Zarela's Pineapple-Ginger Wings


When Aarón was growing up, his mom, Zarela, worked nights but frequently left food--like these chicken wings--that was easy for her twin sons to reheat.

Zarela's Pineapple-Ginger Wings
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins


  • ½ cup pineapple juice

  • ¼ cup orange juice

  • ¼ cup lime juice

  • ¼ cup soy sauce

  • ¼ cup grapeseed or vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 4 garlic cloves

  • 1 serrano pepper

  • 1 2-inch piece peeled fresh ginger

  • Ground black pepper

  • 4 pound chicken wings, cut at joints and tips discarded (24 to 28 wings)

  • 3 green onions, thinly bias-sliced

  • 2 tablespoon white sesame seeds, toasted


  1. Set an oven-safe wire rack in a rimmed sheet pan, or line the pan with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl whisk together the juices, soy sauce, oil, coriander, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Fold in the cilantro. Using a Microplane, grate garlic, serrano, and ginger into bowl. Season with freshly ground black pepper.

  3. Set aside half of the sauce in a small saucepan. Toss the wings in remaining sauce to coat; marinate 15 to 20 minutes. (If you marinate any longer, the pineapple juice will start to "cook" the meat.) Meanwhile, preheat oven to 225°F.

  4. Arrange wings in a single layer on rack or parchment, cover with foil, and bake 30 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the reserved sauce in saucepan over medium-low, stirring occasionally, until reduced by about half, about 30 minutes.

  5. Remove foil from wings and increase oven temperature to 425°F. With a brush or spoon, glaze wings with the reduced sauce. Bake 25 to 30 minutes more or until an instant-read thermometer registers 165°F. Glaze the wings once more as soon as they're out of the oven.

  6. Sprinkle green onions, toasted sesame seeds, and additional chopped fresh cilantro over wings. Serve warm. Serves 4.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

641 Calories
44g Fat
8g Carbs
51g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 641
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 44g 56%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 288mg 96%
Sodium 902mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 51g
Vitamin C 12.5mg 63%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 616mg 13%
Folate, total 39.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.3mg

*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.

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