I love chicken wings. Give me a whole bowl of them and I’ll happily devour the whole lot. Granted, they’re not the healthiest – particularly when they’ve been deep-fried. So I wanted to get crispy Chinese chicken wings using the air fryer – using less oil and taking less time. So, after a little trial and error, I came up with these air fryer crispy chicken wings – and not only are they really tasty and moreish, the skin is really crispy without being greasy.
What ingredients are needed?
Many of the ingredients I’m sure you’ll have in your store cupboard and fridge, which make these air fry chicken wings really simple to prepare. All you need to make this incredible dish are:
Ginger paste or fresh ginger
Chinese cooking wine
Chinese five spice
How to make this air fryer chicken wings recipe?
The hardest part is having the patience to wait for the chicken wings to marinate. As with lots of my other chicken recipes including my chicken shawarma and chicken biryani, the longer you marinate the chicken, the better the taste and the greater the depth of flavour. Get a large bowl or dish, and add the chicken wings – then add all the ingredients except the vegetable oil and cornflour, and using your hand combine all the ingredients together, making sure that all the wings are covered in the marinade. I would then recommend marinating the chicken wings for at least three hours – and even better, overnight.
Once you’re ready to air fry the Chinese chicken wings, you need to coat them in cornflour. There’s no need for a beaten egg, simply dip and dredge each chicken wing in the cornflour until it’s completely coated. You can then shake off the excess.
How long to cook chicken wings in the air fryer?
Before cooking the wings, preheat the air fryer for around five minutes – it’s not always necessary to do this but I do find this step helps really the chicken become crispy.
Once the coated chicken wings are ready to air fry, you need to brush some vegetable oil on both sides of them. You don’t need a lot of oil, just enough to thinly cover the chicken. You can also use a spray, but I find using a brush and dipping it in oil offers a more even coverage.
Add the chicken wings to the air fryer basket, they need to be separate and not stacked on top of each other to ensure even cooking, so you may have to do this in two batches if your basket is on the smaller side. Cook at 200°c for five minutes, then open and turn the chicken wings. Cook again for another five minutes, then turn again. Repeat this step twice, until you’ve air fried the chicken wings for 20 minutes. At this point, they should be cooked and crispy. If you don’t think they’re crispy enough, cook for a further 5 minutes.
What to serve with them
I love to dip these chicken wings in sweet chilli sauce or soy sauce mixed with chilli oil. These are great for an appetiser or snack, or you could even serve them with noodles or egg-fried rice.
Can you keep leftover chicken wings?
I’d be surprised if you haven’t eaten them all, but if you have some left, you can refrigerate these chicken wings for up to three days and then reheat for five minutes at 180°c for five minutes. You can also freeze these chicken wings for up to three months and reheat from frozen for around 15-2o minutes, again at 180°c.
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Air fryer crispy chicken wings recipe
- 1 kg chicken wings
- 1 tbsp light soy
- 1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp ginger paste
- 1 tsp five spice
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 6-8 tbsp corn flour
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- Marinate the chicken wings with soy sauce, Chinese cooking wine, garlic powder, ginger paste, salt, and five spice. Leave for at least 2-3 hours, or overnight if possible. This will ensure a greater depth of flavour.
- When you're ready to air fry the chicken wings, put the corn flour in a large bowl or plate. Dredge the pieces of chicken in the cornflour, coating them evenly and shaking off any excess.
- Spray or brush vegetable oil on both sides then cook at 200c in a preheated air fryer for 5 minutes. Air fry for 5 minutes. Then open and then turn the wings and continue to air fry for another 5 minutes. Turn the wings another two times at five-minute intervals until they've been cooking for 20 minutes in total.
- Serve immediately with a sauce of your choice - I love sweet chilli sauce or chilli oil.