Air fryer Vietnamese fish sauce chicken wings (Cánh Gà Chiên Nước Mắm) are the Vietnamese version of FINGER LICKIN’ GOOD chicken wings but without the added fat and calories of deep frying.

Vietnamese fish sauce chicken wings, cooked in an air fryer. Crispy, golden-brown wings with a glossy sauce. Vibrant colors, enticing aroma, and delightful flavors.

Just like Bánh Flan (Vietnamese Flan) , these chicken wings hold a place in my heart as childhood comfort food.

Every weekend, my mom would prepare this special treat for our whole family. Normally, she would deep-fry the chicken wings.

My version of Vietnamese fish sauce wings still features delicate chicken wings with a crispy outer crust, coated in a delectable sweet and savory fish sauce glaze. By frying in an air fryer, it’s much less greasy without excess oil.

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

Vietnamese fish sauce chicken wings, cooked in an air fryer. Crispy, golden-brown wings with a glossy sauce. Vibrant colors, enticing aroma, and delightful flavors.
  • Incredible flavor: The sweet and savory fish sauce glaze creates an incredible taste that will leave you wanting more!
  • Crispy texture but less greasy: Air frying keeps them crispy outside, tender inside, and guilt-free without added fat and calories. I also have a collection of Asian recipes for the air fryer that will give you some cooking ideas.
  • Gluten-free: Vietnamese foods like Phở or Spring Rolls are often naturally gluten-free. Even for crispy or deep-fried dishes like Bánh Xèo (crispy pancakes) or Chicken Karaage (Japanese fried chicken), I also strive to make my recipes gluten-free so that everybody can enjoy them.
  • Crowd-Pleasing Hit: These Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings are a favorite at family parties and gatherings such as Tết (Lunar New Year) or the Super Bowl. They are always in high demand!

🍗 Ingredients

You can find the ingredients at Asian markets. For precise measurements, refer to the recipe card at the end of this post.

Key ingredients for Vietnamese Fish Sauce Chicken Wings (Cánh Gà Chiên Nước Mắm)

  • For the marinade: chicken powder and garlic powder, infusing the wings with a savory flavor to complement the sweet and umami fish sauce glaze.
  • For the batter: cornstarch and baking powder. The secret of cripsy chicken wing is dry skin. Cornstarch and baking powder help draw moisture to the surface, where it can evaporate. These ingredients are essential for achieving that perfect wing texture.
Canh Ga Chien Nuoc Mam - Air Fryer Vietnamese fish sauce chicken wing ingredients
  • For the sauce: fish sauce, sugar, oyster sauce, butter, lime juice, minced garlic, fresh chili, and cilantro, creating a sweet, savory, and fresh combination.

📝 Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer to 180°C (356°F).
  • Pat the skin dry using paper towels.
How to make Canh Ga Chien Nuoc Mam - Air Fryer Vietnamese Chicken Wings with fish sauce
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken powder and garlic powder. Add the chicken wings and toss to coat evenly.
How to make Canh Ga Chien Nuoc Mam - Air Fryer Vietnamese Chicken Wings with fish sauce
  • Add the cornstarch and baking powder, toss the chicken wings to coat evenly, shake off any excess.
How to make Canh Ga Chien Nuoc Mam - Air Fryer Vietnamese Chicken Wings with fish sauce
  • Place the wings in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook the chicken wings in the air fryer for 15 minutes.
  • Increase the temperature to 200°C (376°F), flip the chicken wings, air fry them for other 10 minutes until they are crispy and golden brown.
How to make Canh Ga Chien Nuoc Mam - Air Fryer Vietnamese Chicken Wings with fish sauce
  • In a small sauce pan, sauté the minced garlic for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant. Add the fish sauce, oyster sauce and sugar to the saucepan and stir until the sugar dissolves. Simmer the mixture for about 1 minute, until it thickens slightly.
  • Add the butter, stir until the butter melts. Add lime juice, chopped cilantro and fresh chili.
How to make Canh Ga Chien Nuoc Mam - Air Fryer Vietnamese Chicken Wings with fish sauce
How to make Canh Ga Chien Nuoc Mam - Air Fryer Vietnamese Chicken Wings with fish sauce
  • Once the chicken wings are cooked, remove them from the air fryer and place them in a large mixing bowl. Pour the fish sauce glaze over the chicken wings and toss to coat evenly.
  • Serve the chicken wings immediately and enjoy!

