Food & Drinks

How to make sticky papaya chicken wings

Ditch the nuggets and go for this delicious and easy recipe.
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Chicken is one of those easy meats that is great for all occasions, whether it’s when you have friends over for dinner or need something on the table on a busy weekday night. Who doesn’t love getting down and dirty with some chicken wings?

This recipe incorporates deliciously fresh papaya and orange juice and spicy chilli to give you a real exotic flavour.

On top of that, most of the cooking involves putting your feet up as the wings marinade, so it’s super easy and even the kids can get involved.


  • 2kg chicken wings

  • 2 tsp olive oil

  • 1 cup pureed fresh papaya (250g)

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar (60g)

  • ½ cup fresh orange juice (125 ml)

  • 2 tsp fresh lime juice

  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger

  • 1 tsp chilli powder or smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp sea salt

To garnish

  • Fresh coriander leaves

  • Fresh papaya

  • Lemon and lime wedges


  • Cut chicken wings into wingettes and drumettes, discard tips (or buy wings which have already been split into sections). Combine all marinade ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Add wing sections and toss to coat.

  • Set wings aside for 30 mins to marinate. Preheat oven to 200°C. Line two rimmed oven trays with baking paper. Remove wings from bowl, reserving marinade, and arrange in a single layer– skin side up- over the prepared trays.

  • Bake 25-30 minutes, basting with the remaining marinade twice during cooking. The wings are done when they are sticky and golden, and the meat separates easily when pulled.

  • Serve with coriander leaves, fresh papaya, and citrus wedges.

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