Apricot Chicken Wings Air-fried – [How To Make]

Apricot chicken wings, made in the air fryer in 20 minutes or less! This recipe is perfect for all the family. Tart, sticky, and sweet with hints of chilli, these wings are perfect as an appetizer, as a quick snack on game day, or as an addition to a quick dinner with fries or fried rice.

Apricot Chicken Wings, fresh from the airfryer
Sweet, sticky apricot chicken wings fresh from the air fryer.

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Why you’ll love these Air-fried Apricot Chicken Wings:

  • Kids love it – this recipe is child friendly. By omitting chilli flakes and dijon mustard, the heat of the marinade is toned down a couple of notches which makes it ideal for the little ones too. 
  • Fast and Fuss-Free – There are only two main steps to the recipe. The marinade and the frying. Making the marinade takes 2 to 4 minutes and frying takes 16 minutes. This is a recipe you can leave to cook while you go about your business. It’s not too involved. 
  • Easy clean-up – It’s easy to clean up after making Apricot Chicken Wings in the air fryer because you use one large mixing bowl, one set of tongs and the air fryer. After cooking, you can simply wash the mixing bowl and the tongs. Also, you can line the air fryer with oven-proof baking paper for when you are frying. This makes it easier to clean up the chicken juices.

Apricot Chicken Wings Recipe Overview

Apricot Chicken Wings, fresh from the airfryer
Apricot Chicken Wings Dipped in Tangy Apricot Dressing
  • Flavour Profile: Sweet, tangy-tart and chilli. Truly an explosion of flavours in your mouth these Apricot Chicken Wings 
  • Difficulty: Quite easy. This recipe has two main components. That is: making the marinade sauce and frying the chicken. It’s a recipe that most people can do with little guidance. It’s a great recipe to make with kids as it is fuss-free. 
  • Time: From making the marinade sauce to completing the frying, 20 minutes!

Ingredients

Airfryer Chicken Wings Marinade Ingredients
Ingredients used in making Apricot Chicken Wings marinade sauce.

Substitutions

  • Tofu – A great vegan substitute for chicken is tofu (bean curd). Tofu is hearty, ultra-flavor absorbent and has a great texture to it. Almost like chicken. When using tofu, allow it to marinate in the apricot sauce mixture for 2 or more hours. Following this, air-fry for 12 minutes, turning it at each 6 minute interval. 
  • Fruit Conserve – Apricot conserve can be substituted by any fruit conserve. Conserves that are complementary to chicken include plum conserve, peach conserve or fig conserve
  •  Fresh Ingredients – Garlic powder, chilli flakes and ground ginger may all be substituted by fresh alternatives. Fresher ingredients do however carry a sharper and stronger flavour, for this reason, use sparingly.

Variations

  • Child friendly – omit chilli flakes and dijon mustard from the recipe to reduce the level of spice. This will make it more child friendly. 
  • Turkey – Try this recipe with turkey or tofu for a different variation. 

Equipment

Instructions

  1. Wash the chicken then place it into a large bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
  2. Make the apricot conserve marinade by placing all remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and mixing well until smooth. 
  3. Pour the mixture over the chicken. At this point you can leave to marinate for a few hours or overnight. Or, you can carry on and air-fry the chicken. 
  4. Air fry at 195°C for 8 minutes per side or a total of 16 minutes or until chicken wings are crisp and golden brown on the outside.
  5. Serve! Garnish with lime and freshly chopped coriander. These Apricot Chicken Wings go wonderfully with my zucchini zoodles!

Storage

This chicken stores well in the fridge for 2-3 days, in an airtight container.  The chicken can be reheated in the microwave.

Apricot Chicken Wings, fresh from the airfryer
Air fried Apricot Chicken Wings

How to make apricot chicken wings in the air fryer:

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Apricot Chicken Wings, fresh from the airfryer

Air-fried Apricot Chicken Wings

  • Author: Lisa N at The Savourista
  • Prep Time: 4
  • Cook Time: 16
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 2 portions 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Air-frying
  • Cuisine: Soul Food

Description

Extra sticky and sweet, these Apricot Chicken Wings explode with a moreish taste. Done in 20 minutes in the air fryer, these are a favourite for children and adults alike. 


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 kg – Chicken Wings
  • 1 cupApricot Conserve
  • 1 teaspoonSmoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoonGarlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoonChilli Flakes
  • 2 tablespoonBrown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoonDijon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoonSoy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoonsWorcester Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon – Ground Ginger
  • A pinch to taste – Sea Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoonBlack Pepper (freshly cracked)

Instructions

  1. After washing your chicken wings, place them in a bowl and sprinkle salt and pepper. 
  2. In a separate bowl, add apricot conserve, minced garlic, garlic powder, chilli flakes, brown sugar, dijon mustard, soy sauce, Worcester sauce, and ground ginger. Mix until smooth.
  3. Pour ¾ of the apricot mixture in the chicken wings. Toss until the wings are well coated in the sauce.  
  4. Place chicken wings in the air frying basket. Be sure to space them evenly. 
  5. Air fry at 195°C for 8 minutes per side or a total of 16 minutes or until chicken wings are crisp and golden brown on the outside.

Notes

  1. Allow the chicken to reach an internal temperature of 75 °C before serving.
  2. In case you increase the amount of wings, please be aware that the cook time will depend on the size of your chicken wings.
  3. Make sure the chicken wings are not touching to allow maximum air circulation inside the fryer.
  4. Cover the bottom of the frying basket with ovenproof baking paper for easier clean up.
  5. Spray the basket with cooking spray before adding the wings.
  6. Serve your chicken wings immediately or use a cooling rack so the does not end up soggy.

Keywords: Apricot Chicken Wings, Air-fryer Wings, Sticky Wings

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