Blood Orange Glazed Chicken Wings with Minted Whipped Feta

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Author Notes: I know we fortunate Texans keep bragging about it, but we really have had our first taste of spring this week. The return of green grass and sunshine had me hankering for chicken wings with a sweet and sticky glaze that coats your fingers. These wings are baked until crispy and glazed with a blood orange reduction. I served them with a perky little whipped feta dip flush with mint. Helen and I had ourselves a party!arielleclementine

Food52 Review: I made this recipe twice. Not because it’s tricky, but because the first time I ate the whole plate of wings all by myself. The reduction strikes a balance of sweet to start and fiery to finish. The minted whipped feta cuts the heat and provides a salty complement to the glaze. Arielleclementine is spot on in her directions to cook the wings to a crispy state before glazing, and saves your pan with her advice to line it with both tin foil and parchment paper. My one critique is the whipped feta could be thinned -- maybe with goat’s milk -- for easier dipping. - cheese1227A&M

Serves 4

For the Wings

  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 3/4 cups juice from 3 blood oranges
  • 1.5 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon blood orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil, then with parchment paper.
  3. Cut the chicken wings into thirds, and reserve the wing tips for stock. Pat dry thoroughly. Season with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper and arrange on the baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes, flipping the wings every 15 minutes.
  4. While the wings are baking, make the glaze. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, mix the blood orange juice, zest, honey, and crushed red pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes, or until the glaze has reduced to about 1/4 of a cup. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  5. After the wings have baked for 45 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and brush the wings all over with the glaze. Return to the oven to bake for 5 more minutes. Serve warm with Minted Whipped Feta (recipe follows).

For the Whipped Feta

  • 3/4 pounds fresh feta, rinsed and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  1. Put the crumbled feta, olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper in a food processor and process until smooth. It should look a bit like hummus. Add the chopped mint and pulse a few times to incorporate.
  2. Serve in a pretty bowl topped with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprig of mint.

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about 2 years ago Tbird

Dare i make these for Super Bowl?

Henrykiss

about 2 years ago arielleclementine

haha! you dare! they really are good wings. the dip can be a bit thick, depending on the type of feta you use, so thin it with a bit of milk or cream if need be. if you're not quite convinced, i love love this wing recipe, which is great on it's own without a dip: http://www.seriouseats...

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almost 3 years ago chefshatz

I am dying to make this! Do you think this recipe would work substituting skinless chicken thighs for the wings? If so, what would you recommend as far as cook time.

Henrykiss

almost 3 years ago arielleclementine

thank you so much! i think it should work with chicken thighs- though you won't have the delicious/fatty crackly skin bits. the flavors will all be there though. i think the bake time should be pretty comparable. i'd probably drop the temperature down to the 375 or 400 though, since you don't need the high heat to crisp the skin. let me know how it turns out!

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over 3 years ago cheese1227

Hi Arielleclemintine,

I want to make these for a party but it's not blood orange season yet. You think I could mix half orange, half pomegranate juice?

Henrykiss

over 3 years ago arielleclementine

hi cheese! thanks for making these wings again! i think your idea sounds just lovely, though i might use a bit less pomegranate juice then orange juice- i personally find it a bit bitter. please let me know how this works out if you try it!

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over 3 years ago luvcookbooks

Meg is a trusted home cook.

this sounds delish
reminds me of a recipe from The China Moon Cookbook by Barbara Tropp
(no feta, natch)
going to try these

Henrykiss

over 3 years ago arielleclementine

thanks! i haven't heard of this cookbook, but of course i'm not surprised to hear i'm not the first to put a citrus/chile glaze on chicken! i hope you like it :)

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over 3 years ago Rochelle Bilow

This sounds fantastic, but I'm just wondering where everyone is finding blood oranges this time of year? They are out of season!

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over 3 years ago Rochelle Bilow

Okay, after picking a few local chefs' brains, I'm thinking that blood orange sorbet would work as a substitution ... I'm going to try it with that and report back. :o)

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over 3 years ago cheese1227

There is also a blood orange concentrate that I've used in professional kitchens. Here is a link on amazon. http://www.amazon.com/The...

It's a bit steep at $25, but it is concentrate and it freezes really well.

