Wow. Just, WOW. These Sticky Ginger Chicken Wings are just the right mix of sweet, salty, and spicy with a spark of zing from the ginger. The gooey, sticky sauce is so delicious that you won’t be bothered if it drips all over your hands and face. …but perhaps keep some wet napkins in your bag


Chicken wings from restaurants are typically cooked in oil and served with a sauce, but I’m not a fan (or perhaps it’s actual anxiety) of deep-frying. Therefore, I cook my wings by baking them in the oven. Sometimes, I bake the wings dipped in cornstarch to create a lovely crisp exterior (see the recipe for my honey Mustard Wings), however this time, I baked the branches within the sauce made with soy so that the sauce would diminish and become an oily glaze as the wings cooked, no need to cook in a separate pot. It’s a breeze, and there’s no risk of grease from frying splashing into the oven or causing third-degree burns (or, at the very least, that happens every time I think of deep-frying).


I utilized an 8”x11 glass casserole dish for baking my wings. I recommend ceramic or glass since they conduct heat more evenly than steel and can result in the sauce burning a little more along the edges. If you’d like to double the amount, you can use a giant dish, such as 9”x13”, or one that permits you to distribute the chicken wings across a single layer.


As these wings are deliciously sweet, I’d recommend serving a veggie-rich side dish, such as this crunchy Cabbage Salad or Sesame Cucumber Salad. If you’d like to include starch, try something easy such as Sesame Rice or Garlic Noodles.


2 lbs. Drummettes, chicken wings (6.58)

One tablespoon of cooking oil ($0.04)

1/4 cup honey ($0.66)

2 Tbsp soy sauce ($0.12)

1 Tbsp chili garlic sauce ($0.13)

1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil ($0.24)

1 Tbsp rice vinegar ($0.13)

Two cloves of garlic, chopped ($0.16)

1 Tbsp fresh ginger grated ($0.30)

Two green onions cut ($0.20)


Preheat the oven to 400oF. Put the chicken wings in the baking dish in one layer. Pour the cooking oil over the top, then toss the wings to coat with the oil. Place the wings in the oven to bake for 15 minutes.

While the wings bake while the wings are baking, make the sauce made of sticky ginger. Mix sugar, honey chili garlic sauce, toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar, minced garlic, and grated ginger into the bowl.

After baking the wings for 15 minutes After 15 minutes, pour the glaze over them and then toss the wings to cover. Then, return the branches to the oven to bake for another 45 minutes, mixing every 15 minutes until the sauce is dissolved into a thick, sticky glaze that has gotten darker. Baking times can differ slightly; you should know the sauce towards the end of baking time.

Serve with green onions sliced and serve!