Ginger Lime Buffalo Wings

I’m a huge fan of Southern fried chicken. Luscious bits of buttermilk brined chicken with a thick crunchy crust that looks like the forehead of an aging pug. When the urge hits, I’ll even tuck into a bucket of the Colonel’s Original Recipe to get my fix. I’m a fried chicken whore though and my loyalties don’t just lie with Southern fried chicken. I love Japanese fried chicken, Korean fried chicken, and even the winged “bison” variety that originated in upstate New York.

When the Superbowl rolled around a few weeks ago I wanted to do healthier takes on traditional classics. I set out to make buffalo wings with less breading and less oil without loosing anything in the texture and flavour department. The initial goal was to make these entirely in the oven without using oil, but after several failed attempts at a getting crispy skin I gave up. You can achieve slightly crispy skin by spraying non-stick cooking spray on top of the chicken, but it just doesn’t compare to the crackling crisp skin of the deep frying.

So you make the choice, crispy deep fried or healthier oven baked. Either way, you’ll get a wing that’s brimming with South East Asian flavours and a thin caramelized crust.

2 lbs chicken wings

for marinade
1 serrano or Thai chili (with seeds)
1/4 C loosely packed cilantro leaves and stems
3 cloves garlic
1″ knob of ginger
juice of 1 lime
2 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs honey
1 Tbs oyster sauce

for dusting
1/2 C flour

for serving
Thai sweet chili sauce

Put all the marinade ingredients in a food processor and and blitz until pureed. Put in a gallon sized Ziploc bag.

Wash the chicken wings and dry thoroughly with paper towels. Add to them to the marinade and seal the bag, trying to get as much air out as you can. Marinate for at least 24 hours.

If you are baking them, move the oven rack to the middle position and pre-heat to 400 degrees F. If you are deep frying, heat a cast iron pot with 1.5″ of oil to 365 degrees F.

Remove the chicken from the marinade and dry the chicken as best you can using paper towels. This is important to achieve a thin crisp skin. Put the flour in a bowl and lightly dust each piece of chicken, tapping off any extra flour.

baking method
Place on a wire rack over a baking sheet making sure to leave space between each piece. Spray the chicken with non-stick cooking spray, or brush lightly with oil. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked and the skin is golden brown.

frying method
Once the oil reaches 365 degrees F, carefully lower the chicken wings into the hot oil and fry until golden brown. Transfer to a paper towel lined wire rack to drain.

Serve with Thai sweet chili sauce, which you can dress up with lime juice and cilantro if you like.

  • http://souvlakiforthesoul.com/ Peter G

    I don’t mind them oven baked…and as usual a great combination of flavours.

  • http://souvlakiforthesoul.com Peter G

    I don’t mind them oven baked…and as usual a great combination of flavours.

  • Emily

    This looks wonderful! Ginger and lime is one of my favorite combos. Actually, lime is my favorite fruit so I may be a little biased. Sometimes I just can’t stand wings that are slathered in sauce. I might make this soon!

  • Emily

    This looks wonderful! Ginger and lime is one of my favorite combos. Actually, lime is my favorite fruit so I may be a little biased. Sometimes I just can’t stand wings that are slathered in sauce. I might make this soon!

  • http://elrasbaking.blogspot.com/ Elra

    These are real treats, my whole family love this chicken wing…, actually except my husband (he doesn’t know what he’s missing)
    Ooops, I thought I am the only one who serve this with chili sauce….
    Cheers,
    Elra

  • http://elrasbaking.blogspot.com Elra

    These are real treats, my whole family love this chicken wing…, actually except my husband (he doesn’t know what he’s missing)
    Ooops, I thought I am the only one who serve this with chili sauce….
    Cheers,
    Elra

  • http://ohboykarencooks.blogspot.com/ Karen

    I think I would prefer the oven baked version. Love the addition of lime and cilantro to these!

  • http://ohboykarencooks.blogspot.com Karen

    I think I would prefer the oven baked version. Love the addition of lime and cilantro to these!

  • http://saraskitchen.blogspot.com/ Sara

    These look so delicious, what a great twist on an old favorite.

  • http://saraskitchen.blogspot.com Sara

    These look so delicious, what a great twist on an old favorite.