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over 3 years ago Helenthenanny

oof, that is a tricky one! as i was just telling halfasiangirl and mrslarkin, arielleclementine (the sister of my life) is in europe for two weeks, eating her way through france and italy with her husband, otherwise i'm sure she would love to help find some blood oranges! thanks for the comment (on her behalf), and i'm sure she will look forward to hearing the outcome!

Henrykiss

over 3 years ago arielleclementine

hi rochelle :) thanks for your interest in my recipe! i created this for the blood orange/feta/mint contest last year, so naturally i used blood oranges. i feel that the best substitute would simply be regular ole freshly-squeezed orange juice. you won't have the reddish-tint on the wings, but i think the flavor will be really similar :)

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over 3 years ago halfasiangirl

I never would have thought to pair the whipped feta with chicken wins. Sounds fantastic. (P.S. Yay Texas!)

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over 3 years ago Helenthenanny

hi there halfasiangirl! as i was just telling mrslarkin, my dear sister is in europe for two weeks, eating her way through france and italy with her husband! but thanks for the comment (on her behalf) and DO try them, they are really, really yummy!

Henrykiss

over 3 years ago arielleclementine

hooray, thank you! and yay texas indeed!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Yes! Glad this is in the running! How's life down yonder? We've missed you!

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over 3 years ago Helenthenanny

mrslarkin, hello! ma belle soeur is in paris with her sweet husband for two weeks, but i'm sure she'll be delighted to see your comment upon her return! just didn't want you to feel snubbed by that little orange we all know and love!

Henrykiss

over 3 years ago arielleclementine

hi mrslarkin! life down here is wonderful! my husband and i just got back from a trip to france and italy, and had a fantastic time- we ate approximately 40 pounds of food- it was terrific! thanks for your kind words :)

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over 3 years ago cheese1227

SOOO glad you submitted this one. They are awesome!

Henrykiss

over 3 years ago arielleclementine

thanks friend!

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about 4 years ago mistermartha

The wings are in the oven. Smells divine! Thank you for this twist of an idea!
Totally agree that the feta dip was thick- I threw in a splash of whole milk.

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

fantastic! i do hope you like them!

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about 4 years ago monkeymom

This is a tangy sweet hot combo...I'm astounded by your creativity.

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

hooray! how lovely of you to say!

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about 4 years ago Allison Cay Parker

Oh, for heaven's sake, you sisters have GOT to stop! This looks amazing--the photo, yes, definitely, but I mean the whole recipe seems fabulous. I will definitely be making this. Have a great time on your spring break with spunky gran (I have some aunts in their 80s who still sizzle, so I can only imagine). Thanks for posting another great entry.

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

what fun!! thank you so much! helen and i had a blast with our granny :)

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about 4 years ago cheese1227

This is a great combination.

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

thank you!

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about 4 years ago The Internet Cooking Princess

All I can say is dang, girl!

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

haha! thanks, ICP!

Stringio

about 4 years ago testkitchenette

Mmmm....whipped feta, love it!

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

thank you, testkitchenette!

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about 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Rats! We've been out-cooked again. Girl, you can make your very own cookbook! This one's yettilicious.

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

oh man! i laughed and laughed when i saw this!! thanks for the lovely compliment too :)

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about 4 years ago aargersi

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These sound wonderful! Pefect springtime in Texas (or anywhere but we are the lucky ones in the sunshine :-) snack ... better served poolside?

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

thanks, friend! absolutely- if only i had a pool!

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about 4 years ago Hadyourtea?

fantastic new take on buffalo wings with blue cheese sauce.... yours sounds soooo much better

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

hooray! thank you!

Lnd_jen

about 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

Y'all are killing me. Love this.

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

yay! thank you, lastnightsdinner!

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about 4 years ago chez lady S

interesting use of ingredients, sounds tasty!

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

thank you! i really liked this week's theme- it felt like our very own 'top chef' quickfire challenge!

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about 4 years ago Helenthenanny

Ooh Yetter Pie, this one was mighty fine!! Such a cool spin on hot wings and blue cheese dipping sauce, BUT WAY BETTER!! That blood orange glaze was really really yummy and I liked the contrast of the wings with the strong flavors of the whipped feta!!! Giddyup : )

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about 4 years ago Helenthenanny

ps I'm still dying over that tag!

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

yay! thanks sister! i don't care for the name yetter pie, though. sounds... funky. but oh boy! hooray for tommy boy!