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Sweet, gooey guava paste, fresh tart lime juice and crushed red peppers give these Spicy Chicken Wings a wild kick of flavor. Oven baked until crisp, then caramelized in the sweet, sour, spicy sauce, these wings will have your guests (and you) begging for more.
When I gently peeled the first cooked wing off the parchment paper, I knew I was in for a treat with all the caramelized goodness I was seeing. And boy, was I right. These spicy chicken wings might be the best thing ever.
Perfectly sweet and tangy and savory with a touch of heat from the crushed red peppers, I want to eat ALL these easy spicy wings.
They’re so good, I almost immediately made them again a few days later. Plus, I just moved next door to a 99 cent store that has packages of guava paste for 99 cents. Yes, that’s right. I said 99 cents. It’s heaven. Now I can make all the guava bbq sauce and chicken wings I want!
If you live close me, you can get the guava paste at the 99 cent store apparently (see above…). You also may be able to find it at your local grocery store, or just order it through these Amazon links to avoid the hassle of hunting it down (affiliate links – I earn a small commission if you buy through these links so I can do more shopping at the 99 cent store):
What does guava paste taste like?
Often said to be a combination of pear and strawberry, guava paste is much sweeter than the actual guava fruit. The paste has added sugar and pectin to give it a gelatinous texture, similar to a jelly.
What is the difference between all purpose flour and rice flour?
Well, rice flour is made from rice. It is gluten free and tends to be much finer than all purpose flour. I like to use rice flour on these oven baked chicken wings because it helps to give them a light and airy crispness when baking them in the oven.
How to Make Spicy Chicken Wings
First, we want to bake our chicken wings so they are nice and crispy before we coat them in sauce. Because there is so much sugar in the sauce, if we were to try and cook the wings with the sauce on, it would likely burn.
How do you make chicken wings crispy in the oven?
I learned this wonderful method from Nagi over at RecipeTin – see her full post here. I’ve adapted the recipe a touch, but the method is the same. Line a baking shet with parchment paper and place a baking rack on top.
In short, we coat the wings in a mixture of baking soda (not powder!), salt and rice flour and bake them at low heat (250 degrees) for 25 minutes. Then we crank up the heat to 400 degrees and cook another 30 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.
While the wings are cooking, make the guava bbq sauce by combining all the ingredients in a saucepan and simmering until guava paste has dissolved and a sauce is formed. Stir periodically to keep the sauce from burning. You may need to smash the guava paste against the edge of the saucepan to move the dissolving along faster. **NOTE: Cut the guava paste into small pieces before adding it to the sauce this will help it to dissolve quicker**
Once your spicy chicken wings are done, toss them in the guava bbq sauce, take the rack off the baking sheet, throw the wings on the baking sheet, pop them right back in the oven and bake for another 10 minutes, until gooey and caramelized.
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More delicious Brazilian style recipes coming at you!
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Did you make these spicy chicken wings? Leave a comment below and let me know how it turned out!
- 2 lbs. chicken wings
- 1 tbsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup rice flour (note 1)
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2/3 cup guava paste (note 2)
- 1 tbsp. soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
- 2 tsp. coconut sugar (note 3)
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Pat the chicken wings dry. Combine the rice flour (or regular flour), salt and baking soda in a large bowl or zip lock bag. Add chicken wings and shake or stir to coat with the mixture.
- Place chicken wings on a rack over a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes.
- Turn up the heat to 400 degrees and bake another 30 minutes.
- While the wings are baking, combine all the sauce ingredients in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and continue stirring until guava paste has dissolved.
- Remove wings from oven and place in a bowl. Remove rack from baking sheet (we're done with it). Pour sauce over wings and mix to coat.
- Pour wings back on the parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, until crispy and caramelized.
- Serve immediately.
1. All purpose flour can be substituted for the rice flour.
2. Cut the guava paste into small pieces before adding it to the sauce - this will help it to dissolve quicker.
3. For extra special flavor, add some palm sugar in place of the coconut sugar.
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