Being a big fan of restaurant-style mango-habanero wings, I set out to create something similar. I found multiple recipes online, but none seemed up to my standards. After about a year of making a few and combining different ideas, I came up with this one. Every time I've made this, it's been a huge hit and people are always asking me for the recipe, so here it is. The cornstarch absorbs extra moisture and forms a very thin crispy crust on the wings. It's not a heavy breading, it just adds a bit of crunch.

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Rinse chicken wings and pat dry with paper towels. Place wings on a baking sheet and refrigerate to dry a bit more.

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  • Combine mango nectar, brown sugar, habanero peppers, soy sauce, sriracha sauce, and vinegar in a food processor. Mix until peppers are pureed; seeds will still be visible. Remove food processor lid carefully; the pepper fumes can be strong.

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add minced garlic; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the mango-habanero mixture immediately; bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low; add honey. Simmer, stirring frequently, until sauce is reduced by 75% and thickened to a glaze, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from heat.

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C).

  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Coat wings lightly with cornstarch. Place 5 to 6 wings in the hot oil; fry until golden brown and crispy, about 8 minutes. Place wings on a paper towel to absorb excess oil; transfer to the preheated oven to keep warm. Repeat until all wings have been fried and drained.

  • Place wings in a large bowl. Pour half the sauce over the wings and mix, coating the wings with the sauce. Continue adding the remaining sauce until you have coated the wings to your liking.

Cook's Note:

These wings are hot and might not be suitable for everyone, especially kids, so you may want to label them with a warning. However, I've served them at a party and no one was too overcome by the heat, with many people eating 5 or more wings.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

450 calories; 18.6 g protein; 28.5 g carbohydrates; 80.3 mg cholesterol; 366.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (14)

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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2018
Delicious! Wonderful sweet and spicy flavor. I was a little nervous about the heat level of 6 unseeded habaneros so I did remove the seeds from half of them but I think it would have been fine if I had left them all in. Great recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/25/2019
Could use half a stick of butter instead. More habanero for flavor and use a mango instead of juice. Read More
16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2018
Delicious! Wonderful sweet and spicy flavor. I was a little nervous about the heat level of 6 unseeded habaneros so I did remove the seeds from half of them but I think it would have been fine if I had left them all in. Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/14/2018
All my potluck guests raved about these. A little spicy for the weaklings but not quite on par with the original BWW version. We made about 4 pounds of wings and coated them in 3 1/2 tbsp cornstarch before baking (not frying) and it worked great. Just be prepared to struggle with yanking the wings off the pan. Could use a bit less butter next time 2 more habaneros but otherwise these were the favorite of the 3 flavors of wings we made. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2019
I've made these wings twice and both times were amazing!!!! First time I made them as the recipe calls for - they were delectable. The second time I couldn't find habanero peppers in my local grocers so I bough habanero hotsauce and used regular sweet peppers for texture. The hot sauce was HOOOOOOTTTT (or I put too much) so I had to add more brown sugar and honey to the mixture. They were AMAZING yet again!!! Great recipe - thank you so much!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/05/2018
The only reason this didn't get five stars was because of the butter. I felt weird about adding that much in the first place but followed the recipe despite that. Definitely way too much it separated and sat on the top. However after I spent ten minutes skimming it off the most beautiful sauce was hiding underneath. Sticky sweet tangy and spicy. I added about ten habaneros and still thought it could use a bit more spicy but the original six would probably be appropriate for a dinner party or for people who like less spice. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2018
Great recipe! As a big wing fan i was looking for something a little different and i couldn't be happier with this recipe. While cooking the sauce everybody in my house commented on how good it smelled. I added dome extra garlic which made it even more delicious. Nice spice without being too overbearing. Will be using this recipe again and again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/30/2018
Absolutely great flavor and no residual lip burning sensation that I usually endure after eating these at my favorite sports bar. I made these exactly as written and they turned out delicious! I also made a batch of honey barbecue wings for those who might not appreciate the heat and served them both with celery and dip. Just as directed I could see the sauce start to thicken at the 45 minute mark but let it simmer for the full hour so that it was nice and thick. (Next time I may try frying the wings naked without the corn starch coating just to see if that step is necessary.) All in all this recipe is a definite keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2019
Love it!! This is my favorite mango habanero wing recipe even over the restaurants! We made this and left the seeds in.. definitely spicy but has a sweet kick. I love spicy so if you can t handle you should remove the seeds. The corn starch gives it the crunch which I love! This is definitely my favorite and we have saved the recipe to keep making so delicious!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2019
Wonderful recipe. I could use the sauce on many other things! I took the seeds out of all but two peppers and it was perfect. My eight year old son loved it! That is a major win! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2020
very similar Buffalo Wild Wings recipe Read More
Rating: 2 stars
11/25/2019
Could use half a stick of butter instead. More habanero for flavor and use a mango instead of juice. Read More