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These maple orange chicken wings are messy to eat but are worth the cleanup! I glazed them with a sticky sauce made from maple syrup, orange juice, salt, butter, cloves and some crushed red pepper flakes. Sweet, sour, salty and spicy – delicious!
How to make maple orange chicken wings:
You start by heating your oven to 400 degrees F. and then you pat your chicken wings nicely dry with a paper towel (this step is important because only dry wings will get nice and crispy).
Next you brush the wings with vegetable oil and sprinkle some salt and pepper on. Place the wings on a wire rack, set the wire rack on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet and bake the wings in the oven for 40 minutes.
While the wings are in the oven, make the glaze on the stovetop: add maple syrup, orange juice, butter, salt, red pepper flakes and cloves to a saucepan and simmer them until they turn into a thick sauce.
After the initial 40 minutes in the oven, brush the glaze on the wings and then return them to the oven for another ten minutes. Right before serving, spoon more of the glaze on and sprinkle with chopped green onions.
If you’re more in the mood for Asian-style chicken wings, I can offer these Ginger Lime Cilantro Chicken Wings:
Maple Orange Chicken Wings
- 12 chicken wings
- vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup freshly pressed orange juice
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 3 whole cloves
- 1 green onion, sliced
- 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 thick and reduced to about 1/2 cup (15-20 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 and serve.
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