet thai chili sauce
toss + coat

Sweet Thai chili sauce

  1. Mix all the ingredients under the sauce thoroughly.
  2. Heat a pan and add the sauce. Mix until the sauce thickens and becomes a little sticky.
  3. Add the air fried chicken wings and toss them to coat properly.
  4. Serve the wings hot, garnished with chopped cilantro, and red chili flakes (You can also use sesame seeds and green onions for garnishing).
bowls with sticky chili wings
the perfect blend of sweet and spice

Top tips for air frying wings

  • Avoid overcrowding. The heated air must flow around them (for proper convection).
  • Please allow your wings to dry! Pat the chicken wings dry with a paper towel as much as possible.
  • Seasonings for dry rubbed wings should be added after the wings have cooked for a few minutes.
wings and seasoning for sweet chili sauce
red pepper flakes give an extra kick

Tips for baking

If you’d rather bake these sweet chili chicken wings, they will still be crispy and you can prepare a bunch at once.

You can air fry about 10 chicken wings at a time. Suitable for small parties or a two-person meal. Oven baked chicken wings are excellent for parties or even tailgating events.

If cooking sweet chili chicken wings in the oven, prepare the wings and sauce as directed. Preheat oven to 425°F when ready to bake wings.

Cook for 20 minutes on a cookie sheet in a single layer. After 20 minutes, turn the chicken wings and cook for another 20 minutes, or until done. Toss the  chicken wings in sweet chili sauce, broil for approximately 3 minutes.

sweet chili air fryer wings with red pepper flakes
the perfect appetizer for parties

FAQ

Can I use frozen wings for this recipe?

Air frying frozen chicken wings is not something I suggest.

Frozen wings contain a lot of liquid. Excess moisture will collect in the basket when they defrost, causing steam, making wings soft.

Can you freeze wings?


Yes, chicken wings may be frozen for 3 months. After cooking in the air fryer, place wings in a freezer bag and freeze, making sure there’s enough space so wings do not get stuck together. 

Heat the wings in the oven or air fryer until heated all the way through and throw in the sauce.

The thai chili sauce may also be frozen, lying flat, in zippered bags. 

crisp sticky wing being held up by hand
bet you can’t just have one!

Tips for re-heating chicken wings

Microwave sweet chili chicken wings for 45-60 seconds until hot and steaming. Alternately, warm in the oven for 10 minutes at 350°F.

sweet thai sticky wings in a bowl with garnish

Air Fryer Sweet Thai Chili Chicken Wings

Amber
Air fryer sweet Thai chicken wings are excellent for game days, parties, or a quick meal with minimal clean up. Perfectly sticky and crisp!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 475 kcal

Equipment

  • Air fryer

Ingredients
  

Chicken

  • 1 lb chicken wings
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Sauce

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl mix all the ingredients under the chicken section properly.Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 180-degree C / 350-degrees F. Brush the basket with little oil and put the chicken wings in it (7-8 per batch). Brush oil on the top of the wings. Cook for 10 minutes on one side then turn the chicken wings and cook for another 7-8 minutes or until golden brown. Repeat with other chicken wings.
  • Next Mix all the ingredients under the sauce thoroughly.
  • On medium heat, and add the sauce to a pan. Mix until the sauce thickens and becomes a little sticky.
  • Add the air fried chicken wings and toss them to coat properly.
  • Serve hot garnished with chopped cilantro, and red chilli flakes (You can also use sesame seeds and green onions for garnishing).

Notes

STORAGE: You can store the sweet chilli chicken wings in an airtight container for 3 days in the refrigerator or around 2 months in the freezer.
NOTES:
  • Dry the chicken wings using a paper towel to remove excess liquids.
  • Let the cooked chicken rest for about 5 minutes before tossing them in the sauce. Doing so will help the chicken to stay crispy.

Nutrition

Calories: 475kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 24gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 1303mgPotassium: 285mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 340IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 2mg
Keyword air fryer wings, Asian chili wings, sweet chili, sweet thai chili
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