🌟 Helpful Tips

  • If you don’t eat fish sauce, you can substitute it with an equal amount of soy sauce. It’ll still be delicious!
  • You could replace cornstarch with potato starch, tapioca starch.
  • For a twist, you can replace cilantro with other Vietnamese herbs such as culantro or Thai basil.
  • If you love chicken as well as Vietnamese food, check my collection of Vietnamese chicken recipes . Some popular dishes are Gà Roti and Gà Nướng.

❓FAQ

What is fish sauce?

Made from fermented fish and salt, fish sauce is a staple ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine. It has an umami, salty flavor with a strong odor. We use it for making dipping sauces like Nước Chấm and Nước Mắm Gừng or for marinating and seasoning.

🍗 Indulge yourself in even more delicious Asian chicken recipes:

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Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken (air-fried or baked)

Lemongrass is highly favored in Vietnamese BBQ cuisine, commonly featured in dishes like lemongrass pork chops, bún thịt nướng, or bún chả. This BBQ chicken follows suit.

Here’s a tip: incorporate it into Bánh Mì for Bánh Mì Gà Nướng or pair it with rice noodles to create Bún Gà Nướng. Prepare to be amazed.

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If you prefer a lighter recipe, try this chicken rice. It’s the Instant Pot version of Hainanese Chicken Rice and is much quicker and easier to make.

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Vietnamese fish sauce chicken wings, cooked in an air fryer. Crispy, golden-brown wings with a glossy sauce. Vibrant colors, enticing aroma, and delightful flavors.

Air Fryer Vietnamese Fish Sauce Chicken Wings (Gluten-free)

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Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings – tender wings with a crispy crust and irresistible glaze. Cooked in an air fryer for guilt-free finger-licking goodness, free from excess fat and calories.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 2

Equipment

  • 1 Air fryer
  • 1 Sauce pan

Ingredients
  

Chicken wings marinade

  • 1.1 pound chicken wings (500g) (cut into flats and drumettes)
  • ½ tsp chicken powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder

For the batter

  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch

For the fish sauce glaze

  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp butter (15g)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chilli (goat horn, jalapenos or Thai bird’s eye red chilies)
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro (to your taste)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice (from ¼ lime)

Instructions
 

The crispy chicken wings:

  • Set your air fryer to preheat at 180°C (356°F).
  • Use paper towels to pat the wings' skin dry.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine chicken powder and garlic powder. Add the chicken wings and toss them to evenly coat.
  • Add cornstarch and baking powder to the bowl. Toss the chicken wings again to ensure even coating, and shake off any excess.
  • Place the wings in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Air-fry the chicken wings for 15 minutes.
  • Increase the temperature to 200°C (376°F), flip the wings, air fry them for other 10 minutes until they are crispy and golden brown.

The fish sauce glaze:

  • Heat a small saucepan and sauté the minced garlic for 1-2 minutes until it becomes fragrant. Next, add the fish sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar into the saucepan, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Allow the mixture to simmer for approximately 1 minute, thickening slightly.
  • Add the butter and stir until it melts. Finally, add lime juice, chopped cilantro, and fresh chili to the sauce.
  • After cooking the chicken wings, take them out of the air fryer and transfer them to a spacious mixing bowl. Drizzle the fish sauce glaze over the wings and toss them gently to ensure an even coating.
  • Serve the chicken wings hot and enjoy!
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