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com/ Manggy

    Oh, wow. All-time guilty pleasure. Thanks for giving the option of oven-baked: we’ll see if it gets any use, hee hee. Now you’re making me very interested in what Korean FC is like!

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com Manggy

    Oh, wow. All-time guilty pleasure. Thanks for giving the option of oven-baked: we’ll see if it gets any use, hee hee. Now you’re making me very interested in what Korean FC is like!

  • http://www.pigpigscorner.com/ Pigpigscorner

    Yummy, I love chicken wings! Great flavours there.

  • http://www.pigpigscorner.com/ Pigpigscorner

    Yummy, I love chicken wings! Great flavours there.

  • http://onlinepastrychef.wordpress.com/ Jenni

    These sound bright and sparkly–a perfect harbinger of Spring. Or the Superbowl, depending on how you look at it! At any rate, I agree, sometimes frying is the only way to go:D

  • http://onlinepastrychef.wordpress.com/ Jenni

    These sound bright and sparkly–a perfect harbinger of Spring. Or the Superbowl, depending on how you look at it! At any rate, I agree, sometimes frying is the only way to go:D

  • http://fivestarfoodie.blogspot.com/ Natasha – 5 Star Foodie

    An excellent twist on a classic! Delicious!

  • http://fivestarfoodie.blogspot.com Natasha – 5 Star Foodie

    An excellent twist on a classic! Delicious!

  • http://www.buffchickpea.com/ Hayley

    Before I became vegetarian, buffalo wings were my favorite. Now I pour buffalo sauce on just about anything. I’ll have to try your creation. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.buffchickpea.com Hayley

    Before I became vegetarian, buffalo wings were my favorite. Now I pour buffalo sauce on just about anything. I’ll have to try your creation. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.palatetopen.com/ Jen

    A superb twist on a classic!

  • http://www.palatetopen.com Jen

    A superb twist on a classic!

  • http://recipespicbypic.blogspot.com/ Nuria

    One of these days I should try the famous Buffalo wings… either your way or the classic… I think I’m missing something fantastic here!

  • http://recipespicbypic.blogspot.com Nuria

    One of these days I should try the famous Buffalo wings… either your way or the classic… I think I’m missing something fantastic here!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05752371044060690705 cakewardrobe

    I love oven baked. I think it’s so much easier than deep frying. LOVEE your healthy version of buffalo wings cause it still looks BANGING without all the yucky stuff!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05752371044060690705 cakewardrobe

    I love oven baked. I think it’s so much easier than deep frying. LOVEE your healthy version of buffalo wings cause it still looks BANGING without all the yucky stuff!

  • http://duodishes.wordpress.com/ The Duo Dishes

    Yay fried chicken!!!! We miss it so. :) But baked wings are a winner. And your recipe is awesome. Maybe that bag of frozen chicken in the freezer will come out for this recipe.

  • http://duodishes.wordpress.com The Duo Dishes

    Yay fried chicken!!!! We miss it so. :) But baked wings are a winner. And your recipe is awesome. Maybe that bag of frozen chicken in the freezer will come out for this recipe.

  • http://www.kalofagas.ca/ Peter

    Oven baked can still get you that crispy skin…just crank’er! Lime juice and zest give food that special zing.

  • http://www.kalofagas.ca Peter

    Oven baked can still get you that crispy skin…just crank’er! Lime juice and zest give food that special zing.

  • http://rasamalaysia.com/ Rasa Malaysia

    I am a chicken wings whore and the middle sections were on sale in my market. I think I will try this recipe, I can already taste the wings in my mouth. Yum.

  • http://rasamalaysia.com Rasa Malaysia

    I am a chicken wings whore and the middle sections were on sale in my market. I think I will try this recipe, I can already taste the wings in my mouth. Yum.

  • Seabreezes51

    I do a version of this
    I use a cast iron pan and preheat it and the oven to 415.
    After it is all hot I toss in a layer of frozen wings, dousingthem with Soy sauce, lime and ground ginger
    Cook for 25 minutes then turn them over, go another 25 minutes

    They come out crispy on the outside and fall apart on the inside because they start frozen and the heat is so high.
    The closest thing is the Crispy Duck that you get from Chinese places.

    Delicious

  • Iketut Suardana

    i think deep fried to be a crispy

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