When my husband really, really likes something he’s eating, he goes into this very focused, sort of crazed mode. He’s just all about eating and that’s all that’s on his mind in that moment. I witnessed this firsthand when I served up my truly finger-licking Chili Mango Chicken Wings.
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I am all about heat and Amazon Pepper has the perfect hot sauces for my family because they have both mild and hot sauces. My favorite is the delicious mild Hot n’ Sweet Mango Sauce because it is so family-friendly (and I may or may not be a bit obsessed with anything mango lately), but I also really enjoy their spicier varieties for giving my recipes a delicious kick.
Since my boys aren’t all about the heat like I am, I chose to make my delicious chicken wings with the Mango Sauce. Chili and mango is a classic combination and I knew this would combine so well with chicken.
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Medium Heat Marinated Chili Mango Chicken Wings
This Chili Mango Chicken Wings recipe has a medium heat level that I describe as sweet with a kick, but you can add more spices to make it hotter or cut back on the spices to make it less spicy (this is what I did for my kids the first time I made it.). I’ll share instructions for both below.
- 3 lbs. chicken wings, cleaned, dried
- 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil (you can use olive oil, but it has a strong flavor and will mask the mango flavor a bit)
- 1/2 cup Amazon Hot n’ Sweet Mango Sauce
- 1 fresh red hot chili pepper, finely minced (with seeds if you want it spicy–remove the seeds if you want a milder heat or add another pepper for extra heat)
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper dry powder (leave this out if you want a milder heat, add more for extra heat)
- Juice of half a lime
- Salt & freshly-cracked pepper as desired
First of all, you will want to make sure the chicken wings are fully prepared. Usually I’d opt for the frozen pre-prepped variety to make life a bit simpler, but I was determined to make it completely fresh so I purchased fresh chicken wings.
I admit I had no clue I had to actually cut parts off and make drumsticks this way, so I had to look up how to prepare chicken wings. It was a little work (so use pre-prepared if you want to save tons of time), but we all really enjoyed the look and taste of the fresh wings. Totally up to you!
Next you will want to whisk together the oil, Mango Sauce, chili pepper, cayenne pepper, lime juice, and salt and pepper in a large glass bowl.
Gently fold the wings into the marinade.
I recommend using a glass bowl because this step involves raw meat; you will not want to use plastic as that is porous and not great for using with raw meats. If you do not have a glass bowl to use, you can whisk up the mixture separately and pour it over the wings in the next step and just skip the folding in the wings, they will just not be as evenly-coated.
Line a large pan (I recommend about an inch to an inch-and-a-half deep so the juices don’t spill) using non-stick foil all the way up to the rim. Trust me, this step is important if you want clean-up to be quick and easy.
Place the coated wings/drumsticks in one layer onto the pan and dump the excess sauce over top. Cover the pan with plastic wrap or tightly with tinfoil and let the Chili Mango Chicken Wings marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
The day you are ready to cook, preheat your oven to 250°F. The chicken wings will cook low and slow which will make them fall right off the bone when they are finished, so be sure to leave yourself enough time to have them ready by dinner.
Uncover the pan and place it in the preheated oven. Cook for 3-1/2 hours, flipping the wings over about halfway through cooking so they are coated and cooked evenly.
Once the wings are cooked, line a large cookie sheet with non-stick foil. Transfer the wings onto it in one layer, placing them back right-side up (leaving the excess sauce in the other pan) and broil on high for 3-5 minutes (watch them so they don’t burn.). This will help to really brown the wings, give them a little crisp, and get that marinade to stick to the outside. So good.
The meat just falls off the bones.
The whole family will love Chili Mango Chicken Wings. They are also the perfect food to serve at parties year-round, especially in the summer months.
Amazon Pepper is a Colombian brand. They have several flavor varieties, including these: Red Amazon (hot), Green Amazon (hot), Chipotle (mild), Mango (mild), Sweet Chili (mild), and Hot n’ Sweet Guava (mild).
The Mango and Guava sauces go well with poultry and can be used in dips. The Sweet Chili Sauce goes very well with shrimp (try it with my Coffee Coconut Shrimp recipe.). Chipotle Pepper Sauce would be great with chicken or tacos and the Green Amazon Pepper Sauce and Red Amazon Pepper Sauce go well with just about everything–on meat, in dips, added to soups…
Something I learned in Chicago at the event where we met up with Amazon Pepper was that the Amazon Pepper is actually a specific type of pepper. It isn’t just a brand name for any old pepper sauce. Amazon peppers are grown around the Amazon River Basin.
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