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Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings

I made these sweet and spicy chicken wings when my sisters were home over the weekend. It is always fun when we are all home. Suddenly, the house is loud and noisy, but in the warmest and most inviting way. We then catch up on stuff we have been doing, stuff we are planning to do and get some good laughs in. And what better way to do this than over delicious food. Not only were we eating these bomb chicken wings, but also enjoyed this orange and ginger cake my eldest sister had baked that very morning. I love my foodie sisters <3

These wings are very simple to make but they are so so sooooo good! The marinade used for them is very simple and passed down form my mum to us. Do yourself a favor and try  out these sweet and spicy chicken wings.

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PREP TIME: 20 MIN                COOK TIME:30 MIN               MAKES: 12


12 chicken wings

6 cloves of garlic

1 tablespoon of dried rosemary

4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

½ a cup of ketchup

4 tablespoons of sugar

½ a tablespoon of cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon of royco all spice mix

1 tablespoon of blackpepper

Shalimar Indian spice blend



Clean your chicken wings and place them in a container. Add the marinade ingredients: rosemary, garlic and the apple cider vinegar. You can never go wrong with chicken and rosemary! We have always used this marinade at home and it delivers on flavor! It is my mom’s marinade and I have never changed/added anything to it. It is the same one I will pass down to my kiddos.

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Mix this all up then cover and allow this to marinate for 6-12 hours. The longer you marinate, the more intense the flavor. I marinated mine for two days and it was nothing short of magic. You HAVE TO keep your meat refrigerated while it is marinating to preserve its freshness.

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Once the marination is done, pour all the content of this marinade in a sufuria and boil the wings until they are cooked through.  While that is going, put the seasoning spices (royco, black pepper and Shalimar) in a container and mix them until it forms a paste. Shalimar Indian Spices are found in ALL supermarkets and cost 99 shillings.

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Once your wings are done, dip them in the spice paste one by one. These are yet to be cooked and look at how delicious they look already. Seasoning the chicken in addition to marination are absolutely mandatory if you want out-of-this-world-good chicken.

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Heat some vegetable oil and proceed to flash fry them until they have a golden brown char.  Since they were already pre cooked, they will take just under 2 minuted to get this char. Set aside and drain on a paper towel.

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For the sauce, put the ketchup, cayenne and sugar together with 1.2 a cup of hot water. Let this cook down on low heat until it thickens. This allows the sweet and the spicy to meld without tasting like separate flavors.

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Once it has, remove from heat and slather it all over your chicken wings and garnish with your finely chopped coriander.

slather the sauce on your marinated and seasoned chicken

Dig In!

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Lets take a moment and appreciate things that make life worth living e.g. these sweet and spicy chicken wings! I tell you, after you try this, it is all you are going to think about for the next 6 decades.

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This recipe is easy! You can get all ingredients locally and you can make it right at home without too much sweat or trouble. Dont you just want to bite into these sweet and spicy chicken wings right now?? I know I do!

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Nothing is more beffiting for a friday or the weekend that is upon us than these sweet and spicy chicken wings.

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  1. Waruguru

    You are something else!! I love your humour. You bring your posts (and FOOD) alive! I will definitely try these.
    P.S.: I finally attempted three breakfast recipes I’d been wanting to do so…the Orange and Raisin pancakes, the Avocado and Milk omelettes, and the Lime and Mango smoothie (Heavvvy!!). They were delectable. Still get praised by my friend and lemme just say, I’m tired of deflecting the praises back to you; allow me to bask in them a little 🙂
    Long comment but it’s been long so I’m catching up! I’ve told everyone interested in cooking about you so much that I’m almost getting side eyes now :-). Keep up the great, amazing, heartfelt work Dee. I love it all. And you’re going placezzz 🙂

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Thank you so so sooo much! you have been there since day one and I truly appreciate your presence. . Thrilled you enjoyed the recipes you tried out. I pray for more creativity so that I keep this going.

  2. Shee

    hey Kaluhi,
    I have some questions… can I sub apple cider for soy sauce? plus can I use fresh rosemary instead of the dried one?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Hey Sheila,
      You can sub fresh rosemary with dried one. They are the same thing so they will work the same way.

      However, You CANNOT sub apple cider vinegar with soy sauce since they are totally totally different things in terms of chemistyr, taste and what they do while cooking. Because they are too different from each other, they cannot be substituted for each other.

      I used ACV to make use of the acidity in the vinegar to soften the chicken. Soy sauce lacks that acidic nature. In place of Apple cider vinegar, you can use freshly squeezed lemon juice plus the zest. It will give you the same result as when you use ACV because i=of its acidity. But when you can next time, try it with ACV. Its just 250 bob and it lasts a loooooong time too.

  3. Shiko

    Hey. If I don’t have ketchup around, can I substitute it with tomato paste?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      DO NOT by any means use tomato paste as a substitute for ketchup. Let me ask you, when you do not have ketchup, would you put tomato paste on your fries? I dont think so :). But you would use kawaida sauce, sindio? So for this, the best substitute for ketchup would be just normal sauce.

  4. AvidfanofKK

    Hi Kaluhi,
    There are no Shalimar Indian Spices outside Kenya – at least where I am. Please let me know from the packet what the blend contains, then I can source for the closest that I can get.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Hallo AvidFan,
      The spice blend has: garlic powder, ginger powder, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, turmeric, salt, chilli powder, coriander, garam masala

      I am not too sure about the ratio they used but you can start bu having various combination quantities then customizing it to exactly as you’d want it.

  5. Priscilla

    What about salt?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      I added some while boiling my chicken. If I miss a basic ingredient like salt, just use your own judgment and decide when and how much you will add some for yourself. The recipe will still be as good even when you decide to put salt for yourself at whichever point

  6. Priscilla

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was excellent. Thank you!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Awesome! I must make these soon too once again :))

  7. ruheni mathenge

    love how you simplify your recipes Kaluhi. A quick question though. Can this recipe apply to kuku za kienyeji? i mean some of them zinakuanga ngumu sana

    • kaluhiskitchen

      This unfortunately cannot apply to kuku kienyeji. But my thyme and garlic goat meat recipe can be used on kuku kienyeji. Quick tip: For kuku kienyeji, i swear it is usually soft. You just need to boil it for long enough. Boil it until it is soft, not until the blood is done. Kuku kienyeji can be sooooo soft!

  8. Blessed

    Mambo Kaluhi,

    Can i use raw honey instead of Sugar?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Yes you can :))

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Yes you can :))

  9. Njoki

    Hi Kaluhi

    Can I use other chicken parts instead of wings?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Drumsticks will be the best. Do not use breast, it will just end up being dry and tough.

  10. Sylvia

    Kaluhi, your recipes are just the best!

  11. Sydalg

    New favourite hubby my neighbor totally loved it

    • kaluhiskitchen

      So so soooo good to know that!!!!

  12. Linda

    oh my goodness, this recipe and your blog . Taste of paradise . so i tried this out just yesterday and it came out perfectly . My question has to do with the sauce because i went a little bit over the top with it and now i have a remainder of it but no chicken . How should i go about storing it?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Just store it in your fridge. Use that batch next time you make chicken.

  13. Anna

    I was wondering, can I bake the wings instead of frying? If so, how/when should I do it?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      For baking, Instead of add tgeh spices in the bowl but do not add water. Make a dry rub then proceed to bake them until done.

  14. Lynn

    Thank you… I made this for my guests and they were finger licking!!!!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy they enjoyed!

  15. Peter

    Thanks, Kaluhi for the wonderful recipe. I made the Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings for my wife and she loved it.

    • Kaluhi

      Music to my ears!

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