These Vietnamese Air Fryer Chicken Wings are the best and crispiest wings ever! The wings are coated with a sweet chili and garlic sauce that’s similar to my Vietnamese dipping sauce but thicker and more intensely flavored. There’s no need to marinate and with 10 minutes of effort, Oh Yes PLEASE!

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Air fried crispy chicken wings drizzled with sauce on a white plate
Crispy, Sweet, Salty, Tangy….These Wings Are Super Addictive!

Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Keto Vietnamese Sweet Chili and Garlic Dipping Sauce

Crispy chicken wings are always my readers’ favorite because they are exactly what they claim to be – Super crispy without being deep-fried!

Even better, you don’t need to marinate the wings in advance – just sprinkle the chicken wings with my dry rub spice combo, air fry for about 20-24 minutes, then pour the sweet chili garlic sauce over…

Perfectly crispy, tangy, sweet, and salty. They are simply DELICIOUS!

While this recipe is in no way authentic Vietnamese chicken wings, it has become one of my favorite go-to dishes because of its simplicity and great flavor. This dish is perfect for everyday as well as game days and party gatherings!

Ingredients to make the dish

Ingredients for the Vietnamese-Flavored Air Fried Chicken Wings

  • Chicken wings
  • Dry spice rub:
    • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder
  • Sweet chili and garlic dipping sauce:
    • Fish sauce
    • Garlic
    • Lime
    • Orange-peach jam, honey, keto honey (product link in recipe card), or maple syrup
    • Toasted sesame oil
    • Fresh herbs such as cilantro or scallions

Vietnamese Sweet Chili and Garlic Dipping Sauce

It couldn’t be more true that this air fried chicken wings recipe is all about the sauce! It’s a thicker and more intensely flavored version of my Vietnamese dipping sauce. You can make it paleo or keto. This sauce is great for any grilled meats, seafood, and veggies.

  • Fresh red serrano chili pepper or Thai bird’s eye red chilies
  • Garlic cloves
  • Lime juice
  • Orange peach jam, honey, keto honey (product link in recipe card), or maple syrup
  • Red Boat fish sauce
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • Fresh herbs such as cilantro or scallions
Photo shows a close shot of the sweet chili garlic sauce in a bowl
Sweet, Bright, Little Spicy, Salty, Tangy…SO GOOD!

How to make this dish

To make chicken wings in an air fryer with the sweet chili garlic sauce –

  1. Pat dry the wings
  2. Season the wings with the dry spice rub combo
  3. Air fryer for a total of 20-24 minutes at 400F. Flip the wings at halfway baking point.
  4. Make the dipping sauce and pour it over the wings right before serving.

See? Easy!

Common questions for air frying chicken wings

How long to cook chicken wings in air fryer

A total of 20 to 24 minutes to air fry 1.5 lbs of chicken wings. Flip the chicken wings at halfway baking point so they are air fried evenly.

How to reheat chicken wings in air fryer

Air fryer reheats food very quickly. Set your fryer to 380F and reheat the chicken wings for 6-8 minutes total. Flip the wings at halfway baking point. Different air fryer models have slightly different cook time. Aim on the lower temperature setting and shorter cook time. Increase more as needed.

Air fryer chicken wings dry rub

My dry rub seasoning for chicken wings in the air fryer is super easy! This is my go-to combo – coarse sea salt, ground black pepper, and garlic powder. You can also sprinkle a bit of chili powder if you like it spicier.

Photo shows drizzle the sauce over the air fried chicken wings

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A close shot of the crispy chicken wings with sauce on a white plate
Super Addictive!!!
A close shot of the crispy chicken wings with sauce on a white plate
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Vietnamese Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: ChihYu Smith
Vietnamese air fryer chicken wings with paleo or keto sweet chili garlic sauce is super crispy, no marinate required, and ready in 10 minutes!
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  • 1.5 lb chicken wings
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder

For the sweet chili garlic sauce:

  • 1 whole serrano red chili pepper, or 1-2 Thai chilies
  • 0.1 oz clove garlic, finely minced, about 2 small cloves
  • 2 tbsp lime or key lime juice
  • 2-2.5 tbsp peach jam, keto honey, regular honey, or maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp chopped cilantro, or scallions, plus more for garnish


  • Pat dry the wings. Season them with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Use your hands to press the spices onto the wings so they adhere well.
    Ingredients prepared before start cooking
  • Place the wings in the fryer basket in a single layer and with some small gap in-between. Air fryer at 400F for 24 minutes total or until golden crispy. Flip the wings after 12 minutes so they are cooked on both sides.
    Air fry the wings to golden crispy
  • In the meantime, make the sauce in a bowl.
    Mix well the sweet chili garlic dipping sauce
  • Place the wings over a serving plate and pour the sauce over right before serving. Garnish with more chopped herbs.
    A landscape view of the finishing dish


  • No air fryer? Preheat the oven to 450F (425F convection). Place the wings over a wire rack lined with parchment. Bake for 30-40 minutes total. Rotate the sheet pan at half baking point.
  • The nutritional label is estimated with orange-peach jam.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 232kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 71mg, Sodium: 1356mg, Potassium: 195mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 147IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian American, Vietnamese
Keyword: Air fryer chicken wings, air fryer chicken wings recipe, chicken wings air fryer, chicken wings in air fryer, Vietnamese air fryer chicken wings, Vietnamese chicken wings
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Photo shows the vietnamese chicken wings served with leafy greens, juice, and sauce on the side