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Spicy Thai Oven-Fried Chicken Wings

Posted July 9, 2015 by Stephanie
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I love a good chicken wing: pan-fried, deep-fried, baked, braised, boiled…well, you get the idea. Chicken wings are one of those universal foods: if you’re a fan of chicken, you’re pretty much a fan of chicken wings. What I love most about them is that they can be completely high or low brow. I’ve had chicken wings in fancy, upscale restaurants (always a little nerve-wracking eating wings in a white table cloth kinda place) and I’ve had chicken wings standing on the street, food truck in the background.

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These wings are more food-truck style as opposed to fancy. I employed Cook’s Illustrated oven-baked wing method for some extra crispy wings and then tossed them in a sweet and spicy, sour and savory lime-fish sauce dressing. These wings are seriously finger licking good. They remind me in the best way of being in a super hot South East Asian country.

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The funny thing about hot countries is that I never want to eat when I’m there. The heat just makes me lose my appetite completely. The last time I visited Thailand over 8 years ago (!), I didn’t want to eat at all. I mean, I still ate, but really, all I wanted to do was drink massive amounts of sparkling water.

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This is going to sound completely sponsored, and well, it is, but I’m a huge fan of S.Pellegrino, so really, it’s not much of a stretch for me to say that I always choose sparkling water over still. I love the bubbles in sparkling water – they make me feel so fancy, no white tablecloths needed. This sounds so cheesy, but I was so happy drinking sparkling water and eating chicken wings at home with Mike. It was like a little trip to Thailand, minus the insane, appetite reducing heat. Bring on the wings and sparkling water!

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Spicy Thai Oven-Fried Chicken Wings
serves 2-3
prep time: 10 minutes
cook time: 1 1/2 hours
total time: 1 hour 40 minutes

  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Thai chili pepper, optional
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • lime wedges, to serve

Adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions and preheat to 250°F. Set a wire rack into an foil lined rimmed baking sheet. Pat the wings dry with paper towels and place into a large ziplock bag. Combine the baking powder and salt and add to the bag. Seal and toss to evenly coat.

Arrange the wings, skin side up, in a single layer on the rack. Bake on the lower rack for 30 minutes and then move the wings to the upper rack. Increase the temperature to 425°F and roast until golden brown and crispy, 40-50 minutes. Rotate the sheet halfway through baking.

Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, whisk together the fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, garlic, and black pepper. Add the wings to the bowl and toss to coat. Sprinkle on the cilantro, toss and enjoy hot!

Note: Using this oven-baked method gives you extra crispy wings, but they aren’t extra juicy. You can also deep-fry your wings and toss them in the dressing if you like a juicier, crispy wing.

This post is sponsored by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water.

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  1. When I was 13 we took a family trip to LA and we (my sisters and I) insisteddd on eating at Justin Timberlake’s restaurant in Beverly Hills (teenagers are the stupidest), some obscenely priced Asian fusion type place. When the waiters asked us if we wanted still or sparkling water me and my dad opted for sparkling as we always do. We were shocked when the bill came and each bottle of sparkling water was $12 which given our currency (the Real) was 3:1 with the American dollar we had just paid $36 for each bottle of sparkling water. And the still water was free.

    So yes in my mind sparkling water is always v v fancyyyy ;)

  2. Kathleen says:

    These look like the most delicious chicken wings ever!

  3. Synnøve says:

    You had me at spicy thai! looks delicious!

  4. Adrianna says:

    I always use that trick! I had no idea it was a Cook’s Illustrated tip, I thought it was something Koreans did for their spicy fried chicken, which is my ultimate obsession. These sound like their Thai counterpart. Yum!

  5. i think i like low key wings more than fancy ones- my fave wings ever (san tung in san francisco) are unassuming and its fine to wear your more casual clothes that you’re fine with getty dirty/saucy/chickeny.

  6. Medeja says:

    These chicken wings look so irresistible! I could eat such wings alone :D

  7. Jerzy says:

    Thanks for a great recipe. I’ve tried it yesterday with tasty result. However I have completely failed at the choice of side dishes. Can you recommend something?

  8. This recipe made me smile. I have an obsession with chicken wings, so much so that I made an entire cookbook of them (I’m mad, I know!). And it all stemmed from the Cook’s Illustrated crispy baking powder wings. One of the sauces I tossed them in is a Momofuku one – which you might remember from when you made your way through his cookbook, the Octo Vinaigrette. It’s sensational, and the way you have served these up reminds me of it. :)

    However, I cannot relate to appetite loss in heat. Climate has no impact on me whatsoever. The only thing that stops me from eating anywhere in the world is if I get Bali belly, Curry Tummy etc etc….you know what I mean!!

  9. Emily R says:

    Just made these for dinner tonight. They were so good and crispy! I didn’t have fish sauce so I substituted 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce.

  10. Oh my! You just made me literally lick my lips!!

  11. Michelle says:

    These were awesome! I made them last night, and I can’t believe how crispy they got. Thanks for the great recipe, I’ll be making these again.

  12. michelle says:

    I’m making these for dinner tonight and even though I just finished breakfast, I can’t wait! Your photography is stunning.

  13. Yana says:

    I made them last night and basing power gave them such bigger flavour. Couldn’t have them because the bitterness was too much no matter how much sause I would cost them in. Any idea why that happened?

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      hi yana. so sorry to hear that! did you use baking powder or baking soda? if you mix it up, you’ll end up with inedible wings!

  14. Nan says:

    Yummy! Can these be made ahead of time and reheated?

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      they can – but i haven’t done it myself. they might dry out a bit though!

  15. Dustin says:

    So when do I add the Cilantro?

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      hi dustin,

      sprinkle it on at the end, as garnish.

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