Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

Ingredients

  • Chicken Wings 1.36 kg / 3 lbs: Provides the perfect base for the sweet and savory glaze.
  • Olive Oil 2 tablespoons: Helps achieve a crispy, browned finish.
  • Salt 1 teaspoon: Enhances the overall flavor of the wings.
  • Black Pepper 1/4 teaspoon: Adds a hint of spiciness.
  • Smoked Paprika 1 teaspoon: Gives a smoky depth to the wings.
  • Garlic Powder 1 teaspoon: Infuses the wings with a robust garlic flavor.
  • Soy Sauce 1/4 cup: Adds a salty, umami flavor to the glaze.
  • Mirin 2 tablespoons: Provides a subtle sweetness and acidity.
  • Honey 1/2 cup: The star of the glaze, giving the wings a sticky, sweet coating.
  • Water 3/4 cup: Helps to thin out the glaze to the right consistency.
  • Sesame Oil 1 tablespoon: Adds a nutty, aromatic flavor to the glaze.
  • Garlic 4 cloves, minced: Intensifies the garlic flavor.
  • Ginger 1 tablespoon, minced: Adds a warm, spicy kick.
  • Red Pepper Flakes 1/4 teaspoon, optional: For an extra spicy kick.
  • Cornstarch 1 tablespoon: Helps thicken the glaze.
  • Sesame Seeds: For garnish adding a slight crunch and nutty flavor.

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  • Dry the chicken wings thoroughly with paper towels to ensure they reach a nice crispy finish in the oven.
  • In a large bowl, combine salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, and garlic powder. Toss the chicken wings in this rub until fully coated.
  • Brush the wings lightly with olive oil to assist in achieving a crispy, browned finish.
  • Line a baking tray with foil and parchment paper. Lay out the wings in a single layer, ensuring they’re not overcrowded. Use two trays if necessary.
  • Cook the wings in the preheated oven for about 35 minutes, flipping them halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  • While the wings are baking, prepare the honey garlic sauce. In a small pan over medium heat, combine soy sauce, Mirin, honey, water, sesame oil, minced garlic, minced ginger, and optional red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 10 minutes until slightly thickened.
  • Once the wings have baked for 35 minutes, remove them from the oven and toss them in the honey garlic sauce. Return them to the oven for another 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • For a caramelized finish, broil the wings for a few minutes, keeping a watchful eye to avoid burning.
  • Allow the wings to cool for around 10 minutes. Stir them gently every couple of minutes to ensure they are well-coated with the sauce.
  • Serve your Honey Garlic Chicken Wings with a sprinkle of sesame seeds for garnish and enjoy the harmonious blend of sweet, sticky, and savory flavors!

Notes

For an extra spicy kick, feel free to add more red pepper flakes. If you don’t have Mirin, you can substitute it with a dry sherry or a sweet Marsala wine. Remember to let the wings cool before serving, as the sauce thickens and becomes even more delicious as it cools.

These Honey Garlic Chicken Wings are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Their sweet and savory combination will have you reaching for more, and the best part is, they’re so easy to whip up! So next time you’re in charge of the appetizers, you know what to do.

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