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January 29, 2018

Peanut Chicken Wings

The salty and sweet marinade for these peanut chicken wings is a simple mixture of soy sauce, peanut butter, honey, sesame oil, ginger, scallions and garlic.

The salty and sweet marinade for these peanut chicken wings is a simple mixture of soy sauce, peanut butter, honey, sesame oil, ginger, scallions and garlic.

Peanut Chicken Wings
Full disclosure: I’ve never been a big fan of chicken wings.

They are one of those foods impossible to enjoy in public without feeling a bit embarrassed.

Maybe I’m too self-conscious.

Between the plastic bib and moist towelettes, I just can’t justify the stained cheeks and hands, but things are different with Super Bowl Sunday this weekend.

I am going full-on game-day eats with baked peanut chicken wings.

Since I will be in the comfort of my own home with family and friends, it’s ok if eating gets a little messy.

Meanwhile clean-up is only a damp paper towel away.

And I wouldn’t feel like a good host if I didn’t have wings to offer as part of the snack spread.

I shouldn’t let my food insecurities dictate what my guest can eat. But hopefully they won’t eat wings on my sofa.

How To Make Peanut Chicken Wings

Probably the most important part of this recipe is the marinade.

I use a combination of soy sauce, peanut butter, honey, sesame oil, ginger garlic and the white parts of scallions.

It’s is easiest to dump the marinade in a gallon size ziplock bag.

Let the wings marinate for at least 1 hour up to overnight.

When I’m ready to bake them, I put in the chicken wings and seal the bag double-checking to make sure it’s closed tight before turning the bag this way and that to coat the wings.

The marinade is salty and sweet.

I arrange the wings on a wire rack over a sheet pan because this allows the heat to travel underneath the wings. The bottoms won’t be soggy.

Also, then the are crispy and browned on all sides.

Once the peanut chicken wings are out of the oven, I sprinkle them with chopped salted roasted peanuts, green scallions and cilantro leaves.

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Peanut Chicken Wings

Peanut Chicken Wings

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes + 1 hour marinating
  • Cook Time: 30-35 minutes
  • Total Time: 35-40 minutes + 1 hour marinating
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x

The salty and sweet marinade for these peanut chicken wings is a simple mixture of soy sauce, peanut butter, honey, sesame oil, ginger, scallions and garlic.

Ingredients

1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

1/4 cup creamy natural peanut butter

1/4 cup honey

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

4 scallions, sliced, white and green parts separated

11/2 pounds chicken wings

1 tablespoon chopped salted roasted peanuts

Cilantro leaves for serving

Instructions

In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, peanut butter, honey, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, salt, pepper and the white parts of the scallions. Place the wings in a gallon-size ziplock bag. Pour in the soy sauce mixture and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour up to overnight.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place a wire rack on top of a foil-lined sheet pan. Arrange the wings in a single layer on the rack spacing about 2-inches apart. Roast for 30-35 minutes until dark brown and cooked through.

Toss the wings with the green parts of the scallions and peanuts before serving.

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