Oven-baked Spicy Asian Chicken Wings
I love chicken wings, especially for bentos. They are small and much easier to pack than legs, and come with a readymade handle, especially the drumettes (the thickest part). So I try various recipes for them. Many of the tastiest ways of cooking chicken wings involve deep-frying. I don't know about you, but as much as I love fried chicken, especially karaage, I do not like deep frying too often.
This is an oven baked version that tastes very fried-chicken like, with a crispy finish that stays that way for a while even when cold. I've given them a spicy-savory-sweet flavor; the spice comes from gochujang, a miso-like Korean chili pepper paste that I have a serious crush on. (See my previous recipe using gochujang.) They are of course, perfect for bentos. I'd suggest having some for dinner and setting aside some for bentos. You may have to hide the ones set aside from midnight fridge raiders though.
Recipe: Oven-baked crispy spicy chicken wings
Oven baked spicy Asian flavored chicken wings that are great hot or cold.
Prep time: 15 min :: Cook time: 20 min :: Total time: 35 min - does not include marinating time
Yield: 24 pieces
Serving size: 3 to 6 pieces
- 12 chicken wings
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 4 tablespoons sake (see notes for substitutions)
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 1
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 small piece ginger, about 1 cm / 1/2 inch long, to yield about 2 teaspoons of grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 to 2 tablespoons gochujang, to taste
- vegetable oil
- cornstarch (cornflour) or potato starch flour (katakuriko)
- Cut the chicken wings apart into 3 sections (see how-to on this page; you don't have to turn them into lollipops though, just cut the joints apart.) Keep the tips for making soup.
- Cut small slits along the bone of the chicken wings. This helps the marinade to penetrate better.
- Peel and grate the ginger and garlic. (I use a microplane for this, which works great.)
- Combine the soy sauce, sake, sesame oil, grated ginger and garlic, sugar and gochujang in a plastic zip bag, and add the chicken wings. Close the bag and massage it with your hands to let the flavors penetrate the chicken.
- Leave the bag in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (you can do it overnight), turning the bag over occasionally. I recommend putting the bag on a plate or something just in case it leaks.
- When you're ready to cook them, preheat the oven to 200°C / about 390°F. Line a baking sheet with kitchen parchment paper or aluminum foil. Spread a little vegetable oil on top.
- Take the chicken wings out of the marinade and pat them dry with paper towels to remove excess marinade. Put some cornstarch or potato starch in another zip bag, and put in the chicken wings. Shake them around to coat thoroughly, then massage them a bit over the bag to really stick the starch onto the surface.
- Take the wings out of the bag, shaking off any excess flour. Line them up on the baking sheet with the side with more skin on it down, taking care not to let them overlap. Drizzle a little bit of oil (you can use vegetable oil or sesame oil) over the wings and turn them to ooat in the oil.
- Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, turning them once. They should be golden brown and pretty crispy. Drain off any excess oil by letting them rest a bit on a rack or paper towels.
- Serve hot or cold.
If you don't have sake substitute dry sherry or even white wine. If you can't do alcohol use unsweetened apple juice instead, but it will have a different flavor. Use just 1/2 tablespoon of sugar if using apple juice.
If you really like spicy, serve with a dollop of gochujang on the side to smear onto the wings.
The wings will last for a couple of days in the refrigerator, and up to a month frozen. They will lose the crispiness over time, but you can re-crisp them by putting them in a preheated oven for a few minutes. They taste nice even if they aren't crisp though.
(Below for search engine purposes)
By Makiko Itoh
Published: May 02, 2013
Type: Asian, chicken
If you enjoyed this article, please consider supporting this site by becoming my patron via Patreon.