This recipe for Baked Orange Ginger Chicken Wings is based on an original recipe in the Costco Connection Magazine. Citrus and chicken go together so well and my family was anxious to try these ginger chicken wings. I came up with my own version of the recipe and method of preparation.
I have tried a few different types of ingredients since I started making these orange chicken wings years ago, and I have included that information below.
You take the flavor of baked chicken wings to a new level when adding orange juice with garlic and ginger! This amazing combination makes a delicious marinade for chicken that creates a slightly sticky and shiny glaze on the chicken wings.
Table of contents
- Chicken Wings - I usually use 2 to 3 pounds of chicken wings. In the photo above, we used just the drummettes since we could find some. I have also used the regular party wing packages available at the meat counter. If using frozen wings, thaw them in the marinade before cooking.
- Orange Juice / Orange Juice Concentrate - Pictured above is orange juice concentrate. When I originally made this recipe, I used half orange juice concentrate and half fresh-squeezed orange juice. This time, I used just the orange juice concentrate to see what it would be like. Both methods work, but I think I prefer the original way better. You can also use orange juice from the container if that is what you have available in your refrigerator.
- Ginger - If you have minced ginger in the jar, it works fine. However, nothing tops the flavor of fresh ginger, so if you can, use that.
- Garlic - The same as for the ginger, fresh is best, but the already minced in the jar is fine.
How to prepare these citrus-marinated wings
First of all, get your chicken wings ready. If you think they need any excess fat trimmed off, now is the time to do it.
Get a plastic Zip-loc bag or a container ready that will hold the number of chicken wings you will be cooking, plus the marinade.
Mix the remaining ingredients to make the orange ginger marinade for the chicken. Pour the marinade over the chicken and seal the container. You can marinate them overnight or for a couple of days. I have actually left them for as long as three days.
When you are ready to bake the Orange Ginger Chicken Wings, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and put a nice canola or vegetable oil coat on the foil, or spray heavily with a non-stick spray.
Remove the chicken wings from the marinade and lay them over the oiled foil making sure not to crowd them together. Reserved the remaining marinade for now. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 25 - 30 minutes.
Next, remove the wings, flip them over, and coat them with the reserved marinade. You can now discard the leftover marinade. The wings may stick slightly to the foil, but carefully using a spatula, they should release, and you will start to see the glaze that has started to carmelize.
Return the chicken wings to the oven and bake for another 20 - 30 minutes until they are done. Chicken is fully cooked when it reaches 165 degrees F. I usually cook chicken wings to a slightly higher temperature, and they come out great!
Baked Orange Ginger Chicken Wings. Perfect for game day, parties, or an anytime snack.
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Faq's and Tips
I like to cook chicken wings in a 400-degree F. oven, especially with the marinade. You want the oven temperature high enough to help crisp up the skin.
It will take anywhere from 40 - 60 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken wings and how crowded the baking sheet is. Chicken is thoroughly cooked when it reaches 165 degrees F.
No, you can use bottled orange juice that you may already have in your refrigerator.
Jarred garlic and ginger are fine, but honestly, nothing beats fresh.
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Baked Orange Ginger Chicken Wings
- 2 lbs. Chicken Wings
- ½ cup Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate thawed and undiluted
- ½ cup Orange Juice I used fresh squeezed
- 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 3 tablespoons Fresh Ginger minced
- 3 cloves Garlic minced or finely chopped
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Pepper
- Use a container or large Zip-loc bag and add the chicken wings.
- Mix all the marinade ingredients and pour it over the chicken wings.
- Store the wings in the refrigerator for several hours up to several days. If using a Zip-loc bag, turn the bag every so often that the chicken wings get well covered by the marinade.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking pan with foil and coat well with oil or non-stick spray.
- Place the wings on the baking sheet making sure not to overcrowd them.
- Reserve the marinade for now.
- Bake the wings for 25-30 minutes, and then remove the pan from the oven. Flip the wings over and brush with a coat of the reserved marinade.
- Throw out any remaining marinade.
- Bake the wings for an additional 20 - 25 minutes until they are browned and cooked thoroughly. Chicken is done when it reaches 165 degrees F.
- Carefully remove the chicken wings from the baking sheet (they are a little bit sticky) and serve. Enjoy!