Thai Chicken Wings

Thai Chicken Wings

Now I’m not normally a huge chicken wing fan. I’ll usually have a token one or two, but this is THE recipe that changed my mind. That being said, Thai Chicken Wings are not your typical chicken wings. And I can’t wait to get home to Minnesota and try this out on my son, Kraig. Now there’s someone who can really put down a few (dozen) wings! (Update: I did get a chance and he loooooved them!)

Thai Chicken Wings

Thai Chicken Wings – succulent, juicy, crispy caramelized deliciousness.

Not only are these Thai Chicken Wings succulent and juicy, but they’re also slightly crispy, caramelized and sticky spicy deliciousness. That stickiness with just a little char, it makes me slightly crazed just thinking about it! If there’s any downside, these wings are a little messy. Especially if you like to dip, like we did. 🙂

About Thai Chicken Wings:

The flavor in these wings, though, is nothing short of incredible, especially if you’re liking Asian flavors. They’re heat tempered by sweet (and you can make them on the mild side with just a little pleasant zing or go for intense, that’s your choice) but there’s just so much more going on.

There’s sweet chili sauce, one of my fave things, that makes up the base, then lots of lime and zest, vinegar, fish sauce (it gives such an umami goodness) a little ginger, brown sugar or honey for the sweet and a little surprise, a touch of white pepper. There’s such a complexity, although the range admittedly goes a bit beyond Thai.

Thai Chicken Wings

Thai Chicken Wings

Making Thai Chicken Wings:

I love that the marinade and sauce ingredients are the same, which saves on the work involved. You’ll just mix up one concoction then save some out to simmer and reduce for basting and serving. That’s easy enough.

What’s a bit of a pain is that there is a kind of fussiness involved in the basting and turning of the wings in the oven; trust me that following that to a tee is going to give you the best-baked wing! Now, any baked wing (despite any claims – they’re all lies) isn’t going to be the same as a fried one, but the baked-on glaze that’s built up through the basting and turning and the sticky caramelized texture giving way to beautiful moist chicken below is so appealing!

I wrote this recipe so you can have some options in your ingredients – both to customize to your taste and heat level (hint: the heat dissipates a bit with the marinating and the sugar helps offset the heat, so these, using one chili have just a little zing) and I also wanted to give you ingredients that you might have in your kitchen or at least at your store.

Saving Money on Thai Chicken Wings:

Chicken Wings can be tricky to shop for – I wrote a post devoted just to shopping for wings, years ago, just showing how to compare all the different options. Honestly, sometimes they’re more per pound than chicken breasts and of course, just a fraction of the amount of meat pound per pound. But sometimes you just have to have a chicken wing!

Watch the sales prices, especially around any major sporting events like the Superbowl and a surprising number of ingredients are on sale then – it’s become a major food holiday; see my post on Superbowl Savings. More and more, I’m seeing grocer’s respond to events like March Madness and the Olympics, too.

Any Asian ingredients are often on sale during January to February often unadvertised, to coincide with the dates Lunar New Year – but if you have an Asian market anywhere near you, that’s the place to shop for those ingredients. And if you check out the prices on chicken, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Thai Chicken Wings

Thai Chicken Wings – succulent, juicy, crispy caramelized deliciousness.


Thai Chicken Wings

  • Author: mollie kirby
  • Total Time: 50 minutes + marinate time
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings, varies 1x
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Cuisine: Thai


  • 1 package (about 18) chicken wings and drumettes, trimmed of excess skin or fat
  • 1/2 cup of Sweet Chili Sauce (and more for serving, if desired)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons rice (rice wine) vinegar
  • 1 lime, zest & juice
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 to 3 bird chilis, to taste (or substitute Serrano or Habanero or use sambal oelek to taste)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup brown sugar or honey
  • cilantro, chopped, for garnish
  • green onion or chives, thinly sliced, for garnish


Mix together chili sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice and zest, ginger, fish sauce, garlic, chilis to taste and white pepper. Add sugar or honey to taste. Taste and adjust to balance the flavors of sweet, heat, sour & salty.

Pour 1 cup of marinade in a container (will serve as the glaze, later) and add the chicken to a Ziploc bag. Pour the remainder of the marinade into the bag, massage through and refrigerate for two to three hours at least; overnight is better. Turn the bag over now and then.

When ready to cook, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil (for easy clean up) and set a rack on top of the sheet. Spray the rack.

Remove the wings from the bag, discarding excess marinade. Pat dry and lay across the rack, arranging the large ends of the drummettes so they are on the outside edges.

