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Orange-Glazed Chicken Wings

photo by Lynne Calamia
Crispy, oven-baked wings get a sweet and flavorful makeover with a homemade orange-soy glaze.
I realize that the Buffalo-stye hot-sauce-and-butter approach may not be for everyone, which is why I offer the following succulent variation.
This recipe first appeared in Season 11 of Good Eats.
ACTIVE TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 2 hours
Yield: 4 servings

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  • 12 whole chicken wings
  • 1 (6-ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Procedure

  • Load a 6-quart saucepan with a steamer basket and 1 inch of water in the bottom. Place over high heat, cover, and bring to a boil.
  • Remove the tips of the wings and discard or save for making stock. Using kitchen shears or a knife, separate the wings at the joint. Place the wings into the steamer basket, cover, reduce the heat to medium, and steam for 10 minutes. Remove the wings from the basket and carefully pat dry. Lay the wings out on a wire rack set in a half sheet pan lined with paper towels and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Heat oven to 425ºF.
  • Replace the paper towels with parchment paper. Transfer the wings from the cooling rack to the pan and roast on the middle rack of the oven for 20 minutes. Turn the wings over and cook until the meat is cooked through and the skin is golden brown, about another 20 minutes.
  • During the last 20 minutes of cooking, combine the orange juice concentrate, hoisin sauce, honey, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan, stir to combine, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the mixture to about 1/2 cup, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool at least 5 minutes.
  • Remove the wings from the oven and transfer to a large mixing bowl along with the glaze and toss to coat. Serve warm.