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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Crispy wings are just the best. These are made the healthy way in an air fryer to get them super crispy and the honey-sriracha sauce makes them sticky, sweet, spicy and delicious.
By October 20, 2017 20 Comments
crispy air fryer chicken wings with honey-sriracha sauce

Crispy air fried chicken wings covered in a sweet and spicy Honey-Sriracha sauce are pretty darn perfect for so many occasions, including game day. This healthier version made in an air fryer makes them super crispy and the honey-sriracha sauce makes them sticky, sweet, a little spicy and delicious in every way. Oh, and one of the best parts is they are fried without a drop of oil.

Chicken wings are perfect little finger food and can feel a little like a delicacy in their own little way. Just about every culture has their own version, and most are really delicious. The ratio of crisp skin to flesh gives so much flavor and satisfaction with every bite.

While chicken wings are definitely not thought of as being healthy, these are fried with air, which helps make them a little healthier and maybe even a little crispier. Some are super spicy, and others can be really sweet. These are a little of both and so delicious. The only problem is you won’t want to stop eating them.

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Someone left a comment on my Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders recipe and suggested trying to use potato starch on wings when cooking them in the air fryer. Well, it turns out that the little secret of potato starch does amazing things to create a super crunch on your wings without using any oil.

Breaking down chicken wings

Chicken wings are broken down into three pieces: the drumette, the wingette, and the tip. While you can cook whole wings, I like to break them down into the drumette and wingette, if they don’t already come separated. The tip is mostly skin and cartilage, so I will usually discard the tip pieces.

To break down Chicken Wings: Use a very sharp knife and cut through the skin at the joint to separate the different parts of the wing. A heavy and sharp knife should cut right through the joint.

Separating them makes them easier to cook, eat and makes them go a little further for your finger food party.

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After doing some air fryer testing; I found that cooking the wings first at a lower temperature, then at a higher temperature yielded the best results. The lower temperature of 375 degrees helps cook the wings through evenly, while the second air fry at 425 degrees gets the wings super crispy in a shorter time.

Oven wings are way better than deep fried wings, in my opinion. Wings really don’t need the extra oil from a deep frying because the wings have the built-in ability (fat) to crisp up by themselves. They can get crispier and are way less greasy.

While your fingers are guaranteed to get messy when eating wings; I definitely prefer the mess to come from the sauce over the oil from a fryer.

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You could really just add a little salt for seasoning and eat them right out of the air fryer, but the Honey-Sriracha sauce is so delicious.

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Breville supplied me with product for this post. All opinions and thoughts are always my own.

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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Crispy wings are just the best. These are made the healthy way in an air fryer to get them super crispy and the honey-sriracha sauce makes them sticky, sweet, spicy and delicious.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Justin McChesney-Wachs

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken wings (drumettes and wingettes)
  • 1/2 cup potato starch

Honey-Sriracha Sauce

  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • thinly sliced green onions

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat air fryer to 375 degrees.

  2. Place the potato starch in a medium bowl, then coat the chicken wings with the starch on all sides. 

  3. Shake off excess, then place the wings in the air fryer basket.

  4. Air fry the wings at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

  5. Increase air fryer temperature to 425 degrees and continue to cook for 15 more minutes; turning the wings a few times while they cook to ensure even browning.

To make the Honey-Sriracha Sauce

  1. Meanwhile, heat butter over medium-low heat to melt.

  2. Stir in the honey, Sriracha, soy sauce and rice vinegar.

  3. Cook until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.

  4. Set sauce aside and keep warm.

To Finish

  1. When the wings are crispy and cooked through; transfer them to a bowl and mix with the desired amount of sauce and some thinly sliced green onions for garnish.

Recipe Notes

  • Place a foil-lined baking sheet below the Breville air fry basket to catch any drips.
  • If you don't have an air fryer, you can bake the chicken wings in an oven on convection. Cooking times might be longer.
  • Adjust the amount of Sriracha in the sauce as desired. Use 2 tablespoons or more if you like it a little spicier.

