Orange Chicken Wings

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These Orange Chicken Wings are a quick and easy recipe tossed in a sweet and tangy DIY sauce that uses fresh orange juice and zest to really elevate the flavor.

orange chicken wings with dipping sauce.

Orange Chicken Wings are a delectable dish where chicken wings are baked then coated with a flavorful orange-based glaze, resulting in a sweet, tangy, and savory taste. They are a fun way to change up your usual chicken wings and really bump up the flavor.

You can bake these wings, air fry them, pressure cook them, or grill them. Any way you cook them, they will turn out great when tossed in the orange sauce.

The best thing about chicken wings is that they really are a blank canvas, so you can cook them in any sauce/marinade that you like! We love to try out different flavors. Our favorites are these orange chicken wings, spicy Korean chicken wings, and Jerk chicken wings, but here are all our sauce flavors if you want to try even more.

Ingredients Needed

ingredients for orange chicken wings
  • Chicken wings – I like to use party wings that are a slightly smaller size, with the wing and leg separated.
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh Orange Juice and Zest – Using fresh squeezed orange juice and zest really makes a big difference instead of bottled or concentrated orange juice.
  • Soy Sauce – I use low-sodium soy sauce to keep the salt level down.
  • Garlic – Use fresh garlic for the best flavor.
  • Honey – This is the sweetener for the orange sauce. It can be substituted with agave syrup or a sugar-free alternative, if you want.
  • Red Chili Flakes – These offer heat and a touch of spice; if you prefer mild wings use less.
  • Ginger – I always use fresh ginger for the best flavor, but powdered ginger will work too.
  • Cornstarch and cold water – To thicken up the glaze.

How to Make Orange Chicken Wings

Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.

Combine the chicken wings and olive oil together in a bowl and toss to coat. Spread the wings on the baking sheet.

uncooked chicken wings on a baking sheet

Bake the wings for 30 minutes, turning over halfway through cooking.

Meanwhile, combine the orange juice, soy sauce, garlic, honey, chili flakes, and ginger in a small saucepan. Simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.

Combine the cornstarch and water in a bowl and pour into the sauce. Raise the heat to medium high to lightly boil the sauce until it’s thickened to a syrupy consistency.

orange chicken wings with dipping sauce.

In the last 5 minutes of baking, baste the chicken wings on both sides with some of the sauce.

When the chicken wings reach 165°F internal temperature, take them out of the oven. Toss the wings with the remaining sauce and serve hot.

In the Air Fryer

You can also air fry these chicken wings. There is no need to preheat the air fryer. Cook them on 400°F in the air fryer basket for 20-25 minutes, tossing halfway through. Baste in the final 5 minutes. Make sure the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Additional Helpful Tips

  • Zest the orange before juicing it; it’s easier to zest a whole orange rather than a peeled one.
  • Arrange the chicken wings in a single layer on the baking sheet to ensure even cooking and crispy skin.
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F.
  • Adjust the cornstarch-water ratio to control the thickness of the glaze; more cornstarch for a thicker sauce, less for a lighter coat.
  • Keep an eye on the wings during the baking process to prevent overcooking and drying them out.
orange chicken wings with dipping sauce.

Storing & Reheating

Fridge: Store any leftover cooked orange chicken wings in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To maintain crispiness, keep the sauce separate and drizzle it over the wings just before reheating.

Freezer: If you have more wings than you can consume within a few days, you can freeze them. Place cooled chicken wings in a freezer-safe container or resealable plastic bag. Remove as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn. Store them for up to 2-3 months.

Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Place the chicken wings on a baking sheet in a single layer. Reheat for about 10-15 minutes, or until the wings are heated through and the skin becomes crispy again.

Air Fryer: If you have an air fryer, it’s a fantastic tool for reheating wings. Preheat the air fryer to 350°F. Place the wings in the air fryer basket and reheat for about 5-7 minutes, or until they’re heated and crispy.

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orange chicken wings with dipping sauce.

Orange Chicken Wings

These Orange Chicken Wings are a quick and easy recipe tossed in a sweet and tangy DIY sauce that uses fresh orange juice and zest to really elevate the flavor.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 237kcal
Author: Laura Lynch

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (454 g) chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoons (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) fresh orange juice + zest from the orange
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) honey
  • 1 teaspoon (2 g) red chili flakes omit to reduce heat
  • 1/2 tablespoon (4 g) ginger grated
  • 2 tablespoons (16 g) cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) cold water

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
  • Combine the chicken wings and olive oil together in a bowl and toss to coat. Spread the wings on the baking sheet.
  • Bake the wings for 30 minutes, turning over halfway through cooking.
  • Meanwhile, combine the orange juice, soy sauce, garlic, honey, chili flakes, and ginger in a small saucepan. Simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
  • Combine the cornstarch and water in a bowl and pour into the sauce. Raise the heat to medium high to lightly boil the sauce until it’s thickened to a syrupy consistency.
  • In the last 5 minutes of baking, baste the chicken wings on both sides with some of the sauce.
  • When the chicken wings reach 165° F internal temperature, take them out of the oven. Toss the wings with the remaining sauce and serve hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 557mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

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