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Air Fryer Lemongrass Chicken Wings

These savory and sticky chicken wings are cooked in the air fryer and then dressed with a fragrant garlic lemongrass sauce. Enjoy these as an appetizer or even a main dish with rice.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time21 mins
Marinating Time (optional)30 mins
Total Time56 mins
Course: Appetizers and Side dishes, Main Dish
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: air fryer, easy, party, quick
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 311kcal
Author: Sophie

Ingredients

For the Chicken Wings

  • 1.5 lbs chicken wings, cut into drumettes and flats, pat dry
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/8 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Sauce

  • 1/2 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4-1/3 cup minced lemongrass, white parts only
  • tablespoons olive oil
  • tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer if recommended in the manual.
  • Place all ingredients for the chicken wings in a mixing bowl and mix to combine. If you have time, marinate at room temperature for 20-30 minutes (or several hours in the refrigerator). If not, it is fine to start cooking right away.
  • Place the chicken wings in the air fryer basket skin side up (without overlapping would be best). Cook at 350°F (or 180°C) for 15 minutes.
  • When time is up, open the basket and flip the wings or shake the basket. Increase the temperature to 400°F (or 200°C) and cook for 3-4 minutes. Flip or shake and continue to air fry for another 2-3 minutes or until the wings are crispy to your liking.
  • While the wings are being cooked in step 4 above, prepare the sauce. Add oil to a saucepan or a deep pan over medium heat and sauté shallots until fragrant. Then add lemongrass and garlic, continue to sauté for about 2 minutes until lemongrass has reduced in volume and everything is fragrant.
  • Add fish sauce to the saucepan and the mixture will sizzle. Turn off the heat, add honey and black pepper then stir to combine. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  • After finishing air frying the wings, toss them with the sauce and serve right away.

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Notes

Cooking time may vary depending on air fryer brands and how many wings you cook and how large they are. I use a 220V Philips XXL air fryer. If your air fryer is less powerful, you may need to experiment and increase cooking time.

Nutrition

Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 889mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg