Bat Wings in the Air Fryer – Chicken Wings

This is from Chef John Farion for Halloween or any time
Bat Wings in the Air Fryer
Bat Wing are Chicken Wings in Oyster Sauce

Bat Wings – Chicken Wings with Oyster Sauce over peanut sesame noodles

Boo! No, these are not really bat wings – they are chicken wings napped in oyster sauce. This recipe was given to me by Chef John Farion a long time ago and this was the first time I made it.  John did good, these were excellent.

Halloween is my favorite time of year.  Halloween is the Eve of All Hallows Day or All Saints Day.  Going to a Catholic middle and high school, we had All Saints Day off because it was a Holy Day of Obligation. Not being Catholic myself, I thought that was pretty cool to not have to go to school the next day after partying with candy and friends all night.  As I got older, I realized it’s just a wonderful celebration of individuality and self-expression. What’s better for a Halloween celebration than chicken in a luscious Asian sauce?

Not Really Bat Wings

The only real difference is these “bat wings” have black food dye in the sauce.  The sauce is dark, but the black really makes it look spooky.  I recommend using gel food dye instead of the liquid.  You really don’t need much of the gel, just a 1/8 inch on the tip of a knife is plenty.  Wilson makes very good gel dyes that are always very true to color.  I have a variety that I use various times in the year.

You don’t have to wait until Halloween to make these chicken wings in oyster sauce.  You can make them any time of year.  I cooked the wings in the air fryer, but you could deep fry or bake them if you want to.  The most important part is brining them before you cook them. To be sure you have a crisp skin, blot them with a paper towel before cooking them.

Bat Wing are Chicken Wings in Oyster Sauce

Bat Wings in the Air Fryer

This is from Chef John Farion for Halloween or any time
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Cuisine: Asian
Difficulty: Easy
Newsletter: 2020-09-30
Servings (slide to adjust): 4
Calories per serving: 303kcal


~~ -- For the Sauce -- ~~

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ oyster sauce
  • ½ teaspoon anchovy paste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

~~ -- Slurry -- ~~

  • 2 tablespoon corn starch
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup sherry
  • teaspoon black food gel, optional to make the sauce black

~~ -- Garnish -- ~~

  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup green onion, sliced
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


  • Gather your mise en place
    Bat Wing are Chicken Wings in Oyster Sauce

For the chicken:

  • Rub the chicken wings with the seasoned salt and ginger. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
    Bat Wing are Chicken Wings in Oyster Sauce
  • Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and wipe the pieces with a paper towel.
  • Put the wings in the rotating basket in the air fryer.
    Bat Wing are Chicken Wings in Oyster Sauce
  • Roast at 400 F/ 204 C for 12-15 minutes or until nicely browned and crisp. The internal temperature should be 165 F/ 73 C

For the Sauce

  • Mix the sauce ingredients together in a saucepan. Mix the slurry ingredients together. Bring the sauce to a simmer and add the slurry stirring constantly until the sauce is nicely thickened. If you want to make the sauce black for Halloween, add the black food gel and stir until the mixture is dark black.
    Bat Wing are Chicken Wings in Oyster Sauce
  • Place the cooked wings in a bowl, nap with the sauce, and flip until the wings are coated on all surfaces. Put on a serving platter, or in a hot buffet tray, finish with sesame seeds and chopped green onions.
    Bat Wing are Chicken Wings in Oyster Sauce


If you like your sauce hot and spicy, add sliced red jalapeno peppers.


Calories: 303kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 37gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 2020mgPotassium: 376mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2g
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As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

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