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Sweet Chili Chicken Wings

These Sweet Chili Chicken Wings are made with a Thai red sauce that is sweet, sour, and has a small spicy kick. You can bake or air fry these crispy wings and then drizzle them in a gooey, homemade sauce.

sweet chili chicken wings in a bowl

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Can you ever have too many wings recipes or too many different flavors of chicken wings? I don’t think so. I’m adding these to my series of sticky wings, which may be a point of contention. If you don’t like saucy, sticky wings, don’t worry! I got you. I have tips in the notes of this post on how you can still lock in the sweet chili flavor without getting hands dirty! Check out the full recipe card at the bottom of the post.

raw chicken wings, soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, garlic, flour, and spices in separate bowls

What Type of Wings to Use

I love to use party wings that are already split as opposed to whole chicken wings. Party wings will cook at a more even and consistent temperature. Feel free to use whole chicken wings if you like.

chicken wings in a glass bowl

What Does Sweet Chili Sauce Taste Like?

Sweet chili sauce is sweet, sour, with a small hint of spicy. If you like sweet and sour sauce, imagine that with a spicy kick. I wouldn’t categorize it as spicy, but you can taste the difference. I use sweet chili sauce in recipes like my Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp and Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta recipes.

sweet chili sauce in a pot

How to Make Sweet Chili Wings

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Pat the chicken dry and place it on a large bowl or plastic bag.
  2. Add flour, salt, and pepper to taste to the chicken.
  3. Bake or air fry the wings.
  4. Heat a saucepan on medium-high heat. Add sweet chili sauce, brown sugar or sweetener, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, and garlic.
  5. Cook for 3-5 minutes until the mixture is incorporated.
  6. Remove the chicken from the oven and drizzle the wings in the sweet chili sauce.
raw chicken wings in an air fryer
chicken wings in an air fryer

How to Make Them Spicy

You can add Sriracha or cayenne pepper to the sauce mixture for additional heat and kick!

How to Substitute Flour

You can use 1-2 tablespoons of baking powder (enough to fully coat the chicken). You can also omit flour completely and make naked chicken wings.

fried or baked wings in a glass bowl

How to Make them Naked Without Breading

You make naked wings by simply omitting the flour. The cook time of the chicken will remain the same. Simply toss the wings in the sauce when finished.

Can You Use Other Types of Chicken?

Absolutely! Chicken tenders, chicken breasts, or chicken thighs will work. Click the links to check out my other recipes for cook time.

How to Reheat the Wings

The best way to reheat wings is in the oven or in the air fryer. I wouldn’t microwave them. You can reheat them on 350 degrees until warm.

Freezer Tips

I love to freeze these ahead of time to have on deck for quick and easy meals. Defrost the wings overnight in the fridge. Reheat in the air fryer or in the oven on 350 degrees until warm.

sweet chili wings in a glass bowl

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sweet chili chicken wings brushed with sauce
sweet chili wings in a bowl

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person holding sweet chili chicken wing
sweet chili chicken wings in a bowl
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Sweet Chili Chicken Wings

These Sweet Chili Chicken Wings are made with a Thai red sauce that is sweet, sour, and has a small spicy kick. You can bake or air fry these crispy wings and then drizzle them in a gooey, homemade sauce.
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Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch
Cuisine Asian, Thai
Keyword sweet chili chicken wings, sweet chili wings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 558kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken wings I use drummettes/split wings.
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup all-purpose flour Use enough to fully coat the chicken.
  • cooking oil spray I use olive oil.

Sweet Chili Sauce

Instructions

Oven and Baking Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Pat the chicken dry and place it on a large bowl or plastic bag.
  • Add the flour, salt, and pepper to taste to the chicken. Ensure the chicken is fully coated.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and add the wings. Spritz the chicken wings with cooking oil.
  • Bake the wings for 20 minutes and then open and flip the wings. Spritz with cooking oil. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the chicken is crisp and cooked through.
  • Heat a saucepan on medium-high heat. Add the sweet chili sauce, brown sugar or sweetener, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, and garlic.
  • Cook for 3-5 minutes until the mixture is incorporated. Taste the sauce repeatedly to ensure the taste suits your needs. Adjust the ingredients if necessary.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and drizzle the wings in the sweet chili sauce.

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Pat the chicken dry and place it on a large bowl or plastic bag.
  • Add the flour, salt, and pepper to taste to the chicken. Ensure the chicken is fully coated.
  • Place the chicken in the air fryer basket. Spritz the chicken with cooking oil.
  • Air fry for 15 minutes on 400 degrees.
  • Open the air fryer and flip the chicken. Spritz the chicken with cooking oil. Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until the chicken is crispy and cooked through.
  • Heat a saucepan on medium-high heat. Add the sweet chili sauce, brown sugar or sweetener, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, and garlic.
  • Cook for 3-5 minutes until the mixture is incorporated. Taste the sauce repeatedly to ensure the taste suits your needs. Adjust the ingredients if necessary.
  • Remove the chicken from the air fryer and drizzle the wings in the sweet chili sauce.

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Notes

  • As written, the recipe results in sticky wings. You can bake the flavor of the sauce into the wings by removing the wings from the oven 5 minutes before they have finished baking or air frying. Coat the wings in the sauce and return them to the oven or air fryer for 5 minutes.
  • Macros assume monkfruit sweetener is used. Feel free to use the macros calculator of your choice and the branded ingredients you use in the recipe to calculate your macros.
  • You can swap the all-purpose flour for baking powder. You can use 1-2 tablespoons of baking powder (enough to fully coat the chicken). You can also omit flour completely and make naked chicken wings.
  • You can use actual wings (instead of drums and flats) if you wish, you may need to adjust the number of ingredients needed to fully coat your wings.
  • Salt is key for adding additional flavor to the wings. I typically use 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon for this recipe. I generally allow readers to salt to taste and their preference, considering what their diet allows. Keep in mind, the spices alone will provide flavor, but it needs to be amplified with salt.
  • Start with 1/4 cup of flour and add additional flour if necessary. The chicken should be fully coated.
  • If you see white areas of flour on the wings, spritz the areas with oil.
  • Foil can be substituted for parchment paper while baking. Your cook time may change, so keep an eye out on the wings while they bake. They will need to reach a minimum temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Want to make them spicy? Add Srirarcha, cayenne pepper or Cajun Seasoning. So good! I typically add 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 8oz | Calories: 558kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 30g
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Recipe Rating




K. Phillips

Tuesday 5th of April 2022

Wow! I made a half batch just for a little variety next to our usual lemon pepper wings. The kids were licking the bowl. The recipe isn't spicy (unless you make it that way). Don't sleep on this one!

staysnatched

Sunday 10th of April 2022

I'm so glad you enjoyed them.

Erin J.

Tuesday 1st of March 2022

Wow! So much flavor in this recipe. I made the Honey Garlic wings first and loved them, but this one blew it away with even more flavor. The sauce is so easy to make and the overall recipe takes no time at all. Definitely one to make for a crowd.

staysnatched

Tuesday 1st of March 2022

Yes! So glad you enjoyed the recipe.

Ty

Friday 18th of February 2022

I may never order wings out again. These wings were delicious and made under 30 minutes. Winning!

staysnatched

Friday 18th of February 2022

Yes! Love to hear it!