Hawaiian and Japanese-inspired sweet and savory soy-glazed air-fried chicken wings with a kick of heat from chili red pepper flakes balanced with the health-boosting sweetness of date syrup served with fresh mixed greens, tomatoes, and a quick homemade carrot ginger dressing, making this an incredible air fryer teriyaki chicken wing meal.
A Party for Two to Infinity!
Experience the ultimate convenience with the Easy Healthier Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Wings recipe – a quick and easy recipe perfect for a stress-free weeknight dinner or a spontaneous romantic dinner for two.
These crispy wings, glazed with a sweet and savory soy-infused sticky teriyaki sauce, are a crowd favorite for game day parties and a delightful option for those cozy wing nights at home.
Healthier Without the Compromise
Use low-sodium and low-glycemic ingredients to achieve the perfect balance of healthier, juicy wings with crispy skin. Whether you're looking for a quick dinner option or planning an intimate meal, these wings, with a hint of chili pepper flakes for a kick, will impress.
Serve with mixed greens and Japanese-style carrot ginger dressing for a well-rounded, flavor-packed dining experience. Elevate your culinary game with my easy and delicious recipes that check all the boxes for a memorable and satisfying meal.
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Prepare the Chicken
Begin by patting dry the whole chicken wings with a paper towel after preheating the air fryer. Then, toss them with kosher salt, ground black pepper, and avocado oil.
Place them in the air fryer in a single layer and make the sauce by whisking together ginger paste, garlic paste, red pepper chili flakes, low-sodium soy sauce, date syrup, and rice wine vinegar. Set it aside.
Make the Salad
Then, make the dressing in the food processor with carrots, ginger paste, honey, toasted sesame oil, kosher salt, avocado oil, and Greek yogurt. Once the chicken wings are cooked, baste it with the sauce and place it back into the air fryer basket.
Then, reduce the rest of the sauce in a frying pan and toss with the chicken wings. Plate them with mixed greens, sliced Campari tomatoes, and the carrot ginger dressing.
See the air fryer teriyaki chicken recipe recipe card for quantities.
Follow the instructions and cooking tips below using the step-by-step picture guide.
Ensure to pat dry the chicken wings with a paper towel to allow the oil and seasoning to adhere and create crispy chicken wings.
To prevent cross-contamination, clean the bowl before making the sauce.
Blend the carrots first to chop them into fine pieces to make a smoothie dressing.
Adding the Greek yogurt last prevents it from being mixed too much.
Baste the chicken wings at least three times for an even coat before placing them back in the air fryer.
Tucking the tips of the chicken wings under the other wings prevents the tips from burning.
Since the sauce has date syrup, it will become a glaze when reduced.
Keep an eye out not to burn the sugars.
Be careful when tossing the hot wings with the hot sauce; you can toss using a bowl, a pair of tongs, or a large spoon.
This two-step process seasons the wings' skin with the sauce and creates a thick coating since you cannot air fryer sauced wings for more than five minutes without burning them.
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How to Stack Whole Chicken Wings?
Presentation matters for a dinner for two or just for you. Follow the image guidelines below.
First, lay the flatter side of the wing horizontally close to the salad.
Second, place the next wing in the opposite direction for contrast and stability.
Third, place the last wing with the flat side up for a great skin presentation.
- This teriyaki chicken wing recipe is already dairy-free.
- Low-Sodium Soy Sauce - Use gluten-free soy sauce or tamari. Tamari is a gluten-free fermented soy-based sauce with a richer, deeper flavor, often used in Japanese cuisine and enjoyed for its umami punch. Another alternative is coconut aminos, a coconut-based low-sodium sauce with no soy compared to the original.
- To be honest, I believe it will be hard to turn this recipe into a vegetarian one; if you are interested in a plant-based version of a Teriyaki meal, I suggest checking out Catherine's Plant-Based: 15 Minute Teriyaki Tofu. Why this recipe? Because she makes a full, balanced meal out of it using simple ingredients. In addition, you can still serve my dressing along with it. Note: My salad dressing is vegetarian, not vegan, because of the use of Greek Yogurt and honey.
- Avocado Oil - This neutral, healthy oil was chosen since it has a high smoke point; you can use vegetable oil or canola as a substitute.
