Um, hello baked chicken wings! The key to getting your chicken wings nice and crisp when baked is to cook them on a rack on top of your baking sheet. If you don't have a rack you can place them directly onto the baking sheet, but add a little oil to your wings to prevent sticking.
The sauce comes together in a pinch. If you're like us and enjoy a little spice, add the chili paste. You can find it in your local grocery store in the Asian foods aisle. If you don't like spice - no worries, just leave it out! Either way, you're going to love these flavorful wings!
For a complete video of how we made and photographed these click here.
3 dozen chicken wings
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger (plus more if using pre-grated)
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
6 Tbsp soy sauce
1 cup cubed pineapple
Optional: 1 Tbsp Sambal Oelek chili sauce
1 Tbsp, plus 2 tsp flour
3 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp sesame seeds, white, black, or both
3 scallions, white and green parts chopped
Handful fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 400F. In a large bowl toss the chicken wings with salt and pepper, then place on a rack set on top of a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until dark and crunchy, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
While the wings are baking prepare the sauce. In a medium sauce pan add garlic, ginger, honey, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, and chili sauce if using. Bring to a boil and cook for about 6-8 minutes or until sauce begins to thicken. Stir in pineapple and reduce heat to medium.
In a small bowl create a slurry with the flour and water (this will help prevent the flour from creating lumps when added to the sauce). Whisk in the flour slurry and continue to cook until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
When the wings are done remove from oven and toss with sauce, sesame seeds, and scallions. Serve on a platter and sprinkle fresh cilantro.