Bat Wings (Halloween Sweet Wing Appetizer)

Your favorite wing recipe plus a bit of black food coloring paste equals one yummy bat wing dish! This is a basic marinade to get you started, but feel free to experiment.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
4 pounds wings


  • 4 cups reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 3 cups white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon black food coloring paste

  • 2 pinches onion powder, or to taste

  • 2 pinches garlic powder, or to taste

  • 1 pinch Cajun seasoning (Optional)

  • 1 (4 pound) package chicken wings


  1. Mix soy sauce, sugar, food coloring, onion powder, garlic powder, and Cajun seasoning together in a bowl until paste dissolves completely. Carefully open the bag of chicken wings, keeping the seal intact. Pour in the soy sauce mixture, seal bag, and lay it flat in the refrigerator. Marinate, turning occasionally to coat and dye every piece, at least 2 hours.

  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  3. Pour wings and marinade into a 9x13-inch baking pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Turn wings and bake until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, 15 to 20 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  5. Remove wings from the sauce and place in a bowl or platter labeled 'Bat Wings.'

Cook's Notes:

Black food color paste can be found in the cake baking section of any large chain craft store. It may say 'icing color' but it actually has no flavor and won't water down your recipes like a liquid food color might. Liquid food coloring isn't strong enough for this recipe. The paste takes a while to dissolve so take time stirring it in. The food coloring paste will dye fabric. Use paper towels for cleanup instead of dish cloths.

If some of the chicken skin tears, the flesh underneath may turn pink, purple, or green. This is perfectly normal and part of the fun!

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

262 Calories
6g Fat
43g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 262
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 2158mg 94%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 39g
Protein 11g
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 171mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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