Today’s not just any day. It’s National Chicken Wing Day!

Today’s not just any day. It’s National Chicken Wing Day!

Bourbon Maple Glazed Chicken Wings


Prep time: 5 minutesCook time: 45 minutesYield: Makes 15 to 20 pieces
If you buy whole chicken wings, cut away and discard the wing tips (or save for stock), and separate the drumettes from the rest of the wing with a cleaver or a sharp knife. Single segment wing pieces are much easier to eat as finger food.

2 pounds chicken wings
1 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp grated onion (use small hole grater)
1/2 cup bourbon whisky
3/4 cup maple syrup
2 Tbsp tomato paste
2-inch sprig fresh rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dry)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


1 Make the bourbon maple glaze: Melt butter in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Add the grated onion and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the bourbon whisky, the maple syrup, tomato paste, rosemary, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. Bring to a low simmer.


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2 Coat wings with glaze and arrange on roasting pan: Preheat oven to 350°F. Place chicken wings in a bowl and pour half of the bourbon maple sauce over the wings, returning the remaining sauce to the stove-top. Toss the wings with the sauce to coat. Arrange the wings on an oiled, foil-lined baking pan, with space between each wing.

3 Roast the wings: Roast the wings at 350°F for 20 minutes, then turn the wings over and roast them an additional 12- 15 minutes, or until nicely browned. Lower the heat or remove from oven if the wings start getting too dark.


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4 Simmer remaining glaze until thickened: While the wings are roasting, simmer the remaining sauce until it thickens slightly and can coat the back of a spoon, then remove from heat.
If it is taking too long for the sauce to reduce, pour it into a wide shallow pan and bring to a boil. The wider pan will make sauce evaporate more easily.

5 Coat cooked wings in glaze: When wings are done, remove them to a bowl and toss with the remaining sauce.

Bourbon imparts a subtle smoky flavor when used in cooking. For those of you concerned about the alcohol level in this wings, almost all of it boils away. It is not remotely discernable in the taste. So are they kid-friendly? Yes. Though they are sticky and messy and you certainly don’t want to give them to a four-year old sitting on a white couch.

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