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Mango Habanero Wings

These Mango Habanero Wings are the best recipe with a homemade sweet and spicy sauce! If you love Wingstop or Buffalo Wild Wings hot wings, you will love this recipe. It’s even better! Bake or air fry these to get them crisp. Then drizzle them in the delectable sauce.

mango habanero wings in a black bowl brushed with sauce

What Type of Wings to Use

I love to use party wings that are already split as opposed to whole chicken wings. Party wings will cook at a more even and consistent temperature. Feel free to use whole chicken wings if you like.

raw chicken wings and spices in separate bowls

Sauce Ingredients

I love to use my Homemade Mango Habanero Sauce in this recipe. It includes:

  • Fresh Habaneros
  • Honey
  • Lime Juice
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt and Pepper
mangos, habaneros, honey, vinegar, spices, and lime in separate bowls

How Spicy are Habaneros?

Habaneros have a bright, reddish-orange color and green stem. They originated in the Amazon, but you can typically find them in the hotter regions of Central America and Mexico.

Habaneros fall into the extra hot zone and have a heat rating of 100,000–350,000 Scoville heat units (the measurement of the heat of chili peppers). For comparison, a ghost pepper can hit one million Scoville heat unit, the habanero is three to ten times milder.

These peppers are hotter than poblano, serrano, and cayenne peppers. If you don’t like spicy dishes, feel free to modify the servings used or substitute for a pepper that is less hot. The recipe calls for 1-2 habaneros, you can always use half, 1/4th, etc.

mango, spices, habanero, and honey in a glass bowl

Is it Sweet?

A little sweetness will balance out the heat so well! I like to add honey to the sauce but you can also use something like pure maple syrup. The key is to taste as you go. Add additional sweetness if you feel the need.

How to Make the Sauce to Suit Your Taste

In the recipe, I use 2 habaneros. This is pretty spicy, even for someone like me who loves really spicy food. If you are nervous or making this for the first time I recommend you start with half of a habanero, combine the sauce, and taste it. Continue to build in additional heat with additional habaneros as needed.

If you are looking for something on the medium side, in terms of spicy, I think 1 habanero works well. I still recommend starting with 1/2 a habanero even if you are looking for something hotter than mild.

It’s easy to add additional spice when needed. It’s difficult to take it away once it’s already been added.

mango habanero sauce in a glass bowl

How to Make Mango Habanero Wings

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Add all of the sauce ingredients to a bowl to blend using an immersion blender or add all of the ingredients to a standard high-powered blender. Pulse and combine the ingredients until thick and smooth.
  2. Season the chicken wings with smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste.
  3. Bake or air fry.
  4. Remove the chicken and place it in a large bowl. Drizzle the mango habanero sauce throughout.
  5. Bake or air fry.
raw seasoned chicken wings in a glass bowl

Bake or Air Fry the Wings

The instructions below in the recipe card include full details for both cooking methods.

seasoned chicken wings on a sheet pan
raw seasoned chicken wings in an air fryer

How to Make them Spicier

You can add cayenne pepper to your rub for the raw wings. That way they are cooked in additional spice.

How to Make Breaded Wings

You can use 1-2 tablespoons of baking powder or 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour (enough to fully coat the chicken).

mango habanero wings in a glass bowl

How to Reheat the Wings

The best way to reheat wings is on the grill or in the air fryer or oven. I wouldn’t microwave them. You can use the same cook temperature and reheat the wings until warm.

Can You Use Other Types of Chicken?

Absolutely! Chicken tenderschicken breasts, or chicken thighs will work. Click the links to check out my other recipes for cook time.

raw seasoned chicken wings in a glass bowl

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mango habanero wings in a black bowl

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person holding mango habanero wing dipped in sauce
mango habanero wings in a black bowl
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Mango Habanero Wings

These Mango Habanero Wings are the best recipe with a homemade sweet and spicy sauce! If you love Wingstop or Buffalo Wild Wings hot wings, you will love this recipe. It's even better! Bake or air fry these to get them crisp. Then drizzle them in the delectable sauce.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword mango habanero chicken, mango habanero wing sauce, mango habanero wings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 545kcal

Ingredients

Mango Habanero Sauce

Instructions

Baked Wings

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Season the chicken wings with smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and add the wings to the pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes and then flip the wings.
  • Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  • While the chicken cooks, combine the ingredients for the sauce using an immersion blender or a standard high-powered blender. Taste the sauce repeatedly and make adjustments to suit your taste.
  • Remove the chicken and place it in a large bowl. Drizzle the mango habanero sauce throughout.
    I like to reserve 1/3 of the sauce for dipping and drizzling the wings in additional sauce prior to serving.
  • Place the sauced chicken wings back onto the sheet pan and bake for an additional 5 minutes (same temperature). Ensure the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.

Air Fryer Wings

  • Season the chicken wings with smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • If necessary, spray your air fryer basket with cooking oil to prevent sticking. Add the chicken to the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
  • Open the air fryer and flip the chicken. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • While the chicken cooks, combine the ingredients for the sauce using an immersion blender or a standard high-powered blender. Taste the sauce repeatedly and make adjustments to suit your taste.
  • Remove the chicken and place it in a large bowl. Drizzle the mango habanero sauce throughout.
    I like to reserve 1/3 of the sauce for dipping and drizzling the wings in additional sauce prior to serving.
  • Place the sauced chicken wings back into the air fryer. Air fry for an additional 5 minutes at 350 degrees. Ensure the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.

Notes

Fresh or frozen mango will work for this recipe. Frozen works great because it’s convenient and available year-round. If using frozen mango be sure to defrost it first.
In the recipe, I use 2 habaneros. This is pretty spicy, even for someone like me who loves really spicy food. If you are nervous or making this for the first time I recommend you start with half of a habanero, combine the sauce and taste it. Continue to build in additional heat with additional habaneros as needed.
If you are looking for something on the medium side, in terms of spicy, I think 1 habanero works well. I still recommend starting with 1/2 a habanero even if you are looking for something hotter than mild.
It’s easy to add additional spice when needed. It’s difficult to take it away once it’s already been added.
 
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 8oz | Calories: 545kcal | Fat: 30g | Protein: 41g | Carbohydrates: 26g
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Recipe Rating




Danielle

Wednesday 22nd of June 2022

Made these last night after I received the emailed recipe. Delicious! Another hit from Stay Snatched. Perfect balance of sweet and heat! Probably my new favorite wing. And as always, read the entire recipe people!!!!! So many helpful tips and all your questions will be answered. Brandi outlines everything you need to know for each recipe to come out perfect!

staysnatched

Wednesday 22nd of June 2022

Wonderful! Thanks for making these.