Baked or grilled wings with a sweet and spicy honey chipotle glaze that is only six ingredients! Super easy to make in the oven or on the grill!
Yesterday, I promised you a delicious new recipe for tailgating using the honey chipotle sauce I posted. I wouldn’t lie to you, so here it is in all its glory!
Of all tailgating type game day food, wings are at the top of my list as my favorite. I’ve baked them and I’ve made them in the slow cooker, but I’ve never grilled them until now! (Don’t worry, you can bake them too though, in case the weather outside isn’t ideal for grilling.)
This weekend is the Super Bowl. The day where I pretend to like football so that I can stuff my face with as much tailgating food as possible. Ask me who is playing. I’ve got ZERO idea. Who cares, it’s time for yummy appetizers! And I’m in no short supply here at HH, I have over 50 healthier gluten-free tailgating recipes!
Wings are a great healthier appetizer option because they are high protein low carb, so if your counting alcohol as your carb, you can still enjoy them! And no, I don’t count the honey in the sauce as a carb. I don’t get that technical about things. Healthy eating shouldn’t be that complicated.
I really do love cooking and hanging out during the super bowl though! And if you want to skip out on waiting for two to three hours only to have to tip your delivery guy for cold pizza and wings you ordered, then, you can make your favorite frozen pizza and make these wings instead!
How to Make Honey Chipotle Wings
The only thing you need to do to prep the wings is dry them off. I used a paper towel to dry them individually. I did not toss them in flour or oil, or anything before grilling them and the recipe worked perfectly!
Why do extra steps if you don’t need to? That’s what makes people hate cooking. If you make these in the oven, you’ll want to spray them with a bit of oil before placing them on the cookie sheet though.
Then, you need to whip up a batch of my honey chipotle sauce, it’s only 6 ingredients, so I promise it’s easy! Once you have that, you get these bad boys to grill.
Place the wings on the grill, evenly spread apart and let them cook for 3-5 minutes. Flip them, and brush the cooked side with sauce.
NOTE: pour a little sauce a time into a separate bowl and use your basting brush in that separate bowl. Don’t dip it into the sauce, because then you contaminate the entire sauce since the brush touched partially cooked chicken.
If you use all four pounds of chicken, about 3/4 of the sauce will be used. You want to keep the leftovers contaminate free so you can pour it over the wings at the end or use it for another recipe! (As opposed to what I did in the picture Mr. Hungry snapped below. I had to throw the rest of that one away.)
When the wings are fully cooked, flip again (so now the first side with the sauce is face down) and coat the rest of the chicken wing with sauce (as shown above.) Mr. Hungry chose to flip the wings one more time, but you don’t have too!
Garnish with parsley flakes and serve these wings with your favorite ranch to cool the heat down! Mr. Hungry doesn’t love spicy foods, but he still said these were the best wings he had ever had! He hates a whole pound of them, but doused them in ranch!
Honey Chipotle Wings
- Make a batch of honey chipotle sauce.
- Dry wings off with a paper towel.
To cook wings on the grill:
- Preheat grill to 450F.
- Add wings to grill and cook for 3-5 minutes. Flip wings and on the cooked side brush on sauce. Let the wings finish cooking (check temp to make sure they reach 165F.) Flip them again and brush with sauce. Flip one more time, let cook 1-2 minutes then remove from the grill. Toss wings with any leftover sauce (that didn't touch raw chicken.)
To cook wings in the oven.
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Spread wings out evenly on top of an oven-safe GREASED cooling rack on top of a foil-lined baking sheet. (For four pounds chicken you may have to use two baking sheets.) Spray the face upside of the wings with cooking spray. Cook for 25 minutes.
- Take the sheet pan out of the oven, using tongs, flip the wings. Brush the upside with honey chipotle sauce. Replace the baking sheet (if using two sheets - switch the bottom and top rack now.) Let cook an additional 20-30 minutes. Once the wings reach an internal temperature of 165F, remove them from an oven and brush the uncovered side with sauce.