These Caribbean wings highlight the exotic flavors of the Caribbean.
Caribbean food is chocked full of flavor. With their vast variety of fruits, spices and hot peppers, the Caribbeans have created a flavorful and spicy cuisine that is all their own. In addition to some great dishes, these same ingredients lend themselves to some very tasty chicken wings as these Caribbean wings will show.
I combined the sweet flavor of the mango with the heat of habanero peppers to bring together just two key Caribbean ingredients. Add the great flavor of chicken into the mix and you find yourself with one great tasting chicken wing.
If you can find fresh mangoes, use them in place of the mango nectar. Blend them in a food processor with a couple drops of lime juice.
- 24 chicken wings, cut into sections with tips discarded
- 1 9.6 oz can mango nectar
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 6 habanero or scotch bonnet peppers, chopped
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoons ground ginger
- 3/4 teaspoons turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cumin
- In a food processor, combine mango nectar, onion, garlic cloves, hot peppers and water. Process to a paste.
- In a small sauce pan, add mango-pepper paste, vinegar, honey and spices. Whisk until well blended.
- Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a low simmer. Continue to cook for about a half hour until sauce thickens.
- Place your oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 375°F (190°C). Arrange the chicken wings on a well oiled baking sheet. The wings should all be aligned in tidy rows without touching one another. Once the oven is up to temperature, place the pan of wings in the center of the rack and set a timer for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, pull the pan and flip the chicken wings being sure to keep them lined up as before. Put back in the oven and set the timer for another 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, remove the chicken wings and put in a large bowl. Pour your sauce over the wings and stir so they are completely coated. Place back on the pan and put back in the oven. Turn down the heat to 350°F (177°C). Set your timer for 10 minutes.
- When the timer goes off, you’re almost finished. Take a look at your chicken wings and be sure your sauce is not burning. You may want to brush on more, flip them and brush the other side. Either way, set the timer for another 5 minutes. After that 5 minutes, give a chicken wing the taste test. If not done, keep cooking at 5 minute intervals.
- Once the chicken wings are done, place on a plate and pour the remaining sauce on them. Serve with celery and dressing if desired.
How to Prepare a Mango
If you’re using a fresh mango for these Caribbean Wings, here’s the easiest way to peel it. The internet is full of crazy-ass ideas on how it should be done. It’s not rocket science…it’s a mango! Just peel the damn thing!