Bat Wings

With black food coloring added, these “bat” wings look really gross, but taste absolutely wonderful. Based on a recipe for 5-spice chicken wings, they’re moist, crisp, and full of flavor. They’re also baked instead of fried, making these tasty little Halloween finger foods healthier than you might think. If you make these as snacks for a Halloween party, be sure to make plenty– they go fast.

Also, be sure to use food coloring paste instead of liquid to avoid a bitter aftertaste. Serves 10 as a Halloween party food, or 4-5 as a main meal.

4 lbs. chicken wings

4 tbsp. soy sauce
4 tbsp. black bean sauce
2/3 C. ketchup
4 tbsp. honey
2 tsp. hot sauce, or to taste
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/2 tsp. Chinese five-spice powder
2 tbsp.sesame oil
Coloring: Black, blue, and green paste food coloring, as needed


1. Combine marinade ingredients in a small mixing bowl.

2. Add black, blue, and green paste food coloring as needed to make a dark black sauce.

3. Place cleaned wings in a large ziplock bag. Pour marinade over.

4. Marinate wings 3-24 hours. Longer is tastier, of course.

5. Remove wings from fridge, line a large baking sheet with heavy-duty foil, and preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

6. Remove “bat wings” from marinade and bake one hour, till cooked through. Baste occasionally with marinade. Finish under broiler for extra crispness, if desired.