Bake for about 15 minutes and in the meantime heat the reserved sauce in a small saucepan to boiling. Continue to boil until reduced by about half, remove from heat and divide into two small dishes. Set aside one dish for a dipping sauce, use the other to baste the chicken.

First Baste:

After the 15 minutes is up, remove the chicken, baste the chicken, turn and baste the top side. Replace the chicken in the oven for 10 minutes.

Second Baste:

Remove the chicken again (and set the oven to broil, arranging a rack about five inches from the heating element) and baste the tops of the chicken pieces one more time. Replace in the oven and broil for about 4 minutes.

Third Baste:

Remove the chicken again, turn over, baste the (now) top side and broil for an additional 4 minutes.

Note: When broiling, watch closely; ovens can vary in temperature. Broil until golden brown with some caramelized spots.

Arrange wings on a platter. Serve the remainder of the sauce as a dipping sauce as is or combine the sauce with a little more Sweet Chili Sauce. Garnish with Cilantro and green onion or chives.

Keywords: Appetizer, Asian, bird chiles, Brown Sugar, Chicken, chicken wings, Fish Sauce, Ginger, Green Onion, Honey, Hot Peppers, Lime, rice vinegar, Soy, sweet chili sauce, Thai, Vinegar

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Nutrition Facts (estimated)
Servings 5.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 477
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28 g 43 %
Saturated Fat 8 g 38 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 128 mg 43 %
Sodium 942 mg 39 %
Potassium 50 mg 1 %
Total Carbohydrate 26 g 9 %
Dietary Fiber 0 g 2 %
Sugars 21 g
Protein 32 g 64 %
Vitamin A 16 %
Vitamin C 5 %
Calcium 2 %
Iron 10 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


I’ll be bringing this recipe over to Fiesta Friday, co-hosted this week by CH @ Cooking From My Heart and Nimmi @ Adorable Life. I’m also linking up to Weekend Potluck 283, hosted by The Country Cook.

Thai Chicken Wings are juicy & succulent, spicy, slightly crispy, caramelized and sticky deliciousness. A little messy & so dippable! Easy to customize to your heat level. Baked method developed a gorgeous glaze and leaves the chicken moist and succulent. #ThaiChickenWings #ChickenWings #SpicyChickenWings #Appetizers



52 thoughts on “Thai Chicken Wings

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  3. While I have less draft posts to get rid off than you, I have thousands of recipes to try and this one is now one of them. These will be an absolute favorite!! I am also not a huge fan of chicken wings (I love thighs more), but that marinade is so amazing!!😍

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  5. Great photos Mollie!! they look so irresistible!! The think Kraig will be a fan! and- don’t you love that Thai sweet chili sauce. Good on everything. Happy weekend coming up. Any plans? We’re having my mom’s birthday dinner in the back yard. She’ll be 86! hugs!

  6. I’m drooling over the picture!! I just love wings and Thai cuisine.. This is an amazing combination of both.. definitely these are going to be a super hit at the party.. Happy Fiesta Friday 😊

  7. My grand son loves these and would demolish the whole lot at great speed and all that is left is a cleaned bone he eats everything the gristly bit all the poor dog gets is a completely stripped bone. It’s the Thai in
    them..leave nothing 🙂

    • When I was growing up in the midwest (farm country) I think it was a generational thing – my grandparents and people of that age always picked up the bone of whatever we were eating and cleaned everything off it. Then the next generation, not so much. I was a working mom so I made the kids a lot of boneless skinless chicken breast (so fast and easy to make after work) so they didn’t like things with bones in them for a long time.

      My son has gotten over that and is just like your grandson!

      • It’s a Thai thing here they eat everything…lol and some suck the bones so they are soft and then eat the whole damm lot…I hope you well? I love your posts and always look forward to reading them 🙂

  8. My husband LOVES wings too. I like them but am just as happy with their boneless counterpart and those are a whole lot less messy. But these look so good and sticky I am going to have to make them when football season kicks up!

  9. I love wings and can eat a LOT at a sitting. Still remember when restaurants used to have great deals on 25 or 50 wings with mild, medium, hot and CRAZY hot sauces. And the Buffalo wings … delicious. Now that you’re paying more for wings per pound than for chicken breasts I rarely buy them. Your Thai wings make my mouth water.

    • These were good, and I remember how cheap wings used to be at the store before chicken wings became a thing! Same with bacon – which has become so popular it’s like the new condiment!

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