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Air Fryer Korean Chicken Wings

Try this easy and delicious air fryer Korean chicken wings recipe! 

Air fried chicken wings are coated with sticky and addictive Korean sauce. You can even choose the flavor you want from two of the most popular Korean fried chicken sauces I will share below!

What’s more it is super easy to make and you can start gobbling them up in less than 30 minutes.

Lastly, you get to enjoy your favorite Korean fried chicken in a healthier way. Let’s get cooking!

Korean chicken wings served on paella pan

Korean Chicken Wings in Air Fryer 

Well made Korean chicken wings are a crowd pleaser. Typically Korean fried chicken is deep fried in oil; Twice to make it extra crispy, but today’s recipe is air fried instead. So people who don’t appreciate deep fried oily chicken can enjoy the Korean fried chicken flavor too.

I have made Korean fried chicken (deep fried) many times using different parts of chicken in the past, but this time I chose chicken wings. That’s because chicken wings are a great cut to cook in an air fryer as wings are naturally greasier parts of chicken. So you don’t even need additional oil to coat.

Basting the sauce over chicken wings

Korean Chicken Wing Sauce

I have tasted different sauces for Korean fried chicken over the years and these two sauces are most universally known in Korea.

The first one is soy sauce based “Soy Garlic Sauce” and the other one is gochujang and ketchup based “Sweet and Spicy Sauce”.

These sauces are so easy to make. You just need to combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to boil, cool down then brush the sauce over the air fried chicken wings.

This is to minimize the chicken wings getting overly soggy. Coated chicken wings become sticky, very flavorful, and moreish. They will disappear in no time when you serve them.

chicken wings coated with sticky sauce

How to Serve

Typically Korean fried chicken is served with pickled radishes, so they will go well with these air fried chicken wings too. I also think pickled cucumber and lemon, Korean macaroni salad, and corn cheese will make a great companion as well. 

 

Popular Korean Chicken Recipes

Seriously, I think all Korean chicken recipes are so delicious and addictive. If you want to venture out more, check my recipes below!

 

Ingredients for Korean Chicken Wings (Serve 4 as an appetizer)

Tools

  • air fryer
  • cooking spray oil

Chicken & Base Seasonings

  • 900g /2 pounds chicken wings
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine (mirin)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • A few cracks ground black peppers

Soy Garlic Sauce

(Adapted from my Dakgangjeong: Soy Garlic Popcorn Chicken sauce)

  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce, regular
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine (mirin)
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • A few cracks ground black pepper
  • (optional) 30g / 1 ounce green onions, white part x2
  • (optional) 3 dried chilies
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 2 tsp water

Sweet & Spicy Sauce

(Adapted from my Korean Fried Chicken Sauce)

  • 1.5 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp gochujang (Korean chilli paste)
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 Tbsp sesame oil

Garnish (Optional)

  • sesame seeds
  • green onions

* 1 Tbsp = 15 ml, 1 Cup = 250 ml

** Each sauce above is more than enough for 1 kg /2 pounds of chicken wings respectively, so you may have some extra sauce at hand after cooking. This extra can be used as a dipping sauce for those who like extra saucy chicken wings.

How to Make Korean Chicken Wings in Air Fryer

1. In a bowl, place the chicken wings and add rice wine. Mix them well and set aside it for 5 mins.

chicken wings in a bowl

2. Gently shake off excess liquid from the wings and place them into a clean bowl. (Discard any residual liquid in the bowl from step.1). Add the onion powder, garlic powder, salt, ginger powder, and ground black peppers. Mix them well.

Marinating chicken wings with base sauce

3. Spray some cooking oil onto the air fryer basket. Place the seasoned chicken into the basket without overlapping too much. Set the air fryer temperature at 200 C / 400 F and cook each side for 10 mins or until the chicken wings are crisp and golden brown outside. Just note that the cook time may vary depending on your air fryer.

air frying Korean chicken wings in an air fryer

air fryer fried chicken wings

4. Make your choice of chicken wing sauce following the instructions below.

4.1) Soy garlic sauce

In a sauce pan, combine all sauce ingredients (except for corn starch and water). Bring it to boil over medium low heat while stirring often. Once the sauce starts bubbling, take out (and discard) the chilies and green onion pieces. In a small bowl, combine the corn starch and water. Mix well then pour it over the sauce. Stir often. Once the sauce thickens or turns to glaze (within 1 – 2 mins), remove from the heat and cool down for 3-5 mins.

soy garlic sauce for the chicken wings

4.2) Sweet & spicy sauce

In a sauce pan, combine all sauce ingredients. Bring it to boil over medium low heat while stirring often. Once the sauce starts bubbling and thickens (about 4-5 mins), remove from the heat. Cool down the sauce for 3-5 mins.

gochujang ketchup sauce for the chicken wings

5. Place the air fried chicken onto a lined sheet pan. Gently coat the chicken with your choice of sauce using a basting brush. Once all the chicken is coated with the sauce, serve. 

basting sauce over lined chicken wings

Storage and Reheating Tips

One thing these air fried chicken wings are not so good for is storing and reheating. They just don’t taste the same once they get reheated (the chicken wings look sad and shrivelled.) So I suggest you make only as many as you will eat at one seating. However, if you still end up with some leftover chicken wings, they can be refrigerated for a day or two and eaten cold or reheated.

