teriyaki wings with pineapple chunks

Air fryer teriyaki wings can be easily made with just 2 ingredients! Are you looking for something simple yet delicious to make in your air fryer? Then this is it.

This teriyaki wings recipe calls for frozen wings and Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki marinade. With frozen wings, you can have them ready to cook at anytime. And with a bottled marinade, there’s no stress or mixing involved.

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What is Teriyaki?

According to Just One Cookbook, teriyaki is a Japanese cooking method not a sauce. So it’s food that is broiled, pan-fried, or grilled.

In this recipe, we are cooking the wings teriyaki style. Teriyaki style sauce usually consists of soy sauce, mirin, sake, and sugar.

teriyaki wings with sauce on plate

What is Island Soyaki Sauce?

Trader Joe’s has 2 teriyaki style sauces – Soyaki and Island Soyaki. You can use either sauce but in this recipe, I am using Island Soyaki.

What’s the difference? Island Soyaki has pineapple juice and less sodium compared to Soyaki.

Island Soyaki sauce has a flavor close to teriyaki sauce that you would find in a Japanese restaurant. It’s not exactly the same but pretty close. It has the soy sauce flavor, ginger, sesame seeds, vinegar, but is slightly sweeter like Hawaiian BBQ.

It’s not a true teriyaki sauce, but I’m going to call in teriyaki in this recipe because it’s a flavor most people are familiar with.

Feel free to sub with another teriyaki sauce.

Why Frozen Wings?

frozen wings and island soyaki marinade
  • Frozen wings are easier to use because the drummettes and joints are usually already separated.
  • They are also frozen so that the pieces don’t stick together but you may find some pieces stuck together.
  • You don’t have to watch the expiration date as closely as you do with fresh chicken.

The Step-By-Step Process

brushing marinade onto wings
  1. Pre-cook frozen wings in air fryer for 10 minutes.
  2. Drain the excess liquid in the drip pan.
  3. Cook in air fryer for 12 minutes.
  4. Baste wings with teriyaki sauce.
  5. Seal in the sauce by cooking in air fryer for 3 minutes.
teriyaki wings with air fryer in background

How many wings will fit into the air fryer basket?

wings half cooked in air fryer basket

I have a Cosori Max XL. It can fit 13 wings. 13 wings is about 1.5 pounds.

Just know that when the wings are frozen, they are larger. Once it cooks in the air fryer, the wings will shrink like they did in the photo above.

Air Fryer Cooking Tips for Frozen Chicken

  • Be sure to check the internal temperature of the wings with a meat thermometer after cooking. Make sure that it’s at least 165° F (74° C).
  • Drummettes are meatier than joints so they take a longer to cook than the joints.
  • In the recipe, you can put as many wings that will fit into your air fryer without overlapping. Air fryers come in a lot of different sizes so do what will work best for your air fryer.
  • If you overcrowd the air fryer basket with too many wings, like they are touching and overlapping, it will take much longer to fully cook the wings.

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Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Fanny Camota
Make crispy, delicious teriyaki chicken wings from frozen with 2 ingredients, in your air fryer!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Servings 13 wings

Ingredients
  

  • 13 frozen chicken wings drummettes and joints separated
  • 1/2 cup Trader Joe's Island Soyaki sauce or other teriyaki sauce

Instructions
 

Pre-Cook

  • Place frozen chicken wings into air fryer basket, making sure to spread them out. Close the basket. Set air fryer temperature to 400° F (205° C) for 10 minutes and press the cook button.
    13 frozen chicken wings

Drain Liquid

  • After the air fryer is finished cooking, remove the entire basket from the air fryer. Release the air fryer basket from the drip pan. Set hot air fryer basket onto a plate or wood cutting board. Drain the liquid in the drip pan and dry clean with a paper towel.

Flip Wings

  • Flip wings over in the air fryer basket.

Cook

  • Attach the air fryer basket back onto the drip pan. Place back into the air fryer and close. Set the air fryer temperature to 400° F (205° C) for 12 minutes and press the cook button.
  • While the wings are cooking, pour teriyaki sauce into a small bowl and set aside a plate, tongs, and a pastry brush or rubber spatula.
    1/2 cup Trader Joe's Island Soyaki sauce

Add the Teriyaki Sauce

  • Pull out the air fryer basket. Using tongs, remove the wings and place onto a plate. With a pastry brush or a rubber spatula, brush teriyaki sauce onto the wings. Flip the wings and apply sauce to the other side.
    1/2 cup Trader Joe's Island Soyaki sauce

Seal the Sauce

  • Place wings back into air fryer basket and close the basket. Set air fryer temperature to 380° F (193° C) for 3 minutes and press the cook button.
  • When the air fryer is finished cooking, pull out the air fryer basket. Using a meat thermometer, check the wings (especially the drummettes) to make sure the internal temperature reaches at least 165° F (74° C). Serve hot with additional sauce (if desired).

Notes

In this recipe, I use 13 wings because that’s how many will fit into my air fryer basket. Use as many as will fit into your air fryer without overlapping.
Because chicken wing drummettes tend to be larger and meatier than joints, drummettes may take longer to cook. So when you are using a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature, the joints may be fully cooked while drummettes need to cook longer. Make sure to take the temperature of the drummettes.
I find it easier to cook them all together for a longer time than to remove the joints. But do whatever works best for you.
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