Crispy Korean BBQ Baked Chicken Wings

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Crispy Korean BBQ Baked Chicken Wings covered in a sweet, spicy and savory chili garlic BBQ Sauce that will change the way you think about wings forever. These Chicken Wings are baked instead of fried for a healthier option – tender in the center and crispy on the outside. The perfect game day appetizer!

Looking for more Super Bowl food ideas? Try my 20 Minute Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos, Chili Lime Baked Chicken Wings or my Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs.

crispy baked korean bbq chicken wings with sesame seed and green onions

The Ultimate Baked Chicken Wings Recipe

Guys. The Super Bowl is coming up which means it’s time for chicken wings. Gimme all the chicken wings. My problem is going to be deciding on which amazing recipe I’m going to make. Because honestly, every single one of my baked chicken wing recipes are the bomb – they are crispy, tender the sauce is killer in each one. 

And guess what? Today’s recipe is no different! This Korean BBQ Sauce is sweet, tangy, savory and spicy … I could literally lick the bowl! 

I actually like my chicken wings better baked instead of fried anyways and I’ve figured out the trick to giving you that nice crispy exterior! You’re not gonna want to miss it!

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What is Korean BBQ Sauce Made Out Of?

The key ingredients to a Korean BBQ Sauce are soy sauce (or tamari if you are gluten free), brown sugar or honey, garlic, rice wine vinegar, chile-garlic sauce, ginger, sesame oil, and black pepper. Some people blend up or puree asian pear to bring in more sweetness. All of these ingredients are placed in a saucepan and brought to a boil and then served over grilled meats.

What Do Spicy Korean Wings Taste Like?

Think of it like a BBQ sauce with hints of ginger, garlic, honey, soy and sriracha chili sauce. Basically it’s amazing! The perfect balance of sweet, spicy and savory!

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What is the Difference Between Chicken Wings and Buffalo Wings?

What is the Difference Between Chicken Wings and Buffalo Wings? The main difference is chicken wings generally refer to the entire chicken wing part – meaning from joints up to the tip of the wings. The wh0le thing! Buffalo wings on the other hand is a portion of the chicken wings made up of smaller parts like the drumette piece (the one that has a handle on it) and the wingette (it’s flat and usually has two bones with meat in the center). So, you need to be careful when buys chicken wings at the grocery store. If you’re making buffalo wings (the appetizers that are smaller, like this recipe) then you need to buy the wingettes and drumettes NOT the full chicken wing. Or you’ll need to break the full chicken wing down when you get home.

How Do I Make Baked Chicken Wings Crispy?

Let’s be honest. No body wants wings that are all one texture note or mushy skin on the exterior. Gross. That’s why I’ll never make them in the crockpot or instant pot because they will steam and come out with soggy skin! My go to way to make healthier chicken wings is baking them instead of frying them. They are tender and cooked on the inside but crispy on the outside.

Here’s how to bake crispy chicken wings:

  1. Bake chicken wings at 400°F for 40 minutes. (flipping halfway through)
  2. Remove from oven and turn Broiler on to HIGH.
  3. Place chicken wings back in the oven and broiler for 8-10 minutes until the skin is nice and crispy. 
  4. Remove from oven and coat with sauce.

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Can I Make Chicken Wings Ahead of Time?

Yes! This will be a game changer for the day off! Bake or boil your wings ahead of time and then when you are ready to serve, place them until the broiler to heat and crisp them up then toss them in your favorite sauce and serve!

Can I Use Frozen Chicken Wings?

I HIGHLY recommend buying raw chicken wings but if you must buy frozen I recommend thawing them out. You will taste a significant difference. When you cook things frozen they tend to dry out faster and the protein seizes up thereby making them “tougher” to eat. 

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How Do I Know When Chicken Wings Are Cooked?

According to the FDA, for an accurate reading, you need to insert a meat thermometer into the thickest area of the chicken wing being careful to avoid the bone. If the wings 165°F they are done. If they are below the minimum safe internal temperature then return them to the oven to cook longer.

How to Make Korean BBQ Baked Chicken Wings

  1. Make the sauce: To a blender, add asian pear, sesame oil, chili garlic sauce, honey, rice wine vinegar, tamari sauce, minced garlic and minced ginger. Blend until asian pear is pureed and sauce is smooth. Pour sauce into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. To a small bowl add water and cornstarch and stir to create a slurry. Once sauce is boiling add cornstarch slurry to the sauce and stir. Allow to simmer for 2 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven: Heat oven to 400°F.
  3. Prep your Chicken: pat chicken wings dry with a paper towel. Season with avocado oil, chinese five spice, salt and pepper. Toss to Coat.
  4. Bake Chicken: Place chicken on a wire rack lined baking sheet. (if you don’t have a wire rack, use parchment paper) Bake for 40 minutes, flipping the chicken after 20 minutes.
  5. Get the Skin Crispy: Remove chicken wings from the oven. Turn the Broiler on to HIGH. Place chicken under broiler for 8-10 minutes, until browned.
  6. Toss with Sauce: Once chicken is done add to a large bowl. Pour korean bbq sauce over the top and toss to coat all the wings with the sauce.
  7. Garnish: garnish with black and white sesame seeds and sliced green onions.

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I seriously cannot wait for you guys to try this recipe. It’s definitely up there as one of my favorite flavors! What are you favorite flavors? Have you tried my Garlic Parmesan, Honey Sriracha, Chili Lime or Sweet & Spicy BBQ Chicken Wings yet? If not, you need to get on it! You’ve got 2 weeks to master your wing game before game day!

Ready Go! Bon Appetit friends!

What Should I Eat With Korean BBQ Chicken?

Because Korean BBQ is spicy I like to pair it with flavor that compliment that spice. 

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crispy baked korean bbq chicken wings with green onions and sesame seeds on top

Crispy Baked Korean BBQ Chicken Wings

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 30-40 wings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: Asian

Description

Crispy Korean BBQ Baked Chicken Wings covered in a sweet, spicy and savory chili garlic BBQ Sauce that will change the way you think about wings forever.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 2 -3 lbs. chicken wings (drumettes and wingettes)
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon chinese five spice
  • salt & pepper to season
  • garnish: black and white sesame seeds, sliced green onions

Korean BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 asian pear, skin removed and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons tamari sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch

Instructions

Korean BBQ Sauce:

  1. In the meantime, add asian pear, sesame oil, chili garlic sauce, honey, rice wine vinegar, tamari sauce, minced garlic and minced ginger to a blender. Blend until asian pear is pureed and sauce is smooth.
  2. Pour sauce into a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. To a small bowl add water and cornstarch and stir to create a slurry. Once sauce is boiling add cornstarch slurry to the sauce and stir. Allow to simmer for 2 minutes. Set aside.

Chicken Wings:

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Add chicken to a large bowl. Pat chicken dry.
  3. Drizzle with avocado oil of the wings, chinese five spice, salt and pepper. Toss to coat all the chicken.
  4. Place chicken on a wire rack lined baking sheet. (if you don’t have a wire rack, use parchment paper)
  5. Bake for 40 minutes, flipping the chicken after 20 minutes.
  6. Remove chicken wings from the oven. Turn the Broiler on to HIGH.
  7. Place chicken under broiler for 8-10 minutes, until browned.
  8. Once chicken is done add to a large bowl. Pour korean bbq sauce over the top and toss to coat all the wings with the sauce.
  9. Garnish with black and white sesame seeds and sliced green onions.

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