- 3 pounds chicken wings
- Sesame oil, for tossing
- 1/2 cup fish sauce
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 hot chiles (optional)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
- Sliced green onions, for garnish
Preheat oven to 350° F or heat a grill to medium-high heat.
Toss wings with oil. Bake or grill chicken until an internal temperature taken with an instant-read thermometer reaches 165° F.
Meanwhile, combine fish sauce, sugar, garlic, lime juice, chiles and pepper in a saucepan over medium-high heat; stir until sugar dissolves. Continue cooking until sauce thickens into a thin syrup. Remove chiles.
When chicken is fully cooked, baste generously with sauce and cook until nicely browned, 2 to 5 additional minutes. Sprinkle with green onions and serve.
If this is your first time cooking with fish sauce, the very potent smell can be surprising, but is completely normal! However, the flavor, once cooked, mellows quite a bit when balanced with sugar and lime juice.