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The umami packed Thai satay marinade and spicy Thai peanut sauce make these easy baked chicken wings just one of the best things ever. Juicy, crispy and caramelized on the outside, they are perfect for game days, Netflix binges or parties!
I feel like I can never have too many wings. They are just so awesome for any occasion. And while I do occasionally fry them (like these Vietnamese Fish Sauce Chicken Wings), most of my wings are baked. Like these easy baked chicken wings with Thai satay marinade.
**if you're in to flavor packed baked chicken wings, you MUST try these other recipes for Crispy Cajun Baked Chicken Wings and Gooey Caramelized Vietnamese Style wings. These things are AWESOME guys**
WARNING: There is a very strong possibility that you will fall in love with these Thai baked chicken wings. VERY STRONG. They are flavor packed with fish sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, lemongrass, coconut sugar, etc. etc.
You know, all the good stuff. All the stuff that gives food that oh so amazing "I need more" type of feeling.
And talk about EASY. These crispy Thai chicken wings are so easy to make.
Most of the ingredients can be found at your local grocery store, however, for convenience I have included the Amazon links below if you just don't feel like hunting everything down (these are affiliate links - if you buy through these links, I earn a small commission - it helps me cover some of my expenses!):
Now if you're unfamiliar with some of the ingredients, don't fret! Pop on over and read this post to learn a bit more about the ingredients used in Thai cooking.
Fish sauce, soy sauce, turmeric, ginger, coconut milk and sugar, peanuts and chicken broth should be pretty self explanatory. All easy to find in your local grocery store.
What are the Ingredients in Sambal Oelek?
The Sambal Oelek is very similar to the chili garlic sauce by Huy Fong (actually made by the same company), but more simple, made with just chopped chilies, lime, salt and pepper. If you have a good old bottle of chili garlic sauce in the fridge, you can use that as a substitute.
What is Lemongrass?
Lemongrass has a mild citrus flavor and is commonly used is soups, stews and curries. You can buy fresh lemongrass, but I find the paste is much easier as the fresh can be somewhat of a hassle to prepare in my lazy life.
What is Tamarind and What Does it Taste Like?
The same goes for tamarind paste - you can make your own, but it's a pain in the ass. Just buy the pulp. I always have a hard time finding it so I buy it on Amazon. Tamarind is what gives Asian dishes that slightly sour flavor, while still offering a hint of sweet. I am in love with all things tamarind. I think you will be too once you start experimenting with it!
Step By Step Instructions
First step: Place marinade ingredients in a bowl. Add chicken wings. Refrigerate overnight. I highly recommend this step. If you're really in a pinch, you can marinade for less, but the flavor will not be as good.
And guys, I recommend using those little wingettes/drummettes. You can use the larger regular chicken wings, but the small ones will soak up more delicious flavor.
Once your wings have been sufficiently marinated, spread those bad boys out on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in a 400F degrees oven for 35-45 minutes, turning once half way through.
How Long Does it take to bake Chicken Wings?
I typically bake the wings about 40 minutes and it is perfect. But you know, all ovens are different. The wings should be gooey and caramelized on the outside.
Now the wings are absolutely awesome just by themselves, but who doesn't want a little spicy Thai peanut sauce with their wings?
Especially when all you have to do is put the ingredients in a blender and blend.
OR, you can serve these wings with the leftover marinade. Just place the marinade in a sauce pan and heat to boiling. Simmer for 1-2 minutes to kill the bacteria and you're home free.
My recommendation? Use both. You can never have too much flavor!
So go ahead, dip those easy baked chicken wings in that spicy Thai peanut sauce and let the mouthgasm begin.
If you are feeling the flavors in this recipe, don't miss these:
Vietnamese Baked Chicken Wings
Korean Beef Nachos with Kimchi Cheese Sauce
Vietnamese Crispy Pork Noodle Bowl
Instant Pot Creamy Spicy Braised Oxtails
Grilled Cornish Game Hens with Thai Marinade
Korean Spicy Pork Bulgolgi Tacos
How do you Make Chicken Wings Crispy in the Oven?
If you bake the wings in a 400 degree oven for 40 minutes, they should come out crisp and caramelized for this recipe.
If you're looking to make just crispy wings (not this recipe), toss the wings in a flour and salt mixture and bake for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees.
You can also substitute rice flour for the regular flour - I have found that gives me great results!
You can also toss the wings in a mixture of baking soda and salt and bake at 250 degrees for 30 minutes. Turn up the heat to 425 degrees and bake for another 40 minutes.
I learned this tip from Nagi over at RecipeTin eats. Check out her recipe for crispy chicken wings HERE.
Did you make these easy baked chicken wings with Thai satay marinade? Leave a comment below and let me know how they turned out!
Easy Baked Chicken Wings with Thai Satay Marinade
- 2-3 lbs. chicken wings (wingettes/drumettes)
- Combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl and add the chicken wings. Place in the fridge overnight.
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Place chicken wings on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 35-45 minutes, turning once. Wings should be gooey and caramelized on the outside when done.
- Serve with leftover marinade (heated to boiling to destroy the bacteria) and/or peanut dipping sauce.
Peanut Dipping Sauce:
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend. Start with ½ cup a chicken broth and increase to reach desired consistency.