Oven-Fried Chicken Wings Al Pastor Recipe

A platter of oven-fried chicken wings al pastor.

When I was given the Wing Week assignment (totally awesome e-mail to receive), I knew right off the bat that I wanted some sort of Tex-Mex or Mexican variety in the mix. It's up there with barbecue for one of my favorite cuisines. I racked my brain thinking of possibilities, everything from tequila and lime-soaked wings to ones crusted in tortilla chips. Then the term "wings al pastor" popped into my mind; I knew it was destiny.

I've been incredibly happy with this al pastor recipe, so I stuck with that as the base. The wings were given a night to soak in some flavor of the marinade, then roasted for 45 minutes in a 425°F oven and finished with a sprinkling of pineapple, cilantro, and lime juice.

I would like to congratulate my brain for thinking of these, because I totally fell in love with them. Most of the flavor came from the thick paste that clung to the wing, which deeply browned in the oven. The heat was fairly mild, but there was a strong, special earthiness from the guajillo and chipotle chiles. They definitely needed the pineapple and lime to bring some freshness to the party, otherwise they would probably fall flat. A lack of skin crispiness did leave a little something to be desired, but that was easily overlooked as juices from the chicken flowed together with the all the excellent flavors that make al-pastor-anything such a treat.

Recipe Facts

Active: 45 mins
Total: 6 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 6 guajillo chiles

  • 1 small white onion, coarsely chopped

  • 3 1/2-inch thick pineapple rounds

  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice

  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar

  • 3 garlic cloves, halved

  • 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 large or 2 small chipotle chiles in adobo

  • 1 teaspoon adobo from canned chipotle chilies in adobo

  • 3 pounds chicken wings, cut into drumettes and flats

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 lime

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place guajillo chiles on a baking sheet and heat in oven until puffed up and aromatic, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Seed chiles, tear into pieces, and process in a spice grinder into a fine powder.

  2. Coarsely chop 2 pineapple rounds, discarding core; cover and chill remaining pineapple. Place chopped onion and chopped pineapple in the jar of a blender. Add orange juice, vinegar, chili powder, garlic, salt, oregano, cumin, chipotles, and adobo; puree marinade until smooth. Place chicken wings in large resealable plastic bag. Add marinade and seal bag, releasing excess air. Turn to coat. Chill at least 4 hours to overnight.

  3. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and lay a wire rack inside. Arrange chicken wings on rack, leaving a little space between each wing. Place in the oven and cook until deeply browned, about 45 minutes.

  4. Finely dice the remaining pineapple round. Move wings to a platter, sprinkle with pineapple, cilantro, and the juice of 1 lime. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
509 Calories
27g Fat
16g Carbs
49g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 509
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 185mg 62%
Sodium 810mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 49g
Vitamin C 51mg 257%
Calcium 76mg 6%
Iron 4mg 25%
Potassium 687mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)