With fresh citrus fruits arriving at the stores, I’ve decided it’s time for some orange flavored chicken wings.I came up with the following recipe for sticky, sweet-salty and spicy chicken wings. The dish is easy to prepare, as the chicken wings are marinated in advance, in a quick to assemble spicy orange-honey-mustard marinade. The marinade ingredients will fill your kitchen with wonderful aromas, both while preparing the dish and while roasting it.
Once the wings are almost fully roasted, a sticky glaze, made of butter, orange zest and honey, is poured on top of them and the pan is placed again in the oven for a short roasting. This adds another layer of wonderful flavor and enhances the citrus aroma. The result is finger licking, sweet-salty, spicy and sticky wings.
Serve them with plenty of napkins and enjoy.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Roasting time: 1 hour 15 minutes
1.5 lbs (700 grams) small chicken wings, split, tips removed
For the marinade:
1 Tbs orange zest
½ cup fresh orange juice (from 1 medium)
1 Tbs salt
½ tsp sweet paprika
½ tsp hot paprika
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbs honey (preferably orange blossom)
1 Tbs Dijon mustard
A few drops of hot sauce to taste
For the glaze:
½ stick (55 grams) butter, soft
1 Tbs orange zest
2 Tbs honey (preferably orange blossom)
½ tsp salt
1. Using paper towels, dry the chicken wings and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, mix the marinade ingredients. Add the chicken wings and mix. Transfer to a large Ziploc bag and marinate for at least 4 hours, and up to overnight. Bring to room temperature before roasting.
3. Preheat the oven to 420F (215C). Line a roasting pan with baking paper. Arrange the chicken wings in one layer and pour the marinade on. Roast for one hour, turning the wings occasionally.
4. In a small bowl, mix the ingredients for the glaze. Pour over the wings and place back in the oven for 15 minutes, until the wings are golden-brown and sticky. Keep in the pan for 5 minutes before serving.