Lightened-up sweet & spicy chicken wings [Recipe]


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As delicious as they are, high-calorie, high-fat fried wings can leave your stomach feeling greasy and heavy. Luckily, wings are easy to make at home, and baking them in the oven cuts down on the fat and grease. 

Invite your friends over and impress them with our sweet and spicy homemade version. 



  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Dash of salt

  • Dash of red pepper flakes

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced

  • 1/3 cup green onions, sliced

  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons honey

  • 20 chicken wings



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

  2. The most demanding part of this recipe is preparing the raw meat. Remove the tip from each wing, and then cut along the joint to separate the wing into two parts. If you’ve never dealt with wings before, you may find this instructional video helpful. 

  3. Mix coriander, paprika, Chinese five-spice powder, cayenne, salt and red pepper flakes in small dish and set aside. 

  4. Heat a swirl of sesame oil in a wok over medium heat. Add garlic, ginger and green onions, stirring constantly. Add soy sauce, honey and spice mixture. Cook sauce one to two minutes and add wings. Coat wings with sauce and remove from heat. 

  5. Spread wings into a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake wings for 20 minutes, flip and bake another 20 minutes. Broil wings five minutes longer and remove from oven.