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These crispy baked chicken wings are loaded with flavor from a special ingredient – Dr Pepper! Wings are tossed in a sticky sweet & spicy glaze, making them perfect to serve as a part of your game day spread.
Personally, I’ve always been more of a food person than a sports person. I’m sure I have mentioned it before, but my favorite part of any game day gathering is getting to snack on all kinds of yummy food – and its usually lots of stuff I don’t regularly eat like chips, dips and wings. When January rolls around it seems like weekends are always full of sports related get togethers for things like the college football championships and play-off games. And you won’t hear me complaining when there good eats involved.
One food that I love to snack on, but hardly ever eat on a regular basis are hot wings. They aren’t quite practical enough to have as a “meal” (not that I haven’t done it..) but they are pretty darn tasty and there are so many flavor options. Plus they are easy to add onto your plate with lots of other snacks.
When it comes to wings, I usually go for the fun flavors and tend to shy away from the classic “hot wing” sauce. I especially love things that are a combination of sweet and spicy – it’s the best of both worlds! So that is where I pulled my inspiration for this recipe – a sweet and spicy Dr Pepper based sauce.
I knew I wanted to make these wings with some regular old Dr Pepper, but when I was at my local Fry’s I saw that they also has Dr Pepper 10 so I picked up some to taste it – random tangent but it turned out to be quite delicious along side the wings.
The sauce for these wings is super easy to make. While the wings are baking we simmer a can of Dr Pepper (I would highly recommend using regular old Dr Pepper here, not diet) on the stove with a little hot sauce until it gets nice and thick. When the wings are done in the oven we just toss them with the sauce. I like to throw my suce coated wings back on the baking sheet and broil for a couple more minutes – this gives them a nice caramelized taste to the sauce, but you can also serve them up just after tossing. Totally up to you!
These are a simple to throw together game day snack! The Dr Pepper give the sauce all kinds of flavor and adds sweetness and is mixed with some hot sauce for a kick. The result is perfectly balanced sticky sauce to coat the wings.
- 1 lb of chicken wings (about 12-15)
- Cooking spray
- Salt & pepper
- 1 can (12 oz) Dr Pepper
- ¼ cup hot sauce, such as Franks Red Hot
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp cornstarch (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Line a baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack onto the baking sheet. Arrange chicken wings onto the wire rack. Spray wings lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake the wings for 1 hour until crispy and cooked through, flipping halfway through baking.
- While wings are baking, make the sauce. In a small saucepan combine Dr Pepper, hot sauce and brown sugar, whisk to combine. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes until sauce has reduced by half and slightly thickened. Whisk in cornstarch and heat for another 2 minutes to thicken sauce further.
- Remove wings from oven and add them into the pot of sauce. Toss to coat all sides of wings with sauce.
- Optional: Turn oven to broil and place sauce coated wings back onto the baking sheet. Broil for 3-5 minutes or until sauce is caramelized and glossy.
- Wings are best served while hot.