Maple Bourbon Chicken Wings

These Maple Bourbon Chicken Wings are sweet, spicy, and juicy. Tender, meaty chicken wings are slathered in a maple bourbon glaze that’s kicked up with hot sauce and real bourbon whiskey.

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Super Bowl is almost upon us, and of course, that means wings. We love serving up all kinds of wings for the big game – or any time, for that matter – and the star of the show is usually these wings. They’re sweet, spicy, and sticky – the hallmarks of perfect wings!

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❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It only uses a handful of simple ingredients.
  • It’s an easy recipe that’s done in no time.
  • The combination of maple syrup, real bourbon, and spices is unbelievably good.
  • Wings are a classic appetizer for game day or any get-together.

🛒Ingredients

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You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this recipe, and you’ll find them all easily at your local grocery store. The stars of the show are below, but you can see the full ingredient list along with amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Bourbon whiskey
  • Dark maple syrup
  • Hoth sauce
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Chicken wingettes

🔪 How to Make Maple Bourbon Chicken Wings

Making these wings is super easy. They only take a few simple steps, and they come together quickly. It’s the perfect recipe!

Step 1: Prep

Preheat the oven to 385 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray it with nonstick spray. Then, rinse the wings and pat dry with a paper towel. Set aside in a bowl.

maple bourbon sauce being made in a saucepan

Step 2: Make the Sauce

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Then, add the onion and simmer for about 3 minutes. Next, add the bourbon, syrup, tomato paste, hot sauce, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Whisk until combined, then simmer for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

chicken wings roasting on a foil lined baking sheet

Step 3: Coat and Bake

Pour half of the sauce over the wings and toss to coat. Then, place the wings on the baking sheet, leaving a little space between them. Bake for 20 minutes, then flip the wings and bake for another 20 to 25 minutes.

Step 4: Serve

Move the cooked wings to a large bowl and pour the remaining sauce over them. Toss to coat and serve.

📝Variations

Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Wingettes – Use full wings in place of wingettes. You can also make this recipe using turkey wings. Just make more sauce.
  • Drumsticks – Use this sauce over drumsticks for even more meaty goodness.
  • Grill – You can grill these wings – or drumsticks if you prefer – for deeper flavor. It’s a great summer dish.

If you love wings, then check out these Instant Pot sesame ginger wings.

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🥄 Equipment

You’ll only need a few basic pieces of kitchenware to make this recipe.

  • Measuring spoons
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Saucepan
  • Baking sheet
  • Foil
  • Nonstick spray

🥫 Storage

Store these wings for up to 3 days in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. For longer storage, you can freeze them for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container.

💭 Tips

  • Be sure to thoroughly pat your wings dry after rinsing them so the sauce can stick.
  • Be sure to just simmer the sauce. Don’t boil it.
  • You can double, triple, or even quadruple this recipe to feed as many people as you want.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What are chicken wingettes?

They’re the middle part of the chicken wing. They’re located between the drum and the tip.

Why do you use wingettes?

It’s a personal preference. We find that wingettes tend to be more tender and usually crisp better.

Can I multiply this recipe?

You sure can. You can make as much as you want. The quantities never change.

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Maple Bourbon Chicken Wings

These maple bourbon chicken wings are a sweet and spicy dish perfect for any occasion. No one can say no to these delicious wings!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 437kcal

Equipment

  • Paper towels
  • Saucepan
  • fork or whisk
  • rimmed baking sheet

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ small onion finely grated
  • ½ cup Bourbon
  • ¾ cup grade A dark maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ¼ teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 pounds chicken wingettes fully thawed if using frozen

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 385 degrees.
  • Rinse the chicken wings with water and pat dry with a paper towel. Place in a large bowl and set aside.
  • In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter and add the onion. Simmer for about 3 minutes.
  • In the sauce pan, add the 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, pour half over the wings and toss to coat. Set the other half of the sauce aside.
  • Line a baking pan with foil and coat with non-stick spray. Arrange the chicken wings on the pan, leaving a little space between each.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, then flip the wings 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. Toss to coat and enjoy hot!

Notes

Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 437kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 724mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 268IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1mg

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