Black Bat (Chicken) Wings For Halloween

Black Bat (Chicken) Wings For Halloween

This ghoulish version of chicken wings might look scary, but don’t worry – they’re perfectly delicious! They begin with a spicy sweet marinade infused with lemon and other flavors, then darkened with a touch of black food coloring. Bake them, and they’re a spooky addition to your Halloween party buffet.
Course Appetizers, Main Dish, Side Dish


  • 4 pounds chicken wings whole
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup dark soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger finely grated
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon gel-type black food coloring


  • Combine the honey, soy sauce, lemon juice, hoisin sauce, hot sauce, ginger, and cloves, in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together until the ingredients are thoroughly blended.
  • Add the black food coloring one drop at a time, stirring as you do, until you achieve a nice dark shade.
  • Open up the joint of each chicken wing so it looks like a bat wing.
  • Add the wings to the marinade, tossing to coat on all sides.
  • Cover the bowl, and refrigerate at least one hour, and overnight if desired. Stir occasionally.
  • When you are ready to cook, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Pour the sauce and wings into a large baking dish, ideally with the wings in a single layer.
  • Bake for about 1 hour, until the wings are well cooked.
Keyword Lemons
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