Originally containing orange pulp, Ward’s Orange Crush was sold in brown glass bottles to protect its delicate flavor. Today’s Crush makes the perfect sticky citrus glaze for these summery chicken wings.
Orange Soda Hot Wings
Makes 4 to 6 servings
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 pounds chicken wings, cut in half at joint
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 orange, halved
- 1 cup orange soda*
- 3 tablespoons hot sauce
- 2 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- Garnish: chopped fresh cilantro
- Ranch dressing, for serving
- Preheat oven to 250°.
- In a large bowl, stir together salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper. Add chicken wings, tossing to coat. Coat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet with oil. Arrange wings skin side up and orange halves cut side down in skillet in an even layer.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 425°, and bake until skin is crispy and a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 165°, about 30 minutes more.
- In a small Dutch oven, bring orange soda, hot sauce, brown sugar, butter, zest, and cornstarch to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 30 minutes. Toss wings in sauce; garnish with cilantro, if desired. Serve with ranch dressing.
*We used Orange Crush.