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Quick Ginger Chicken Wings

It’s picnic weather, and in Melbourne we kick off the season with horse racing. On Tuesday, Melbournians get a day off work to sip champagne, wear their glad rags, tuck a form guide under their arm and put their annual bet on the Melbourne Cup.

For those of us not at the racecourse, BBQs will be wrenched from their winter hibernation and rugs will be laid out on lawns, ready to kickoff a season of outdoor eating that runs through to March. It’s time for picnic food.

Chicken wings are a crowd pleaser, and go so well with a frosty beer or a tall glass of bubbles. But many chicken wing recipes require overnight marinating in a complicated mix of sauces, and/or a terrifyingly hot pan of oil for frying. Both seem like too much effort. This recipe requires no prep and no frying, but results in a tray of deeply golden, tangy, slightly spicy wings that will complete any picnic spread. 

Quick Ginger Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are usually sold whole, so you’ll need to break them down, removing the wing tips (save them for stock) and separating the drumstick from the other bit. I prefer to use a really sharp pair of kitchen scissors to cut through the joints, I find it gives me a bit of extra strength, but a sharp knife also works. This guide to disassembling a chicken wing is helpful.

The sauce on these wings is very simple, and stars ginger. I added lemon juice and chilli to the original recipe as I like my wings spicy, and the lemon seemed to brighten the spring onion and ginger base. Once cooked, the sauce sets onto the wings, giving them a golden coating of flavour, with little bits of more-deeply-golden morsels for crunch, and for licking off your fingers.

Quick Ginger Chicken Wings

Chicken wing bones are notoriously hard to dispose of elegantly, especially when holding a champagne in the other hand, so make sure there’s plenty of napkins or spare plates around for your picnickers to use. If outdoor eating is moved indoors, these wings are also lovely served with a fresh, green salad as an informal lunch.

Quick Ginger Chicken Wings


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil (plus more for oiling pans)
  • 1.8 kgs (4 pounds) chicken wings, cut in half at the joint, wing tips removed
  • Salt
  • 8 large spring onions (scallions)
  • 1/4 cup chopped, peeled, fresh ginger
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 teaspoons chilli flakes (more if you like it spicy)


Preheat oven to 230c (450f). Oil two large baking sheets and divide chicken wings between them, season with salt. Place in the oven and cook for 35 minutes, rotating sheets and flipping chicken half way through. The chicken should be cooked through and golden brown.

While your wings are cooking, place spring onions, ginger, 1 teaspoon salt, lemon juice, chilli flakes and oil in a food processor and puree. When your wings are cooked, transfer them to a large bowl, add sauce, and toss to coat.

Return wings to a baking sheet and bake until set, about 10 minutes.

Adapted from Everyday Food, October 2013 

33 thoughts on “Quick Ginger Chicken Wings

  1. mawarre says:

    Looks very easy and finger-lickin. Passes my test of something I want to reach into the PC and grab – even at 6:30 am. Going to try this recipe, that’s for sure. margaret

    1. Amelia says:

      I love your test! I hope you enjoy them Margaret.

  2. I could eat this all read round. Looks super tasty! and beautiful photos! thanks for the recipe!

    1. Amelia says:

      They would be great any time of year, you’re right.

  3. Leah says:

    yum! Love the simple marinade recipe.

    1. Amelia says:

      It is super simple, and amazingly tasty.

  4. So jealous! Here on the East Coast of the US, it’s getting cooooold outside…

    1. Amelia says:

      Ah, but you have pumpkins and colourful leaves! The east coast is so pretty this time of year.

  5. Lisa says:

    They look very tasty! Yum!

  6. Thanks for sharing this recipe – it looks really good! I love ginger and lemon flavours. Look forward to giving this a try!

    1. Amelia says:

      Thanks for commenting! I hope you enjoy the wings.

  7. leontina says:

    Cold in the North of the US but these look yummy any time of year! Certainly trying these very soon!

    1. Amelia says:

      You should! Wings work all year round.

  8. forkandbowl says:

    These look delicious! As a Sydney dweller, I am very jealous of you Melbournians having Tuesday off!

    1. Amelia says:

      It’s the greatest public holiday in the world – a day off to watch HORSES! Ridiculous! And awesome.

  9. I can’t wait to try these wings – the flavour combination sounds fabulous! Enjoy Melbourne Cup Day! :)

  10. sweetrosie says:

    Love all that ginger! Beautiful photos.

    1. Amelia says:

      I found the ginger surprisingly mild, given the amount, but it gives a lovely warmth and tang.

  11. fattyhatty says:

    MMMmmmm, they look so succulent!!

  12. Rebecca says:

    I love the way the world works. I fished my winter coat out yesterday and am considering gloves tomorrow, and you are off having a picnic! Food looks delicious and makes me nostalgic for summertime!

    1. Amelia says:

      I know what you mean Rebecca! I spend all winter with my Pinterest and Instagram feeds full of summer recipes and photos. By the time the weather finally warms up I’m well and truly ready for it! Enjoy your coat and gloves though, the first few weeks of chillier weather are lovely.

  13. These look delicious, and what’s nuts is I’ll be in Melbourne for Cup day (all the way from Quebec)! Hopefully we’ll get to meet!

    1. Amelia says:

      Tell Ophelie to bring you to work for lunch one day!

  14. Saskia (1=2) says:

    Two of my favourite words: ‘quick’ and ‘ginger’. These look lip-smackin’ Amelia. That close-up photo is gorgeous with all its golden chicken-y goodness. Happy Cup Day.

  15. Jody and Ken says:

    Okay, I’m in–and we’re actually leaving picnic weather on this side of the equator. Good Firday night movie food. Ken

  16. mymess says:

    great finger food recipe!

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