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Tempura Chicken Wings Recipe

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Chicken wings and football are a perfect pairing. So when my friend invited us over for barbecue and the 49ers game we not only said, “Yes”, I also said, “I’ll bring chicken wings.” Perfect! I have had a recipe that I have been meaning to get around to making. In fact I bought the chicken wings a couple of weeks back to make this recipe, but when I ran out of time one day I threw the package of wings into the freezer. Perfect opportunity to thaw out the wings and whip up a batch of Tempura Chicken Wings.Tempura Chicken Wings

They were delicious! So delicious that they were gobbled up in no time. All my friends agreed – next time I need to make a double batch. Given how easy this recipe was – that would be no problem at all.

I have always been a fan of Buffalo Wings, ever since I first discovered them at the Blue Light Cafe on Union Street in San Francisco way back in the ’80s. Yes, I know I just completely dated myself. I loved the Blue Light Cafe, then owned by Boz Scaggs. It was a great hangout and served amazing Sea Breezes made with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice as well as the their spicy Buffalo Wings and bacon-laden Cobb Salad. Oh, the memories!

Well being a fan of Buffalo Wings, I was intrigued when I saw this Tempura Chicken Wings recipe from Susan Wuckowitsch in Taste of Home Contest Winners. Chicken wings with a completely different taste profile – sweet with a bit if tang. I am so glad that I finally got around to this recipe – It is a definite keeper!

Tempura Chicken Wings

Tempura Chicken Wings Recipe

From Susan Wuckowitsch in Taste of Home Contest Winners


  • 15 whole chicken wings
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup currant jelly
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Cut the Chicken wings into three sections; discard wing tips. Tempura Chicken Wings
  2. Place cornstarch in a large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken wings a few at a time and coat evenly with cornstarch. Place beaten eggs in a shallow dish. Dip coated chicken wings in eggs.Tempura Chicken Wings
  3. In a deep-fat fryer, electric skillet, or deep pan heat oil to 375 degrees. Fry wings for 8 minutes or until golden brown and juices run clear, turning occasionally. Drain on paper towels.Tempura Chicken Wings
  4. In a small sauce pan, combine the sugar, vinegar, jelly, soy sause, ketchup, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.Tempura Chicken Wings
  5. Place chicken wings in a greased 15 x 10 inch pyrex pan. Pour half of the sauce over the wings. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  6. Turn wings and top with remaining sauce. Bake for another 10 − 15 minutes longer or until coating is set. Tempura Chicken Wings
  7. Platter, serve, and enjoy!Tempura Chicken Wings

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(13) Comments

  1. I haven’t had meat in a long time, but my husband loves chicken wings. I think I will surprise him this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I need a vegetarian version because these look amazing !

  3. Yum these look amazing. I can’t say I’ve ever had Tempura Chicken wings before. They look delicious!

  4. Stacey, we are huge fans of chicken wings. These sound delicious and I love the combination of flavors in the sauce. I will have to try this – I know they would be a big hit.

  5. Yum yum! I love wings and so does my husband, maybe I can surprise him with these for the next game!

  6. Yes, football and wings are the perfect pairing we have them at all of our tailgates and football gatherings. We will be trying this recipe this football season

  7. Mmm Good! I love all types of chicken wing. I have never tried Tempura though…I will have to give this recipe to the mister! We love food with an Asian flair!

  8. My dad loves the 49ers! Those wings look amazing and k love the option of frying them with tempura at home. We usually just bake ours.

  9. Yummie, this sounds great! I am a huge fan of chicken wings and they are even more delicious with some extra spices and flavors added.

  10. This is something I totally need to make for my husband on football Sundays!

  11. Those chicken wings look delicious!
    I have never made them myself but we buy them all the time.
    This looks so easy I don’t know why I haven’t tried making them myself!

  12. These look delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  13. Renie Williams says:

    Stace! The chicken wings were absolutely delicious! With 12 people at the party, they lasted about ten minutes. Yum!

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