Hello chicken wings! Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner. Can I get an “Amen?” Ok actually I know nothing about football. I know! I’m from Georgia and you’re sitting at your computer completely shocked. But I actually have very little interest in the game. I don’t even think the half time show or the commercials are that great anymore either! *scandalous* But y’all I’ll come to your party if you’re offering some delicious treats. So here’s a twist on the classic chicken wing just for you… and hopefully me. No, it’s not buffalo. I’m sorry if I’ve offended you. I won’t even tell you that you’re basic if you’re sticking with buffalo wings because I happen to love them too.
Here’s the thing about our cherished buffalo wings though. They are fried! And ladiesssss if you are trying to put a swim suit on anytime soon, fried food may not be on your splurge day list. Don’t worry I gotcha. Here’s a baked version that will even give you a little does of some of that fiber you need.
These chicken wings feature a blackberry and raspberry honey sauce (add bourbon because hello who do you think I am?). The recipe is simple. And because you’ll be baking these, you’ll have extra time to tend to your other snacks and you won’t run the risk of starting a kitchen fire. All important aspects in creating a successful Super Bowl Party.
Y’all these wings are good. When creating this recipe, I was watching Goosebumps. No, not the classic series. The Jack Black version. I give it 3 stars. Sidenote: Where is the Goosebumps themes song… I mean WTF? Did you read Goosebumps? Do you remember the choose your own ending books? Those were my favorite. Mainly because as a child it seemed like such a gamble. And if you didn’t like you’re ending you had a second chance. Just like R.L. Stine, I’m giving you a choice. You can either sauce these babies up or you can caramelize them. To caramelize these wings, it only takes an additional 10 minutes. So really the choice is yours. Play at your own risk.
Berry Honey Glazed Baked Chicken Wings
serves 2 – 3 people (depending on how hungry your friends are)
2 lb chicken wings
1 tbsp vegetable oil (if I’m trying to be a health kween sometimes I skip this ingredient. Chicken juices are real and wonderful!)
1 tbsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 c honey
1/4 c water
2 tbsp soy or tamari sauce
2 garlic cloves
1 cup blackberries
1 cup raspberries
1 jalepeño, chopped
2 tbsp bourbon
chives, chopped for garnish
- Rinse the chicken wings with cold water and drain. Pat dry.
- Making the glaze: Bring all glaze ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan. Continuously stir until honey is completely dissolved. Reduce heat to low; simmer for 10 minutes. Let sit on the lowest setting of heat possible, typically “LOW”, for 20 minutes while you bake your wings.
- Wings: Preheat oven to 425° F. In a bowl combine wings, oil, salt and pepper. If you have metal racks, place racks inside baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Even space chicken on these racks. Lucky you, you won’t have to flip your wings. Bake for 40 -45 minutes. If you do not have metal racks, place chicken wings on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake for 25 minutes. Flip each over and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes.
- Remove wings from your oven. In a large bowl, combine chicken wings and sauce. Stir a few times until wings are nicely coated.
- If you like your wings super saucy, from there just serve those wings warm. If you like your wings slightly caramelized by the sauce, place your wings back on parchment lined baking sheets and bake for an additional 8 – 10 minutes. Remove and serve warm.
- Don’t forget to sprinkle a bit of of chives over your wings for that extra pop of color.
And just like that, you’ve brought sexy back. Good thing because I hear Janet won’t be at the half time show this year.