Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings

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Hiya, folks! I made chicken wings last weekend. I always thought they were more trouble than they’re worth. Messy hands, messy face, messy table for so little meat…but that may be part of the charm.

I know some of you out there adore wings, and if you don’t, I have good news. This recipe works great for drumsticks too.

The marinade is wonderfully sweet and spicy but not overwhelmingly—perfect for everyday chicken. Whether you make it with wings or thighs, you will love it.

SWEET & SPICY CHICKEN WING RECIPE

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Ingredients:

  • 8 large chicken wings or 6 small drumsticks (about 1.5 pounds)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Fine sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

Step 1: Combine all the ingredients for the marinade in a non-reactive container. Cut a few incisions on the chicken to allow the marinade to penetrate. Marinate the chicken at room temperature, 2 to 4 hours.

Step 2: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Step 3: Preheat a large pan over medium heat. Sear the chicken for 3 to 5 minutes per side until it appears caramelized. Use a griddled pan if you wish to have a griddled effect on your chicken.

Step 3: Place the chicken in a rimmed baking pan. Baste both sides of the chicken with the remaining marinade. Pour any leftover marinade on top of the chicken. Bake until the chicken is cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes.

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