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These Mango Habanero Wings are baked in the oven until crispy and coated with a fiery mango habanero sauce! The sweet and spicy flavors are totally addictive. The perfect appetizer for Game Day and other get-togethers!
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Mango Habanero Wings Recipe

These Mango Habanero Wings are baked in the oven until crispy and coated with a fiery mango habanero sauce! The sweet and spicy flavors are totally addictive. The perfect appetizer for Game Day and other get-togethers!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Appetizer, dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mango Habanero Wings
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 197kcal
Author: Cindy

Equipment

  • Baking Sheet
  • Wire Rack
  • Brush

Ingredients

For the Chicken

  • 2 pounds chicken wings fresh or frozen
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper optional

Mango Habanero Wing Sauce

  • 1 ½ cups mango chunks fresh or frozen (1 large ripe mango)
  • 3-5 habanero peppers stems removed and seeded if you want less heat* (see note)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or similar vinegar
  • 1 lime juiced
  • ¼ cup honey

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425ºF (218ºC), setting the rack in the middle position. Line a large baking sheet with parchment and then fit with a wire rack.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the baking powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • Pat dry the chicken wings with a double layer of paper towels. Then add the wings to the bowl and toss to coat evenly with the baking powder mixture. Then place on the prepared baking sheet rack.
  • Place the baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes until somewhat crispy, flipping the wings halfway through using kitchen tongs.
  • While the wings are baking, make the mango habanero sauce. Add the mango chunks, habaneros, garlic, vinegar and lime juice to a blender or food processor. Process until uniform and smooth with an orange color.
  • Add the mango habanero sauce and honey to a small saucepan. Place onto medium heat and bring to a simmer, stirring to help the honey dissolve. Let it bubble for 3-4 minutes and then remove from the heat.
  • Remove the wings from the oven. One-by-one brush each wing with the mango habanero sauce to coat completely.
  • Return to the oven to bake for 10 minutes more or until slightly caramelized** (see note). Remove from the oven and serve with vegetable sticks and/or your favorite dipping sauce.

Notes

  • *Habaneros: When shopping you can choose green unripe habaneros for less heat, or yellow/orange/red for more heat. If you're going to cut them open and scrape out seeds for less heat, it's a good idea to use gloves to avoid burns. If you can’t find any, use scotch bonnets or substitute a milder chili like jalapeños.
  • **Final Baking: If the wings are not browning as much as you’d like, you can try turning on the broiler for 3-5 minutes. To verify doneness, you can always insert an instant-read thermometer into a larger wing and look for a reading of 165ºF.
  • If you need relief from the spiciness, try consuming dairy products such as milk/yogurt or eating some bread. Do not drink water, which will intensify the heat.

Nutrition

Serving: 4wings | Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 194mg | Potassium: 410mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 1mg