Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with a finger-licking delight: Extra-crispy Spicy Orange Chicken Wings! These wings are the ultimate crowd-pleaser, combining a homemade orange sauce with the perfect balance of hot sauce and honey flavors that'll have you craving more after each bite. Plus, their juicy center will leave you wanting to savor every moment. Whether you're hosting a gathering with friends or simply treating yourself, these wings are the perfect appetizer or main meat that can be served with your favorite sides. Completely Gluten-free + Air Fryer Option.
Can I be honest, ya'll? These Spicy Orange Chicken Wings are my latest obsession, and I truly love the citrus twist that comes with these savory bites. While traditional buffalo wings like these Classic Oven Baked Buffalo Wings or Crispy Buffalo Popcorn Chicken, are a crowd-pleaser, adding orange to the mix truly takes things to the next level.
I couldn't be more excited to share this recipe with you all and be rest assured that these Spicy Orange Chicken Wings are super easy to make, the perfect blend of sweet + savory with a citrus pop, and can be done in both the oven or air-fryer, and is the perfect addition to so many meals. You won't be disappointed, and I promise that everyone will be going for a round of seconds and thirds.
Plus, if you're a fan of chicken wings in general, then you must try these Baked Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings, Sticky Gochujang Chicken Wings, and even these Lemon Pepper Cauliflower Wings and Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings/Bites for all of my meatless-loving peeps!
The best part about any wings is the crispy coating that is formed without an "actual coating." And these wings do not disappoint. I talk more about tips for making these wings nice and crispy, but let's talk about this delicious sauce. You'll need:
If you have the time and opportunity, using fresh oranges for the sauce is definitely the way to go. There's something magical about squeezing those juicy oranges and infusing the sauce with that natural sweetness and zesty goodness. It'll take your Spicy Orange Chicken Wings to a whole new level! But hey, life can be hectic, and sometimes we need shortcuts. If you're in a pinch, quality orange juice without any added sugars or weird stuff can still do the trick.
When it comes to wings, there are two types: Drums (a.k.a. drumettes) and flats (a.k.a. wingettes). The drums actually look like miniature chicken legs and have one single bone in the middle surrounded by meat, whereas the flats are “flat” and contain two smaller bones that runs the length of the wing.
They're just perfect with anything, and I know that I might be biased because of my absolute LOVE for chicken wings as a whole. Haha. Although these wings make for the perfect handheld appetizer, I also love making these wings during the week along with my favorites like-
Grain/buddha bowls: Create a delicious Buddha bowl with all your favorites grains and vegetables, like this Easy Green Goddess Buffalo Chicken Bowl or this Healthy Pesto Buddha Bowl
Salads: Pair with a refreshing salad like Roasted Cauliflower Green Goddess Salad for a light and vibrant accompaniment.
Loaded Fries: Create a more indulgent treat by serving the wings with a side of loaded cheesy fries or sweet potato wedges. Try these BBQ Quinoa Taco Fries and Learn How To Make THE BEST crispy seasoned French fries
Coleslaw: Balance the heat with a side of creamy coleslaw, offering a delightful contrast of textures and flavors.
Garlic Bread: Elevate your wing experience with a plate of steaming hot garlic bread like this Cheesy Kale Garlic Bread or this Vegan Garlic Naan Bread, perfect for soaking up the delicious orange sauce.
Rice or Quinoa: Consider serving the spicy wings with a side of sticky jasmine rice or this Vegan Quinoa Fried Rice to absorb the flavors and provide a fulfilling base.
These orange wings are full of flavor all on their own. But who doesn’t love to dunk and dip?
Serve your wings with any (or all) of these tasty condiments:
To make sure your wings get as crispy as possible without needing an actual "coating", follow these simple tips:
Of course, both methods of making these spicy orange chicken wings are effective. However, if you’re wondering whether you’d be able also to make these wings in an air-fryer—-then yes! Absolutely!
Simply do all steps the same and cook them in your air-fryer for the amount of time needed and space them out. As you know, this recipe is for baked wings and honestly, they’re just as crispy as using them in the air fryer (especially when you use a wire rack), so the choice is yours!
Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit or microwave when ready to serve.
While they do have a spicy kick, the heat level can be adjusted to suit individual preferences. You can control the spiciness by reducing the amount of hot sauce used in the orange sauce or opting for a milder hot sauce variant.
Yes! To make these wings dairy-free, simply substitute the butter with vegan butter and opt for another sweetener option such as maple syrup or agave.
The most effective way to get the sauce to stick to your wings is by baking the sauce on. Once your wings are fully baked + crispy, simply make the sauce in the skillet, toss them in the sauce, and add them back to the baking sheet with the wire rack and broil them for 5 minutes or so, until the sauce sticks.
Honestly, the butter gives a nice richness and smoothness to the orange sauce that you notice without it. It also cuts down the heat and adds additional flavor!
After cleaning and rinsing your wings, if the chicken isn't dry by patting them dry then the chicken wings won't crisp up. As mentioned in my tips section of the post, using a baking sheet with a wire rack is key.
Absolutely! The orange sauce can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for a few days. Just reheat it gently before tossing the wings in the sauce to serve.
Now that you're on a sweet + spicy kick with this Spicy Orange Chicken Wings recipe, give these recipes that your entire family will love a try next.
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Spicy Orange Chicken Wings.