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Crispy Korean Air Fried Chicken Wings

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This Crispy Korean Air Fried Chicken Wings recipe is delicious, sweet, sticky, and a little bit spicy. The Air Fryer provides the perfect crunch to these wings without all the added fat from frying.

air fried chicken wings with green onions

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So here’s a fun fact about me…I am not the biggest fan of traditional fried chicken. Only a few close friends know this fact because I live in the South and in the South, everyone loves fried chicken. However, fried chicken should be doused in a delicious sauce after it’s fried to perfection. This must be why I love Korean fried chicken so much.

*Update: My thoughts changed on traditional fried chicken after I made it in the air fryer. Air Fryer Fried Chicken is the truth!

What is Korean Fried Chicken

Korean Fried Chicken is fried chicken that has a super crunchy exterior, yet juicy interior. Therefore, the chicken is usually double fried in oil and then covered in a delicious spicy, sweet and sour type sauce. Any part of the chicken can be used to make Korean Fried Chicken.

Korean fried chicken is popular for the spicy sauce that it is covered in. The main ingredient to this sauce is a spicy Korean paste known as gochujang. The good thing about this paste is there are different heat levels. I used the mild for this recipe so I could enjoy the flavors more but the paste can be extremely spicy if you are not careful.

Why make these chicken wings in an Air Fryer?

Most Korean fried chicken is double fried in oil. Part of me wanted to find a healthier alternative but another part of me didn’t want to do all that work. Blame it on the baby, work, life…but if I can simplify a delicious recipe then that’s what I’m going to do.

Coating these chicken wings in cornstarch and frying them for 30 minutes in the air fryer was easy, fast, and healthy.

air fried chicken wings with green onion

How to Make Korean Air Fried Chicken Wings?

Creating Korean Air Fried Chicken Wings is easy. You don’t even need to preheat the air fryer. Just set the temperature to 390 degrees, season the chicken wings, cover them in a corn starch, and cook in air fryer for 30-35 minutes.

Make sure when coating the chicken wings with cornstarch, that you shake off the cornstarch from each piece really well. You want the chicken wings to be completely covered but you don’t want too much excess corn starch. Pick up each chicken piece with a pair of tongs, tap it against the side of your bowl before placing it in the air fryer basket.

As with any air fryer recipe, make sure the bottom of your air fryer basket is properly seasoned with oil so your chicken does not stick.

Never use aresole can sprays in your air fryer. Invest in a good quality spray oil bottle. I use this brand.

close up of an air fried chicken wing

As always, enjoy.

If you like this recipe, check out my general Air Fryer Chicken Wings from Fresh or Frozen post or my Honey Mustard Chicken Wings recipe.

Notes on Korean Air Fried Chicken Wings

  • The sauce provided in this recipe is enough to lightly coat 2 lbs of chicken wings. If you desire more sauce, feel free to double the sauce ingredients.  
  • I’d suggest serving Korean Air Fried Chicken with a nice quick pickled carrot.
air fried chicken wing with green onion
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Korean Air Fried Chicken Wings

These Korean Chicken Wings are made in an air fryer with no oil. Just as tasty as the deep fried version but much healthier. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 451kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

Korean Air Fried Chicken Sauce

Instructions

  • Rinse and dry chicken wings with a paper towel. Place in a large bowl and season with garlic powder, onion powder, and ½ tsp salt.
  • Cover chicken with corn starch and use kitchen tongs to stir, ensuring all chicken pieces are coated. Tap each piece of chicken on the side of the bowl (to remove excess starch) and place it in the air fryer basket.
  • Close the basket and cook chicken wings at 390 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes, turning and rotating chicken about every 10 minutes.
  • While the chicken is cooking, make the sauce.

Korean Air Fried Chicken Sauce

  • Add the sauce ingredients into a small saucepan over medium heat and whisk until combined. Bring the sauce to a boil and reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Once chicken is done cooking, add sauce to the wings and toss to cover all wings. Enjoy 🙂

Notes

*Oil may be used to spray and coat the chicken pieces if cornstarch still appears on chicken after frying. It can be done without oil as the chicken will produce it’s own oil once cooking.

Suggested Tools for Korean Air Fried Chicken

Air Fryer
Kitchen Tongs
Large Bowl

Nutrition

Calories: 451kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 929mg | Potassium: 241mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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Pete

Friday 22nd of May 2020

I stumbled onto your site a few months ago and this is my first comment. I just want to say all your recipes are wonderful and I have sent this recipe to about 20 people because it is SO DAMN GOOD! I make these wings at least once a week. Your site is awesome and you have a real gift for developing great recipes and presenting things in such an easy-to-follow manner! Thank you!

Sandra

Sunday 24th of May 2020

@Tanya, Hi Tanya, my name is Sandra, and I can’t wait to try your easy to follow Korean Chicken Wings. I have a new Air Fryer and I am excited to give it a try! Thank you for sharing your recipe 😊

Tanya

Friday 22nd of May 2020

Thank you so much Pete! I truly appreciate it :)

Kevin

Saturday 16th of May 2020

I just made this and it was exactly what I needed to satisfy my korean cravings during covid. Thanks!

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Emily

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

Are there any substitutes for gochujang that are not as spicy? I'm doubling the recipe here, I could double the rest of the sauce except for the gochujang?

Tanya

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

Hi Emily, I use the mild gochujang so it doesn't come out too spicy. I think doubling the other ingredients may make it too sweet but it's worth a try.

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