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A Spoonful of Luxe recipe: Crazy Good Caribbean Baked Wings

Posted May 27, 2014

Diana's Crazy Good Caribbean Baked Wings

Diana Kostigen, a local food blogger and Smart Shopper reader, brings us a new weekly recipe including ingredients that are on sale that week!  This week she shares her healthy and fabulous looking recipe for Crazy Good Caribbean Baked Wings!

Diana has been cooking professionally for many years and she has already shared multiple recipes here on the blog in the What's for Dinner posts.  Her website, A Spoonful of Luxe, includes many more recipes.  My thanks to Diana for her willingness to share her gift. My family will most certainly benefit from her creative and fun approach to cooking!

Crazy Good Caribbean Baked Wings

I have a food confession. I'm not a fan of messy food. You know, like those cheese puffs that leave your fingers orange for days. Those powdered doughnuts that made you wish you didn't wear black. And those sloppy joes that are... well, sloppy. Heck, I've even been know to eat BBQ ribs with a knife and fork.

And the worst culprit of all? Chicken wings. In which the sauce inevitable gets all over your napkin, water glass, and sleeves. Despite the three tiny towelettes that you used after wing two. Which now, are not only adding to the pile of sauced up napkins and gnawed away bones. But also prompting the waiter to rush over with a plastic bib, that he puts around your neck just in the nick of time to catch that big glop of sauce running down your chin. Someone, please get that man a raise.

So, in keeping things clean, this week I decided to make some wings that are just as full of flavor, healthier than the fried version, and you guessed it... not quite so saucy. And in honor of this kick-off-to summer weekend, I chose some of my favorite flavors that remind me of the islands… and the beach.

The grapefruit, which is an underutilized fruit in cooking, adds a sweet tang to balance out the richness of the coconut milk. The honey and garlic offer a savory sweetness that works perfectly with the heat of the hot sauce and the fresh burst of spiciness from the cinnamon, a common ingredient in Caribbean cooking. All for a finger-licking good feast, without all the mess.

So, what’s the secret to getting crispy wings, minus the fryer? Line a rimmed cookie sheet with foil and bake your wings on a rack. This allows the air to circulate below and crisp them up on all sides.

Crazy Good Caribbean Baked Wings

1 package chicken wings
1/4 c. canned unsweetened coconut milk
Juice from 1 red grapefruit
1/3 c. olive oil
1/4 c. honey
2 clove garlic, minced
5-6 shakes hot sauce (I like Cholulu)
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a large plastic bag add all the ingredients. Marinate the wings at least 6 hours, or overnight. Then preheat the oven to 350. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with foil and top with a metal rack. Spray with non stick spray and place wings on top, skin side up.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, and then turn up the heat to 400 degrees. Continue baking for about 15-20 minutes or until wings are nicely browned (time will vary depending on thickness of wings).

Serves 4
$1.83 per serving

*Note: all costs are approximate due to regional sale prices, amounts needed just for this specific recipe, and ingredients on hand. This recipe was created to utilize sale ingredients listed for the current week in Raleigh, NC stores.


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  • RaleighFoodBlogger May 28, 2014

    Nakabi- thanks! Hope you enjoy it :-)

  • nakabi May 27, 2014

    RFB this sounds delicious! And I'm so glad it's not fried!! Will definitely try them!

  • RaleighFoodBlogger May 27, 2014

    DR D- I'm sorry to hear that... I'd have a hard time doing without cheese :-(

  • Dr D May 27, 2014

    RFB, I love dairy but it no longer loves me. :-( So canned coconut milk is one of my new cooking friends. I'll often use it in place of cream or whole milk in recipes. And yes, I also like to add it to smoothies!

  • RaleighFoodBlogger May 27, 2014

    Dr D- hope you enjoy! The coconut milk added a bit of depth... I'd not cooked with it before :-) The rest of the can, I just added into my DH's smoothies the next few days!

  • Dr D May 27, 2014

    I'll plan to try these as well! Two things that especially caught my attention were the canned coconut milk (yum!) and that they could be done in the oven. Thanks for sharing. :-)

  • raesmom1612 May 27, 2014

    LOL yall are hilarious!!!! We used some for or ribs yesterday....mmmmmmmm good LOL!!

  • RaleighFoodBlogger May 27, 2014

    Faye and Raesmom- hope you give them a try... even my DH liked them despite not being the "messy" kind. He liked the fresh flavors, and I liked how simple they were to make :-)

    And lol! on the recipe!!! I seriously need to try it someday, Raesmom :-)

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 27, 2014

    Seriously, Raesmom - quit teasing us!! ;-)

    Dr D - we should have kept a piece of that BBQ chicken and given it to Diana so she could figure out the recipe for us! lol

  • Dr D May 27, 2014

    Oh sure, Raesmom, you're referring to that secret recipe again ... just taunting us! ;-)