If you want to save some time on cooking, I’d recommend combining the sauce ingredients in an air tight container then store in the fridge. Make the sauce following the instruction above in step 4 at the time of air frying chicken wings. If you make the sauce all the way through in advance and refrigerate, it will thicken a bit too much to baste, particularly for the soy garlic sauce.

 

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Korean chicken wings serve on paella pan

Air Fryer Korean Chicken Wings

Super delicious Korean chicken wings made in air fryer. These wings are coated with sticky, and finger-licking delicious sauce!
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Main
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: air fryer chicken wings, korean chicken wings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 -8
Calories: 389kcal
Author: Sue

Ingredients

CHICKEN & BASE SEASONINGS

  • 900 g chicken wings (2 pounds)
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • A few cracks ground black peppers

SOY GARLIC SAUCE

  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce , regular
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • A few cracks ground black peppers
  • 30 g green onions (1 ounce), white part (optional)
  • 3 dried chilies (optional)
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 2 tsp water

SWEET & SPICY SAUCE

  • 1.5 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp gochujang (Korean chilli paste)
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 Tbsp sesame oil

GARNISH (OPTIONAL)

  • sesame seeds
  • green onion , thinly sliced

Instructions

  • In a bowl, place the chicken wings and add rice wine. Mix them well and set aside it for 5 mins.
  • Gently shake off the liquid from the wings and place them into a clean bowl. (Discard any residual liquid in the bowl from step.1). Add the onion powder, garlic powder, salt, ginger powder, and ground black peppers. Mix them well.
  • Spray some cooking oil onto the air fryer basket. Place the seasoned chicken into the basket without overlapping too much. Set the air fryer temperature at 200 C / 400 F and cook each side for 10 mins or until the chicken wings are crisp and golden brown outside. Just note that the cook time may vary depending on your air fryer.
  • Make your choice of chicken wing sauce following the instructions below.
    Soy Garlic Sauce
    In a sauce pan, combine all sauce ingredients (except for corn starch and water). Bring it to boil over medium low heat while stirring often. Once the sauce starts bubbling, take out (and discard) the chilies and green onion pieces. In a small bowl, combine the corn starch and water. Mix well then pour it over the sauce. Stir often. Once the sauce thickens or turns to glaze (within 1 – 2 mins), remove from the heat and cool down for 3-5 mins.
    Sweet & Spicy sauce
    In a sauce pan, combine all sauce ingredients. Bring it to boil over medium low heat while stirring often. Once the sauce starts bubbling and thickens (about 4-5 mins), remove from the heat. Cool down the sauce for 3-5 mins.
  • Place the air fried chicken onto a lined sheet pan. Gently coat the chicken with your choice of sauce using a basting brush. Once all the chicken is coated with the sauce, serve.
    Coleslaw salad, Korean macaroni salad, corn cheese or pickled radish will go well with these chicken wings. Leftover chicken can be refrigerated for a day or two and eaten cold or reheated.

Notes

  • 1 Tbsp = 15 ml, 1 Cup = 250 ml
  • Each sauce above is more than enough for 1 kg /2 pounds of chicken wings respectively, so you may have some extra sauce at hand after cooking. This extra can be used as a dipping sauce for those who like extra saucy chicken wings.

 

Nutrition Info (per serving)

Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1733mg | Potassium: 291mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 382IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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Written by: Sue

Last Updated: September 25, 2020
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15 thoughts on “Air Fryer Korean Chicken Wings”

  1. Hello Sue,
    Hope everything and everyone are doing well. I did the chicken in the air fryer with the sweet and spicy sauce, amazing. Thank you so much for the recipe, it’s my weekend go to recipe with my family. Best wishes.

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  2. I like eat chicken dishes. Your method is simple and easy to do. I followed your instructions and I got it. Thank you for your helpful sharing. Hope you will have more good articles like this one.

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  3. Made this dish the other night. Added extra cooking time because I have a different air fryer. It was fantastic, opted for the sweet and spicy sauce. My family loved it, we even reheated and ate the leftovers the next day – still good. Will be adding to our regular go to dishes – so easy to prepare, very flavourful. Thanks for this recipe, I am always looking for ways to use my air fryer and eat healthier.

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    • You can do that if you want to. Make sure you shake the wings well (to drop off excess cornstarch) before putting them into the air fryer. You will also want to spray some oil on the wings as well. I personally don’t like the flavor of starch coated wings when it’s air fried. 🙂

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      • I already made this. I followed everything except for the cornstarch. The sweet and spicy sauce is so good! The best KFC I made according to my husband haha. I will make this again and next time w/o the cornstarch. I don’t think it’s necessary, it just made my air fryer super messy and hard to clean lol. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!❤️ Btw, I also followed your recipe on IP Galbi Jjim and Bibimbap. Everything was perfect!

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  4. I don’t have an air fryer so I just fried my wings in a wok, I made the sweet and spicy sauce and can honestly say it was the best homemade sauce I have tasted. I also made the quick carrot and daikon pickles.

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    • Yes, I do love my air fryer! I would use it at least a few times a week. As far as Korean cooking goes, the usage is a bit limited. But I’m sure I will find ways to get more creative.

      These chicken wings can be baked for sure. But baking takes longer and also the texture I get from an air fryer is just much better. 🙂

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