Orange Chilli Chicken Wings (Healthy Air-Fryer Chicken Wings)
Introducing the amazing Orange Chilli Wings, a mouth-watering flavour fusion that will send your taste buds on a zingy excursion! The perfect crowd-pleaser for any event, these scrumptious wings are a symphony of citrusy sweetness and spicy heat. Imagine succulent chicken wings, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, marinated in a luscious blend of orange zest and juice. The zingy freshness of oranges adds a burst of brightness to the wings, while the natural sweetness balances the heat of the fiery chili peppers.
A healthy version of the very unique Orange Chilli Chicken Wings. Savour the crispiness of chicken wings seasoned with one of High on Chicken’s most popular, Orange Chilli sauce, without compromising with your fitness regime!
Every bite of Orange Chilli Wings is an enchanting dance of flavours that leaves you craving more. The marriage of tangy citrus and bold spice creates a harmonious melody on your palate, leaving a symphony of taste that lingers long after the last wing has been devoured.
As the aroma of zesty oranges and chili peppers fills the air, you’ll find yourself drawn to these wings like a moth to a flame. The anticipation builds as you reach for a wing, knowing that the taste explosion that awaits is nothing short of extraordinary.
Perfect for gatherings, parties, or simply indulging in a scrumptious snack, Orange Chilli Wings are the ideal blend of sweet and heat. They have the power to bring people together, creating moments of joy and celebration around the shared love of these incredible wings.
Creating these mouth-watering wings is a labour of love – a culinary adventure that showcases your skill in balancing flavours and textures. But the reward is more than worth it as you witness the delight on the faces of those who savour the unforgettable taste experience.
Here are some of the Pro Tips for Perfecting Orange Chilli Chicken Wings:
Fresh Oranges Only: Use fresh oranges to extract the zest and juice for the marinade. The natural sweetness and citrusy aroma of fresh oranges will elevate the flavour of the wings.
Balancing Sweet and Heat: Adjust the amount of orange zest and juice, along with the quantity of chili peppers or hot sauce, to strike the perfect balance between sweet and spicy.
Marinate for Maximum Flavour: Allow the chicken wings to marinate in the orange-chili mixture for at least 1-2 hours, or even overnight. This ensures the flavours penetrate the meat thoroughly.
Pat Dry Before Baking: Before baking the wings, pat them dry with paper towels. This helps create a crispy exterior while retaining the marinade’s flavours.
High-Heat Baking: Bake the wings at a high temperature (around 425°F/220°C) to achieve that perfect crispiness on the outside while keeping the meat tender and juicy on the inside.
Broil for Extra Crisp: After baking, broil the wings for a few minutes to get an extra crispy texture and caramelized edges.
Baste with Marinade: While baking, occasionally baste the wings with the marinade to ensure they stay moist and absorb the orange-chili flavours.
Add Honey Glaze: For a delightful glaze, brush the wings with a mixture of honey and orange juice during the last few minutes of baking. It adds a glossy finish and enhances the sweet notes.
Garnish with Fresh Herbs: After baking, sprinkle the wings with chopped fresh cilantro or parsley to add a burst of fresh herbaceous Ness.
Serve with Dipping Sauce: Pair the wings with a tangy dipping sauce like orange marmalade mixed with a hint of chili sauce for an extra burst of citrus and spice.
Side of Cooling Dip: Offer a cooling dip on the side, such as a creamy ranch or yogurt-based dressing, to balance the heat and enhance the citrusy flavour.
Experiment with Citrus: While oranges are classic, feel free to experiment with other citrus fruits like tangerines, mandarins, or even a mix of citrus for a unique twist.
Use Whole Chili Peppers: For added flavour and heat, consider using whole chili peppers in the marinade instead of just hot sauce.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Serves 2 – 3
Take the chicken wings in a bowl. Add the olive oil, sweet paprika, salt, black pepper and garlic. Mix well.
Add ½ cup HOC Orange Chilli sauce to the chicken and combine well. Marinate the chicken for 30 minutes.
Cook the chicken wings in an air-fryer for 15 minutes at 180°C.
Once cooked, take the wings in a bowl. Pour the remaining Orange Chilli sauce and combine it properly so that the wings are evenly coated in the sauce.
Arrange the wings in a serving plate and drizzle some HOC Orange Chilli sauce to get that extra kick of flavour.
Garnish with spring onion greens. Serve hot.
Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)
Can I use canned orange juice instead of fresh oranges?
While fresh oranges are recommended for the best flavor, you can use canned orange juice in a pinch, but try to opt for 100% pure juice without added sugar.
Can I make Orange Chilli Chicken Wings less spicy?
Yes, you can reduce the amount of chili peppers or use a milder variety to make the wings less spicy.
Is it essential to marinate the wings?
Marinating the wings is recommended to infuse them with the citrusy and spicy flavors. However, if you’re short on time, you can still achieve good results with a shorter marinating time.
Can I grill the wings instead of baking them?
Absolutely! Grilling the wings adds a smoky flavor that complements the citrus and chili combination.
How can I ensure the wings stay crispy after baking?
Pat the wings dry before baking, bake them at a high temperature, and avoid overcrowding the baking sheet to maintain crispiness.
Can I use different types of chili peppers for varying levels of heat?
Absolutely! Experiment with different chili peppers like jalapeños, serranos, or Thai chilies to customize the heat level to your preference.
Can I use a sweet orange sauce instead of marinating with fresh oranges?
You can use a sweet orange glaze for a quicker preparation, but the fresh orange zest and juice offer a more authentic and vibrant flavour.
- 400 gm chicken wings
- 1 cup HOC Orange Chilli sauce
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic, minced
- ½ tsp spring onion greens (optional)
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