Friday… thank goodness you’re here.

Seriously.

And the only reason I’m saying that is because I had an almost actual heart attack last night while watching Grey’s Anatomy, another show I’m not so invested in until the season finale rolls around, and really, I think I almost died. I mean, I’m serious. I had phantom pain. Or something. I just kept talking to my husband like they were people in the universe, like this was true life non-MTV division, and just completely and utterly like… losing my mind. I mean… oh.mah.gah. I have heart palpitations just thinking about it. And all he could say to comfort me was that “they should just bring Izzie back, because you know she saved that stupid deer once so I’m sure she could save everyone here.” Whatever. I’m not throwing stones.

Needless to say I had a straight up meltdown and felt anxiety all day leading up to the episode and cannot stop considering this one minor detail: the life I need to get. Also, I sort of feel like I could do all sorts of surgeries on myself in the wilderness now if needed. Because I’m not a doctor but I watch them on TV.

And then I couldn’t even sleep a wink.

But now that you’ve clicked that big black “X” in the corner because I’m thoroughly ridiculous, pathetic and disillusioned, let’s discuss chicken wings that can be made in one skillet and one skillet only. They definitely rank up there on that list of foods that are a boatload of work to eat for a super small result, and I’ll be the first to admit that they are last on my list of snacks – even after multiple adult beverages are consumed – for the mess factor and the tiny yield.

BUT.

These… these…

In my world, anything thai flavored is fantabulously fantastic and to say we went to town on these wings would be a crazy understatement. And then after that, someone I know dipped about a thousand pretzels in the remaining skillet sauce. Why couldn’t Grey’s be that awesome?

Sticky Thai Chicken Wings

[the one skillet idea came from food and wine]

serves 2-4

2.5 pounds chicken wings

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup sweet chili sauce

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup lite canned coconut milk

3 tablespoons brown sugar

3 garlic cloves, pressed or finely minced

1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter

1 teaspoon-sized knob of ginger, grated

1 lime, juiced

1/2 tablespoon soy sauce

1/4 cup chopped peanuts

1/2 cup fresh cilantro

4 green onions, sliced

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Pat chicken wings completely dry then season with salt and pepper. Combine chili sauce, vinegar, coconut milk, sugar, garlic, ginger, peanut butter, soy sauce and lime juice, mixing with a fork.

Heat a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add chicken wings and sear, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove wings and set on a plate, then reduce heat to medium-low. Add chili sauce mixture and bring to boil. Let simmer for 1-2 minutes, whisking constantly.

Add wings back into the sauce, tossing to coat. Place skillet in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove and spoon the sauce over top of the wings, then garnish with peanuts, cilantro and onions.

If you made it this far, you’re an angel.

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98 Responses to “Sticky Thai Chicken Wings.”

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — May 18, 2012 @ 7:00 am

    Happy Friday! What a wonderful recipe! I just love it!!! Bookmarking this baby!!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 18, 2012 @ 7:22 am

    I don’t think I’ll be ever get over that epsiode… Lexi, wtf?!

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    Rodzilla — May 18, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    I can’t say I ever watched a full episode of Grey’s, but that sounds like too much.

    How long did you put the wings in the oven?

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    Stephanie — May 18, 2012 @ 7:36 am

    i got to work, opened my how sweet it is bookmark, and didn’t see a new post. then i hit refresh and it was there. whew. i was worried about you after that Grays last night.

    man these look good.

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    • Jessica — May 18th, 2012 @ 7:37 am

      Haha! Something weird technically was going on with my site this morning. I’m here!

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    Amy — May 18, 2012 @ 7:37 am

    Yes, we have to double this right off the bat. Or maybe just go ahead and quadruple it.

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    Kim in MD — May 18, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    I’m still here, and I read every single word! I haven’t seen last night’s GA yet. I recorded it and plan to watch it this weekend. Now I’m scared…you are making me wonder if I should even watch it! It’s funny-I was hooked on that show for years, but the story line in recent years has left me uninterested. I think I have watched it maybe 3 times this season. That said, for some reason I recorded the finale, so I guess I’m still somewhat invested! :-)

    I love Thai flavors, and these wings are calling my name @ 7:42a.m. this morning! YUM!

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    • Jessica — May 18th, 2012 @ 7:41 am

      Sounds very much like my Grey’s relationship! You will not believe it.

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    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — May 18, 2012 @ 7:43 am

    How in the world does Grey’s top the past season’s finale each year?!

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    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles — May 18, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    I do love me some Grey’s — and was shocked at some of their decision making for the season finale. I don’t like how every season they end on such a HUGE cliffhanger like that. Every. single. season.
    There is something about sticky food I can’t resist!

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    Simply life — May 18, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    oh no! I haven’t watched the season final yet- what could it be?!?! Don’t tell me, but now i NEED to know! ah!

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    Mel G — May 18, 2012 @ 7:51 am

    I am SO picturing a skillet full of prawns (shrimp?) in that sauce!

