These Asian Sticky Wings are the best wings I have ever eaten! That's saying a lot, because I'm very picky. If wings aren't crispy, they are not worth eating, in my book. It's almost unbelievable that these wings were made in the Ninja Foodi! No oil. Not a drop.
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What is the Ninja Foodi?
Only the greatest kitchen appliance in the land. It's true. The Ninja Foodi is the KING of my kitchen right now. Seriously. I might be in love. Okay, okay... I know I'm in love. There, I've said it. I'm in love with a kitchen appliance. Whew... I'm lucky to have you to confide in. Not everyone would understand.
I almost didn't even meet King Ninja Foodi. I didn't know he was out there in appliance land. I was looking at getting another Instant Pot. I still do love my Instant Pot, by the way. I know I'm a two-timer. I can't help it; both are so wonderful!
So... while I was trying to decide if I even needed a second Instant Pot; my friend, Robin, started posting about her new Ninja Foodi. Her what? To be completely honest, I wasn't even that interested. A Ninja Foodi? I chuckled to myself, "What in the world can that do better than my Instant Pot?" Then, I looked it up. And my eyes got very big and my bank account got a little smaller. It was worth it! Robin is my HERO! Thank you, Robin!
Basically, the Ninja Foodi is a pressure cooker that air fries... but it also sautes, sears, bakes, dehydrates, and more! WOW! I'm imaging all the recipes I could make with that. Wings weren't one of them. Why? Because there is no way an air fryer is going to get wings crispy like I like them. I was a doubter. And to be honest, I probably would not have even attempted this Ninja Foodi recipe for Asian Sticky Wings if it wasn't for starting a Facebook Group called Ninja Foodi 101.
It seems almost all new Ninja Foodi owners get their feet wet with wings and if I'm going to be the head of the newbie group, Ninja Foodi 101... I'd better, at least, have attempted to air fry some wings. So, I did. I was shocked. They were the crispiest, best tasting wings I have ever had. No joke. To put this in perspective, I'm the girl who will drive over a hundred miles just to stop at a place that has good wings.
If you don't have a Ninja Foodi yet and want to see what you can expect when it arrives, check out my unboxing video on YouTube. Then... buy one! You will not regret it!
Before you cook with the Ninja Foodi for the first time, be sure to do a pressure test. It's easy and takes just a few minutes. Watch the video below to see how it is done.
Making Crispy Wings in the Ninja Foodi
There are a few tips I want to share on making the crispiest wings in the Ninja Foodi.
- Pressure cook the wings for a few minutes before using the Tender Crisp function- this softens the skin and releases some moisture for a crispy skin.
- After pressure cooking, remove the wings and dry them as much as you can. Removing the moisture from the skin will result in a crispy wing.
- Dump the water from the pot before air frying (Tender Crisp), even if you aren't making the sauce in this recipe. The increased steam and humidity from air frying with water in the pot reduces the crispiness.
How to make Asian Sticky Wings in the Ninja Foodi
I can hardly believe how easy it is to make wings that taste like they are fried without one drop of oil. Not one single drop. I have tested this recipe several times and each time I felt like I was eating the best fried wings I've ever had. Here is how you do it.
I used fresh chicken wings that I got in a pack from my local grocery store. If you are starting out with frozen wings, you will want to increase the pressure cook time to 3-4 minutes. If your wings are whole like mine were, use a very sharp knife to separate the wing at the joint like shown in the picture. Also cut the tip off of the wing. No need to season at this point.
Add 2 cups of water to the inner pot and place the rack in the low position inside the pot. Place wings on a single layer on the rack that came with your Ninja Foodi on the low position. Place the pressure lid on and turn the valve to seal. Set pressure on High and the time for 2 minutes. When the time is up, immediately release the pressure and remove the lid when all the pressure has been released.
While the wings are pressure cooking, make the sauce. In a bowl, combine rice vinegar, zest & juice from a small orange or tangelo, red pepper paste, freshly grated ginger, 2 cloves of minced garlic, ½ tsp fine grind sea salt, honey. I make my own red chili pepper paste by pressure cooking 1 ½ lbs of Fresno chili peppers with 2 cups of water and 1Tbsp lemon juice for 10 minutes on high pressure, natural release x 10 minutes, then release the rest of the pressure. Then I puree in a blender and add ½ tsp of salt and about 1 tsp of xanthan gum to thicken. You don't have to do that if you don't want to, you can usually find Gourmet Garden chili pepper paste in the produce department of many grocery stores.
Remove the chicken wings from the rack and place on paper towels. Pat dry until as much moisture has been removed as possible. Salt wings with remaining ½ tsp fine grind sea salt. It is not necessary to use the entire ½ tsp, just sprinkle the salt over the wings. Dump the water out of the inner Ninja Foodi pot and rinse.
Put the Asian sauce in the inner pot of the Ninja Foodi. Place the rack in the low position into the inner pot. Put the dried wings in a single layer on the rack. Set the Tender Crisp function to 390° F. for 30 minutes. Flip the wings every 10 minutes until desired color is reached.
I let mine go the entire 30 minutes, but if you want to go longer, you will want to remove the sauce. At 30 minutes the Asian sauce will be thick and starting to brown cooking longer may burn the sauce. If the sauce is not thick enough, turn the pot to saute and cook until bubbly and thick. Using pot holders, lift the rack and dump the wings into the pot. Stir to coat with sauce. I sprinkled mine with crushed peanuts and green onions. Allow to cool just a few minutes. Serve and Enjoy!
More Recipes you can make in the Ninja Foodi
I have been super busy creating new and delicious recipes in the Ninja Foodi and am putting out new videos every week, so be sure to subscribe to The Salted Pepper's YouTube channel.
One of our favorites has been this recipe for Stuffed Chicken Breasts. While I don't have an official post on this yet, I did make a video and the recipe is listed in the description section.
Here are some of the tools I love using with the Ninja Foodi
Silicone Finger Grips make it so easy to lift things out of your Ninja Foodi.
The Mix N Chop is great for breaking up ground meats when sauteing.
The mini spatula is the perfect size for getting food out of the Ninja Foodi pot.
I use this silicone basting brush all the time for lightly coating food with oil before air frying. It is also great for greasing pans before baking.
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Most Instant Pot recipes can be made in the Ninja Foodi, here are some you may enjoy. Make sure to pin them for later!
Ninja Foodi Asian Sticky Wings
- Add 2 cups of water to the inner pot and place the rack in the low position inside the pot. Place wings on a single layer on the rack that came with your Ninja Foodi on the low position. Place the pressure lid on and turn the valve to seal. Set pressure on High and the time for 2 minutes. When the time is up, immediately release the pressure and remove the lid when all the pressure has been released.
- In a bowl, combine rice vinegar, zest & juice from a small orange or tangelo, red pepper paste, freshly grated ginger, 2 cloves of minced garlic, ½ tsp fine grind sea salt, honey.
- Remove the chicken wings from the rack and place on paper towels. Pat dry until as much moisture has been removed as possible. Salt wings with remaining ½ tsp fine grind sea salt.
- Put the Asian sauce in the inner pot of the Ninja Foodi. Place the rack in the low position into the inner pot. Put the dried wings in a single layer on the rack. Set the Tender Crisp function to 390° F. for 30 minutes. Flip the wings every 10 minutes until desired color is reached. See post for timing and color chart.
- Dump wings into pot and stir to coat with sauce. Remove from pot and allow to cool slightly before eating. Enjoy!
- Sprinkle wings with crushed peanuts, chopped cilantro, and / or chopped green onions.