Cook the Book: Sweet and Sour Vietnamese Wings

Cook the Book: Sweet and Sour Vietnamese Wings

In today's Cook the Book recipe, sweet and sour Vietnamese wings, chicken wings are marinated in an Asian all-stars concoction of fish sauce, mango nectar, ginger, lime juice, and lemongrass, before being oven-roasted to mahogany stickiness.

The recipe makes 24 wings, which will serve 4 as an entrée, or, depending on the size of your game day spread, up to 12 as an appetizer.

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  • Yield:24 wings


  • 24 chicken wings
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Vietnamese or Thai fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup mango, guava, or papaya nectar
  • 2 tablespoons Asian chili sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro sprigs
  • 1/4 cup minced ginger
  • 1/4 cup minced lemongrass, stem only
  • 1/4 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • 4 cups shredded iceberg lettuce


  1. 1.

    Cut off the wing tips and save them for making stock. In a bowl large enough to hold the wings, combine the lime juice, brown sugar, fish sauce, mango nectar, chile sauce, garlic, cilantro, ginger, lemongrass, and peanuts. Add the wings, and mix thoroughly. Marinate the wings in the refrigerator for 1 to 24 hours (the longer the better).

  2. 2.

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a shallow baking pan with foil. Coat a wire rack with nonstick cooking spray and place the rack in the baking pan.

  3. 3.

    Drain the chicken and reserve the marinade. Arrange the wings on the rack (smooth surface down) and roast for 30 minutes. Drain the accumulated liquid from the pan. Baste the wings with the reserved marinade, turn them over, and baste again. Roast until the wings turn a mahogany color, about another 30 minutes.

  4. 4.

    Place a layer of lettuce on a platter. Add the wings on top of the lettuce, and serve.