- Garlic Paste and Ginger Paste - You can substitute with store-bought mixed garlic and ginger paste. Another option is to grate the fresh garlic and ginger to prevent it from burning quickly when cooking at a high temperature in the air fryer.
- Date Syrup - This is a low-glycemic dark syrup with rich, deep flavors to compensate for some of the characteristics of the mirin and sake. If you have it, replace it with the latter or use brown sugar.
- Campari Tomatoes - These tomatoes are chosen for their balance of sweetness to acidity. However, you can replace them with grape or cherry tomatoes.
Change Heat Level - Modify the air fryer teriyaki chicken wing recipe's heat level to your liking, and learn more about the Scoville Scale and Chili Pairings.
- Garnishes - If you are serving these wings alone, I suggest garnishing them with thinly sliced green onions or white sesame seeds for a pop of color.
- Chicken Thighs - Follow the recipe as usual. The only difference will be the air fryer cooking times; thighs usually take 18 to 22 minutes to cook fully.
- Air Fryer - This is used to cook the chicken wings faster than the typical oven to avoid deep frying. I use the 4-quart Ninja AG301 Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Electric Grill to develop my air fryer recipes. For the oven, I suggest baking on a baking sheet tray with a rack at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 45 minutes with an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit; depending on the size of the wings, it can take up to 60 minutes.
- Paper Towels - Helps remove excess moisture to create a crispy texture when air frying.
- Whisk - Used to mix the ingredients.
- Mixing Bowl - This is for mixing the sauce and seasoning and later to coat the wings.
- Food Processor - For making the dressing. If you do not have a food processor, you can use a box grater to grate the carrots, ginger, and garlic. In the tutorial video, I used the KitchenAid 3.5 Cup Food Chopper, which comes with a drizzle basin to add the oil in slowly to emulsify and thicken homemade dressings.
- Non-Stick Frying Pan - Used to reduce the homemade teriyaki sauce; I used the All-Clad HA1 Hard Anodized 12-inch Nonstick Fry Pan for this recipe. However, you can use a small saucepan.
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- Refrigerator - To store in the fridge, you can place the chicken wings in a shallow 2-inch container to cool down quickly. Then, store it in an airtight container along with the dressing and salad. As a result, the meal will last up to three days.
- Freezer - Follow the refrigeration process mentioned above for the chicken wings. Then, place it in the freezer in a labeled, airtight container or freezer resealable bag.
Air Tight Food Containers - I use Glass Food Storage Containers with a plastic clipping lid to store food. For example, I always suggest glass storage containers since you can microwave them and hold food without staining the container, and the glass keeps them at a more stable temperature, which keeps the food fresher longer.
Sugar Burns - The best results for golden brown and delicious wings made using sugar in the sauce is knowing when to use it and for how long. I suggest cooking the wings first, then tossing them in the sugar-based sauce to finish in the air fryer for a couple of minutes to prevent them from burning. In addition, the same goes for reducing sugar-based sauces. Always keep an eye and an extra eye when it begins to create slow bubbles when simmering; that means it is on that thin line between being a delicious, sticky, yummy sauce to crystallizing and burning.
Frequently Asked Questions
There is no difference; it's just a shorter way of saying it because the alcohol in rice, the wine, is fermented, resulting in what you know as vinegar.
The Hawaiian sauce has a Japanese name for the cooking method, and the basic ingredients in teriyaki sauce are soy sauce, mirin, and sake; some may add other sugars, ginger, garlic, or thicker sauces such as cornstarch.
Soy Sauce is not gluten-free due to the use of wheat as a flavor enhancer to create its deep, complex flavors. However, now you can find gluten-free soy sauce, an alternative label to tamari; both switch out wheat for rice and are soy-based products.
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- Cook chicken to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C).
- Use a meat thermometer for accuracy.
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food that previously touched raw meat to prevent foodborne illness from contaminated uncooked meats.
- Wash hands after touching raw meat to prevent cross-contamination.
- Don't leave food at room temperature for extended periods; this can breed bacteria.
- Never leave cooking food unattended to prevent burns and fires.
- Use oils with a high smoke point to avoid harmful compounds.
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
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