Air fryer Thai Chicken Wings
These Thai Air Fryer Chicken Wings are seriously CRISPY! A quick 10-minute no chopping marinade and the skin is so unbelievably crisp. It’s hard to believe they aren’t deep fried and are so easy to make. The recipe comes with air fryer and oven instructions. Give these Air fried Thai Chicken Wings a try and you’ll be converted for life!
Thai Air Fryer Chicken Wings (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)
I have to admit that I’m particularly fond of Asian style chicken wings, for example my Chinese Chicken Wings and Malaysian Chicken Wings. I Heart Umami fans have shared both recipes more than six thousand times combined plus raving reviews so it’s time for a Thai Chicken Wings recipe!
What I LOVE about this Thai air fryer wings recipe is that it takes only 10 minutes to marinate. The wings are air fried to golden crispy with an unbelievably crispy skin. No wonder people love air fryer chicken wings because they make the best finger food and game day recipes.
Thai Chili Dipping Sauce – Jaew Sauce
The real flavor comes from the Thai style chili sauce, called Nam Jim Jaew. The Jaew sauce is a northern Isan style Thai chili sauce that’s wildly popular on the streets of Thailand and is probably the most common condiment served in restaurants. To keep it simple and accessible for my audience, I modified the recipe to make it Paleo/Keto/Whole30 and with all local ingredients.
Of course, you can dip the air fried Thai chicken wings in sweet chili sauce – that’s probably the most common Thai chili sauce we know in the west – but I want to show you how locals would enjoy these golden crispy Thai chicken wings because I know that my audience is a little different than others. You want to experience the most authentic flavor and in the meantime still keep it simple, low carb, and gluten-free. :))
Pro Tip: How To Make The Best Thai Chicken Wings In Air Fryer Or Oven
- It’s important to only marinate the chicken wings for 10 minutes total only. Any longer the flavor profile will change so please set a timer to help you keep it on track.
- Spray or lightly brush the air fryer basket with avocado oil so that the chicken wings are less likely to stick to the basket wire when air fried.
- Pat dry the wings and place them with a little space in-between. I do not recommend stacking the wings. For larger quantity, air fry the wings in separate batches.
- Flip the chicken wings at half baking point so both sides will be golden crispy!
How To Serve These Air Fryer Thai Chicken Wings
These Thai chicken wings are really great for many occasions and they do make fabulous finger food for sharing. I like to serve these air fried wings with my crispy Cauliflower Fried Rice and a chilled spinach salad.
Or do the casual party-platter style with the air fried wings, roasted cauliflower, mung bean sprouts salad, and my Keto Chinese Egg Rolls. You can check out more of my healthy appetizer recipes and my Whole30 Paleo Thai Recipes for more choices!
Save Time By Watching The Video First!
The best way to enjoy these air fried Thai chicken wings is to have the Thai chili dipping sauce next to the wings! Divide the sauce to individual serving bowls. You want to dip the wings in the sauce and take a bite and dip again and take another bite. Repeat the process and I guarantee they will be gone in minutes!
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Thai Chicken Wings In Air Fryer (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)
- 1.25-1.5 lbs chicken wings, wings and drumette separated
- 2 tsp fish sauce
- Less than 1 tsp white pepper
- 1 tsp cumin powder, optional
- Olive oil spray
- Jaew dipping sauce
- 2-3 whole Thai red chili peppers, alt. 1 red serrano or fresno chili, optional
- 1-2 tbsp chopped cilantro, optional
- Lime wedges
- In a shallow pan/tray that’s just big enough to fit-in all the chicken wings, marinate the wings with fish sauce and sprinkle with pepper and cumin powder on both sides.
- Marinate the wings for a total of 10 minutes only. Flip after 5 minutes to marinate the flip side. Use a timer to help you measure the time. We only want to give the wings a little salty flavor. Any longer they will turn fishy. See notes if you don’t feel comfortable about this and want to skip the fish sauce marinade.
- Pat dry the wings with paper towel. Spray the air fryer basket with some olive oil so that the wings won’t stick to the basket wire. Place the wings in one layer with some gap in-between.
- Air fry at 400F for 10 minutes per side (i.e. 20 minutes totaor until both sides are golden crispy.
- In the meantime, prepare the jaew dipping sauce. Allow the dipping sauce to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes. The flavor will deepen during the resting process.
- Sprinkle chopped chilies and cilantro, if using, over the baked wings and serve the lime wedges and jaew dipping sauce on the side.
- Pro tip – the best way to serve Thai chicken wings: divide the dipping sauce to each individual serving bowls. You want to dip the wings in the sauce and take a bite and dip again and take another bite. Repeat the process 🙂
- Instead of using 2 tsp fish sauce in the marinade, substitute it with 2 tsp coarse sea salt.
- Season the wings with white pepper and cumin powder. Same quantity as listed in the recipe.
- Use your hands to rub the salt, pepper, and cumin in the wings so they absorb the seasonings.
- Follow the rest of the recipe instructions.
- Serve the wings with the Jaew Thai chili dipping sauce.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings Cook Time
For 1.25 lbs -1.5 lbs chicken wings, air fry at 400F for 20 minutes total. Flip at half baking point.
How To Cook Chicken Wings In Air Fryer
You want to pat the chicken wings dry first. Spray or lightly brush the air fryer basket with olive or avocado oil. Place the wings with some gap in-between so they will get air fried evenly.
Can You Put Foil In An Air Fryer
Yes! As long as the foil doesn’t touch your food. Line a layer of foil in the bottom of the basket and place the basket wire on top. Careful not to cover the air circulation holes in the basket.
Can You Stack Wings In An Air Fryer
I do not recommend it. Leave some space between the wings in an air fryer basket so that the air can circulate fully. Your chicken wings will be more crispy.
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These were phenomenal. Perfect crispy skin, and the sauce was fabulous. Very unexpected but will probably make this on a regular basis!
So happy to hear. Thank you, Vicki!
I can just hear that crunch on these wings! Perfection!
I love the sauce you came up with for these! YUMMY!
What a great idea. Another fantastic recipe for my air fryer. Yay!
These were phenomenal! Perfectly crispy skin, and a fabulous sauce! Was totally unexpected for us and will now be a regular.
These look like the ultimate wings, so much flavor and I love how crispy they look!
10 minutes to marinade?! That is pretty incredible! I bet these are amazing.
I just got my air fryer and about to collect all of the recipes. This came at the right time
So happy to hear!
Oh my, those look so good & crispy. I have an air fryer and can’t wait to try these!
The combined flavors of fish sauce and lime juice is absolutely amazing! And that sauce looks so droolworthy!
Oh, I’m TOTALLY trying this with the fish sauce!
So crispy and full of flavor! Easy to make!!
These look delicious! I’m gonna have to try them in my oven, since I don’t have an air fryer.
These look spectacular! I love how crisp they get in the air fryer and that dipping sauce is so great!
Thank you, Jenni! We love these wings very much, too!
I adapted this for my oven since I don;t own an air fryer yet…but they were delicious! So much great flavor!!!
Which air fryer do you recommend?
I have Gourmia 5 quart and I also have Cosori 6 quart, which I haven’t opened the box yet. :))