Air Fryer Honey Soy Chicken Wings

Difficulty Easy

Saucy, sticky, glossy-with-glaze, Honey Soy Chicken Wings. Made easier in the Air Fryer!

Is it just me or do Chicken Wings make you happy?

Chicken Wings say: I’m fun and friendly! I’m approachable and accessible! I make every event feel like a party!

And this recipe — with a saucy-sticky Asian-inspired glaze — makes chicken wings especially irresistible.

Why Air Fryer Honey Soy Chicken Wings?

Air Fryers make cooking chicken wings especially easy and fast.

A simple marinade. A 12-minute cook time. Lacquered with an irresistible, honey-soy-garlic glaze, these wings are glossy, gleaming morsels of perfection.

Air Fryer Honey Soy Chicken Wings are weeknight-friendly and irresistibly saucy and sticky.

Is there anything better than tiny wings and drumettes coated in sauce? YUM!

A recipe that can be easily doubled for game days, potlucks, and big family dinners. Kid-friendly and so delicious, it’s a definite crowd pleaser.

chicken wings on parchment paper

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Wings. Look for meaty wings and drummettes.
  • Soy sauce. Lots of savory, umami depth and flavor. Don’t use low-sodium soy sauce — it won’t taste the same!
  • Rice Vinegar. Adds that tangy sharpness. Can be subbed with white vinegar.
  • Honey. For that irresistible sticky, saucy glaze.
  • Hoisin. A staple Asian condiment that lasts a long time. in the fridge. If you don’t have it, leave it out.
  • Sesame oil. Fragrant and nutty aroma.
  • Garlic + Green onion. The essential aromatics.
  • Chili Pepper. Adds subtle spice. Leave it out if you don’t like spicy.

Special Equipment:

I used my Cosori 5.8Qt Air Fryer (affiliate) for this recipe. But any air fryer should work.

What are Air Fryers? They are basically mini convection ovens. The removable food basket and small size circulate hot air all around the food — for a faster cooking time and crispier food, using less energy than an oven.

You can also cook Honey Soy Chicken Wings in the oven. It will take longer but the method is the same. Notes are in the recipe card below.

Instructions:

  1. Marinate chicken. Mix chicken wings and marinade into a bowl. Marinate for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Air Fry chicken wings. Add half of the chicken wings in one layer, separated slightly from each other. Roast at 380F for 12 minutes total, flipping wings about halfway through. Repeat with the remaining wings.
  3. Baste with glaze. Pour the leftover marinade into a saucepan. Simmer until reduced to a dark, syrupy mass of flavor. Don’t skip this step! Brush onto wings for the most satisfactory, sticky-saucy-glossy glaze! Garnish and serve.

PRO Tips:

  • Don’t overcrowd the basket. The chicken wings need room to breathe, so the air can circulate all around. They can touch slightly but they should not be packed in too tight.
  • Brush on the glaze — several times! To get that shiny, lacquered coating that’s so delicious.
  • Garnish. Although optional, it adds color and freshness. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, green onion, or cilantro as a nod to the Asian ingredients in the marinade.

FAQ:

Can I make Honey Soy Chicken Wings in a regular oven?

Yes, definitely! Check out the instructions in the recipe card below. Conventional oven wings will take longer (about 40-45 minutes) but they will be just as delicious. All the other steps remain the same.

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honey soy chicken wings on parchment paper

Air Fryer Honey Soy Chicken Wings

The Subversive Table | Lis Lam
Saucy, sticky, glossy-with-glaze, Honey Soy Chicken Wings. Made easier in the Air Fryer!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Marinating Time 8 hrs
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Party Food
Cuisine American
Servings 30 wings (approximately)
Calories

Equipment

  • Air Fryer (I use a Cosori 5.8Qt)

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs chicken wings + drumettes, separated (no tips)

Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (not the low sodium kind)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar (regular vinegar also works)
  • 2 Tbsp Hoisin sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 1 red chili pepper (fresh) (jalapeno also works or leave it out if you don't eat spicy)

Instructions
 

  • Combine marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Add chicken wings. Using your hands, mix well. Cover and marinate for 8 hours or overnight in the fridge.
    marinated chicken wings

Air Fryer Instructions:

  • Preheat Air Fryer. Lightly brush the bottom of the basket with oil.
  • Add half the chicken wings in one layer, separated slightly from each other. Roast at 380F for 12 minutes total, flipping wings about halfway through. When the first batch is finished, transfer to a serving plate and cover loosely with foil to keep warm. Repeat with the second half of the chicken wings.
    chicken wings in air fryer basket
  • Meanwhile, pour marinade ingredients into a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer on medium heat until reduced and thick, about 8-10 minutes. Brush wings with the marinade on both sides. Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onion and/or cilantro. Serve immediately or at room temperature.
    chicken wings on a tray

Conventional Oven Instructions:

  • Preheat oven at 375F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Add chicken wings in one layer, separated slightly from each other. Roast until brown and crispy looking, about 40-45 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, pour marinade ingredients into a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer on medium heat until reduced and thick, about 8-10 minutes. Brush wings with the marinade on both sides. Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onion and/or cilantro. Serve immediately or at room temperature.
Keyword Air Fryer, Chicken Wings, Honey Soy
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