Sweet, spicy and loaded with island flare! This recipe puts a fun twist on your classic chicken wings!
Fun fact: The first time I’d ever tried mango bbq chicken wings was when Charlie and I went to this fancy restaurant in Hawaii and we could not stop talking about them the whole trip! So naturally I tried recreating it when we got back home and let me tell ya babe- these wings are a winner! They’re spicy and sweet with a subtle hint of mango and the tang from that lime juice just takes it to a whole other level! Not to mention they’re baked instead of fried and perfectly crispy on the outside too!
The number one reason I love wings so much is because they’re so incredibly easy to make! (Well that and the fact that you can add almost any seasoning/sauce you want to them and they still taste AMAZING!) But you only need a handful of ingredients too . Here’s what you’ll need below:
- Chicken wings: Some places might call them “wingettes”.
- Avocado oil/spray: This helps to give the wings their crispy skin while baking.
- Salt & Pepper
- BBQ sauce: Feel free to use your favorite!
- Mangoes: I would suggest using fresh mangoes for this recipe. (I used 2 mangoes.) You can also use frozen mango chunks instead but make sure to thaw them before using.
- Lime juice: Fresh lime juice works the best for this recipe.
How do I bake chicken wings in the oven?
I love baking my chicken wings! It’s just such a great way to keep them crispy on the outside while still staying tender and moist in the center and it’s easy to clean up too! Here’s my fool-proof way to get them perfect every single time!
- Preheat your oven to 425 and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Then place a baking rack on top of the parchment paper and prepare your wings. (The baking rack helps the oil to drip off the wings while they cook so they get nice and crispy on all sides.)
- Next, pat your chicken wings dry with a paper towel. Place them in a plastic bag and liberally spray them with avocado oil spray or drizzle with avocado oil. Lay them out on your baking rack and season them with salt and pepper.
- Bake the wings for 25 minutes then take them out and brush them with your sauce. Return them to the oven and bake for 5 more minutes. (Sometimes I’ll broil them on high afterwards too to get that little bit of char on them. 😉 )
- Once the wings are done, serve them immediately with extra bbq sauce and limes on the side.
How to make an easy spicy mango bbq sauce
There’s no crazy list of ingredients here because we’re basically just tailoring up an already made barbecue sauce! here’s what I used below.
- BBQ sauce: Make sure to use a SPICY bbq sauce for this recipe! Because the mango adds quite a bit of sweetness, the spice from the sauce really helps to balance out the flavor. (I used Stubbs Sweet Heat sauce for mine.)
- Mangoes: Fresh mangoes work the best for this recipe! You can use frozen instead if you prefer but your sauce might be a little watery because of the extra moisture.
- Lime juice: I’d suggest using fresh limes if possible. If you don’t have them, bottled lime juice will also work too.
- Cut the mangoes into cubes and place them in a food processor. Pulse them until smooth.
- Mix the bbq sauce, pureed mangoes and lime juice together in a large bowl. Store it in the fridge until your ready to use.
This recipe makes a large amount of sauce so you will have some leftover after brushing your chicken wings with it. I always serve some sauce on the side with my wings for anyone that wants it. The sauce should last for 1 week if stored in the fridge.
So sit back, relax and let these spicy mango bbq chicken wings take you back to the tropics! (Or at least to a beach somewhere! 😉 )
I hope you’re having a great day loves!
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Spicy Mango BBQ Chicken Wings
For the chicken wings:
- 2 lb.s chicken wings
- Avocado oil spray, to coat the chicken (can use regular avocado oil instead)
- Salt & pepper, to taste
For the mango bbq sauce:
- 1½ cups mango cubes, pureed
- 1 cup spicy bbq sauce (I used Stubbs sweet heat sauce)
- 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
- ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
To make the mango bbq sauce:
- Combine the pureed mango, bbq sauce, lime juice and chopped cilantro in a bowl. Set it aside and prepare your wings. (To puree the mango, just place your fresh mango cubes in a food processor and blend them until smooth.)
To make the chicken wings:
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a rimmed baking pan with parchment paper. Place a metal rack on top of the parchment paper and set it aside.
- Pat the chicken wings dry and place them in a plastic bag. Spray them liberally with your avocado oil spray (or drizzle them with avocado oil).
- Place the wings on the metal rack (make sure they're not touching) and season both sides with salt and pepper. Bake the wings for 25 minutes. Once they're done, take them out and brush them on both sides with your bbq sauce. Bake them for another 5 minutes. (I also like to broil mine for 3-4 more minutes after to this to get them slightly charred and crispy.)
- Serve immediately with extra bbq sauce and lime slices on the side.