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Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! In case you need a break from anything turkey/pumpkin/ green bean casserole etc. related I’ve got this easy and delicious chicken wings recipe for you. There are more flavors than just ginger, lime and cilantro packed in here, I just didn’t want to stuff all of them into the title.
I marinated the wings in a mix of ginger, lime zest, cilantro, sesame, crushed red pepper flakes, honey, garlic, rice vinegar and soy sauce and they are exploding with great flavor. (The recipe is actually a spinoff from my Asian noodle salad and my chicken stir fry). I reserved some of the marinade, cooked it down to a syrup and glazed the wings with it towards the end of the baking time for extra yummi- and stickiness. Perfect snacking and party food! :)
- 6 whole chicken wings
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- zest from 1 lime
- ½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
- 1 green onion, finely chopped
- Separate the wings into their three components. Discard the wing tips and keep only the drumettes and wingettes.
- Whisk soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, honey, red pepper flakes, sesame oil, lime zest and ginger together in a liquid measuring cup. Pour half of the mix into a bowl, cover the remaining mix and put in the fridge.
- Add the cilantro to the bowl, then place the chicken wings into the bowl, cover and marinate for 45 minutes in the fridge.
- Heat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, place a wire rack on it and set the wings on the rack.
- Bake the wings for 35 minutes.
- Meanwhile pour the remaining sauce mix into a saucepan and simmer until reduced to a syrup (about 8 minutes).
- Brush the syrup on the chicken wings, then return them to the oven and bake for another 5 minutes.
- Sprinkle the green onion over the wings and serve.
Food Photography and Styling: To emphasize the pretty color of these wings I kept all props in the shot neutral and to bring out some shine I lit the wings from the back. (As usual I used my strobe to light the set). I didn’t have any fabrics that would have worked as a surface so I just used a plain black poster board. The napkin that’s sitting underneath the bowl was much lighter in color than what you see here so I darkened it a bit in Photoshop to make the colors fit.
Nikon D600, 105mm, f/5.6, 1/160 sec., ISO 100. One Hensel Integra Pro Plus 500 Monolight.