Spicy Garlic Coal Black Wings recipe

WEEK OF WINGS IV Day 4 – Coal Black Garlic Wings

These spicy, garlicky, black wings are first baked, then quickly deep fried to bring out their signature dark black color. Served with a drizzle of Sriracha sauce, they are the most unique wings we’ve made since the Salt and Vinegar wings. Amazingly dark, they are not burnt at all, rather the color comes from the soy sauce and a quick dip in your deep fryer.

Garlicky Coal Black Wings drizzled with Sriracha sauce

Spicy Garlicky Coal Black Wings with Sriracha Sauce

We first saw these wings on TV last year – on the FoodGardenHomeShoppingPickersTV show… or something like that. Actually, we lost track of the recorded show, but we had notes! So we “winged it”.

The show was filmed at Myers and Chang in Boston, where they call them Garlicky Spicy Coal-black Wings. Marinated in soy sauce, honey, scallions, garlic and sambal oelek sauce, these are amazing to behold. Think of kicked up and blackened teriyaki wings. Our version came out juicy, succulent and crispy. And very black. Fantastic! The full recipe is at the end.

Ingredients for coal black wings

A very simple list of ingredients.

Marinade for coal black wings

The marinade for coal black wings is coarse.

Here’s how the wings look after an overnight soak:

Wings in marinade after soaking overnight

We found the meat of the wings really soaked up the marinade.

After removing the wings from the marinade, we let them drain briefly:

Remove wings from marinade and let drain slightly.

The wings quickly drained of excess marinade on our rack.

We lined a baking sheet with parchment paper (you could use foil):

Wings placed on parchment paper lined baking sheet

Wings on parchment paper ready for baking.

Coal black wings after baking.

Wings are done baking and ready for the fryer. Let them cool a bit.

Here’s where the magic happens:

Coal black wings fried crispy with no sauce

The magic happens when deep fried for 30 – 60 seconds.

Then you toss them in the sauce:

tossed in sauce, they shine

Fried black wings tossed in sauce really shine.

Or you could skip our sauce and work from here with the blank canvas that are these marvelous dark, crispy wings. Go crazy!

coal black wings after frying - a blank canvas

Here’s a blank canvas to play with.


  • 2 cups low sodium soy sauce (like Kikkoman’s)
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 bunch green onions or scallions, cut into 2″ pieces
  • 1 head garlic, cloves smashed
  • 1/2 cup Sambal Oelek (substitute 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce and 1/2 cup “hoagie” spread)
  • 24 chicken wing pieces
  • Canola oil for deep frying


  1. Combine the soy sauce, honey, onion pieces, garlic and sambal sauce in a large bowl. Add in chicken wings. Cover and marinate overnight.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350º.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  4. Remove chicken wings from marinade, reserving liquid, and place wings on baking sheet.
  5. Bake wings at 350º for about 40 – 45 minutes, turning once halfway through.
  6. Meanwhile, over low heat, cook and reduce marinade liquid by 2/3 to make a thick sauce.
  7. Let baked wings cool.
  8. Pre-heat deep fryer to 370º
  9. Deep fry wings in small batches (4 or 5 pieces) for 30 to 60 seconds – you are just crisping them up at this point. And this is where the magic happens. This is where they turn coal black!
  10. Toss fried wings in reduced marinade sauce, and serve with Sriracha sauce.


  • Sambal Oelek sauce is a pure, crushed chile paste. You can find it on Amazon or at your local gourmet grocer. Look for the Huy Fong brand.
  • We added even more diced garlic into the sauce reduction. About 1/2 head. I don’t think you can overdo the garlic here.
  • You can use a Ziploc bag for the marinade, just be sure to place the bag in a large bowl for support, and to catch any leaks.
  • Letting the baked wings cool off ensures a crispier skin when deep fried.
Coal Black Wings with Sriracha drizzle

Yea, these rock. Have fun!

This recipe was posted 10/24/12. We’re featuring it here for our Week of Wings series.

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