These Whole-Food Hot Wings combine spicy cayenne pepper sauce with a homemade BBQ blend and honey for an extra bit of sweetness! It’s a healthy and delicious twist on an American classic?
According to my
post it note editorial calendar that I created last week, today’s post is supposed to be about Chicken Pad Thai, however, canceled babysitters, sick children, and obscure ingredients intervened.
So what do you do when a canceled babysitter and an unscheduled doctor’s appointment leave you scouring the city for tamarind paste with 2 hungry and sick kiddos in tow? YOU GO HOME…ditch your fancy dinner plans, and make Whole Food Hot Wings. Trust me, nobody is going to be complaining!
These yummy chicken wings are loaded with spicy and sweet flavor without any junky ingredients. Perfect for a last minute dinner option, or as appetizer’s for a Sunday afternoon football game!
Time Saving Tips and Tricks:
Prep: I like to make a double batch of the sauce and keep the extra in the refrigerator in a sealed jar. I have kept it for up to a week and the wings still tasted delicious! If the chicken runs out… toss some more into a bowl with the extra sauce and bake!
Make Ahead: I personally think that chicken wings taste best when they are fresh from the oven, but Joe loves having extras sitting around in the fridge. Just pop them into the oven at 350 until warmed through. I like to add a little extra sauce over the top to keep them from drying out!
Freezer: This is the best part! You can freeze these wings in the freezer so that you have them on hand in case of an impromptu get together or late night craving! Cook according to the recipe directions. Allow chicken to cool. Arrange cooked chicken is a single layer on a bake sheet. Place in freezer for 2-3 hours, or until frozen through. Place frozen chicken wings into a labeled and sealed bag. When you are ready to eat, heat in 400 degree oven until chicken is warmed through! The sauce can also be frozen in a freezer safe had and thawed as needed!
- ½ stick of butter
- 1 TBS. olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ¾ cup of hot sauce (I like Frank's)
- 2 TBS. honey
- 1 TBS. of clean bar-b-que sauce (I used homemade- recipe below)
- 10-15 dashes of Tabasco sauce (depending on you preference for spice, I go 12)
- 2 lbs. chicken wings/drumette combination
- Heat oven to 425 and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and top with a baking rack.
- In a small pot, heat butter, olive oil, and garlic over medium heat until butter is melted and garlic becomes fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir continuously.
- Add hot sauce, honey, bbq sauce, and tabasco. Stir continuously until smooth. Remove from heat.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine ¾ of the sauce and the chicken. Toss to coat.
- Arrange chicken is a single layer on baking rack. Heat in oven for 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Remove from oven.
- Brush with additional sauce and enjoy!
- These wings are not SUPER spicy. Want to spice them up? Reduce honey and add more tobacco. Want to cool them down? Skip on the tabasco all together!
- Have kids that don’t do any form of spicy? Skip saucing some of the wings and allow the kiddos to eat them with this Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip instead!
- In case you missed it in the bullet above…. THIS GREEK YOGURT RANCH DIP!
- Preparing whole wings is MESSY and time consuming! Buy a package that chopped, skinned, and ready to go!
- Check out my recipe for Homemade BBQ Sauce.
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