Sticky, slightly sweet chicken wings crisped up in the air fryer taste better than any bar wings you’d order out. Clean and paleo, these Teriyaki Chicken Wings will be your weekend go-to!
Air Fryer chicken wings are the reason I first bought an air fryer, if we’re being honest. Well that, and tater tots, obvi I’ve since learned there are so many other meals you can make in your air fryer, but chicken wings are still my go-to first love when it comes to air fryer recipes. And you never forget your first love.
When I first shared my Shrimp Pad Thai recipe, I knew I would need to share a handful of other recipes using tamarind paste for you. Tamarind Paste is a wonderful, whole30 condiment perfect that reminds me of molasses; giving a sweet and sticky feel that you get with a good teriyaki chicken sauce.
But tamarind paste can be a pricey staple if you don’t use it enough; kind of like when you buy tahini for six bucks to make hummus one time. So! I want to add a few more recipes showcasing tamarind paste: like these whole30 teriyaki chicken wings!
These Teriyaki Chicken Wings are saucy and sticky, and sweet! Sadly, they’re not keto-friendly, but there is NO added sugar, whatsoever. And I’m really proud of that. It took me a few tries to get the balance right, without adding honey or maple syrup, or sugar. The secret ingredient to making these teriyaki flavored? PINEAPPLE JUICE! You could probably also sub in apple juice, but pineapple juice lends that perfect tropical tang that teriyaki needs.
How to make Teriyaki Chicken Wings in the air fryer:
- Set your air fryer to 380F. Spray air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray.
- Using fresh (not frozen) wings, season with salt and pepper, if desired.
- Line fry basket in an even layer (may need to work in batches).
- Cook at 380F for 18-20 minutes, shaking basket every ten minutes.
- After 20ish minutes, increase temperature to 400F and cook for 10 minutes.
- While chicken wings are in air fryer, make teriyaki sauce.
What if I don’t have an air fryer?
These Teriyaki Chicken Wings can easily be prepared in the oven!
Preheat oven to 400F.
Using a bowl, or plastic gallon-sized bag, toss wings in salt and pepper.
Line a cookie sheet, or broiler pan with foil. Spray non-stick cooking spray on foil. Line baking sheet or broiler pan with wings.
Bake for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, flip wings over to ensure both sides become crispy. Cook for 25 more minutes.
To a separate bowl, make teriyaki sauce. Remove wings from oven and toss in sauce. Serve immediately.
Whether you plan to make these teriyaki chicken wings, or just need a standard chicken wing recipe for the air fryer or oven, this will work everytime, giving you crispy wings!
Personally, I like to add whatever sauce I plan to use, after cooking. You’ll find recipes that say to cook your chicken wings in your sauce, but I don’t think you get as crisp of chicken wings, and we like them crispyyyy at Casa de Crews.
If you’re planning to use frozen chicken wings, you can use this recipe to thaw and cook in your air fryer.
I can’t help myself; a side of ranch dressing is always welcome to a plate of chicken wings – no matter the flavor. Make a batch of my dairy-free, whole30 ranch for any and all chicken wings you make at home.
air fryer teriyaki chicken wings
- 2 lbs chicken wings, tips removed and wings cut into drumettes and flats - approx 20 wings
- cooking spray
- salt and pepper, a pinch or so - to taste (optional)
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice - make sure no sugar or other w30 non compliant ingredients apply
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes, if desired for heat - optional
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot starch - can also use tapioca starch or cornstarch if not whole30/paleo
- Set your air fryer to 380 degrees F. Spray air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray. Using fresh (not frozen) wings, season with salt and pepper, if desired.
- Line fry basket in an even layer (may need to work in batches). Cook at 380 degrees F for 18-20 minutes, shaking basket every ten minutes. After 20ish minutes, increase temperature to 400F and cook for 10 minutes. Remove wings from air fryer and toss in teriyaki sauce, using a large bowl.
- Once bubbling, reduce heat to low and whisk in arrowroot. Whisk constantly until sauce begins to thicken, about 3-5 minutes. Once thick, remove from heat and allow to cool 3-4 minutes. Can be made in advance.
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