Ginger Lime Cilantro Chicken Wings

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These baked ginger lime cilantro chicken wings are packed with flavor but at the same time very easy to make. Mix the ingredients together, then use half of them as the marinade and cook the other half down into a glaze to brush on the wings. A great appetizer to bring to parties and, of course, the perfect football food!

A small bowl with glazed chicken wings.

This post was originally published on Nov. 24, 2015.

These wings are marinated in a mix of fresh ginger, lime zest, cilantro, sesame oil, crushed red pepper flakes, honey, garlic, rice vinegar and soy sauce. The same flavors also go into a syrup to glaze the wings with.

All the ingredients needed to make ginger lime cilantro chicken wings on a marble kitchen counter.

How to make this recipe step by step:

Step 1. In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together:

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • zest from 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

Step 2. Pour half of the mix into a bowl, then cover the liquid measuring cup with plastic wrap and transfer to the fridge.

Marinade being whisked together in a liquid measuring cup and marinade divided between a bowl and a cup.

Step 3. Stir 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro into the bowl, then add 12 chicken wing parts (drumettes and wingettes), cover and marinate in the fridge for 45 minutes.

Step 4. Heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, set a wire rack on top and transfer the chicken wings onto the wire rack. Bake the wings for 35 minutes.

Raw chicken wings marinating in a bowl and on top of a wire on a rimmed baking sheet.

Step 5. While the wings are baking, pour the sauce into a small saucepan and simmer, stirring continuously, until it is reduced to a syrupy consistency.

Step 6. Brush the sauce on the chicken wings, then return them to the oven and bake until they are fully cooked (about another 5 minutes).

RECIPE TIP: To make sure the wings are fully cooked, it’s best to take their internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the wing and be sure not to hit the bone. The wings are fully cooked when they register an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

A small saucepan with glaze and baked chicken wings being brushed with glaze.

Step 7. Sprinkle chopped green onion onto the wings and serve.

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A small bowl with glazed chicken wings.
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5 from 3 votes

Ginger Lime Cilantro Chicken Wings

These baked ginger lime cilantro chicken wings are packed with flavor but at the same time very easy to make. Mix the ingredients together, then use half of them as the marinade and cook the other half down into a glaze to brush on the wings.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Marinating Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chicken wings, ginger lime cilantro chicken wings
Servings: 2
Calories: 780kcal

Ingredients:

  • 6 whole chicken wings or 12 separated wing parts (drumettes and wingettes)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • zest from 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped

Instructions:

  • If you’re using whole wings, separate them into their three components. Discard the wing tips and keep only the drumettes and wingettes (separate them by locating the joints and cutting through the cartilage between the bones). 
  • 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 half and put in the fridge.
  • Add the cilantro to the bowl, mix, 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, stirring continuously, 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. Check that the internal temperature of the wings has reached 165 degrees F. to make sure the wings are fully cooked. 
  • Sprinkle the green onion over the wings and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 780kcal

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A small bowl with glazed chicken wings.

12 comments

    • Nicole B. says:

      Not at all! I’m all for eating (and drinking) whatever strikes my fancy in the morning! Thanks so much for coming by, Amy. (Love your blog name, by the way :)).

  1. My Dish is Bomb says:

    How high did you have to stand to take that shot with the 100mm? Haha. I have to climb pretttty high to get shots like that with my 80 mm (but I’m pretty short, too!) Love the photo and the recipe is right up my alley. Pinned!

  2. Abida says:

    We don’t have Thanksgiving over here, but I actually want to try the green bean casserole and some more pumpkin dishes!! This looks so delicious, and the spicy and sweet contrast. The styling tips are soo helpful too, will be pinning this!

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you do much, Abida! I think I’ve had one too many green bean casseroles and I’ll be fine without them for the rest of my life. :)

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