There’s nothing like watching a football game or a movie with a big plate of chicken wings. So, when Lee Kum Kee reached out about making some low-carb and keto-friendly dishes for a crowd with their sauces, I knew I’d remake one of my faves: Crispy Honey Sriracha Wings.
This recipe is super simple and incorporates Lee Kum Kee’s sriracha & their pure sesame oil. These wings are baked and use a special ingredient to get them super crispy like they just came out of the fryer.
This recipe has 6 servings.
Is honey keto-friendly or good for the keto diet?
We’ve all heard it before: keto is not a food; instead, it’s a metabolic state (called ketosis).
Even though it’s not a specific food, there are some things that when eaten in normal portions will prevent us from reaching ketosis (or kick us out of ketosis).
Honey is one of the things that I avoid on keto since one tablespoon has almost 20g net carbs.
In this recipe, I substitute honey for ChocZero Honest Syrup because I get similar results and a tablespoon is only 1g net carbs.
If you are not concerned about net carbs, are paleo, or just eat clean foods, then you shouldn’t worry about substituting honey.
What about Sriracha? Is sriracha keto-friendly?
Sriracha has about 1g net carb per serving
Some people might also be wondering if sriracha is keto-friendly. If you look at the label of some sriracha brands, you will definitely see sugar listed as one of the ingredients.
So, some might want to omit it from their diet completely so that they are not eating sugar. I understand this.
Keto is about ketosis so 20g net carbs for the day is a good goal.
However, similar to what I said above, keto is not a specific food. Instead, keto is about reaching and maintaining a state of ketosis. Most sriracha brands have less than 1g of carbs from sugar per serving. In fact, this completed recipe only contains 3g net carbs per serving.
If you’re sticking to 20g net carbs for the day, you can start to see how a small amount of sriracha will not be a game changer or kick you out of ketosis.
Whole30 Compliant Sriracha is a good option for those who wish to have 0g of added sugar in their diet
If you are eliminating sugar completely, then you can choose Whole30 compliant brands to incorporate into this recipe. Whole30 brands will not have added sugar.
Some Whole30 Sriracha options are:
You can also make your own Whole30 Sriracha
You might also be interested in making your own sugar-free, Whole30 sriracha. A well-reviewed recipe is this one from 40Aprons. It takes about 5 minutes and 3-5 days of fermenting (a process for letting all of the flavors to meld).
How do I make these chicken wings in an air fryer?
I love my air fryer because it cuts the cooking time for making chicken wings from 1 hour to 40 minutes, a true time-saver when you’re hungry and want wings.
If you’re not cooking for a crowd (maybe you just want to make about 14 wings) and you have a large air fryer, then you should use an air fryer to make these.
Here’s how you make these in an air fryer:
Cook only half of these wings at a time (about 14 fit comfortably in my air fryer)
Cook the wings on 400 degrees for 20 minutes per side
If you love chicken wings, then check out these Oven Fried Chicken Wings or Air Fryer Buffalo Wings.
You might also want to check out more than 20 easy keto recipes for a crowd that I’ve gathered for those cooking for a game day or party.
Love saucy wings? Check out 10 Finger-Lickin’ Good Keto Chicken Wing Recipes!
Chicken Wing Seasoning
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
- Mix all of the wing seasonings in a large mixing bowl
- Dry the chicken wings with a paper towel
- Add the wings to the bowl with the seasoning and toss to coat
- Add the wings to a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake the wings for 30 minutes.
- Use a tong to flip each wing to their other side. Bake for another 20-30 minutes, or until you reach your desired level of crispiness.
- Whisk all of the sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl
- When you are ready to eat, toss the wings in the sauce. Serve immediately to maintain a sticky, crunchy texture
- Top these wings with freshly sliced green onions and/or sesame seeds