As mentioned in the video for this recipe (see below) I had a serous craving for buffalo style chicken wings and with the mango habanero chicken wings we had a few weeks back at Buffalo Wild Wings still on my mind – I had to do my version. The actual spicy mango sauce can be used as a typical dipping sauce for fried chicken, chicken strips or for coconut shrimp as well.
3 lbs chicken wings
1/4 teaspoon salt (plus a pinch for the sauce)
2 cups mango puree
1 scotch bonnet pepper
2 tablespoon melted butter
1 table spoon corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
Notes: If you can’t get scotch bonnet peppers, you can use Habanero pepper or use your fav hot sauce or traditional Caribbean pepper sauce. If you want you can replace the corn syrup with honey and be sure to add more scotch bonnet if you like HEAT!
Trim off the wing tips (or leave – it’s up to you) and cut the wings into pieces, wash and drain. Then season with the salt, black pepper, chopped scallion and finely chopped thyme. Mix well and let it marinate for a couple hours in the fridge.
In a sauce pan on medium heat, bring the mango nectar to a gentle simmer and go in with a pinch of salt and finely diced scotch bonnet pepper. If you cannot get scotch bonnet, Habanero pepper will give it a wicked kick with a fruity undertone. Or you can reach for bottle hot sauce or traditional Caribbean peppersauce. Let that reduce for about 8 minutes, then go in with the melted butter, corn syrup and lime juice. Cook on the gentle bubble for about 4 minutes then remove it off the heat.
Oven Method: Line a baking tray with parchment paper or if using tin foil..drizzle on some veg oil or cooking spray so the wings don’t stick. Place on the middle rack at about 375F for about 1/2 hr (depends on the size of your wings) and remember to flip them so they brown evenly. When fully cooked, toss in 3/4 of the sauce (leave back some to dip the wings in while eating) and put them back in the oven on the broil setting to caramelize (just a couple minutes).
On the grill! On a medium heated grill (about 350-375) grill as you would normally grill chicken wings. For me that was about 25-30 minutes – flipping a few times during the grilling process. Then I removed them off the grill and gave them a bath in the spicy mango sauce and back on the grill to get more flavors as the fame did it’s thing with the sugars in the sauce.
Serve warm.. top with some chopped scallion and wedges of lime or lemon and it’s always nice to have the reserved mango sauce on the side for those who like to dip their hot wings. You can double up on the sauce and store it in the fridge, so you always have a batch handy when you want to enjoy a spicy mango dipping sauce or for your next batch of Caribbean style Buffalo hot wings.