Sweet Yellow Curry Lime Wings

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This weekend, Colin’s fave football team, the Steelers are playing for a spot in the SuperBowl, and he asked me to make some yellow & black food for some football watching. By “asked”, I mean that he sent a text message out to some friends saying I would do so. Yellow & black food??? What the heck is black? Black olives……black…mushrooms? I”m racking my brain and decide to bail on the black and focus on yellow. Well, when I think of football food, the first thing I always think of is wings. Greasy, tasty, definitely not healthy, chicken wings covered in sauciness! Tumeric always gives a beautiful yellow hue to anything you add it to, so I decided on a curry chicken wing. I took my go-to chicken wing recipe (honey, lime, chili) and added some yellow curry powder, plus some other goodness.

The resulting dish is a slightly sweet, slightly exotic twist on all american wings.  Try it out if you are looking for something a little different to bring to your next football watching party.


  • 2 lbs wings
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 TB sweet soy sauce (if you can’t find this, you can skip it and add a little more honey instead)
  • 1/2 inch ginger, grated
  • 1/4 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 2 TB yellow curry powder
  • 1 TB cumin
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • zest & juice of 2 limes
  • olive oil
  • salt, pepper
  • 2 TB butter


  1. Chop up each wing into 3 pieces. Place the meaty parts in a big bowl.  Reserve the wing tips in a ziplock in the freezer for making stock at a another date.
  2. Zest 2 limes directly onto the wings and toss to distribute.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, honey, grated gingger curry powder ,cumin, cayenne, lime juice, black pepper. 
  4. Pour the marinade over the wings, add a few swirls of olive oil & a few dashes of salt & pepper. Toss to distribute and let marinate for at least 1/2 an hour. (I did not do this and I think I lost some of the flavor potential)
  5. Heat the oven to 475 while the wings are marinating.
  6. Line a pan with foil and place the wings in one layer. Bake in the hot oven for 20 min. Flip the wings and bake for another 20 min.
  7. Once the wings are cooked and getting a nice crisp on the edges, remove from oven and place in a large bowl. Cut up the butter into smaller pieces and toss the hot wings with butter and a few more shakes of salt until the butter is all melted. This will give a very nice rounding out to the flavor of your wings.
  8. Serve with lots of napkins & plenty of beer!