I’m pretty proud of these Paleo Glazed Chicken Wings. Why? Because they’re not only delicious, but they’re also Whole 30 and Autoimmune Paleo friendly because they are completely free of any added sweetener like honey or maple syrup.
So what’s the secret to making a lovely Paleo Glazed Chicken Wing? Surprisingly, the answer is…. mango! Huh?
I used some organic frozen mango to form the base of the the glaze for the chicken wings because I didn’t want to depend on lots of honey or maple syrup for sweetness. You might be wondering if having a mango flavored wing would be a good thing. But the thing is: cooked mango doesn’t really taste of much on its own. Which means that – surprisingly – the mango flavor doesn’t dominate at all. What it does do, however, is lend a little sweetness and enough natural sugar to create a nice golden brown coating to the wings. Which means that even though these Paleo Glazed Chicken Wings are baked, they do have a lovely crispy exterior. OMNOMNOM.
Now before someone freaks out about using two cups of mango as a base for the Paleo Glazed Chicken Wings marinade – don’t! I know fresh mango can be insanely expensive. But I got a 5 lb bag of organic frozen mango at Costco, which is an amazing deal – plus, it’s already peeled, without pits and cut into chunks for you. Bonus!
There’s one other trick to making these Paleo Glazed Chicken Wings. You can just place them on a lined baking tray to cook them, but the best way to ensure that they get the deep color and crispiness you can see in my pictures is to use an oven safe wire rack. That way, the chicken wings don’t sit in their own juices, which makes them soggy. Keeping them elevated up on an oven safe wire rack like this means that air circulates around them and they crisp and brown much more effectively.
And one last thing. These Paleo Glazed Chicken Wings are delicious – as well as Whole 30 and Autoimmune Paleo friendly – just as they are. But if you’re not on the Autoimmune Paleo protocol, I REALLY recommend you whip up some of Stupid Easy Paleo‘s ridiculously awesome Sweet Chili Sauce. It has all the flavor of commercially produced Sweet Chili Sauce, but none of the junk. Your tastebuds will thank you, I promise!
This post was included as part of the AIP Recipe Roundtable at Phoenix Helix!
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