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Spicy-Sweet Chicken Wings

This great recipe for spicy-sweet chicken wings is courtesy of Suvir Saran and can be found in "American Masala."

  • Servings: 6
Spicy-Sweet Chicken Wings

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May Spring 2009


  • 5 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Garam Masala
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 pounds chicken wings, halved at the drumette joint
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • Coarse sea salt


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons honey, oil, coarse salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon garam masala, paprika, cayenne pepper, and cumin. Pour mixture into a 1 gallon resealable plastic bag and add chicken wings, turning to coat. Transfer to refrigerator and let marinate at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  3. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and top with a wire rack. Arrange chicken wings in a single layer on rack. Transfer to oven and roast for 35 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together remaining 3 tablespoons honey, remaining teaspoon garam masala, and vinegar. Remove wings from oven and brush with honey mixture. Return wings to oven and continue roasting until wings are slightly charred and crisp, 15 to 25 minutes.

  5. Sprinkle wings with sea salt and let stand 5 minutes before serving.


Reviews (5)

  • kristintidd 4 Sep, 2009

    this recipe was great. i used chicken drumsticks instead of wings and they turned out wonderful. my 6yr old picky boy even ate them right up. the garam masala added a wonderful flavor.

  • Madhi 4 Aug, 2009

    I have never made Chicken Wings with Masala before. I hv to say it makes a difference. Great recipe!

  • mslo_naomi 16 Jun, 2009

    Step 4 has been corrected -- it's 1 teaspoon of garam masala.

  • EAlex 9 Jun, 2009

    Is it 1 tsp of garam masala or 1 tsp plus 1 tbsp?

  • EAlex 9 Jun, 2009

    Is it 1 tsp of garam masala or 1 tsp plus 1 tbsp?

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