Updated: Sep 20, 2022
This chicken wing recipe makes life easier on a busy night. I like to pair it with a bowl of brown rice or cauliflower rice and kimchi. Sounds simple, but it's delicious and nutritious. With just a few ingredients and only one pan, you can make a healthy dinner or a perfect appetizer for your next football party that can be on the table in half an hour. I love Asian flavors, and my opinion is this recipe beats takeout any night! This recipe has also been enthusiastically approved by all my boys!
Why homemade teriyaki sauce?
In my opinion nothing is better than homemade food. So why spoil your homemade meal with a store-bought sauce that you can make yourself in 10 minutes or less? A sauce that will be not only good for you but also has much better flavor. Plus, you'll avoid high fructose corn syrup, modified corn starch, MSG, sodium benzoate, etc. Since I became a mom, taking shortcuts on my food is the last thing what I want to do. Eating clean is not as difficult as you think. Remember your health is in your hands!
Sugar and Soy
Instead of harmful sugars I used maple syrup, freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice, rice vinegar, natural herbs, and soy sauce. If you can't or don't want to use soy sauce, I recommend substituting with coconut aminos.
Adding Some Heat
For the heat I recommend using chili pepper. If you don't like spicy food at all, feel free t skip the hot pepper altogether. In the video I used habanero pepper because my husband did the shopping. I usually do the grocery shopping, but the day I made the video he was going to the store and asked if I needed anything. I said "I'm just about to shoot the video and am missing one ingredient; can you get it for me? Sure. And he did. Too funny.
In the past David has made many shopping mistakes. Like "Honey, can you grab 5 avocados and one lime?" And he would come bake with 5 limes and one avocado. Or "Can you get a red cabbage?" And he comes back with one head of radicchio salad. There have been so many more of those funny moments. I love it!
Sesame Seeds - Raw or Already Roasted?
I recommend buying raw sesame seeds, just like any other seeds and nuts I purchase. Bulk and raw is the way to go! But if you already have roasted sesame seeds on hand, use those and skip the step of roasting them.
How to Make Ginger Puree
Take 1 pound of fresh (organic) ginger root. Scrape the skin off and blend the ginger with 2 tablespoons raw honey. Scoop the puree into small freezer-safe containers and freeze until you're ready to use. 1 pound of ginger usually lasts my family for about a month.
Let's begin to make these sticky chicken wings...
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Author: Inna of innichkachef.com
Serves: 4 servings as an appetizer or 2 servings as a meal
⅓ cup regular soy sauce
⅓ cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon plain rice vinegar
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 tablespoon ginger puree (see note above)
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Juice from one orange
Juice from half lemon
Chicken Wings Ingredients
8 chicken wings (organic if possible)
1 tablespoon avocado oil
2 tablespoon sesame seeds (1 tablespoon for cooking and 1 for the garnish)
1 chili pepper (I used habanero in the video only as a garnish)
1 red sweet pepper
Few sprigs cilantro (for garnish)
1. To make the sauce, first juice the orange and lemon. Add juice to a saucepan with the rest of the sauce ingredients and whisk everything together. Place the saucepan on the stove on low heat and bring it to a boil. Cover with a lid and simmer 7-10 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
2. When the sauce looks thick and glossy, set it aside and let it sit for a few minutes while you work on the chicken wings.
3. Rinse the chicken wings and dry them with a paper towel.
4. Toast the sesame seeds in a dry frying pan on medium heat until lightly golden. Watch closely; they can burn in no time. When they're ready, transfer them from the frying plan to a plate.
5. Leave the frying pan on the stove on medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon avocado oil and set the wings in the pan - they should fit snugly. Let them color for 1-2 minutes on each side, then add half of your sauce, a few splashes of water, and half of your sesame seeds. Add the sweet pepper and chili (if you're using it).
6. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, or under the chicken wings are tender and the sauce is beautifully glossy and stick. Check the wings while cooking and give them a few turns as needed. Add more water if necessary.
7. Add a little more water and lemon juice to the pan jiggle it around to pick up all the bits.
8. Plate the chicken wings right away and decorate with cilantro and sesame seeds. I decorate with chopped habanero peppers as well.