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Tempura Chicken Wings

When I moved to Kansas City from Texas, I brought many of my mom's best-loved recipes with me, including these saucy sweet-and-sour wings. This recipe turned a friend of mine, who's not a fan of chicken, into a real wing lover. —Susan Wuckowitsch, Lenexa, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 15 whole chicken wings (about 3 pounds)
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup currant jelly
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  • Cut chicken wings into three sections; discard wing tip section. Place cornstarch in a large resealable plastic bag; add chicken wings, a few at a time, and shake to coat evenly. Place eggs in a shallow bowl; dip wings in eggs.
  • In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry wings for 8 minutes or until golden brown and juices run clear, turning occasionally. Drain on paper towels.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, vinegar, jelly, soy sauce, ketchup and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  • Place chicken wings in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Pour half of the sauce over wings. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15 minutes. Turn wings; top with remaining sauce. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until coating is set.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 142 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 119mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

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  • AnneMetzler
    Jul 6, 2012

    These are very good, but cleanup was a chore. The next time I make them, I will line the baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray it wih cooking spray. --Anne Metzler, Riverton, WY

  • cloreep
    Feb 4, 2012

    These are my favorite chicken wings. They are not spicy, which is good for us, but the flavor is AMAZING! The only negative is how time consuming they are, but it is worth it!

  • alichaandharley
    Aug 27, 2010

    I had never made chicken wings before this recipie and I am glad I decided to make them. The sauce that goes on them is very yummy.My daughter keeps asking me when am I going to make them again.

  • ginalucas
    Feb 9, 2010

    We made these for our Super Bowl party & they live up to the rating. I loved the texture of the breading!

  • Stines1
    Feb 3, 2010

    These are the best wings my family and I have ever eaten. I made them every year for Superbowl Sunday.

  • kandy1206
    Dec 27, 2009

    My husband and kids LOVE these wings! They are a little time consuming, but worth it as a treat.

  • seba92821
    Aug 26, 2008

    try some about 1 1/2 tsp five spice for a different taste. ummm good.