Hot Pepper Wings

I love to watch the Food Network. Iron Chef America, Cupcake Wars, Chopped – I’m all for it. I’ve managed to create a pretty big backlog of episodes of Mexican Made Easy and 5 Ingredient Fix on the DVR. I think my obsession with trying out new recipes is starting to rub off on D. Upon catching up on some 5 Ingredient Fix episodes a few weeks ago he decided he wanted to make her broiled hot pepper wings. They were delicious.

Hot Pepper Wings

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (plus extra for oiling rack)
  • 5 pounds chicken wings, split, wing tips cut off and discarded
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup hot pepper jelly (I’d never heard of the stuff but it turns out it was pretty easy to find at the grocery store)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce (we used Frank’s)

Preheat the broiler to its high setting. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil and place a rack on top for the chicken to rest on, oil the rack.

Toss the chicken wings in the vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper and arrange onto the rack in a single layer. Put them in the broiler about 5 inches from the top . Cook for 7-10 minutes, turn them over and cook for another 7-10 minutes.

wings on a rack

While the chicken is cooking, start on the sauce. In a medium saucepan on medium-high heat bring the hot pepper jelly, lime juice and hot sauce to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 1-2 minutes. When the chicken comes out of the broiler, brush with  about 1/4 cup the sauce. Put the chicken back in the broiler for 1-2 minutes (we found 1 minute was enough). Brush again with 1/4 cup sauce, place back in oven for 1-2 minutes. Turn chicken over and brush 1/4 cup sauce and place back in oven for 1-2 minutes. After that, they’re done!

Slather on a little more of the hot pepper sauce before serving. We served ours with blue cheese dressing for dipping, too. I LOVED them! Just the right amount of spice for me, but you can control the heat level based on what kind of hot sauce you decide to use.

After the boyfriend was done doin’ his thing making the wings, I made some oven roasted cauliflower. Califlower + Olive Oil + Salt + Pepper = Delish. (Oh, and I cooked it at 375 for about 20 minutes).

roasted cauliflower


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