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Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Kimchi Caramelized Honey Sauce

Crackling crispy baked chicken wings with sweet and spicy kimchi-honey sticky wing sauce. This appetizer writes game-day all over the napkins. :)

Even though Kimchi and Honey Wing Sauce is bomb on it's own... sticky, sweet, sour, and spicy!! These wings also are crispier than any average oven baked or broiled wings. Oh yes, even crispier than my own previous broiled wings recipes.

I have always broiled wings/drumettes (skin-on) instead of baking to get those crispy-style chicken wings without extra calories of oil. I don't say I did not like the results but since I tried these crackling wings, I'm impressed with a new level of crispiness and that too with just baking, not even broiling!

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Secret, my friends, is in a two ingredient marinade which takes these wings from fab to fabulous... without any oils or butters. That two-ingredients are - egg whites and baking soda!! Who knew!?!

No, no this not something I knew :) The real credit goes to Chef Bryan Voltaggio! The famous brother from Voltaggio Brothers. I have always loved their modern play on classic recipes and foodie + flavorful approach towards cooking. Recently, when I cam across Bryan's cookbook, I wanted to try almost every recipe! First of all, Crackling Baked Chicken Wings with Kimchi Caramel Sauce caught my eye. After reading the first few lines, I was hooked. You can make baked wings more crispy?! Talk to me!!

The surprise came when a 2 ingredients duo, just Voltaggio brothers, was magic behind the whole recipe. I know right then, I'm sharing this with you...

Now, I cannot say this recipe is copy of his recipe. Even though concept and even technique matches a bit.. but I have adjusted a lot of things per my taste. Even if you don't want to try honey-kimchi sauce.... please do get this technique a try! You will be glad you did. I promise. 

Now, my humble kimchi-honey wing sauce does need a few words of praise. Vishal was crazy for it! First, because it is spicy, and second because sticky honey caramel just balances everything making it finger-licking good. Instead of using just kimchi liquid for sauce, I have also chopped and added some kimchi while finishing the sauce to add some crunchy kimchi bites.

What I love about this recipe? Is that it comes together very quickly. After I marinated the wings in egg white and starch... I set the oven to preheat and get the baking sheet ready. Also, take out the ingredients for honey wing sauce and dipping sauce.

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Even though recipe calls for more time, I just gave these wings 30 minutes bath in egg white marinade and wings still come out crispy and crackling.

Once the wings are marinated, I oil spray a baking sheet, place wings 2 inch apart and discard the egg marinade. For broiled wings I used to stand in the kitchen and watch'em after first 10 minutes. These baked wings cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. So, I put them in oven and watch game for 20 minutes.

Then, it is time to turn the wings once for even cooking and even crispiness. This time, I make the dipping sauce and quickly make honey-kimchi sauce. In meantime, wings are ready.

I toss in the hot kimch-honey caramel and serve immediately!

All of sudden, everyone is more interested in wings and finding tissues  than watching games! haha! That's a 'home run' moment!!

I hope you will enjoy'em as much as we have.

Oh, and grab the link from recipe notes to buy Bryan's cookbook - "home". There are a lot many recipes which you will like to try.

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PS: In California, we are going though May-gray-June-gloom season. ;) So I could not do justice to these pictures on a cloudy day. I'm definitely updating these again, soon.

Oh, and if you get chance to make these wings for game day this weekend? Send me pictures and I will update here.

Wish you a great weekend!

Cheers- Savita

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Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Kimchi Caramelized Honey Sauce

Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Kimchi Caramelized Honey Sauce
Total Time Prep Time Cook Time Difficulty Easy Yields 3-4 Servings Serves 4 Notes No. of servings depends on serving size.

Ingredients

    Kimchi Honey Wing Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar  
  • 1/4 Cup Kimchi  (liquid and 2-3 tbsp kimchi small chopped)
  • 1/4 Cup Honey  
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Flakes  (thai chili or regular, adjust per taste)
  • 2 Garlic  (cloves, minced)
  • Salt  (adjust per taste)
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce  
  • Crispy Baked Wings
  • 18-20 Chicken  (wings, or drummettes)
  • 2 Egg(s)  (white only)
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda  
  • 1/2 tsp Salt  
  • Oil Spray  
  • Wing Dipping Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Creme Fraiche  
  • 4 tbsp Blue Cheese  
  • 2 tbsp Kimchi  (medium, chopped)
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Ketchup  
  • Salt  (to taste)

Directions

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  • Step for Recipe - Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Kimchi Caramelized Honey Sauce
    1. For crackling baked chicken wings, in a large bowl take egg whites, soy sauce and whisk until eggs are well beaten. Add baking soda and whisk to combine fully. Add chicken wings (or drumettes). Coat in marinade. Cover the bowl and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up-to 8 hours.
    Step for Recipe - Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Kimchi Caramelized Honey Sauce
    2. Preheat oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread wings on baking sheet. (I often use a rack for better air circulation and even cooking)
  • Step for Recipe - Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Kimchi Caramelized Honey Sauce
    3. Bake 20 minutes, turn then continue baking for another 15 minutes (you can turn once more after 10 minutes)
    Step for Recipe - Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Kimchi Caramelized Honey Sauce
    4. While wings bake, in a pan add all Kimchi Honey Wing Sauce ingredients. Bring to boil, then reduce and cook until thick and glistening (4-5 minutes)
  • Step for Recipe - Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Kimchi Caramelized Honey Sauce
    5. Add baked wings and coat in the sauce. Remove in bowl, top with scallions, and sesame seeds. Combine the dipping sauce ingredients. Serve on the side with kimchi-honey wings. enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Home: Recipes to Cook with Family and Friends

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  1. I had some chicken wings last week at the neighbour's house and they were so good, I keep craving them now. Yours look like a 100 times better than the ones I had, I am afraid that if they also taste 100 better, I will end up eating them all by myself. Using baking soda and egg white is interesting!
    :) I'm sure if you like chicken wings so much, you gonna love this recipe! You won't believe how crispy these bake with soda and egg white! I hope you get chance to try! Have a wonderful weekend! :)