Mahogany Chicken Wings

Mahogany Chicken Wings, a fabulous appetizer for the Lunar New Year!

Mahogany Chicken Wings are just plain irresistible, and the name pretty much tells the whole story — these yummy little guys are glazed to a deep burnished brown and the meat is melt-in-your-mouth tender. Just be sure to make lots — they go fast!

Mahogany Chicken Wings burnished with a gorgeous deep brown glaze --- and the meat is fall off the bone tender!

Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year, 4714 — the Year of the Monkey. This colorful and festive holiday celebrates good fortune, prosperity, and the beginning of spring. Like most holidays, it’s a time of feasting and family togetherness. When I told my friend Barb that I was partnering with Kikkoman this month and needed a good Asian recipe to show off their traditional soy sauce for the Lunar New Year, her face lit up and she blurted out Mahogany Chicken Wings! That sounded so good I hounded her until she sent me the recipe. Chicken wings are one of many foods symbolic of good luck and special blessings that are served during the 15 day celebration of the Lunar New Year. They’re also super easy to make, and of course they do double duty for sports gatherings, so this is one recipe you don’t want to let slip through your fingers.

Marinating chicken for easy Mahogany Chicken Wings

Kikkoman soy sauce forms the base for this extraordinary “Mahogany” glaze. Did you know that soy sauce is one of the oldest condiments in the world? It’s been used for thousands of years which tells you a little something about how valuable it is in the kitchen. But all soy sauces aren’t alike — the best ones are brewed, and then aged, like fine wine. Kikkoman soy sauce is traditionally brewed and aged with a centuries old method and the result is a complex, mellow flavor that I really like. Soy sauce is a staple in my pantry not only for Asian dishes, but as an overall seasoning because it brings out the fundamental flavors in all kinds of food, just like salt does. I use it to add extra browning and flavor to soups, stews, and sauces. Experiment with it,  I think it’s up there with a squeeze of lemon or a splash of vinegar for that last important finishing touch to so many foods, from scrambled eggs to chili.

Basting Mahogany Chicken Wings

There are several other ingredients that go into this sauce, but no worries, all you have to do is whisk it together, and then let the wings marinate for up to 48 hours. You’ll have already done 90% of the work by the time you’re ready to bake them off. The aroma is, by the way, phenomenal, and you’ll know you’ve got a winner on your hands when every person who walks through your door while these are cooking squeals with delight. Not having guests? Lucky you — you can have them them all to yourself!

Tender juicy mahogany chicken wings appetizer

These are richly flavored and well balanced — not too sweet, with lots of umami flavor. But no one said anything about them being neat, so serve plenty of napkins and look the other way when your friends and family lick their fingers.

Mahogany Chicken Wings are an easy crowd pleasing appetizer for The Chinese New Year

Gung Hay Fat Choy!  Here’s to a healthy and prosperous New Year to you all!

Mahogany Chicken Wings are richly glazed and super tender --- these are everybody's favorite!
Mahogany Chicken Wings, a fabulous appetizer for the Lunar New Year!
5 from 6 votes

Mahogany Chicken Wings

Author Sue Moran


  • 1 lb chicken wings
  • 1 lb chicken drumettes


  • 1/2 cup Kikkoman Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • a heaping 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup plum sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • thumb sized piece of fresh ginger grated
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp honey


  • 1 bunch scallions thinly sliced


  • Set oven to 375F
  • Whisk the sauce ingredients together. Take a taste to see if you’d like to alter any of the proportions.
  • Put the wings and drumettes in a large dish, bowl, or zip lock baggie and cover them with the sauce. Make sure all the chicken is covered with the sauce, and then put in the refrigerator to marinate for anywhere from 6 to 48 hours.
  • Line a baking pan with parchment or foil. Shake the excess sauce off the chicken and arrange in a single layer on the pan. Put in the oven and set timer for one hour.
  • While the chicken is cooking put the sauce in a pan on the stove and bring it to a boil. Boil for about 20 minutes, until reduced and thick.
  • Baste the chicken with the sauce every 10-15 minutes. You don’t have to wait until the sauce has thickened to do the basting. (The chicken may be done in under an hour)
  • Serve the chicken garnished with the scallions, along with the thickened glaze on the side.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


  • Kikkoman makes several different types of soy sauce to fit special dietary needs — Low Sodium, Gluten Free, and Tamari are all great choices.
  • Don’t attempt to make this without lining your pan, the sauce really sticks.
  • In our experience, these wings disappeared very quickly, and we wished we had made more than we did. The two pounds in this recipe left four of us hungering for more. Allow at least 1/2 pound per person, ideally more.
  • More than one of us here had the same thought after our first taste test — this would be great using larger pieces of chicken, too, like legs, or thighs.
  • For another fabulous baked chicken wing recipe, try these Crispy Baked Chicken Wings.

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    November 7, 2021 at 10:15 am

    5 stars
    My son is not a fan of wings so I’d like to make this with tenders. How do you think that will affect the cooking time?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      November 7, 2021 at 10:50 am

      They would cook much quicker, so I’d check them after, like, 20 minutes and take their temperature ๐Ÿ™‚

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    February 16, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Hi Sue, these look so yummy. I can’t get plum sauce here in France, what could be a good alternative or maybe I just leave it out?

    • Reply
      February 17, 2016 at 6:19 am

      You can definitely use any kind of wonderful jam, which I know you have in France, Michelle ๐Ÿ˜‰ My friend Barb who gave me the recipe does that, she uses apricot.

      • Reply
        February 24, 2016 at 4:31 am

        Thanks, I’ll try that!

  • Reply
    Michelle Palin
    February 15, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    That glaze looks amazing. Just a little tweak and this will suit our gluten-free family! Thank you!

    • Reply
      February 15, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Hope you all enjoy Michelle!

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary
    February 15, 2016 at 8:49 am

    What is it about chicken wings that we just love so much? Maybe it’s the quintessential finger food but I’m thinking it’s the finger licking sauce; these apply. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    February 11, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Gorgeous! Don’t you love hoisin sauce? I could almost put it on ice cream!!! Great recipe and photos.

    • Reply
      February 11, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Yes, and I’d love to try to make it from scratch sometime…

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