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    • Jessica — May 18th, 2012 @ 7:59 am

      Um, yeah… that would be incredible.

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — May 18, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    You are the furthest thing from ridiculous, pathetic and disillusioned!!! Although I’m not a big Grey’s fan (which you probably think is ridiculous and pathetic), I AM a lover of Thai food and have been cheffing up quite a bit of it myself these days. These sound great!

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    • Jessica — May 18th, 2012 @ 7:59 am

      I think you’re the coolest kid ever!

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    Christin — May 18, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    I watched the first 7 minutes of Grey’s that was posted online but they’ve not showed the full show here in the UK yet. I was having anxiety attacks watching it and wanted to scream for her to shut it just like Cristina did. I’m dying to see it now!

    My husband wouldn’t like me making these wings for the exact reason you state before the recipe starts….too little food for such a laborious result. It would probably taste just as nice if I did it with thighs or drumsticks, non?

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    • Jessica — May 18th, 2012 @ 7:59 am

      Yes definitely!

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    TidyMom — May 18, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    OMG you took the words right out of my mouth with Grey’s Anatomy!! I had to watch it by myself and I was bawling! seriously my favorite show for years! I miss the writers blog they used to have!

    oh, and the chicken wings…….De-licious looking!!

    Have a great weekend Jess

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    Amy W — May 18, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    Anything Thai and I would’ve read a crazy post thrice that long. ;)

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    Catalina @ Cake with Love — May 18, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    These look amazing, I will definetely make them for my husband! Great recipe!

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    Michele — May 18, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    It was an awful episode, but the wings look and sound amazing.

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    Jenna — May 18, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    You know, I’ve never watched Grey’s Anatomy before and my boyfriend and I were just about to start watching it on Netflix. However! Having heard a lot about it lately, I don’t think I’m too keen on getting attached to a bunch of people and then… THAT… happening.

    On another, more-cooking note, I love Thai-tasting food as well, but I’m very against eating chicken that still has bones in it. I know. Chickens have bones. I just don’t like my teeth rubbing up against them. I’m going to try this recipe out with some boneless meat. Because that will make my teeth happy.

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    Laura — May 18, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    I’ve never seen Grey’s Anatomy! I know, I should be banned from here…but I’ve cried over season finales many times before. When you invest so much of your life into something and it just turns out terrible…the worst! And this recipe? Looks delicious!!

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    jenna — May 18, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    what a fun way to kick up weeknight dinners! this look great!

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    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables — May 18, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    GAHH I haven’t watched Grey’s yet but everyone keeps saying how INTENSE it was!

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    Larissa — May 18, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    OMG – Grey’s Anatomy!!! Can’t they just end one season without some humongous catastrophe??? Any why Lexi??? And why didn’t Hunt answer his phone earlier? Why doesn’t anyone’s cell phone work? Where are they?Gaaaah! It’s like torure waiting until September to see what happens. And they never actually show you what happens, they just fast forward to the end of summer vacation. Maybe they won’t now that they aren’t students anymore.
    And those wings look delish, by the way!!
    Happy Weekend!

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    Amanda at the red table — May 18, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    ha ha ^^^ totally agree with Larissa’s comment. That’s what I kept thinking the whole time. I’ve been a loyal watcher since the beginning, and I’m pretty sure I’ve never missed an episode, but I’m not sure I can take one more dramatic near-drowing, accidental ice cicle stabbing, serial killer in the hospital, random bomb going off, plane crash episode. Enough already!

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    • Jessica — May 18th, 2012 @ 10:58 am

      Ha! I totally agree too. Even when Cristina said it during the show, I was like um, yeah. This needs to stop.

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    j3nn — May 18, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    Why aren’t my husband’s taste buds more adventurous?? I don’t think he even knows what Thai is! lol

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    JulieD — May 18, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    Love that you did this in a skillet! It looks amazing! I want these now…at 9:30 in the morning…

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    Sarah — May 18, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    I had the same feelings about Greys last night. It was seriously stressing me out. Gahh. But of course, I will be watching in September too. Those wings look really delicious.

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — May 18, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    Grey’s Anatomy has been quite the addiction for me lately…I’m so far behind that I’m watching the previous seasons on Netflix, so I haven’t seen any of the newer episodes (for this reason, I forced myself to skip over some of your post just in case it gave away details). All I know is I’m so wrapped around the show that I could swear Meredith, Izze and Christina are my bbfe’s. Your chicken looks freaking amazing. I want to eat it in front of Grey’s Anatomy. :)

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    Cait's Plate — May 18, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    The pretzels in the remaining sauce is kinda genius…and by “kinda,” I mean “I-absolutely-would’ve-been-right-there-doing-the-same.”

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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — May 18, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    I’ve watched a couple of Grey’s episodes, but it wasn’t something I ever really got in to. It’s probably a good thing because season finales just KILL me! I can’t handle the torture of waiting months for closure, it must be my type A personality.
    Happy Friday, girl ~ I hope you have a most AMAZING weekend!!

