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Baked Fiery Sichuan Peppercorn Chicken Wings with Avocado Ranch

These wings are marinated in a mixture of cumin, coriander, red pepper and toasted are ground Sichuan peppercorns and then combined with a mix of brown sugar and soy sauce.
Course Appetizer
Keyword avocado, chicken, chicken wings, ranch, sichuan, wings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 553kcal


For the avocado ranch:

  • ½ medium California Haas Avocado, peeled and pitted
  • ½ cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • teaspoons dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

For the Sichuan chicken wings:

  • 1 tablespoon whole Sichuan peppercorns, seeds removed
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 pounds whole chicken wings


For the avocado ranch:

  • Add all ingredients to a food processor fitted with a blade attachment and process until fully combined and smooth. Remove to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use. Can me made up to 2 days ahead of time.

For the Sichuan chicken wings:

  • Heat a small sauté pan over medium-low heat, add the Sichuan peppercorns, red pepper flakes, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and toast, swirling pan frequently, until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  • Remove to a mortar and pestle or spice grinder and process until a coarse blend remains. Toss together with the wings.
  • In a small bowl stir together the the brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar and oil.
  • Toss with the chicken wings and let marinate for at least one hour and up to overnight. Let come to room temperature then heat oven to 425ºF (220ºC).
  • Arrange in an even single layer on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Bake until the wings are cooked through, about 35 minutes, turning once. Heat oven to broil on high and broil until the wings are browned and crisp, about 6 minutes, turning halfway through once more.
  • Serve immediately with a side of the avocado ranch.


Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 1107mg | Potassium: 577mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 663IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 3mg