Just What the Doctor Ordered

September 20, 2010

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

You put da lime in da coconut...Last night we played around with several recipes and this one was the best in my opinion. Grilling is our preferred way of cooking wings, but these could be tossed in the oven also. - nannydeb


Food52 Review: This makes the best chicken wings I have ever had, and I have had a chicken wing fervor ever since visiting the Buffalo bar that claims Buffalo Wings. The coconut milk makes the wings tender, and the other ingredients blend into a flavorful finish. It was like having a tropical dance in my mouth! They cooked up really fast on a weeknight. Thanks, nannydeb. – luvcookbooksThe Editors

Serves: 4-6


  • 1 1/2-2 pounds chicken wings, cut in two pieces, tips removed and reserved for stock
  • 14 ounces coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 1 Birdseye, Thai chile, serrano or jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut for garnish
In This Recipe


  1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a shallow dish.
  2. Add chicken wings and marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  3. Prepare charcoal or a gas grill to medium- high. Grill the wings over medium-high heat for about 20 minutes, or until skin is crispy brown and meat is tender.
  4. Garnish with chopped cilantro and flaked coconut.

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Reviews (7) Questions (0)

7 Reviews

elaine_bleakney May 14, 2011
Thank you for this recipe. It's a summer wonder.
likestocooklovestoeat November 12, 2010
These were so great - we loved them and will definitely make them again!
luvcookbooks September 21, 2010
I love the name. People will click on it just to find out what the recipe is about. <br />What is the Fiestaware color in the photo? It doesn't look quite like the turquoise I have, but it might be the lighting. <br />
Author Comment
nannydeb September 21, 2010
I think it's "peacock". I've had it a while, though it's not antique. Love Fiestaware- I collect new and old.
marcella_missirian September 20, 2010
Change the name of these wings to Thai wings or something. What a great recipe!!
Author Comment
nannydeb September 20, 2010
While I was mixing the ingredients, I kept thinking of that Harry Nilsson song...
Loves F. September 20, 2010
Yum! These sound great!