Sticky Asian Chicken Wings (W30, Keto, Paleo)

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Sticky Asian Chicken Wings

Listen to the way this sounds…” Sticky Asian Chicken Wings!” Ummm yes, please! Not only are these wings out of this world delicious, but they are also Paleo, Whole30 and Keto compliant. It’s hard to believe that these are even the slightest bit healthy because they are exploding with flavor.

If you don’t have an air fryer, no worries. This recipe can be prepared in a air fryer OR a oven. I always like to add multiple cooking methods so everyone can indulge in these yummy wings. Below I am answering your biggest questions regarding chicken wings and all the different cooking methods.

Sticky Asian Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Q & A

Can you use an air fryer to cook these Asian chicken wings?

Yes! Using an air fryer is one of my favorite ways to cook wings because this method gets them extra crispy. The air fryer also cooks them faster than the oven method, but won’t cook as many.

The key to getting a nice crisp on the wings is:

  • Pat each wing dry with a paper towel.
  • Spray the wings with olive oil cooking spray.
  • Make sure there is room between each wing. (This is crucial for getting crispy wings)
  • Shaking the basket ever 10 minutes to make sure they are cooking evenly.
  • Increasing the temperature for the last 5 minutes.

How many Asian chicken wings can I cook in the air fryer at once?

All air fryers are not the same size, so this question is very hard to answer. Instead of giving you a specific number, I say just fill your basket and cook as many as you can while still leaving room in between in wing. For example, my air fryer is a 5 quart and can cook enough for my family at one time. However, if I am cooking for a crowd, I will usually have to do the wings in batches.

Sticky Asian Chicken Wings

How long do you cook the wings in the air fryer to get them crispy?

I cook my wings at 390 degrees for 15 minutes and increase to 400 degrees F for the last 10 minutes. The key to the air fryer is making sure you pull the basket out about every 5 minutes and shake to make sure the wings are cooking evenly. Also, if you want crispy wings, make sure not to over-pack the basket. The wings should be in the basket without touching.

Sticky Asian Chicken Wings

Oven Q & A

What temperature and how long do I cook the chicken wings in the oven to get them crispy?

The best way I have found to cook my wings is on 400 degrees F for 20 minutes then increase the temperature to 425 degrees F for another 15-20 mins or until crispy and cooked through with no pink.

Do I have to use a rack when cooking these Asian chicken wings in the oven?

From experience, baking on a wire rack allows the wings to cook evenly and get crispy all the way around. I bake mine on a wire rack anywhere between 45-60 minutes.

Sticky Asian Chicken Wings

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Sticky Asian Chicken Wings

Sticky Asian Chicken Wings


  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x

Description

These Asian Sticky Chicken wings topped with sesame seeds and fresh jalapeno slices are the perfect family dinner or appetizer for a party. This dish is Whole30, Keto, Paleo, Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free.


Scale

Ingredients

Chicken Wings

  • 2.53 lbs Chicken Wings
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  • green onions, jalapeno slices, sesame seed (for garnish)

Sticky Asian Sauce


Instructions

Air Fryer Method

  1. Prep the Air Fryer basket by spraying with compliant cooking spray and turning to 380 F.
  2. Prepare the wings by placing them on a paper towel and pat dry. Place the wings in a bowl and drizzle with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Sprinkle the wings with salt and pepper, turning until each wing is covered.
  3. Add the seasoned wings to the basket and cook on 380 degrees for 25 minutes. Make sure to shake the basket every 5 minutes to insure even cooking. After the 25 minutes, shake the chicken wings one more time and finish cooking. Increase the temperature to 400 degrees and cook for 5 more minutes.
  4. When the wings are completely done cooking, remove the basket and add a mixing bowl. Pour the sticky Asian Sauce over the wings and mix until each wing is covered. Garnish with fresh jalapeno slices and sesame seeds.

Oven Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F Add a rack to a baking sheet and place all of the wings on top of the rack. (The wire rack allows the wings to get crispy all the way around). If you don’t have a wire rack, just line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place wings on top.
  2. Prepare the wings by placing them on a paper towel and pat dry. Place the wings in a bowl and drizzle with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Sprinkle the wings with salt and pepper, turning until each wing is covered.
  3. Add the wire rack or baking sheet to the oven. Cook for 15 minutes then remove the wings from the oven and turn them. Add back to the oven to cook for 15-20 more minutes.
  4. When the wings are completely done cooking, remove from the oven and add a mixing bowl. Pour the sticky Asian Sauce over the wings and mix until each wing is covered. Garnish with fresh jalapeno slices and sesame seeds.

Asian Sticky Sauce

  1. Add all of the sauce ingredients except for the arrowroot flour (Sub 1/4 xantham gum for keto) to a saucepan and heat on medium/high heat.
  2. Once the mixture is hot, add in the arrowroot flour dissolved in water. Stir frequently. As the sauce heats, it will begin to thicken, (This may take a few minutes).

Notes

Note:To thicken the sauce for Keto, sub 1/4 tsp xantham gum

  • Category: Appetizer, Main Dish
  • Method: Air Fryer/Oven
  • Cuisine: Asian

This was calculated with 1/4 tsp of xantham gum instead of arrowroot flour.

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Comments (19)

  • I made these tonight and I know they were a huge hit because both kids wanted any leftovers for lunch in their thermoses! The entire family really enjoyed them!

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  • These are BEYOND addictive! I use the oven method since we don’t have an air fryer. 😋 Yummy!!

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  • These are AH-mazing!! I should have doubled the recipe for leftovers. I will never make wings any other way. Great to get you through those tough Whole 30 days! Thank u!

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    • So happy to hear you love this recipe. Thank you!

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  • These are so good! The air fryer makes them so crispy. I served these for dinner when my son had a friend over. I had a text that night for the recipe because the friend had told his parents about how good the wings were! Recipes like this during a Whole30, and I don’t feel like I’m missing out.

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    • This makes me so happy. Thank you!

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  • These are amazing!!!!!!!

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    • Thank you so very much!

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  • These were so good! Huge hit with my whole family.

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  • You guys, OMG!! These wings are winner, winner chicken dinner!! (Pun fully intended) Tried these the other day because my boyfriend was – yes, was – obsessed with a local bar’s Asian wings and these are way better than I ever could have imagined!! They’re perfectly sticky with the perfect sweet and salty combination. Ah-mah-zing!!

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    • Awwwww Cody, your comments make my heart smile;-). Thank you so much for your review. When my recipes become boyfriend and hubby MUST, well then, my job is worth what I do.

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  • I’ve made these multiple times. They’re so tasty! Another family favorite!

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    • Awww, thanks Christa……so glad this recipe made the family favs list:-)

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  • I have made these 3 different times. They are delicious, but my sauce never thickens up. We end up just using the sauce for dipping. Can you think of anything that I must be doing wrong? I will definitely make these again, even if I can’t get the sauce to thicken up!

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    • You have to make sure the sauce is over heat. As it heats up with the tapioca flour, it will for sure thicken. It thickens as it heats.

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  • Yum!

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    • 🙂

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  • Is it possible to use almond or coconut flour instead of arrowroot?

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    • Arrowroot acts as a substitute for corn stach. Almond and coconut flour doesn’t work the same. You could use 1/4 tsp xanthum gum instead.

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