Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are a delicacy that I have started to appreciate only recently. Growing up I would always eat chicken breast… no thighs, no wings. I know, thighs are supposed to be tastier and juicier, but I never really liked them. Since moving here I have eaten chicken wings made in different ways and found I actually liked them, especially when their skin is crispy and when the wings are spicy. I often find though that they can be quite greasy and fat, and that is why I never tried to cook them at home. Well, that was before I saw these beauties over at my friend Reem’s amazing site Simply Reem!  I saw them and could not get them out of my mind. You know, sometimes it happens… I see something I like and I just HAVE to make it. I had to wait for a few days so I could get all the ingredients I needed (including the chicken wings obviously) and then I finally made them. The result was amazing. The wings came out perfect: crunchy skin and no fat at all! I have to admit that the wings we bought were not huge, so that is probably why they were not that fat to begin with. The best part about this recipe is that you first marinate the wings and then glaze them with a finger-licking-delicious sweet and spicy sauce that is slightly sticky, so they are double tasty! I had to make a couple of changes to the original recipe and adapt it to what I could actually find in Sydney and I was 100% satisfied! This recipe is definitely a keeper!  Thanks Reem!!!


Recipe adapted from Reem at Simply Reem

900 gms (2lbs) chicken wings
1 cup flour

For the marinade
2 or 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp chilli powder
1 ½ tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

For the glaze
½ cup apricot jam (without pieces of fruits)
1 garlic clove, very finely minced
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
2 tbsp brown sugar
½ to 1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp red chilli flakes

Put all the marinade ingredients in a big bowl and mix well. Add the chicken wings, mix and coat them well with the marinade. Marinate in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours.

Now coat the chicken wings in flour and shake off the excess.

Put them on a baking tray lined with baking paper and spray them with a little extra virgin olive oil.

Bake in a pre heated oven at 200°C (400°F) for 25 minutes. Then turn the chicken wings and bake them on the other side for another 25 minutes. This cooking time also depends on the size of the wings you are using.

While the chicken is baking, combine all the glaze ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.

Let it cook for another 5-6 minutes stirring constantly. Remove the glaze from the fire and keep it aside.

Once the chicken is cooked, dip the wings in the glaze and coat them well. Serve hot.

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings

Also, I want to thank Elyse from The Cultural Dish for awarding Manu’s Menu with the Versatile Blogger Award!  I really appreciate it and I always feel honoured when I receive awards from my favourite bloggers!  And Elyse is one of the first foodies I started to follow!!!  Thank You Elyse!!!  And please, visit The Cultural Dish and take your time to enjoy all the yummy food Elyse cooks!  I won’t be passing this today, as I have already shared 7 facts about me and passed the same award in my last post… but you can read about it here! :-)


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  1. Manu, these are gorgeous. Look at that glossy delicious glaze. Irresistable! Wishing you a lovely weekend.

  2. Gosh, I see what you mean about this recipe. Definitely a keeper! Beautiful photos – want to lick the screen… funny – we have another thing in common about preferring the chicken breast (great I get it to myself since the French family prefer all the other parts!)

  3. Curt says:

    Pomegranate molasses and brown sugar. Yum! Those must be nice and sweet.

    Sweet and sticky, the way wings should be!

  4. Wow-this does have some wonderful flavors here. I have a few wing recipes, but nothing like this-they look so delicious. I will have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing this one!

  5. You should see my face when the first pic opened up..OMG..those look phenomenal..! Great recipe..I am buzzing this!!!

  6. Manu these looks delicious my dear,
    I want to eat some out of the screen right now….

    Thanks you Manu, I am glad you liked my wings and gave it a try. I love the little twist you added to the recipe….
    Love it…

  7. Eva says:

    I love chicken wings too, but don’t eat them often. These are great because you bake them. Did you know most of the wings sold in Canada come from China? I had no idea until about a year ago. I try to buy from local farms.

  8. Lilla says:

    Sai Manu, anche io non ho grande esperienza con le ali di pollo…mi sa che in Italia non vanno così forte come in USA o magari in Australia…cmq così glassate sono appetitosissime, da provare!

  9. kankana says:

    I do not like chicken breast at all. I like meat with bones :) These looks juicy and spicy red… this is what i like!

  10. mjskit says:

    To heck with the breast, the thigh or the drumstick – I’ll take the wing any day! Love, love, love chicken wings. I could pull one from one of your pictures! :) Looks like you have a good amount of spicy in the glaze! Perfect!

  11. Lilly says:

    Oh my these chicken wings look fantastic! My hubby would love these =)
    Hope you have a great weekend ahead with some more awesome recipes!

  12. I remember this post at Reem’s site. My mouth water by just looking at your pictures Manu. I need to buy pomegranate molasses that’s the only ingredient that I don’t own. Finger licking good for sure!

  13. That picture looks amazing! The coat on those wings look finger lickin good. Mmmmmm

  14. Alyssa says:

    Yum! We eat chicken wings like they are going out of style in my house. I’m always looking for new ways to make them. Nice post!

  15. There is nothing like an awesome wings recipe and these look pretty amazing!! Your photos are so beautiful!!!

  16. PolaM says:

    those look really good! I also never made chicken wings, I don’t know way but they’re just not that popular in Italy and I guess I don’t think of them as a proper meal… Maybe I should start!

    • Manu says:

      I know exactly what you mean… too little meat for a main dish and too much for an appetiser! hehehe But they are perfect for a potluck or a buffet! :-)

  17. Dolly says:

    yum.. i wouldnt mind eating this with rice for lunch :)

  18. Manu these look wonderfully sticky and spicy! I saw these gleaming chicken wings on Reem’s site and thought that they looked fantastic :)

  19. Fantastic, Manu! These chicken wings make my mouth watering! :)

  20. muppy says:

    they look delicious manu, yum!
    i am a chicken breast person too.

  21. JasmyneTea says:

    My brother goes nuts for chicken wings, but I’ve never been able to eat them; I think it’s the lack of meat, I just don’t find them enjoyable. I’d love to try drumsticks with this recipe though.

  22. lovewings says:

    ya, they look delicious, but i don’t see anyone who actually made them….well i did and guess what they are delicious. def make them again and again. my new favorite

  23. Elies_Lie says:

    Agree with u manu!! this recipe is a keeper! Bookmarked!
    even I already say this on my tweet, I’ll said it again, how I wish this is my lunch!! Haha ha! :D
    Chicken wings is my favorite part of chicken, & ur idea with the doubel layer sauce with the aprikot jam is briliant! ;)

  24. Lyn says:

    Congrats on your award again! :D
    Your wings here are SOOO gorgeous and mouth-watering!
    Chicken wings had always been my all time fave esp fried or braised. I don’t like breast meat bcoz it’s so tough & dry but won’t if it’s cooked just nice. ;)

  25. Sandra says:

    The wings are my favorite part and especially when they’re spicy.

  26. Oh no! I made chicken wings last night, I would have loved to make these. That teaches me not to read the second you post (I usually do but work has been crazy these days)! As an American I LOVE chicken wings, the crunchy skin. I always found it really frustrating that my husband loves the breast which I find dry and boring instead of the thighs and wings. It must be an Italian thing. But then I was happy, because it meant I got both wings. Now he is starting to love other parts and my kids adore the wings so I am no longer as lucky. Sniffle.

  27. Michelle says:

    Love that they are baked!

  28. wok with ray says:

    Beautiful chicken wings you got there, Manu.

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