Chicken Wings with Peruvian Yellow Hot Sauce, Cilantro Crema & Pickled Onions

Baking powder is the secret to perfectly crispy skin in this chicken wing recipe. The spice from the Peruvian yellow hot sauce is balanced by the fresh crema. Pickled onions add a nice tanginess to round out this healthy recipe.

a recipe photo of the Chicken Wings with Peruvian Yellow Hot Sauce, Cilantro Crema & Pickled Onions served on a platter
Photo: Photographer: Rachel Marek, Food stylist: Lauren McAnelly
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 35 mins
Nutrition Profile:


Pickled Onions

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds

  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns

  • ½ teaspoon coriander seeds

  • 1 ¼ cups cider vinegar

  • ¾ cup water

  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 medium red onion, julienned

Chicken Wings

  • 16 chicken wings (about 2 pounds), separated at the joint if necessary

  • 1 ½ teaspoons canola oil

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Hot Sauce & Crema

  • ¼ cup Peruvian yellow hot sauce (see Tip)

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

  • ¾ cup fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. To prepare pickled onions: Toast mustard seeds, peppercorns and coriander seeds in a dry medium skillet over medium-low heat, stirring often, until fragrant (the mustard seeds will start to pop), about 30 seconds. Wrap the spices in cheesecloth and secure with kitchen twine.

  2. Combine vinegar, water, sugar, 3/4 teaspoon salt, bay leaf and the spice sachet in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.

  3. Place onion in a nonreactive container or mason jar. Pour the vinegar mixture over the onion. Place a small weight, such as a coffee cup, on top of the onions to weigh them down so they are under the brine. Let stand for 2 hours, then refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight. Discard the spice sachet.

  4. To prepare wings: Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place a wire rack on the baking sheet; coat with cooking spray. Pat wings dry and place in a medium bowl. Add oil and baking powder; toss to coat well. Arrange the wings on the prepared rack. Bake until the skin is crispy and the chicken is thoroughly cooked and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the meatiest part of a wing registers 165°F, 45 to 50 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, prepare hot sauce and crema: Place hot sauce in a small bowl. Pour in butter, whisking until incorporated. Set aside.

  6. Combine sour cream, heavy cream, cilantro, salt and pepper in a small food processor; process until smooth.

  7. Toss the wings with the hot sauce. Serve the wings with the pickled onions and crema.

To make ahead

Refrigerate pickled onions (Steps 1-3) for up to 1 week. Refrigerate crema (Step 6) for up to 2 days.


Cheesecloth; kitchen twine


Peruvian yellow hot sauce, also known as aji amarillo, is a pepper paste made from yellow peppers. It is bold and spicy. Find it in well-stocked supermarkets or online.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

252 Calories
16g Fat
10g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 2 wings, 1 Tbsp. crema & about 1/4 cup onion
Calories 252
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 8g
Added Sugars 6g 12%
Protein 14g 28%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Vitamin A 259IU 5%
Vitamin C 2mg 2%
Vitamin D 6IU 2%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 9mcg 2%
Vitamin K 6mcg 5%
Sodium 467mg 20%
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 19mg 5%
Potassium 229mg 5%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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