2-3wholeThai red chili peppersalt. 1 red serrano or fresno chili, optional
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 :)
Prefer to skip the fish sauce marinade? This is a popular recipe in Thailand. As a matter of fact, most of the time locals will marinate the wings for 20-30 minutes (i.e. even longer). Personally I found that the flavor becomes too strong and unpleasant. I reduce the marinating time to 10 minutes only but if you still don’t feel comfortable about it, I recommend skipping the fish sauce. Here are the workarounds:
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.
- Jaew dipping sauce (AKA Thai dried chili pepper dipping sauce): This is a very popular dipping sauce for meat, especially grilled steak, chicken, or pork. It’s a thin, liquid based dipping sauce. Store extra in the fridge. Best finish in 4-5 days.- No air fryer? Preheat oven to 450F (425F convection). Pat dry the wings and place them over a wire rack lined with parchment. Bake for 30-40 minutes total. Rotate the sheet pan at half baking point.- If you are making a larger batch, please air fry the wings in separate batches. Air fryer setting and temperature differs, If not crispy enough, add 2-3 minutes extra per side.