Spicy Asian Chicken Wings

I made a batch of these wings for my parents before my trip to Portland. They watch Bailey, I make some wings for them in return. Everybody is happy!

Spicy Asian Chicken Wings


  • 2 lbs. chicken wings (you can use this marinade for any cut of chicken you’d like)
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 3-4 tablespoons soy sauce (depending on the salt-content of the brand you’re using)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

**I realize that the addition of both soy sauce and salt as well as honey and sugar may seem redundant, but the flavor profiles of each are different, thus creating a greater overall flavor profile for the marinade. πŸ™‚


Combine marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Taste to make sure there is a balance of savory and sweet since different soy sauces have varying sodium contents. Adjust the amount of soy/honey as necessary.

Transfer the chicken wings to a plastic ziploc bag. (I’ve found this is the best way to marinate chicken since you can seal out the air and easily flip the chicken around every few hours.)Β  Add the marinade and seal the bag, making sure to press out any excess air. Massage the chicken through the bag to make sure the marinade evenly coats the chicken. Marinate at least 12 hours, turning the bag at least once or twice during this time.

Turn the oven to broil. Position the oven rack at the second highest level. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place on a baking sheet. Place the chicken in the oven and check it every 5-8 minutes, turning and rearranging the chicken as needed. I find that the middle pieces always cook the fastest, so I rotate them around. Cook the chicken until even golden brown and slightly charred, between 20-25 minutes. If you chicken is browning too quickly, lower your oven rack to allow the chicken to cook thoroughly.

Remove chicken from oven and let rest 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

You can garnish your wings with thinly sliced scallions if you'd like.
You can garnish your wings with thinly sliced scallions if you’d like.
These are my favorite.
Or an extra sprinkle of sesame seeds if you’re in the mood.
Sometimes I use whole chicken wings. Those are my mom's favorite. I think they are becoming mine, too.
Sometimes I use whole chicken wings. Those are my mom’s favorite. I think they are becoming mine, too.
Bailey is monitoring the wings for me. Such a good little helper!
Bailey is monitoring the wings for me. Such a good little helper!


  1. I have tried this recipe and it is the only way to enjoy chicken wings. It is mouth watering just thinking about it.

    • Paul told me it’s Riley’s favorite chicken wing recipe now. But he uses the recipe I gave him with thick soy as an ingredient. I didn’t make that version since thick soy is not readily available in markets (yet). πŸ™‚

  2. Oh, Bailey looks sooo adorable in the last photo!! These look amazing, and easy to maketoo! I’m gonna have to make these this weekend! =)

    • Yes, Bailey was being a good boy and didn’t try to steal any wings. He’s only naughty about food with his grandma and grandpa. True story. πŸ™‚ Don’t forget to taste and adjust the marinade if you make these, Bonnie! I’ve used different brands of soy and sometimes the difference can be up to a tablespoon or two of soy!

      • I switch between Green Mountain (common in Vietnamese households) and Haechandle (a Korean brand). The Green Mountain is definitely saltier, and Haechandle has a sweeter balance to it. When I use Green Mountain, I usually decrease by the soy by a tablespoon and kick up the honey to round out the flavors. πŸ™‚ Which brand(s) do you use at home?

      • Oh wow interesting, I don’t know either of those brands. Will have to check them out the next time I am at the market. I use low-sodium Kikkoman and also low-sodium Aloha Shoyu, a less common Hawaiian brand. Interested to taste how they are different! Thank you Patty!!

  3. No chicken bones for Bailey! These look so good. I was going to make my lemon garlic wings the other day only to discover…..bad wings.

    Your parents are swell for pup sitting.

    • No chicken bones, or onions, or garlic! What happened to your wings? Why were they bad? Oh dear! And my parents love pup-sitting. Even if my dad pretends that it’s a lot of work and he’s put out by it. I’m onto him–I know they miss him after watching him for a few days! πŸ˜€

      • Expiration date said one thing, the smell said something else. Organic, good quality, just gone south too soon. I made lasagne instead (like on the airplane in the old days “chicken or lasagne”).

        Oh, the stories I could tell about pup sitting and parents and me…

      • What a shame about the wings. Lasagne isn’t a bad substitute, that’s for sure! I sorta miss airplane food. It was exciting to see what they were going to serve you each time. πŸ™‚

        Now I’m ever so curious about your pup sitting stories!

  4. These look delicious, Patty! Yum, I’m sure the salty and sweet components balance each other out. Pics are superb and I swear Bailey just gets cuter and cuter!

    • I’m going to try my hand at Pok Pok wings next, Ngan! But not until summer. Too much to do before then! I’m lucky I got my food queue going during spring break. That will keep me going until I have time again. πŸ™‚ Bailey is pretty cute. But sometimes I think he is cuter in pictures than in person. Don’t tell him I said that!! πŸ˜‰ He is just a very photogenic little fluffball. ❀

  5. Patty – we party at last! Love the trade off – Bailey-sitting for wings – I’m in!! Gorgeous photos as usual and so happy to see Bailey who I have missed!!

  6. Patty, you always amaze us with your stunning photos. ❀

    I also love chicken wings but not the way I love chicken thighs. I think you feel the same way, too! Right? πŸ˜€

    Thanks for sharing and bringing these yummy goodness to FF15. I think Bailey would love to join us, too?

  7. OMG Patty! I’m drooling!!!! πŸ˜€ They look perfect, love your photographs too!
    and Bailey is gorgeous..don’t let him monitor for too long or you won’t have any left πŸ˜€ They are so tempting!

  8. I will definitely take on Bailey duties next time you travel if these wings are the reward…please? He would have such fun with my furry friends. πŸ™‚ The sprinkling of sesame seeds is a great touch…adding another great texture/flavor!

  9. I have always wanted a good wings recipe. We love wings but I have never been satisfied with the results. I’ll try your’s for sure Patty, they are so lovely with your thinly sliced scallions. Bailey’s so darn cute!

  10. These look delish, Patty! We love wings and usually have them when we go out. So going to try this. And what’s Bailey upto- trying to save the wings from himself? πŸ˜‰

  11. Oh Patty! These are wonderful! My hubby LOVES chicken wings and your recipe looks like the best I have seen in a very long time! I will make this for sure! As always, I am loving your photos! πŸ™‚

  12. Patty, beautiful job here. It looks very similar to the Pok Pok recipe I am (haven’t forgotten!) slugging away transcribing . . . um, except about a thousand less steps. It looks like Bailey enjoyed them too!

  13. That marinade is probably great even with chicken breasts, but wings are the best! Pretty sure I’ll be making these very soon. Bailey is a good boy, at least this time. πŸ™‚

    • Yes, the marinade is very versatile, Angie! You can use it on short ribs as well. Bailey is only sometimes good. It’s always a surprise when he is. πŸ˜‰

  14. This looks delicious and even fits all my allergy needs (assuming I pick a GF soy sauce). Beautiful presentation, and thanks for bringing it to the fiesta!

  15. You are the first one I clicked on in this week’s Fiesta Friday πŸ˜€ Your chicken look super delicious but your photography is… Wooow πŸ˜€

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