Orange Marmalade Chicken Wings will rule the roost at your cocktail party or game day celebrations. Complex flavors and easy prep! Orange Marmalade Chicken Wings are a party classic!
Sweet, smoky, salty, with a little heat – orange marmalade chicken wings are a party favorite at the big red barn. Joyce Pinson, Friends Drift Inn
Baked Orange Marmalade Chicken Wings – Recipe-At-A-Glance
Prep Time 10 Minutes Cook Time 30-40 Minutes Total Time 50 Minutes
Yield 7-8 Appetizer Portions 4 Entrée Portions
Ingredients Chicken Wings – Salt – Pepper – Garlic Salt – Oil – Soy Sauce – Friends Drift Inn Orange Marmalade – Apple Cider Vinegar (or Rice Vinegar) – Hot Sauce – Pepper Flakes for Garnish
Equipment – Small and Large Bowl – 2 sets of Tongs – Foil Lined Baking Tray – Knife
Orange Marmalade Chicken Wings
Whether it is Game Day or your turn to host a cocktail party, baked Orange Marmalade Chicken Wings are always a hit.
Soy Sauce combined with orange marmalade, a splash of vinegar, and a generous teaspoon full of hot sauce makes these chicken wings extraordinary.
I love Buffalo Wings, but these are better.
You will enjoy the combination of sweet orange, with smoky soy sauce and kicked up with of hot sauce. And your guests will too! It is an unlikely combination that comes together on the plate in a party-pleasing manner.
How Many Orange Marmalade Chicken Wings Should I Make?
My biggest challenge with preparing chicken wings is knowing how much to bake. How about you? This recipe is easily increased – so no worries there.
The rule of thumb is:
- 2 Chicken Wings Per Person as an Appetizer
- 5-10 Chicken Wings as an Entrée
- When shopping you can figure 4-5 chicken wings per pound.
As a host or hostess, you should know your audience. If you are fixing Orange Marmalade Chicken Wings for Super Bowl Sunday, you can bet the crowd will be ravenous. The same goes for Sunday Suppers.
Cocktail parties, on the other hand, are more likely to attract “grazers” who will try small bites of everything.
We generally start out with what we THINK we need, with a few pounds of chicken wings thawed for back-up. If we do not use at the event, we fix them the next day.
Thawing Chicken Wings Safely
Chicken can get dicey when it comes to food safety. Working in a commercial kitchen, we go the extra mile for chicken prep and for clean-up too!
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, FSIS, provides food safety guidelines to keep you and your family informed. Here is what they say about thawing chicken:
- FSIS recommends three ways to thaw chicken: in the refrigerator, in cold water, and in the microwave.
- Never thaw chicken on the counter or in other locations.
- It’s best to plan for slow, safe thawing in the refrigerator.
- Boneless chicken breasts, bone-in parts, and whole chickens may take 1 to 2 days or longer to thaw.
- Once the raw chicken thaws, it can be kept in the refrigerator an additional day or two before cooking.
- During this time, if chicken thawed in the refrigerator is not used, it can safely be refrozen without cooking it first.
Orange Marmalade Chicken Wings – Tips and Tricks
- Always wash hands before and after handling chicken wings.
- Don’t use the same tongs to remove cooked chicken from the baking tray as you did to place raw chicken on tray.
- Sanitize cutting boards, knives, and all equipment after preparing chicken.
- Lots of folks trim off the wing tips. We don’t. It is just one more step we don’t have time for.
- To toss chicken wings in the sauce, an oversized stainless-steel bowl works best. You have room to toss, plus stainless steel is easy to wash up and sanitize.
- For even baking, rotate pan once during the baking cycle.
- Note that color does not necessarily indicate doneness. A thermometer inserted in the largest part of the wing should reflect an internal temperature of 165.
We like a soft chicken wing with a little “pull” as you bite into it. For our stove that means baking at 400. If you like crispy wings, increase the temperature the last 5-10 minutes of cooking to 425.
What is Orange Marmalade?
Friends Drift Inn Orange Marmalade
We often get asked “What is the Difference Between Jam and Jelly?” The same goes for marmalade.
Marmalade generally contains citrus peels. The texture of Friends Drift Inn Marmalade is very thick but spreadable. It is not a jam with bits of fruit, nor is a jelly clear and gelled.
Friends Drift Inn Orange Marmalade is more than just a breakfast spread. We love it for grilling, glazing, and dipping!
Marmalades are flavor intense. With a citrus zip, the taste is fruity – yet highly concentrated.
We do not use a bitter orange, preferring one more mildly acidic and sweet. The oranges are the star of the show; tasting citrusy and mellow.
Of course we do not add preservatives or food coloring!
Pairing Orange Marmalade Chicken Wings with Food and Drinks
Sometimes I toss a couple of Orange Marmalade Chicken Wings on top of an arugula salad – served with a lemon soy sauce dressing and a sprinkling of almond slivers.
Feeling fancy? Perch a wing (or two) on top of a pineapple ring for a passed appetizer. Sprinkle with pepper flakes or hit the appetizer with a dash of hot sauce.
For an exotic appetizer presentation, serve with fried plantains tossed in brown sugar and salt.
As an entrée, we like these with a curried rice garnished with a slice of daikon radish.
A orange marmalade wings entrée side pairing is cheese grits with chard is a nod to our Southern roots.
The warmth of bourbon is delightful with orange marmalade chicken wings. Think about cocktails that feature orange citrus.
If it is Super Bowl Sunday, beer is an obvious choice. You could go with a bold flavored beer, but we really like a pale ale. (You know the one garnished with a big fat orange wheel?) Giggles
For a non-alcoholic pairing, make your favorite sweet tea and stir in orange marmalade for the sweetening and flavorings, before pouring over ice.
What About Leftovers?
I sincerely doubt you will have leftover Orange Marmalade Chicken Wings! But on the wild chance that you do the National Chicken Council offers these recommendations for leftover chicken:
After cooking, refrigerate any uneaten poultry within two hours. Leftovers will remain safe to eat for two-three days.
Refrigerators should be set to maintain a temperature of 40 °F or below.
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An out-of-the-box wings recipe, Orange Marmalade Chicken Wings will rule the roost at your cocktail party or game day celebrations. Easy recipe with major wow factor. Make plenty they go quick!
- 3 lbs. of Chicken Wings, thawed (about 15 wings)
- 2 tablespoons of Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of Pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 3 tablespoons of Soy Sauce
- 3 tablespoons of Friends Drift Inn Orange Marmalade
- 2 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar (rice vinegar works nicely too!)
- 1 teaspoon Hot Sauce
- Pepper Flakes for Garnish (about 2 tablespoons)
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Line baking tray with foil.
- If you are picky, use a knife to trim wing ends. (We rarely do)
- In medium bowl, toss chicken wings in oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Use tongs to place wings on baking tray about 1 ½ – 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, rotating pan once during the baking cycle. Wings should reach internal temperature of 165.
- Meanwhile mix Soy Sauce, Orange Marmalade, Vinegar and Hot Sauce in a large bowl – preferably stainless.
- Remove wings with a fresh set of tongs placing into sauce mixture. Be careful! Wings will be steamy.
- Toss in sauce. Plate and add a sprinkle of pepper flakes.
- Serve warm.
Figure 2 orange marmalade chicken wings as an appetizer.
As an entrée, consider your guests and what sides you are serving. The average chicken wing entrée is 5-10 wings.
Always follow strict cleanliness and food safety standards when preparing chicken. Like all our recipes, Orange Marmalade Chicken Wings was formulated using Friends Drift Inn Orange Marmalade. We cannot predict how other products will perform.
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