I find that simple homemade chicken wings are an ideal finger food for any casual party, or for the big game day meal. Wings in my mind are the quintessential party food, they can be made ahead of time and they are absolutely delicious and keep you out of the kitchen watching the game.
What I love about this recipe is the bourbon whiskey. Now, hold on folks by the time this is blasted in your home furnace for an hour there is very little alcohol left. However, what the bourbon did do is impart its flavor and combined with the chipotle, chili sauce and barbecue sauce. I tell you it’s a smoky meat candy treat for you and your guests. Try this recipe out today!
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 1 Large shallot (minced)
- 3 Cloves garlic (minced)
- 4oz bourbon (you can substitute orange or pineapple juice for bourbon equal amount)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup honey or agave nectar
- 1 tablespoon canned Chipotle peppers (minced)
- 8 oz chili sauce (more if you like it spicy)
- 8 oz barbecue sauce
- 3 oz franks red hot sauce
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt your butter.
- Add to the butter the minced shallot, cloves and allow to saute, for about 2 - 3 minutes. Stir in the bourbon, brown sugar and the honey to heat completely, this will take about 1 minute.
- Add the chipotle pepper, chili sauce, bbq sauce and the wing sauce and cook, stir occasionally for 2 minutes.
- Let this sauce mixture cool. Once cool you can adjust the sweet or spicy levels to your taste.
- Pour mixture into ziptop type bags containing the raw chicken wings, marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
- Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees F. Spread your chicken wings on a silpat lined backing sheet and coat with any extra sauce. Use a cookie sheet for this method as it has a raised edge and the silpat makes for easy cleanup.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, the exact time will depend on the size of the wings.