The official start to football season starts next week! Aren’t you guys excited?? Maybe San Francisco will go all the way this time, rather than “almost” all the way. I love the start of football season for lots of reasons. But mainly because I feel like it kind of signals the “official” start to the holiday season. And watching all those muscular men in tights…I mean all those super talented players is def-i-nitely not boring. It also means all that yummy and mostly unhealthy food found at game day parties will be calling your name.
With that in mind, I decided to create my own chicken wing recipe with a little Asian twist. They’re spicy, crispy and baked…not fried. And did I mention super tasty? But hey, don’t take my word for it; give them a try 😉 But first, a few tips so you can avoid burning down the house like I almost did!
- DO NOT FORGET to put a foil-lined pan underneath the oven rack to catch ALL of the drippings. I definitely missed a couple of areas on the outer edges. As a result, the smoke in our apartment was so thick that the fire alarm went off…twice!
- My wings were on the smaller side, but if you purchase larger ones, you’ll need to allow additional bake time.
- Do not brush the chicken wings with the sauce until right before serving. Doing so too far ahead will diminish the crispiness.
- 4 lbs chicken wings, (removing the tips is optional)
- 1 tsp cracked pepper
- 2 tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ cup sweet chili sauce
- 2 tbsp sriracha (Asian Hot Sauce)
- 1 tbsp + 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
- ⅓ cup green onion, chopped
- Rinse chicken under cold water and pat dry using a paper towel; transfer to a large bowl.
- Combine spices in a small bowl. Sprinkle spices over the chicken, mixing as you go along.
- Rub the spices into the skin of the chicken really well; cover and refrigerate for an hour.
- While chicken marinates, prepare the sauce. Whisk together the chili sauce, sriracha, vinegar and onion. Cover and set aside in the refrigerator.
- About 15 minutes before chicken is done marinating, preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Place a wire rack inside or directly on top of a lined baking sheet. Place wings in a single layer on the rack, and bake in the center position for 35-45 minutes until thoroughly cooked and crispy. Flip wings once half way through cook time.
- When done, remove to a large plate and brush with chili sauce. Preserve what's left of the sauce for additional dipping.