These baked sweet hot wings use pepper jelly to give them their
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!
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
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!
hot pepper jelly, divided into two bowls (1/2 cup each)
sticks, carrot sticks and blue cheese salad dressing
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
2.Preheat oven to 350 degrees
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
4.Toss wings in the hot pepper
jelly in small batches to coat thoroughly.
5.Place back on baking sheet
and put back in oven for 10 minutes to set the coating.
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.