Sweet and Spicy Air Fried Wings + Video

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Air fried wings are just as crispy as deep fried but without all the oil! Make this recipe for an appetizer or dinner a fraction of the time.

title text (shown on parchment paper): sweet and spicy air fried wings

Using an air fryer instead of the oven means all your favorite appetizers and finger foods are ready in a snap! But you can also make this in the slow cooker.

Air Fried Frozen French Fries are the perfect balance of crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Plus, it’s easy to make just enough for snacking without heating up your whole kitchen.

For a crispy skin without any oil, try an Air Fryer Baked Potato. It takes less time than in the oven, and there’s no need to poke a ton of holes first. 

Air Fryer Potato Chips make a great healthy alternative to your favorite snack. This recipe works for both regular and sweet potatoes.

We even have an incredible Garlic Parmesan wing recipe that is amazing!

photo collage: wings in bowl with ingredients, in air fryer and cooked

How To Make Air Fried Wings

This recipe couldn’t be any simpler to make!

  1. Prep the chicken wings – Pat with a paper towel and coat with baking powder and seasonings.
  2. Cook – Preheat the air fryer and spray the basket, then cook the wings in a single layer until done. Turn halfway through so they crisp on both sides.
  3. Toss and serve – Toss the wings in a homemade sweet and spicy sauce and garnish with sliced scallions.
ingredients on a board: sugar, vinegar, water, ginger, garlic, chili sauce, cornstarch, scallions

Serving Suggestions

Enjoy these air fryer wings on their own or make a large batch to serve at your next party. If you’d like to make a meal out of them, pair with steamed rice or some crunchy cabbage slaw.

Kitchen tools/equipment needed

  • Air Fryer – This is my favorite air fryer!
  • Spray bottle of cooking oil
  • Mixing Bowls – I like a variety of mixing bowls and prep bowls and this set has them all.
  • Whisk – These have held up for over 10 years and are still as good as the day I bought them. With 3 sizes there is a whisk for every job!
  • Citrus zester – Use this to grate the fresh ginger for the sauce. Or, use the small holes on a box grater.
collage photo: ingredients for sauce, ingredients in pot, sauce in pot and wings tossed in sauce

How to store leftovers

If you somehow manage to have any sweet and spicy chicken wings left, you can keep them in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. Store in a container with a tightly fitted lid or zip top storage bag.

To reheat, place the wings back in the air fryer at 360°F for 4 minutes. Then, increase to 400°F for 5 minutes to get them crispy again.

How to freeze leftovers

You can prolong the life of the wings or just have a batch ready to go by freezing them. Place them in a freezer bag and use them within 3 months.

Before reheating, defrost the chicken in the refrigerator overnight. Then, reheat as directed above.

sweet and spicy chicken wings on parchment paper

Recipe Notes + FAQ

How to keep air fryer wings crispy

First, allow them to cool for about 5 minutes before tossing in the sauce and be sure to serve them immediately.

Never stack the wings on top of the first layer, since it’s important to leave enough room for air to circulate.

If you’re making a larger batch, place the finished wings on a lined cookie sheet and place in a warm oven. This way, they’ll stay warm and crispy while you continue to cook the rest in the air fryer.

Can I make these chicken wings in the oven?

Absolutely! Just spray each one with olive oil before coating in the baking powder and seasonings.

Then, bake for about 45 minutes at 400°F. Flip them over about halfway through baking, or use a wire rack on the baking sheet to allow for air circulation.


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Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings Recipe Video

Watch our video at the top of this post to see us make the recipe from start to finish!

sweet and spicy air fried wings

Spicy and Sweet Chili Wings in the Air Fryer + Video

Donna Elick
Sweet Chili Wings are tender and juicy with a sensational sweet heat! Make crispy air fried chicken wings for an easy snack in no time.
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Air Fryer
Servings 6 – 8


For the wings

  • 4 pounds chicken wings, drumettes and flats
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder, aluminum-free
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Spicy Sweet Chili Sauce

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 2/3 cup + 2 tablespoons water, divided
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sambal oelek chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons scallions, thinly sliced


For the wings

  • Preheat the air fryer to 360°F. Place the wings in a large bowl, add the baking powder, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Toss to combine.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray and place the wings in the basket in a single layer, not touching. Air fry for 12 minutes, flip, and air fry an additional 12 minutes. Continue until all the wings are done. Toss in your favorite wing flavor and serve.

For the sauce

  • Place the sugar, vinegar, ⅔ cup water, ginger, garlic, and chili sauce in a medium-sized saucepot. Whisk to combine.
  • Place over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. While the sauce is cooking, make a cornstarch slurry by place the cornstarch in a small bowl, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of water and whisk to combine. Once the sauce comes to a boil, stream in the cornstarch slurry while whisking, cook until thickened and take off the heat. Toss wings in sauce, garnish with optional sliced scallions.



Serving: 1 | Calories: 441cal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 692mg | Sugar: 17g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published October 2020


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