Posted May 12, 2008 by Nick Lindauer in Recipes

Recipe: Chipotle Honey Glazed Chicken Wings

Chipotle Honey Glazed Chicken Wings with Toasted Sesame Seeds and Green Onion

Chipotle Honey Glazed Chicken Wings
Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour

Though this version of hot wings is healthier than the classic — which is deep-fried and tossed in lots of butter and hot sauce — it’s every bit as tasty.

1 cup honey
2 to 3 tablespoons puréed canned chipotle chiles in adobo
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, divided
4 tablespoons ancho chile powder, divided
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 tablespoons canola oil, divided
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons Spanish paprika
3 pounds chicken wings
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 green onions, white and green parts, thinly sliced


Heat your grill to medium-high.

In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, chipotle purée, 1 tablespoon of the mustard, 1 tablespoon of the ancho powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons of the oil in a small bowl. Divide the glaze evenly between 2 bowls, one small and the other large.

Chipotle Honey Glazed Chicken Wings
In another small bowl stir together the remaining 3 tablespoons of ancho powder with the coriander, cumin and paprika.

Chipotle Honey Glazed Chicken Wings
Rinse the chicken wings under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Cut the tips off the wings and discard (or freeze and use for making chicken stock). Cut each wing into 2 pieces through the joint.

Chipotle Honey Glazed Chicken Wings
Place the chicken wings in a large bowl, add the spice rub and the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper and place the wings on the grill in an even layer. Grill until golden brown and slightly charred, 4 to 5 minutes. Reduce the heat of the grill to medium, turn the wings over, and close the lid of the grill. Continue grilling until just cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes longer, brushing with the small bowl of glaze every few minutes and turning once during the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Chipotle Honey Glazed Chicken Wings
Transfer the wings to the large bowl, brush with the reserved glaze, and toss to coat. Transfer to a platter and sprinkle with the sesame seeds and green onions before serving.

Chipotle Honey Glazed Chicken Wings
From “Grill It! By Bobby Flay” (Clarkson Potter, $35).

Nick Lindauer

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