What is better on game day than a cold drink and some chicken wings? … Nothing! So when game days roll around, you better believe both are on the menu.
Well, I recently did a thing. I combined the two. I put a little bit of Bourbon in the chicken wing sauce and ya’ll…the outcome was better than I could have imagined. Say hello to Maple Bourbon Chicken Wings!
At first thought, you might think by adding Bourbon to the wing sauce, it will have a strong alcohol taste. But it really doesn’t. By adding it to an already sweet, maple wing sauce, it actually offers a nice balance and the result is some amazing flavor. And during the sauce making process, a lot of the alcohol is cooked down anyways.
- 1 Tbsp of butter
- 1/2 small onion finely grated
- 1/2 cup of Bourbon whiskey (I like to use Jim Beam)
- 3/4 cup of grade A dark maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp of tomato paste
- 1/4 tsp of hot sauce
- 2″ sprig of fresh rosemary
- 1 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1/2 tsp of pepper
- 2-3 lbs of chicken wingettes (fully thawed if using frozen)
- Preheat the oven to 385 degrees.
- Rinse the chicken wings with water and pat them dry with a paper towel. Place them in a large bowl and set them aside.
- In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter and add the onion. Simmer for about 3 minutes.
- In the sauce pan, add the remaining ingredients (minus the wings) – Bourbon, syrup, tomato paste, hot sauce, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Using a fork or whisk, stir the mixture until the tomato paste reduces. Simmer for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Once the sauce has thickened some, pour half of it over the wings and stir/toss to coat them. Set the other half of the sauce aside.
- Line a baking pan with foil and coat with non-stick spray (non-stick aluminum foil works great too). Place the chicken wings on the pan, leaving a little space between them.
- Bake for 20 minutes, then flip them over and bake for another 20-25 minutes.
- When fully cooked, move the chicken wings to a large bowl and pour the remaining sauce over them. Stir/toss to coat and enjoy hot!
Now, the only decision is what to dip them in. Or do you not dip them at all? … They are so good that they don’t need to be dipped. You decide!
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