Maple Orange Chicken Wings

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These crispy, baked maple orange chicken wings are messy to eat but are worth the cleanup. They are glazed with a sticky sauce made from maple syrup, orange juice, salt, butter, cloves and crushed red pepper flakes. Sweet, sour, salty and spicy!

A plate with glazed chicken wings, dipping sauce and a bottle of beer.

This post was originally published on Dec. 13, 2014.

For more delicious wings, check out this Ginger Lime Cilantro Chicken Wings recipe.

How to make maple orange chicken wings:

For the wings:

Step 1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F., then pat the chicken wings dry with paper towels. Get a bit of vegetable oil and some salt and pepper ready.

RECIPE TIP: It’s really important to dry the wings well because only dry wings will get nice and crispy.

Raw chicken wings, two dishes with vegetable oil, salt and pepper and a brush.

RECIPE NOTE: I used whole chicken wings here but you can use separated wings (wingettes and drumettes) instead, if you like.

Step 2. Brush the wings with the vegetable oil, then sprinkle salt and pepper on them. Place the wings on a wire rack, set the wire rack on an aluminum foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and bake the wings in the oven for 40 minutes.

Brushing oil onto raw chicken wings.

For the maple orange glaze:

Step 3. While the wings are in the oven, make the glaze on the stovetop. Grab a saucepan and add all the glaze ingredients to it.

All ingredients needed to make a maple orange glaze for chicken wings.

Step 4. Bring everything to a boil, then simmer, whisking or stirring continuously, until the glaze thickens. (This will take about 15 to 20 minutes).

Whisking a chicken wings glaze in a small saucepan.

Step 5. After the initial 40 minutes in the oven, brush the wings with the glaze, then return them to the oven for another 10 minutes. Right before serving, spoon more of the glaze on and sprinkle with chopped green onions (optional).

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A plate with glazed chicken wings, dipping sauce and a bottle of beer.
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Maple Orange Chicken Wings

These crispy, baked maple orange chicken wings are glazed with a sticky sauce made from maple syrup, orange juice, salt, butter, cloves and crushed red pepper flakes. Sweet, sour, salty and spicy!
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:50 mins
Total Time:1 hr
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: maple orange chicken wings
Servings: 3
Calories (estimated): 573kcal

Ingredients:

  • 12 chicken wings
  • vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 green onion, optional

Instructions:

  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Pat the wings dry with paper towels.*
  • Brush the wings with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on it. Put the wings on the rack in a single layer.
  • Bake for 40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile combine maple syrup, juice, butter, salt, red pepper flakes and cloves in a saucepan and simmer until the sauce thickens (15 to 20 minutes).
  • Take the wings out, brush with the glaze, return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes. Check that the internal temperature of the wings has reached 165 degrees F. to make sure the wings are fully cooked.
  • Spoon more glaze on, then sprinkle with green onion (if using) and serve.

Notes:

*It’s really important to dry the wings well so they can get crispy.

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A plate with glazed chicken wings, dipping sauce and a bottle of beer.

4 comments

  1. Kayiu @ Saucy Spatula says:

    What a great chicken wing dish! It looks stunning!

    I really appreciate your note on the photography side of things, I’ve never seen food bloggers include this bit of info in their content, and I love that you take time to do that.

    I adore your work, and will be back for more!

    Thank you!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I had to laugh about the napkin. It’s funny how such a small thing can bring balance and weight to a photograph. And you’re right – it fits with the story. I have some wings in the freezer – looking forward to trying this one.

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