Special Equipment Used

Breville Smart Oven Air (affiliate link)

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Crispy Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings
Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings in a Honey-Sriracha Sauce. Crispy wings are just the best. These are made the healthy way in an air fryer to get them super crispy and the honey-sriracha sauce makes them sticky, sweet, spicy and delicious.

Join the discussion 20 Comments

  • Hi Justin, Thank you for the detail explanation. The chicken looks so sticky finger delicious!
    Can I make it in a regular convection oven? Or have to be in the special oven from Breville?
    Remember to let me know when you come out with the e-book how to photograph with artificial light. I’m amazed how you make the food look using artificial light.

    • justin says:

      Hey Carlos! I think they should work in a regular convection oven, just might take a little longer. I would put them as close to the fan as you can. Give it a shot and let me know how they come out.

      Thanks for the reminder about writing about lighting for food photography. I think about it all the time, and I just need to do it (just like making my first recipe video). 🙂

  • Bj says:

    Sooo good! Definitely pinning this recipe!

  • David Cabrera says:

    Hi thanks for the post! Where can i get that rack where you placed the wings?

    • justin says:

      Hi David,

      The air fry tray/basket that I used came with my Breville Smart Air Oven. I use the basket then place a tray below to catch anything that might drip to keep it cleaner.
      I looked on Amazon and found that you can buy a different brand air fry tray in various sizes. Here’s a link to check it out: http://amzn.to/2DTtbOt (amazon affiliate link)

  • Sarah says:

    These look amazing! We’re planning on making them tonight. Thanks for posting the recipe!

  • Jessica says:

    I applied your cooking times for my own air fryer and it all worked out great!!! Thanks for posting! In case you were wondering, I used my own recipe of only Himalayan pink salt on the raw chicken in the air fryer. Then I reduced coconut aminos (w garlic/onion powder plus ground ginger) on the stovetop during the second cook cycle and mixed the wings w the sauce. Deeeeelish! My family was licking their fingers. New Years Eve success!

  • Ashley says:

    Hi! I was wondering if you could use corn starch in place of potato starch? A lot of recipes I make that want crispy meat (like asian recipes) call for corn starch and I’ve had great results, but I’m not sure if the finish is different than if used with potato starch. Thanks for posting your recipe, looks amazing!

  • Jan says:

    OMG I just made these tonight in my Breville smart oven!! They turned out perfect. I substituted the potato starch with chicken fry coating. The chicken was browned and crispy! Good thing you warned us to use tin foil underneath! Without the foil it would have been a lot of drippings to clean! Thank you! I wish I could post a picture of the finished product because they look amazing.

    • justin says:

      Hey Jan,
      So awesome. I love hearing that they turned out perfect. I’ve made them quite a few times in the Breville Smart Oven Air, and not once have they not turned out perfect. It’s pretty foolproof.

      My least favorite part of the Smart Oven Air is the fry basket. It is tough to clean and the pan underneath isn’t large enough to keep everything from dripping. I found this Copper Chef Cripser Basket on Amazon (affiliate link) that I think I will be ordering soon to solve that problem.

      Would love to see your photo on instagram. Be sure to tag me (@justin_mw) so I can see when you post.

      Cheers!
      Justin

  • angela says:

    Can i make the wings a little ahead of time (like an hour) and then mix with glaze right before we leave for the house we will be eating them at?

    • justin says:

      Hey Angela,
      You can. If you cover them though, they might become soggy. I would recommend re-heating them briefly in a hot oven if you can, and warming the glaze before applying it.

  • Dianne Koehler says:

    throw all those wing tips in a bag and use to make awesome soup–no waste at all. Love your recipe and can hardly wait!

  • Maria says:

    Hey, Justin, I`ve tried your recipe and they turned out perfect!! The whole family now wants to make this chicken wings again! Thanks for sharing a recipe using air fryer – it`s healthy and delicious!

    • justin says:

      Hi Maria! So glad it turned out perfect. Everyone here gets super excited when we have them on the menu. So good. Thanks for stopping by.

  • jenny says:

    Air fryer chicken wings are the best! So tasty and so much healthier than fried.

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