Honey Jalapeño Chicken Wings & Drumsticks

1 hrs 30 min
20 mins
4

Spicy jalapeño combined and a sweet honey sauce make these wings and drumsticks a “betcha can’t eat just one” flavor fest.

Ingredients

For the Rub

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the Wings

  • 3 pounds chicken wings and drumsticks
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • carrots, to serve on the side
  • celery, to serve on the side

For the Sauce

  • 4-6 jalapeño peppers, diced and seeded
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • kosher salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste

For the Blue Cheese Dip

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire
  • kosher salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste

Directions

Step 1 Of 8
1
Combine the rub ingredients in a large bowl. Rub spices into wings, liberally coating all portions of the chicken. Place the chicken in an air-tight sealed container and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour or more, up to overnight. Take the chicken out of the refrigerator 20 minutes prior to grilling.
2
Preheat the grill to medium, 300-350°F. Place wood chips on top of the grill grates.
3
Place chicken on the grill. Close the lid and grill 20 to 25 minutes, turning chicken once after 10 minutes and basting intermittently with olive oil.
4
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine olive oil and butter. Add the jalapeños, onions and peppers. Cook until soft and translucent. Add garlic and continue to cook for a few minutes. Then, stir in tomato sauce, honey, vinegar, lime, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, salt and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes. Transfer the sauce to a blender and pulse until smooth and set aside.
5
When the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 150°F (about 20 minutes), increase the grill temp to high. Liberally brush wings with barbecue sauce. Grill for an additional 10 minutes, brushing chicken every 2 to 3 minutes as sauce begins to caramelize.
6
Remove chicken from the grill and brush again with sauce. Place under a tin foil tent for 3 to 5 minutes.
7
Combine all ingredients for the blue cheese dip in a bowl and set aside.
8
Serve the wings with carrots, celery and creamy blue cheese dip.
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