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Believe it or not, I used to play little league when I was a kid. I was assigned to play either shortstop or outfield and abhorred the precious weekend hours that I spent practicing, or worse, sweltering in the boondocks of the baseball field wearing the world’s itchiest uniform. Surprisingly, I did not make a career out of playing America’s favorite pastime. While I didn’t enjoy playing sports as a kid, I really do enjoy watching them. Football season has always been my favorite, I don’t know why, but football parties tend to have way better food, at least in my house!
My family are sports people – especially the guys, during certain games we’re known to throwdown when it comes to food. My brother even does these potato skins for whichever team is playing – for instance he’ll make Texas chili potato skins if a Texas team is playing, or something with apple if a New York team is playing, etc. It’s really cool and super tasty.
But my favorite part of game day eating is the chicken wings! I am obsessed with them – buffalo, barbeque, fried, baked, you name it and I’ll definitely eat it. My mom and I have been using this great wings recipe for a while, and have begun to tweak and test it out with other flavors and recently we hit upon a chicken wing recipe winner! I had stopped by Walmart to pick up some ingredients for our game day party, when I spotted La Morena. If you guys have seen my Chipotle Honey BBQ Ribs Recipe then you know, I’m a massive fan of La Morena’s sauces and peppers. Craving some of that savory heat that the chipotle sauce lends, I popped it in my cart.
After two rounds (one may have been completely gratuitous), I nailed down this recipe. These Chipotle Honey Garlic Wings are pretty much addictive. If you’re like me and love sweet and spicy flavors, you are going to love them. The sauce used for these wings has a sort of asian base – with the addition of soy sauce and mirin, then La Morena chipotle sauce comes in and gives it this great kick. They are so, so good. Here’s a fun fact: did you know that La Morena has been around for over 25 years! It’s the only brand I use for chipotle sauce, and I had no idea they’ve been around so long!
You can cook these wings covered or uncovered, but I recommend uncovering it halfway through to thicken out the sauce and allow the wings to crisp up. Also, I like to use onion powder instead of onion, simply because if you dust this on the top of your wings after applying the sauce, it dries out the skin a bit and gives the sauce something to stick on to. But this is purely a case of preference, you can add your onion powder directly to the sauce/marinade or just use one small finely chopped onion instead. Once the wings are done and you’ve removed them from the pan, if you find the remaining drippings/sauce to be too thin, just quickly boil it up with a teaspoon or two of cornstarch. If it’s too thick, just whisk in a quarter cup of boiling hot water directly in the pan.
These wings make for epic game day food! What are your favorite game day snacks? How would you use La Morena to add more flavor to your game time celebration?
- 2-3lbs Chicken Wings
- 4-6 Cloves of Garlic Minced
- ⅓ Cup of Soy Sauce
- ⅓ Cup of Ketchup
- 4-5 tblsp of La Morena Chipotle Sauce
- ⅓ Cup of Honey
- 1 Tbsp Mirin (rice wine vinegar is also an alternative)
- 1 ½ Tbsp Brown Sugar
- 2-3 Tablespoons of Onion Powder (or one small onion, finely diced)
- Preheat your oven to 375°. Place your chicken wings in a deep baking dish.
- In a separate bowl mix together the garlic, soy sauce, ketchup, chipotle sauce, honey, mirin, and brown sugar. Spoon over the chicken wings. Dust the top of your wings with onion powder.
- Bake covered at 375° for 20-30 minutes, uncover and continue to cook for an additional 20-30 minutes or until done.
- The leftover drippings should be a thick sauce. If it’s too thick, whisk in ¼ cup of boiling hot water. If it’s too thin, transfer to a saucepan, add 2 tsp of cornstarch and boil until it has reached the thickness of a sauce.
- Pour the sauce over your wings and serve. Garnish with cilantro (or even sesame seeds) if you like and enjoy!