Aji Amarillo Chicken Wings

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Aji amarillo is an orange-colored pepper from Peru. I haven’t been able to find it in the US in pepper-form, but you can find a paste made from pureed aji peppers in some foreign food markets, or order it online from Amazon. Aji amarillo rates between 35,000 and 50,000 on the Scoville scale, meaning it’s about as hot as Tabasco sauce. It has a nice fruity flavor that reminds me a bit of habanero, but without the scorching heat. I encountered aji amarillo often in dishes throughout Peru when I lived there long, long ago.

Since I love chicken wings, I decided to cook up a batch and instead of saucing them with just a traditional Buffalo sauce, I made a variation that adds aji amarillo paste. The end result was just a bit spicy, with a fantastic fruity pepper flavor.

Aji Amarillo Chicken Wings

These were fantastic wings, and definitely a nice twist on the usual. If you like your wings to be a bit spicier, just add more of the aji amarillo paste. Since it’s not overwhelmingly hot you don’t have to worry about a-little-goes-a-long-ways: you can add quite a bit and still get great flavor without burning the roof of your mouth.

If you’re looking for another Peruvian-inspired appetizer or snack, try my Andean popcorn.

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

Aji Amarillo Chicken Wings

Since I love chicken wings, I decided to cook up a batch and instead of saucing them with just a traditional Buffalo sauce, I made a variation that adds aji amarillo paste. The end result was just a bit spicy, with a fantastic fruity pepper flavor.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 953kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the wings

For the sauce

Instructions

For the wings

For the sauce

  • Whisk all ingredients.

Nutrition

Calories: 953kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 79g | Saturated Fat: 38g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 270mg | Sodium: 5882mg | Potassium: 515mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1812IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.