Sticky Asian Fish Sauce Chicken Wings

Yield: 6 servings
Total Time:
1 hr
Chicken wings can be prepared in different ways to achieve their crispness: fried or baked, with flour or not. Visit this write up on different ways to prepare chicken wings. This recipe shows a baked technique, but you can certainly fry them in oil or air fry them for a crispier wing.


Chicken wing ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken wings (910g) , rinsed and patted dry
  • kosher salt , to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper , to taste

Sticky fish sauce ingredients

  • 1/4 cup ketchup (60ml)
  • 1/4 cup honey (60ml)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce (30ml)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce (22ml)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (15ml)
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar (5ml)
  • optional , chopped cilantro to garnish


  1. Cook the Wings: Preheat oven to 425° F. Line a baking sheet pan with parchment paper.

  2. On prepared baking sheet pan, spread chicken wings out in one even layer (we don't coat our wings with oil before baking, but you can if you want. We find that the oil just makes the wings greasier. The wings release enough fat already). Season chicken wings with salt and pepper.

  3. Bake for about 45-50 minutes until golden brown, flipping the wings halfway through baking, after the first 25 minutes or so.

  4. Make the Sauce: While the wings cook, make the sauce. Combine all of the sauce ingredients (ketchup, honey, fish sauce, chili garlic sauce, lime juice, and rice vinegar).
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sauce and the cooked wings and toss to coat. Cook for about 1 minute or until the sauce thickens and becomes sticky.
  6. Serve hot garnished with chopped cilantro if desired.

Recipe Notes

Crispy Wing Alternate Cooking Methods

Traditional Fry in Oil (uses about 1/2-3/4 cup of cornstarch to coat wings).
Toss the wings in cornstarch to coat, shaking off excess cornstarch. 
Heat about 2-inches of oil in a large pot to 375°F. Fry in batches for about 8 minutes per batch, or until golden and cooked through. Make sure to turn the wings a couple times while cooking so they cook evenly. Season with salt & pepper.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings (here’s our favorite Air Fryer)
Season wings with salt & pepper. 
Air Fry at 400°F for 25-30 minutes, flipping 2-3 times while cooking.
Toss with a little sauce, and then air fry for another 4 minutes. Different models and sizes of air fryers cook quicker than others. So adjust times accordingly. 

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