Chili Garlic Wings

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Juicy, oven-baked chili garlic wings are slathered in a sticky, sweet and spicy sauce that's packed full of Asian inspired flavor.

These Asian chicken wings are for those who think wings should come with a side of napkins. Similar to my garlic parmesan wings or buffalo wings, these party wings are slathered in a delicious sweet and spicy sticky sauce that will have you licking your fingers before you reach for another one.

A pile of Asian chicken wings on a blue and white plate. The shot is focused on a flat or wingette with a caramelized sauce coated on the outside.

The magic of this recipe comes from the perfect blend of simple, easy-to-find ingredients. Using a combination of avocado oil, soy sauce, sugar-free honey (though regular honey works just as well if you don’t mind the extra carbs), chili garlic sauce, fresh garlic, and a little ground ginger, you can create the perfect balance of sweet and spicy to cover these oven baked wings.

Party wings (aka drumettes and flats/wingettes) are marinated in this homemade sauce before baking. But to get ultimate flavor, the Asian chicken marinade is reduced down into a glaze that gets brushed all over the baked chicken for that sticky, finger-licking finish. A quick trip under the broiler will give them that irresistible caramelized finish, and a sprinkle of thinly sliced green onions and sesame seeds adds a touch of freshness and crunch.

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Chili Garlic Wings Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup avocado oil
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce or tamari
  • ⅓ cup sugar free honey, divided
  • ¼ cup chili garlic sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 lb party chicken wings (drumette & flats)

Chili Garlic Wings Directions

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Chili garlic sauce

This simple Asian chicken marinade is what sets theses wings apart. The chili garlic sauce in the marinade gives a robust, spicy kick, while the soy sauce provides that umami flavor. Avocado oil is used to bind all the ingredients together, whereas the honey gives a slight sweetness that balances out the heat. Fresh garlic and ground ginger add more flavor and zest.

Even though these ingredients can be found in most pantries or the grocery store, there are some substitutions that can be made if you don’t have ingredients on hand or there is an allergy.

  • Avocado oil – Can be replace with other neutral tasting oils like canola or grapeseed oil.
  • Honey – Of course, if staying low carb, using sugar free honey is preferred; however, any sweetener can be used. A brown sugar like sweetener is an ideal replacement for honey.
  • Garlic – Garlic powder can be substituted if freshly minced garlic is not available. Use 1 teaspoon.
  • Ginger – If you really want the best flavor, use fresh ginger.
  • Chili garlic sauce – Sriracha sauce could be used as a substitute or try to find chili paste. Chili paste has a similar bold chili flavor but is less tangy. You could make your own chili garlic sauce by using Sriracha as a base and mixing in red pepper flakes, minced garlic and a splash of vinegar.

If you want your Asian chicken wings more tangy, add in a splash of white vinegar, apple cider vinegar or lime juice.

A plate of chili garlic wings piled on each other and topped with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.

Storage information

Let the wings cool down after cooking before storing them in an airtight container or wrap them securely in aluminum foil or plastic wrap.

Store in the refrigerator

The Asian chicken wings can stored in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.

Store in the freezer

If you want to keep the wings longer than that, store in the freezer in an airtight container or freezer safe bag for up to 3 months.

Reheating instructions

Reheat in the oven at 350°F for about 10-15 minutes or until they’re heated through. To reheat in the air fryer, air fry at 350°F for 4-5 minutes. If the baked chicken wings are frozen, it’s best to thaw them in the refrigerator overnight before reheating. To get the wings crispy again, it’s best to use an air fryer to reheat them or you can finish the wings under the broiler for a couple of minutes.

Chili Garlic Wings: FAQS

What is chili garlic sauce, and where can I buy it?

Chili garlic sauce is a popular condiment in many Asian inspired dishes, especially in Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine. It's a thick, chunky sauce with a spicy, tangy flavor. The sauce contains red chili peppers, garlic, vinegar, and salt. You can find it in most grocery stores down the Asian food aisle. One popular brand that makes this sauce is Huy Fong Foods which is the same company that makes Sriracha sauce.

What are party chicken wings?

Party wings are part of chicken wings that have been cut into two pieces: the "drumette" and the "wingette" (or "flat"). The drumette is the part of the wing that is attached to the body of the chicken and looks like a small drumstick, while the wingette is the middle part of the wing, between the drumette and the tip. The wing tips are typically discarded as they don't have a lot of meat to them.They're called "party wings" because they are often served at parties, given their easy-to-eat size and their popularity as a finger food.

I don't have fresh garlic; can I use garlic powder instead?

Yes, you can substitute with one teaspoon of garlic powder for 4 cloves of garlic in this recipe.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Chili Garlic Wings

Servings: 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 465
Fat 36.5g
Protein 29.3g
Total Carbs 13.2g
Net Carbs 2.4g

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