Orange Wings


It is the time of year for celebrating with friends, watching football games, and having a great time.  There are two types of people in this world:  Those that go to watch the game; and those that go to eat great food, enjoy some drinks and pretend to be interested in the game.  I fall into the latter category, actually I don’t even pretend anymore. I also make no apologies for it.  I will be near the kitchen with the wine, beer (wine actually), and food thank you!

These orange wings are simple and a great crowd pleaser.  A lot of sweet and tangy flavors.

Orange Wings


Makes 3 dozen wings with enough extra sauce for dipping

For the Sauce

¾ cup water

¼ cup orange juice

½ cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon soy

3 tablespoons lemon

3 tablespoons lime

1 teaspoon chopped ginger

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

Pinch pepper flakes

1 cinnamon sticks

2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

2 tablespoons orange zest

4 scallions, sliced

2 tablespoons of roasted sesame oil to sauté’

2 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 3 tablespoons cold water

3 dozen chicken wings

Heat a little sesame oil and sauté the ginger and garlic.  Add all remaining sauce ingredients except corn starch.  Bring to a boil.  Thicken with the cornstarch dissolved with the water (see note below). If it does not appear thick enough you can make a bit more of the mix and tighten it up a bit more.  The consistency of the sauce should be similar to a sweet and sour sauce. A little bit thick so it will stick you your wings. Depending of the flavor of the fruits you can add a little lemon or orange juice to boost the flavor.

Remove cinnamon stick before serving

**To thicken with cornstarch combine the cornstarch in a small amount of cold water.  Slowly pour into boiling liquid while whisking.  If the liquid is not boiling it will not thicken. If you add too much before boiling, could get ugly.

Season your chicken wings with salt and pepper.  Bake or fry them till done (165f) internal temperature with a thermometer.  Should take 15 to 20 minutes in a 375 f oven.  If you are going to fry them set you fryer to 325 and slowly fry them until they are done in the center and crispy.

Toss wings with the sauce and garnish with, sesame seeds, scallions, and orange zest.

Thyme marches on!





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