I've got something sweet and spicy for you today: Mango Habanero Wings!
Making your own Whole30 mango habanero hot sauce is way easier than you might think. If you've got a good blender on hand, you're ready to tackle this recipe!
Mango habanero: a classic combo
In the hot humidity of North Dakota summers, mangoes whisk me away to a tropical paradise. Hands down, mangoes rank as my favorite fruit. I adore the rich, juicy, creamy texture and sweet fruity flavor!
Many mango varieties exist and the flavor varies between each one, but I love them all. Give me a mango, and I'm a happy woman.
Now, I'm sure you've all seen mango habanero as a classic combo out in the world. I'm definitely not re-inventing the wheel, here. Sweet, juicy mangoes truly pair well with the blatant heat of habanero chiles.
But for my Whole30 mango habanero wings, I sought to make this as easy as possible. Mangoes provide all the sweetness here (no sugars!), and I use only one dried habanero to pack a TON of heat into the sauce.
Seriously, you may want to avoid this recipe if you aren't down with a kick of heat.
Basically, all you have to do is soften up the dried habanero and then throw all the ingredients in a blender. It's that simple!
Let's get grilling!
As long as you're cooking up these wings in nice weather, grill those suckers!
Grilling is the fastest way to cook chicken wings. They only have to grill for 5-ish minutes on each side. Seriously, grilling is that quick!
You will have to make the mango habanero sauce first so you can marinate the wings and then brush them with more sauce while they grill, so some prep time is involved.
If you live in a place, like me, where grilling isn't an option for half the year (ahem—NO WAY am I grilling when it's below zero outside), you can still make these wings in the oven by following the baking instructions here.
(Psst... do you see the cat cameo in one of the pictures in this post? Waffles can't help but be involved in every aspect of my life!)
More chicken wing recipes
- Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken Wings
- Next Level Chicken Wings
- Spicy Thai Curry Chicken Wings
- Honey Garlic Chicken Wings
With a quick and easy Whole30 sauce, these grilled mango habanero wings are perfect for summer!
- 1 dried habanero chile
- 3 large mangoes, peeled, pitted, and cubed (plus more for garnish, if desired)
- ½ cup coconut aminos
- ½ teaspoon fish sauce
- ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- ½ tablespoon fresh grated ginger
- ¼ cup diced yellow onion
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 pounds chicken wings
- Fresh chopped parsley, for garnish
- Snip the stem off the dried habanero and discard the stems and seeds (you should be able to just shake the seeds out). Place the dried habanero in a microwave-safe jar or bowl and microwave in 15 second increments for 30 seconds to toast the habanero. Cover the habanero with water. Use a fork or spoon to submerge the habanero below the surface and soak for 10 minutes.
- Once the habanero has softened, add it to a high-powered blender along with the mango cubes, coconut aminos, fish sauce, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, ginger, yellow onion, and garlic. Blend on medium to medium-high until smooth.
- Pat the chicken wings dry and add to a shallow bowl or container. Measure ½ cup of mango habanero sauce and pour over the wings, stirring to coat each piece. Cover and place in the fridge to marinate for 30 minutes.
- Add the remaining mango habanero sauce to a pot and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes or until the sauce has darkened in color slightly and reduced to your desired thickness. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- When ready to cook the chicken, turn on the grill and heat it to medium-high heat (around 450 degrees F). Remove the wings from the fridge. Measure an additional ½ cup of mango habanero sauce to baste the wings as they grill.
- Use tongs to place the chicken wings directly on the grill grates. Brush ¼ cup of mango habanero sauce on the wings and close the grill cover. Grill for 5 minutes, then flip and brush with more mango habanero sauce. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, then transfer to a clean plate.
- Garnish wings with fresh chopped parsley and extra cubed mango, if desired. Serve with leftover mango habanero sauce as a dip!
Too cold to grill? Follow these instructions to bake the chicken wings, then toss them in ½ cup sauce once they're done!
Keywords: Whole30 Mango Habanero Wings