Crispy Asian Wings

My husband loves wings, but they have to be crispy. He has searched all over town to get the perfect saucy yet still crispy Buffalo wings, because I have still not been able to perfect them to his standards. So any other wings I make, I make sure to make them nice and crispy. For this recipe, I used an idea my husband told me about. One of his Filipino coworkers had brought in some wings he loved on a potluck lunch. He said that they were made with 7-up and had a slightly sweet Asian taste. So after a little research, I came up with this. It’s similar to a Pinoy Adobo chicken marinade, but instead of being stewed and browned, the chicken is just cooked crisp. You can also make this chicken on the grill.

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Crispy Asian Wings


5 lbs wings
1 cup Sprite or 7-up
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
3 cloves garlic, grated
3 tablespoons grated onion (from the root end)
2 teaspoons freshly cracked pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


1. Combine all ingredients, including wings in a large bowl. Let wings marinate for approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour.

2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place wings on a wire rack over a cookie sheet. Bake for 30 - 40 minutes, or until wings are deep golden brown and crisp.

Photo notes: Photo above taken with the Speedlite 580EX my husband just got me for my birthday. I bounced the flash off a white card to the right of the plate and the had another white reflector on the other side of the plate.

18 Responses to “Crispy Asian Wings”

  1. 1

    That would be great on pork as well!

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    JulieD — October 10, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

    Angie, these look amazing! Thanks for sharing it.

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    Jessica — October 11, 2011 @ 12:23 am

    WOW! You could not have gotten a better picture of these. Beautiful photo!

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    Letitia A. — October 11, 2011 @ 12:25 am

    Wow! Those look amazing and I will be requesting my husband to make these ASAP. However, what do you mean by “from the root end” when referring to the grated onion?

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      Angie — October 11, 2011 @ 8:14 am

      I just mean grate the onion, not from the side, or top, where the green part of the plant grows, but from the bottom of the onion. The bottom, or root end has more flavor and juices.

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    foodie @ tastingspot — October 11, 2011 @ 12:30 am

    those look amazing and delicious… great picture

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    Ali — October 11, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

    Looks delicious, Yummy!!! This is such a beautiful post.

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — October 11, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    Crispy wings are a definite must for me! The sauce adheres so much better. These look really delicious.

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — October 12, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    These look great!!

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    foodwanderings — October 12, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

    Gosh haven’t had wings in forever, thanks for the Asian twist inspiration!!

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    Marla — October 12, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

    Love the wings girl….true comfort food 🙂

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    Divya — October 13, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

    Those look so tempting, especially since they look so crispy! Delish!

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    MLYE — October 21, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

    What kind of onions are you using? Green or Spanish?

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    Angie — October 24, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

    Spanish or Vidalia

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    Jian — November 30, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

    looks really tasty. but i prefer them to be spicy stilL!!!!!!!!!!

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    misanthropope — August 9, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

    dude, you’ve been had. asians don’t even have wings.

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    Fazila — May 6, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

    These look great! Is there a missing ingredient? I was just wondering how they got their amazing red colour without adding a hot sauce/cayenne pepper etc

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