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Spicy Garlic Ginger Wings

Spicy Garlic Ginger Wings

Wings are a staple in our home, perfect for those should-we-order-takeout? nights when no one wants to cook. Until recently I had no idea how easy it is to make wings – at least if you’re not planning on deep frying them, which is a lot of messy work. It only takes a few minutes to whisk together a marinade and throw the wings straight from the freezer to the oven; by far the hardest part is waiting for them to be done.

Spicy Garlic Ginger Wings is my favorite variety that I end up making nearly every time. The flavor was inspired by mixing Sweet Ginger Thai and Spicy Garlic Chili sauces from a local wing shop, because I can never leave a good thing alone, and the result is absolutely fantastic.

Spicy Garlic Ginger Wings

A few thoughts on the ingredients:

Our local grocery store (Kroger, aka King Soopers out here in Colorado) has a great Sesame Ginger With Mandarin Orange marinade that I use as the base of this sauce. Use whatever similar Asian-style marinade you can find locally. You could totally make your own and I’m sure it would be amazing, but the idea here is to use a couple ingredients already in your fridge with very little work. All about laziness with this one!

Ketchup? Really? I know, I’m not a fan, but you need the acidity. It works here.

Brown sugar always belongs in wing sauces because caramelization. YES.

Spicy Garlic Ginger Wings

Here’s the thing: even baked chicken wings are never going to be suuuper healthy. And that’s okay because they are DELICOUS.

Spicy Garlic Ginger Wings
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Cook time
Total time
Serves: 16 wings
  • ½ cup sesame ginger marinade (or whatever you can find locally)
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 t. sambal oelek or chili garlic paste
  • 1 t. red pepper flakes
  • 1.5 lb. frozen chicken wings (approx. 16)
  • (optional) carrots, celery, and blue cheese dressing
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Whisk together everything but the chicken wings. Taste & adjust – it will be very strong.
  3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Use the smallest sheet you have that will fit the wings in a single layer.
  4. Arrange the wings bone-down on the sheet. Brush the tops with sauce.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, until the sauce has thickened. Turn wings over, brush the bottoms, and return to the oven.
  6. Repeat turning and brushing every fifteen minutes.
  7. The wings are done when the sauce has caramelized and thickly coats the meat, usually around an hour.
If your wings aren’t frozen, even better – this will reduce the cooking time, so lower the turn/brush frequency to 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
2 servings per container
Serving size 8 wings

Amount per serving
Calories 550
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 208mg 70%
Sodium 1627mg 71%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 29g
Includes g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 38g

Calcium 6mg 1%
Iron 10mg 56%
Not a significant source of vitamin D, or potassium.

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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