Aji Amarillo 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. 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.

Aji Amarillo Wings

Aji pepper flavor

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.

Kick it up!

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.

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Check out my always-growing list of over 100 homemade wing recipes, including sauces and seasonings!

Aji Amarillo Wings
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Aji Amarillo Wings

These were fantastic wings, and definitely a nice twist on the usual.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time45 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spicy, wings
Servings: 6
Calories: 676kcal


For the wings

  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips saved to make stock

For the sauce


For the sauce

  • Whisk all ingredients.


Calories: 676kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 2678mg | Potassium: 531mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1187IU | Vitamin C: 63mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate and will not include any store-bought wing sauce or seasoning nutritional values.

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