Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings Recipe (Chinese-Style)

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Are you looking for the perfect crispy, crunchy, and tasty chicken wings? Look no further than this recipe for Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings, a Chinese takeaway classic!

These mouthwatering wings deliver a tantalizing combination of savory, spicy, salty, and peppery goodness that will leave you craving more.

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Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

If you’re a TikTok user, you may have seen the big debate about Chinese food in the UK vs the USA!

Arguments about why in the UK we call it “a Chinese” (a shortened form of “a Chinese takeaway”), and why we have different dishes like curry sauce, chicken chow mein, and salt and pepper chips.

My local Chinese [takeaway] does a lot of other salt and pepper dishes, including squid, prawns (shrimp), mushrooms, beef, and chicken. And we love ’em all!

But as a healthier alternative to takeaway, I made a batch of salt and pepper chicken wings in the air fryer.

And when I say they were good, they—were—good!

The best thing about these air fryer chicken wings is that they are crispy and crunchy on the outside but deliciously juicy on the inside!

This recipe would make a great starter for a dinner party, a tasty main dish with some noodles or fried rice, or as an appetizer for parties or gatherings with friends.

Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings Recipe
Raw Chicken Wings

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found on the recipe card at the end of this post.


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Equipment Needed For This Recipe

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Chinese Take Away Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings Recipe

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How Do I Make Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings?

The printable recipe card with the full ingredients list and instructions can be found at the end of this post.

Step 1 – Preheat Air Fryer: Set the air fryer to the “Air Crisp” function if yours has that, and set the temperature to 350°F/180°C and set the timer to 10 minutes. Press “Start” to preheat the unit.

Step 2 – Prepare Chicken Wings: Place the chicken wings into a large bowl, and add the sesame oil and rice wine. Toss to cover.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, white pepper, ground ginger, and some salt and black pepper. Sprinkle over the chicken wings and toss to evenly coat.

Step 3 – Part-Cook Chicken Wings: Depending on the size of your air fryer you may have to work in batches. Spray the air fryer basket with some cooking spray, and arrange the chicken wings in a single layer. Spray with more cooking spray and cook for 10 minutes.

If cooking in batches, tip the part-cooked chicken wings into a clean bowl, and cook the remaining wings.

Step 4 – Add Aromatics: Add the sliced chili peppers and green onions to the bowl of part-cooked chicken wings and shake to coat.

Step 5 – Cook Chicken Wings: Add everything from the bowl back into the air-fryer and cook for 10-15 mins, until dark golden brown and cooked through.

Step 6 – Make Dipping Sauce: Meanwhile, place the ingredients for the dipping sauce into a bowl and whisk together. Cover and chill for 10 minutes.

Step 7 – Garnish & Serve: Transfer the chicken wings to a serving platter with a bowl of dipping sauce. Sprinkle over chopped chilies and green onion, serve, and enjoy!

Chinese Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings Recipe

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Recipe Tips

  • Cook times and instructions will vary among different air fryer units. Be sure to check the recommended guidelines for chicken wings for your specific unit before preparing this recipe.

Storing Leftovers & Freezing

  • Storing Leftovers:
    • Cool, transfer to an airtight container, and store in the fridge for 2-3 days.
    • Ensure food is piping hot throughout when re-heating.
  • Freezing Instructions:
    • Cool completely and transfer to an airtight, freezer-safe container or bag.
    • If freezing in food bags, squeeze out as much air from the bags as possible.
    • Place in the freezer for up to 3 months.
    • Label with the name of the dish, thawing/reheating instructions, and the date to keep track of your food storage.
    • To defrost the chicken wings place them in the fridge to thaw overnight (or at least 12 hours).
    • Reheat until piping hot throughout and reaches an internal temperature of 70°C/165°F but this can differ depending on the cut.
  • With all leftovers, make sure the food looks and smells okay before consuming.
  • Safe Minimum Internal Temperature Chart for Cooking
  • You can always consult the Food Standards Agency in your country for the most up-to-date advice on storing and freezing foods: Food Standards Agency (UK) | Food Safety (USA).

Printable Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings Recipe Card

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Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Achieve crispy and flavorful perfection with Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings, where the hot air circulation creates a golden and seasoned crust that will have you reaching for seconds.

Ingredients

  • 2¼-2½ lb (1kg-1.2kg) chicken wings (about 16 wings)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Shaoxing rice wine or Japanese mirin
  • ¼ cup (30g) all-purpose (plain) flour
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • Cooking oil spray
  • 1 red chili, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 green onions (spring onions), thinly sliced​

For the Dipping Sauce

  • 4 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup (100g) Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sugar​
  • 2 tsp mild curry powder

For Garnish

  • 1-2 red chili peppers, thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Set the air fryer to the "Air Crisp" function if yours has that, and set the temperature to 350°F/180°C and set the timer to 10 minutes. Press “Start” to preheat the unit.
  2. Place the chicken wings into a large bowl, and add the sesame oil and rice wine. Toss to cover. In a small bowl, combine the flour, white pepper, ground ginger, and some salt and black pepper. Sprinkle over the chicken wings and toss to evenly coat.
  3. Depending on the size of your air fryer you may have to work in batches. Spray the air fryer basket with some cooking spray, and arrange the chicken wings in a single layer. Spray with more cooking spray and cook for 10 minutes. If cooking in batches, tip the part-cooked chicken wings into a clean bowl, and cook the remaining wings.
  4. Add the sliced chili peppers and green onions to the bowl of part-cooked chicken wings and shake to coat.
  5. Add everything from the bowl back into the air-fryer and cook for 10-15 mins, until dark golden brown and cooked through.
  6. Meanwhile, place the ingredients for the dipping sauce into a bowl and whisk together. Cover and chill for 10 minutes.
  7. Transfer the chicken wings to a serving platter with a bowl of dipping sauce. Sprinkle over chopped chilies and green onion, serve, and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 482Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 532mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 16g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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