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    Alyssa — May 18, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    These look so yummy!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — May 18, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    ok thank God you brought up grey’s, except i totally love it all the time.

    seriously nate and i sat there and discussed the entire episode in detail after it was over. and then i got pissed that i won’t know what happens next for like 3 months. life is so not fair…

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    • Sara — May 20th, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

      Word.

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    Mary Beth — May 18, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who was in disbelief last night. I kept telling my fiance “Maybe it’s just one of those stupid dream episodes and someone will wake up at the beginning of next season and everything will be fine.” I don’t know if I’ve ever yelled at my TV so much. And just like Heather, we totally discussed everything in details last night and my fiance (who is not typically a fan) had a dream we went to rescue them. I think I need to make him these wings to help block it from his memory.

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    Sarah VL — May 18, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    If you are like me and are dying to know what the commotion is about here’s a good article::

    http://tvrecaps.ew.com/recap/greys-anatomy-season-8-episode-24/2/

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    Heidi @foodiecrush — May 18, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    Ah, Greys. For me they jumped the shark a while back once Katherine Heigl’s semi-dead husband kept coming back. But these chicken wings are DEFINITELY something I can get behind. Delicious looking recipe!

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    Nicole — May 18, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    They canNOT kill Lexie!!! I was with you…full out panic attack. But I also have to agree with your husband, Izzie was my absolute favorite! I recently discovered every episode on Amazon Prime and have been wasting my life away watching it over again from the beginning. It used to be like ten times better!

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    • Jessica — May 18th, 2012 @ 11:10 am

      Hahaha oh man, he was totally being facetious. He absolutely HATES Izzie. In fact, he used to watched Grey’s until she operated on the deer. He’s never watched another episode since after that ridiculousness.

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      • Nicole — May 18th, 2012 @ 11:21 am

        Haha oh well, I still loved her…and no when ever accused the show of being too realistic =P

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 18, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    Ok, I may not watch Grey’s but I seriously need to Google that last episode right now! Sounds like it was pretty intense!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 18, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    Greys was insane! I was seriously in PTSD like Christina. Ugh. I can’t even focus today.

    Anyway, these wings look insane! I have no problem with messy stickiness so I will most definitely make these and devour, no wait, inhale them :)

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    Honey What's Cooking — May 18, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    deliciousness! Totally! Love chicken wings.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 18, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    You’re the 3rd blog who’s talking about Gray’s and I am only on the letter H of my ‘Reader. And I don’t even watch the show…lol

    I want to get into that new show you’ve talked about, Girls. I need to even see if I get HBO. I never stray from Bravo or E! these days :)

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    Steph@stephsbitebybite — May 18, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    You just gave me the best game plan ever! Hubby is glued to NBA playoffs (shoot me)…but if I make these during the game, he’ll be so enthrawled with finger licking and three point shots that I could whisper that I’m getting ready to make some major shoe purchases…and he’ll say YES!

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    Stephanie — May 18, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

    Happy Friday! I’ve never watched Grey’s before, but I’m sorry it’s giving you anxiety. hehe

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    Devon @ The Food Bitch Blog — May 18, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    I feel like I’m the only person who doesn’t watch Grey’s… until I read these comments. Now I feel better. Slightly.

    But now I’m craving thai & that’s a problem.

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    Rocky Mountain Woman — May 18, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

    I guess I’m just out of the loop, over the hill, and up a creek? I don’t watch Grey’s….

    But I do know a good chicken recipe when I see one!

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    Ryan @ Spicy Richmond — May 18, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    That was seriously the most intense episode of Grey’s I think I’ve ever seen. Like, not even joking. And why Lexi? I loved Lexi. Not too sure how I’ll make it through until the next season rolls around but I think a few of these chicken wings would help!

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    Janetha — May 18, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    marshall doesn’t like thai food and you ALWAYS HAVE THE BEST THAI RECIPES. the end.

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    anniebakes — May 19, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    love your grey’s story! this looks fantastic! anne

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    Foodiewife — May 19, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    I’m not a chicken wing fan. But. Once I read the recipe, I could see how the sauce is amazing. My Big Boys love chicken wings, so now you’ve tempted me. Pinned. By the way, I’m three episodes behind watching GA. Guess I have a marathon ahead of me, this weekend.

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    Carla — May 19, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    I pinned those stuffed mushrooms when I saw them on Tasty Kitchen blog. The look absolutely delicious because I love mushrooms and I love pizza. Just haven’t had time to try them yet.
    OMG – Grey’s Anatomy. You were not the only one having heart palpitations. I cannot believe she died! I also think I can do everything I see on TV. I’m convinced I could win Dancing With The Stars because I just know I could flick my kick on the jive. Delusional, I know.

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    Mrs. Kinne — May 19, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    No lie, the Grey’s finale stressed me out, too! This wings look delicious, though.

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    Jamie @ green beans & grapefruit — May 19, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

    The flavor combo here sounds fantastic!

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    Christina @ Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe — May 19, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    YUM!!!! Looks amazing.

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