Air Fryer Chinese Chicken Wings

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Air Fryer Chinese Chicken Wings loaded with my favourite Chinese chicken seasonings and a sticky Chinese marinade. The air fryer Chinese chicken wings are prepped in a minute and then cooked until crispy and sticky in the air fryer.

Air Fryer Chinese Chicken Wings
Air Fryer Chinese Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Chinese Chicken Wings isa delicious Milner family favourite and was originally published on at the start way back in 2015. We have had an amazing taste test updating it for you!

Air Fryer Chinese Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Chinese Chicken Wings in my opinion, is one of the best things to ever cook in the air fryer.

Well after Air Fryer French Fries.

I love how crispy air fryer chicken wings end up and how easy they are to cook and prepare.

You can easily alter your air fryer chicken wings depending on what seasoning and marinade takes your fancy.

For example, in this Air Fryer wings recipe today we’re showing you how to make Chinese chicken air fryer wings.

Here in Portugal we pay just over 1 Euro for a packet of chicken wings from the supermarket.

We will often bulk buy them and then whenever we have the urge for air fryer chicken wings, we know we can just go to the freezer and grab some.

Air Fryer Marinated Chicken Wings

The best bit is getting your hands dirty and making a delicious marinade to prep your air fryer chicken wings.

In today’s recipe it is all about Chinese Chicken Wings which is so easy to marinate. You simply grab a big bowl, add in your marinate ingredients, give it a stir, add in your chicken wings and mix it up.

Then place your marinated chicken wings in the fridge for an hour so that the flavour of the chicken wings can get even better!

Air Fryer Chicken Wings Frozen Or Thawed?

In our Air Fryer Chinese Chicken Wings recipe, we’re using thawed chicken wings. It works much better than frozen and your marinade is easier to mix, and it means the chicken wings are more tender.

You can of course cook air fryer frozen chicken wings too if you prefer, or if you have forgotten to get them out of the freezer.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings Dry Rub

In today’s recipe we are using a wet rub and placing the air fryer chicken wings into a cake pan so that the sticky marinade doesn’t make a mess in the air fryer.

But you can also use a quick dry rub if that is what you prefer.

You can also make a dry rub for your chicken wings and then add barbecue sauce over them once they are cooked. It saves using a cake pan and still gives you that delicious sticky taste.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings Vs Deep Fryer

The biggest debate with the air fryer is how the food compares to deep frying. Well think of it as less fatty, a bit like if you used kitchen towels to remove the fat from your food when it cooked in the deep fryer.

I find that chicken wings in the air fryer taste much better than the deep fryer but still have that deep-fried deliciousness. Plus think of all those calories that you’re saving.

You’re literally swapping deep fried for a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil!

Air Fryer Chinese Chicken Wings Time & Temp?

For cooking air fryer Chinese chicken wings, I recommend 22 minutes at a medium temperature.

This allows you to be hands free when you’re cooking and means you don’t need to keep checking on them.

They also cook for this long because they are in an inner container within the air fryer.

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How To Cook Chinese Chicken Wings In The Air Fryer?

Air Fryer Chinese Chicken Wings

To cook Chinese Chicken Wings in the air fryer it starts by preparing the marinade that you’re going to use.

My favourite Chinese marinade is made up of the following main ingredients:

That is just 6 simple ingredients that many of us have in our kitchen cupboard already.

The combination of ingredients is perfect because the honey gives it the sticky texture, the soy sauce means you don’t need to add salt, the olive oil helps make the chicken wings crispy and the Chinese 5 spice, garlic and pepper gives it the delicious Chinese flavour.

After I have made my marinade and mixed it in a bowl, I add in the chicken wings and mix well with my hands. Its important you use your hands as you want the chicken well coated.

It is also important you wash your hands before and after as you are handling raw chicken.

It is also a great way to get kids helping you. Our son Jorge who is 2 loves to mix the chicken wings and would be upset if we didn’t involve him.

The chicken wings can then marinate in the fridge in the bowl for an hour.

After the chicken wings have marinated add them to a cake pan in your air fryer and its time for them to cook. I recommend this cake pan.

It is perfect fit for the air fryer and great for when you’re cooking things that are sticky.

And that is it!

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Air Fryer Chinese Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Chinese Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Chinese Chicken Wings loaded with my favourite Chinese chicken seasonings and a sticky Chinese marinade. The air fryer Chinese chicken wings are prepped in a minute and then cooked until crispy and sticky in the air fryer.
Prep Time4 minutes
Cook Time22 minutes
Total Time26 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 224kcal


Recipe Ingredients:


  • Add all ingredients apart from the chicken wings to a mixing bowl and mix well with a fork or spoon. Add the chicken wings and mix with your hands until the chicken wings are coated in their Chinese chicken marinade.
  • Place the chicken wings (while still in the bowin the fridge for an hour to thoroughly marinade.
  • After an hour place the chicken wings into a cake pan and place in the air fryer.
  • Cook for 22 minutes at 180c/360f.
  • Serve warm.


If you don’t feel that your wings are sticky enough then add extra honey to your marinade. As some soy sauce brands can be watery and it can dilute the marinade.
We cooked 6 Chinese chicken wings in the air fryer. You could double this but if you do add a couple of minutes of extra cooking time and double your marinade ingredients.
If you are looking for quality chicken wings, then I would recommend Butcher Box and I also recommend our Butcher Box Review if you’re looking for a meat delivery service.


Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1.4mg
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8 thoughts on “Air Fryer Chinese Chicken Wings”

    • Hi Jeanne,

      Mixed spice, mixed herbs, chinese five spice are all common jars that you can buy from your local supermarket to flavour your food. We get our mixed herbs from Iceland (who also stock the others) but we get our chinese five spice from the chinese supermarket and our mixed spice from the indian supermarket as it is much cheaper and we can buy in bulk.

      I have just looked on and there are more than 5000 listings for mixed spice and other similar seasonings and it will also give you more information about what is in the products.

  1. Hey, haven’t tried yet… have you thought of doing a YouTube video of your recipe, it would be nice to see how it’s put together, start to finish? Looks pretty yummy, thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Kate,

      We are in the process of creating more videos for our recipes but they take along time as it is new to us and we like to take our time with new areas so that we can add value to the recipe and not just add a video of 30 seconds 🙂

      Keep a look out for it 🙂

      Happy New Year


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