I never really understood the love for chicken wings. So many bones, so little meat, what is there to be obsessed with? I think it was only because I never really tried good homemade version of the dish.
I was invited to a birthday party once and the host made a batch chicken wings for appetizers (god bless parties with homemade food!). The result was so scrumptious that the wings were gone in less than 10 minutes after emerging from the oven. Perfectly marinated interior, crispy and slightly sticky exterior.. From that moment on I never refused a chicken wing proposition in my life!
Marinating chicken wings is crucial to achieve an outstanding result. Let all the elements get acquainted before the heat comes into play. And some time is better than no time at all, so if you are running low on time, let the wings marinate at room temperature while you preheat the oven and maybe arrange a couple of extra snacks and dips in the meantime.
*I try to choose a low sodium soy sauce to decrease the overall salt intake.
*Sprinkle the wings with sesame seeds and/or chives before serving to add a pop of color and flavor.
Easy Baked Maple Garlic Chicken Wings
- 1kg chicken wings (separated at the joint)
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- juice of 1 lemon
- 3 cloves of garlic, finely grated
- 1,5 cm piece of fresh ginger, finely grated
- 1 tsp of smoked paprika
- Separate (if needed) the chicken wings at the joint with a knife.
- Mix all the marinade ingredients, set 1/3 of the mixture aside.
- Put chicken wings in a bowl, mix well with the 2/3 of the marinade, cover, let sit in the fridge up to 2 hours (min of 30 minutes).
- Preheat the oven to 195C.
- Place marinated chicken wings on a parchment lined baking sheet, bake for 30 minutes flipping halfway.
- While wings are in the oven, put reserved 1/3 of the marinade in a small saucepan, bring to a simmer and cook on a medium low heat until reduced in volume and slightly thickened.
- After 30 minutes, take the chicken wings out, turn the broiler option of the oven on.
- Cover the wings evenly with glaze, broil for additional 3-5 minutes.
- Remove from the oven. Let rest until cool enough to handle, serve with a dip of your choice.