Easy Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Wings

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Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Wings are so simple to make and they come out so crispy on the outside with a nice juicy interior. Slathered with a rich teriyaki sauce, they are simply irresistible.

» You might like these Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs or Air Fryer Chicken Strips as well.

air fryer teriyaki chicken wings

Why You’ll Love It

  • All you have to do is toss the wings into the air fryer basket and turn it on. They’re done in under 30 minutes. I’m telling you – super simple!
  • The forced circulating hot air in the air fryer is what makes the skin super crisp, while keeping all the juices locked inside.
  • The homemade teriyaki sauce is to die for!

Ingredients You Need

Teriyaki marinade

You’ll need the following ingredients for these teriyaki chicken wings:

  • Chicken wings – If they aren’t cut into pieces when you buy them, you might have to remove the wing tip and detach the wing joint.
  • Teriyaki marinade – Low sodium soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic, black pepper.
  • Teriyaki sauce – Low sodium soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, honey, sesame oil, water and cornstarch. If you can’t be moved to make the sauce, you can use your favorite store-bought teriyaki sauce.

Equipment Needed

  • Air Fryer – (I use a Ninja MaxXL air fryer). If you don’t have an air fryer yet, check out these options to find one that fits your needs.
  • Bowl – Mix the chicken wings in a bowl with the olive oil and seasonings.
  • Resealable plastic bag or sealable container – I use a resealable bag to marinate the chicken. It’s flexible and you can just toss it out when you’re done. You could use a sealable container instead.
  • Saucepan – A small saucepan to make the teriyaki sauce in.
  • Basting brush To baste on the teriyaki sauce.
  • Whisk – For making the sauce.
teriyaki chicken wings

Pro Tips for Making Teriyaki Wings

  • You can cook chicken wings whole or halved (cut apart at the elbow).
  • After marinating, remove the wings from the liquid and pat them dry. They will crisp up better if dry.
  • Air fryers come in different wattages, which can affect their cooking power. You may need to cook your food more or less than I do, based on your air fryer’s wattage. Times and temps are a general guideline.
  • There are many different sauces you can baste your wings with. Get creative if you want and substitute the teriyaki sauce with BBQ sauce, orange sauce, or honey sriracha sauce.

How to Make Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Step One: Marinate the Wings

marinated chicken

Mix soy sauce, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, mustard, garlic powder, and black pepper together in a quart-sized plastic bag until combined.

Add the chicken wings and shake gently to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Step Two: Air Fry the Wings

chicken wings in an air fryer

Remove the wings from the marinade and pat dry. Place the chicken wings in the air fryer basket and cook on 390 to 400˚F (200˚C) for 15 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through cooking.

Only you know your air fryer, so you need to choose which temperature setting is most appropriate. On my Ninja MaxXL, I go with 390˚F because it cooks really hot. My other air fryer needs 400˚F.

Turn the wings over at the halfway point, or shake the basket if they are piled up.

Step Three: Make the Teriyaki Sauce

teriyaki sauce ingredients

For the teriyaki sauce, combine all sauce ingredients, except the cornstarch and water, in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil, about 2 minutes.

Mix together the cornstarch and water in a small bowl.

Once the mixture is boiling, add the cornstarch slurry and whisk constantly as the sauce thickens.

Once thick, remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Step Four: Baste the Wings

basting the wings

With about 5 minutes left on the cook time of the wings, use a basting brush to brush on the teriyaki sauce, or any other glaze of your choice, if you want to.

After 20-25 minutes, the wings will be nice and crispy and ready to serve. If your wings were a little on the large side, you may need to cook them longer to make sure they’re cooked through. Insert a meat thermometer and make sure the wings have reached 165 degrees F. If not, put them back in for a few more minutes.

teriyaki chicken wings

PRO TIP – The air fryer is the perfect way to reheat your leftover chicken wings without sacrificing their crispy, juicy texture.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I double the recipe?

Yes, you can double the recipe if you have a large enough air fryer. I have a 5.5-quart air fryer basket and I find that 2 pounds of wings fit without them being too crowded to get crispy. I could add up to 3 pounds and they’d still cook well.

When doubling, air fry for 25-30 minutes, or until the skin is crisp. Make sure you shake the basket at least twice during cooking. With so many wings, you might have to stir them with a spatula instead. Bake time will vary based on the size of your air fryer basket and the size of the wings, so be sure to check the temperature of the wings.

Can these chicken wings be baked instead?

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can bake the chicken wings in the oven instead. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and cook the wings on a baking sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper for 30 minutes, flipping them halfway through cooking.

Can I baste the chicken wings in the air fryer?

You can baste the chicken wings with the teriyaki sauce right in the air fryer. There’s no need to take them out to do this. You just don’t want to do it too early on in the cooking process or it might burn.

air fryer teriyaki chicken wings

Why Use an Air Fryer

An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.

Ninja Max XL

What Side Dishes to Serve?

You can serve some really easy side dishes with your main dish cooked in the Air Fryer. Sometimes, you can cook them together in the air fryer to make it even faster.

Some of our favorite side dishes to serve include:

Here are 28 more air fryer side dishes to try

Chicken recipes are always handy to have for a quick dinner. Try air fryer chicken drumsticks, or this easy air fryer whole chicken recipe.

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air fryer teriyaki chicken wings

Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Wings are so simple to make and they come out so crispy on the outside with a nice juicy interior.
5 from 24 votes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 714 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 2 pounds (1 kg) chicken wings

For the marinade

  • 1/4 cup (14.8 ml) low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons (6 g) brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (1 g) rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the teriyaki sauce

  • 1/4 cup (59 ml) low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons (24 g) brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon (7.4 ml) rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon (7.4 ml) honey
  • 1 teaspoon (4.9 ml) ginger freshly grated
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) water
  • 1 tablespoon (8 g) cornstarch

Instructions
 

  • Mix soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, mustard, garlic, and pepper in a quart-sized resealable plastic bag. Shake to combine.
  • Add the chicken wings and shake gently to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Remove the wings from the marinade and pat dry. Place the chicken wings in the air fryer basket and cook on 390-400˚F (200˚C) (adjust to your air fryer) for 15 minutes, shaking the basket or flipped over the wings halfway through cooking.
  • For the teriyaki sauce, combine all sauce ingredients, except the cornstarch and water, in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil, about 2 minutes.
  • Mix together the cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Once the mixture is boiling, add the cornstarch slurry and whisk constantly as the sauce thickens.
  • Once thick, remove from heat and let cool.
  • After 15 minutes of cooking, baste the chicken wings with teriyaki sauce. Continue cooking for 5 minutes. Turn the wings over and baste again. Continue cooking for 5 minutes, or as necessary to get the wings crispy.
  • Check the internal temperature of the wings with a meat thermometer to be sure they’ve reached at least 165 degrees F.

Notes

  • Bake time will vary based on the size of your air fryer and how many wings you put in the basket. You may need to increase the cook time for larger wings or when cooking more than 2 pound at a time.
  • There is no need to spray the basket or preheat the air fryer before cooking.
  • You can cook chicken wings whole or halved (cut apart at the elbow).
  • Pat the wings dry before adding the oil and seasonings. This will help them crisp up better in the air fryer.
  • There are many different sauces you can baste your wings with. Get creative if you want and substitute the teriyaki sauce with bbq sauce, orange sauce, or honey sriracha sauce.
  • Air fryers come in different wattages, which can affect their cooking power. You may need to cook your food more or less than I do, based on your air fryer’s wattage. Times and temps are a general guideline.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 714kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 48gFat: 47gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 189mgSodium: 2494mgPotassium: 530mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 363IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 3mg
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