Cooking Up Memories- Oriental Chicken Wings #Recipe #GreatMealIdeas

It’s the Holiday Season and Christmas Parties are just around the corner!

With Christmas just a few short weeks away, I thought I’d share a family favorite recipe with you today-Oriental Chicken Wings

When I went into the restaurant business in 2001- January 1st :)- I had no concept of what it would entail. I’d been a waitress- server as they’re called these days- for most of my career, so I had a good idea of the day-to-day work, but it turned out that’s just the tip of a very slippery iceberg!

My plan (and you know what they say about plans) was to continue serving while the previous owner, a long-time family friend, would stay on in her capacity as a cook. This worked fine for the first two months, then the doctor told her she had to get off her feet (too many years on cement floors destroyed her knees) and I was suddenly on my own.

I had two options; try to find a fitting replacement I could afford in our town of seven thousand, or take on the job myself.

Now you have to understand something; I was previously known as the KD (Kraft Dinner) queen, I kid you not. I had a basic knowledge of cooking, enough to keep my family alive, and that was all. And little or no interest in learning. But… I had no choice.

Stubbornness, will power and a hunger to succeed got me through those early days, along with the support of my mother, who taught me how to make killer soups. 🙂

 I had the restaurant for thirteen, mostly happy, years and if there’s one thing I learned, it’s to go after your dreams- you never know if you’ll succeed if you don’t try!

Okay, on to the recipe. This was a favorite at the BlueJay (my place) and will be a hit at your next holiday function.

Oriental Chicken Wings


3 pounds chicken wings (either whole or split wing- I use whole)

3/4 cup soya sauce

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup water

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp garlic salt

9×13 pan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add wings to pan and set aside. In small bowl mix soya sauce, sugar, water, ginger and garlic until well blended. Carefully pour over wings. Use a serving spoon to turn wings over in mixture to coat both sides, then set uncovered in oven for 1 hour.

After 1 hour remove wings and turn them in pan to cook on other side, then return to oven for approx 1/2 hour longer (should be a rich, dark brown when done)

Now you can start the rice.

Cool Tip:

When cooking rice expect it to double its size. I vary between long grain white rice and some really nice multi-grain blends.

Rather than measuring everything out I use a medium heavy duty steel pot. Add approx. 1 inch of rice to the bottom, then place your index finger on top of rice, nail down like you’re pointing. Add cool water up to the first knuckle of your finger:

Bring water to a boil, then cover with lid and simmer on low for half an hour, but DON’T lift the lid! 

Your dinner is ready- enjoy 🙂

21 thoughts on “Cooking Up Memories- Oriental Chicken Wings #Recipe #GreatMealIdeas

  1. Go Jacquie! You have a lot of. expertise! Is this recipe in one of your books?

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  2. I love the combination of ingredients in the wings recipe. The dish looks yummy.

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    1. We loved it, Mary. The recipe makes approx 13 full wings, so you can easily adjust for your needs 🙂

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  3. My grandsons love wings and this recipe looks so easy….going to try it. Now to get a pan large enough for 9 growing boys!

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    1. Great, I hope you enjoy it! At the restaurant I used a turkey roaster, that works well 🙂

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  4. Beware Of The Reader December 2, 2018 — 8:31 am

    Kraft Dinner Queen! Oh I so love this title Jacquie!!!!

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    1. Lol. When I left my old job before the restaurant, the staff threw a party for me and made a crown out of KD boxes 🙂

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  5. Yum! These sound wonderful! Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. You bet. I hope you give them a try, Judi 🙂

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      1. I already put wings on my grocery list:)

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  6. Love these Jacquie! Now all I have to do is find someone who will cook them for me? You wouldn’t be travelling to Tofino any time?

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    1. Lol, next time I’m in the area I’ll bring you some 🙂

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      1. Oh that would be so nice & I finally get to meet you!

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  7. I love hearing about your time with the restaurant, Jacquie! These posts have been fun each Sunday. ♥️

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. As you may have guessed, it holds a special place in my heart ❤

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  8. KD queen…too funny, I love it!!💖 This looks delish, I may have to try it, thanks!😍

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    1. KD and Ichiban noodles kept me going when I first moved out of Mom and Dad’s, and I still love them, lol

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  9. Had no idea you’d been in the restaurant business, Jacquie – the wings look delicious!

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    1. Thank you, Teri! Yes, I owned the restaurant for thirteen crazy years, lol

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