These oven baked Vietnamese chicken wings are just too easy for how delicious they are! Simply marinade with some Asian pantry staples the night before and then pop them in the oven for dinner the next day!
The main ingredient in the marinade is fish sauce, but don’t worry as these wings don’t taste fishy at all- instead it creates an amazing savoury, umami flavour that is just so, so good!
These wings have been a long time go-to recipe for my husband and I. Whether it’s not knowing what to cook for dinner for ourselves or for friends coming over, these are foolproof. Every time we make them they get polished off. They’re great for entertaining because the cooking process is almost completely hands off, so I can have them in the oven while I’m cooking other things on the stove.
How to Make Oven Baked Vietnamese Chicken Wings
The marinade for this recipe is made up of some super simple ingredients, most of which you probably have in your pantry. And the recipe is pretty much just dumping them all into a bowl, placing the wings in, letting them marinade and then baking the next day!
The most time consuming part of making the marinade can be mincing the garlic if you’re doing it by hand, but if you have a garlic press this takes just seconds. I spent the longest time avoiding buying a garlic press because I didn’t want another single use appliance, but I picked this one up for $4 at Ikea and it was the best purchase ever- we use a lot of garlic so this makes it so much easier!
I like to have my chicken wings segmented, but you could use the marinade for whole wings as well. I also like a little spice with these so I use a chilli garlic sauce from Lee Kum Kee, but if you don’t have this or can’t find it, you could either use something similar from a different brand or some fresh chopped chilli instead. The spice is very mild, but if you don’t like spice at all, feel free to omit the chilli completely.
Once marinated, cover and leave for a minimum of 4 hours, up to over night in the fridge. When you’re ready to cook, simply pop them in a preheated oven on a lined baking tray, flip once during baking, and then serve! The smell of fish sauce while you’re baking can be pretty strong, so I’d recommend opening some windows and/or turning on your exhaust fan during this time!
What to Serve with Oven Baked Vietnamese Chicken Wings
For a simple weeknight dinner, I usually serve these with rice and some stir fried greens. They would also go well accompanied by a salad, especially a Vietnamese vermicelli noodle salad. They also do great as an appetiser on their own, or even part of a platter when entertaining! Make them ahead of time and pop them back in the oven for a few minutes to reheat!
Let us know in the comments below if you made these and if you thought they were delicious too!
Oven Baked Vietnamese Chicken Wings
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup fish sauce
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp chilli garlic sauce (or other chilli sauce/ fresh chilli) (optional- see note 1)
- ~ 900 g / 2 lbs chicken wings cut at the joint into two pieces and wing tips discarded
- Place all marinade ingredients into a large bowl and stir.
- Place chicken wings into the bowl and combine until wings are covered with marinade. Cover and place into the fridge to marinade for a minimum of 4 hours, up to overnight.
- When ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 240°C / 475°F (220°C Fan) and once to temperature, bake wings for 12 minutes before flipping each wing and baking for another 12 minutes, or until cooked (juices should run clear when pierced or internal temperature should read 74°C/ 165°F or higher with a meat thermometer)
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve with rice, salad or eat just as they are!
- Chilli– this is highly option and dependant on your own tastes. I use a Lee Kum Kee Chilli Garlic Sauce (as this is what’s usually in my fridge) but I have substituted with a tablespoon of Sriracha before, or thrown in some chopped chilli. The amount to use also depends on your taste- as written they are very mild, but if you wanted to increase the heat feel free to add more chilli!
- Nutritional information is an estimation only and will depend on your individual ingredients.