How to Marinate Chicken Wings in Soy Sauce

by Sommer Leigh

Serve soy sauce-marinated chicken wings as an appetizer.

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Create an Asian-inspired appetizer for your next party or family dinner by marinating chicken wings in soy sauce. Soy sauce imparts a salty flavor that pairs well with cold beer or Japanese sake. You can reduce the saltiness by cutting the soy sauce marinade with another liquid, such as water or chicken broth. Marinate the chicken wings long enough to let the flavors absorb into the meat. You can also prepare a separate sauce for pouring over the wings when they are finished cooking.

Cut off the tips of the chicken wings with a pair of sharp, clean kitchen shears. Dispose of the wing tips.

Place the chicken wings in a shallow container or bowl.

Pour 1 cup of soy sauce over the chicken wings.

Pour 1 cup of another liquid into the bowl if you wish to lessen the saltiness from the soy sauce. Choose from such options as chicken broth, white wine or water.

Mix the chicken wings around with your hands, until the soy sauce marinade is completely covering all the wings.

Cover the container with a lid or plastic wrap, and place the container in the refrigerator.

Allow the chicken wings to marinate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.

Pour the soy sauce off the chicken wings before cooking them.


  • To the soy sauce you can also add some minced ginger root. Another marinade option is to use water, soy sauce, sugar, pineapple juice, garlic powder and ginger for a different flavor.

    Prepare a sauce of garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, sesame oil and minced ginger root to pour over the chicken wings after they are baked.

    Place the wings on a foil-lined baking sheet for baking.

    Bake the wings in an oven preheated to 400 degrees F for about 40 to 60 minutes.

    Turn the wings while they are baking to cook them evenly.

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About the Author

Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.