Cambodian Red Curry Chicken Wings

Boldly flavored and nicely spiced, these Cambodia-inspired wings require a pile of napkins for the delicious red curry coconut sauce. Slideshow:  More Chicken Wing Recipes 

Cambodian Red Curry Chicken Wings
Photo: © Tara Fisher
Total Time:
1 hrs
4 to 6


  • 3 tablespoons canola oil

  • 2 pounds chicken wings, tips discarded

  • 2 shallots, minced

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 lemongrass stalks, tender white inner bulbs only, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger

  • 2 small dried chiles de árbol, stems discarded

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

  • Kosher salt

  • Lime wedges, for serving


  1. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. In 2 batches, cook the wings over moderate heat, turning, until golden all over. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate to drain.

  2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to the skillet with the shallots, garlic, lemongrass and ginger; cook over low heat, stirring, until softened, 3 minutes. Stir in the chiles, soy sauce, fish sauce, cumin, coriander, paprika, nutmeg and turmeric and cook until fragrant, 3 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk. Transfer to a blender and puree the sauce.

  3. Return the sauce to the skillet. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Cover and cook over low heat until the wings are cooked through, 10 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring, until the sauce is thick, 5 minutes. Season with salt. Transfer to a platter and serve with lime wedges.Make Ahead The red curry coconut sauce can be made 3 days ahead.

Suggested Pairing

Fresh, lightly spiced wheat beer.

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