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Sweet Hot Wings

Posted by Denise on January 10, 2012

pepper jelly wings in colorful bowl

These baked sweet hot wings use pepper jelly to give them their terrific flavor.


We love to make these simple sweet hot wings when we're in the mood for something sweet and spicy. Ok, I'll be honest. I'm the one who loves hot and sweet together. And, boy are these good! And, in an effort of full disclosure, Glenn is the main wing maker at our house. He enjoys doing it and who am I to stand in the way of giving him so much pleasure as I lounge around and wait for him to make the wings...ok, not much lounging, but I do get to do other things while he makes them.

I tried several ways to flavor sweet wings to make them hotter. Hot sauce made them too hot and overpowered the sweetness. Hot pepper flakes were too large and changed the texture of the wings too much. I like the wings more sweet than chili sauce allows them to be and efforts to sweeten them up didn't turn out too well. What to do?

Then one day after going to the warehouse store, we were putting the groceries away and I happened to have a huge bag of wingettes (For more information about wings and wingettes, please see my post about Baked Hot Wings.) and a jar of my favorite pepper jelly in my hands when pop! the little idea bubble went off over my head (figuratively, of course!). Why not try putting pepper jelly on the wings? We tried it and it turned out great. It has become one of my favorite ways of eating wings.

So, use your favorite pepper jelly and make some of the best wings you've ever tasted!




Sweet Hot Wings 


This is enough for one hearty appetite or two lighter servings. Double or triple if you are feeding more people or you don’t think it will be enough. Serve with celery sticks and carrots with blue cheese dressing for dipping. 



Safety Note:  It is important to wash your hands and any plates, pans, countertops, etc. you are using to prepare this dish after contact with the raw chicken to avoid contamination. Wash everything before adding the cooked chicken to it or it is possible for any microbes that may have been on the raw chicken to get into the cooked chicken and make you ill!  





pepper jelly for wings wingettes for sweet hot wings




15-20             Chicken wing pieces

1                    Cup hot pepper jelly, divided into two bowls (1/2 cup each)

                      Celery sticks, carrot sticks and blue cheese salad dressing
                      to accompany



1.    Thaw number of wing pieces needed. If you do what we do and bake them when they are still frozen, add to the baking time. 


2.    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 


3.    Spread chicken out in a single layer on a baking sheet. They can be placed on a rack to drain off more oil as they cook. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, until the wings are done and lightly browned.


 wings on baking sheet


                  browned wings ready for sauce



4.      Toss wings in the hot pepper jelly in small batches to coat thoroughly. 


                  coating pepper jelly wings


5.    Place back on baking sheet and put back in oven for 10 minutes to set the coating. 


                 baking sauce on wings


6.    Take the chicken out of the oven and toss them in the second half of the sweet and sour sauce. Serve with celery sticks, carrot sticks and blue cheese salad dressing. You can serve more sauce on the side for dipping the wings as you eat them. 



pepper jelly wings in bowl 2


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