The flavors in these orange chipotle wings are unbelievable!
These orange chipotle wings offer a nice balance of flavor with a little sweet and a little heat. The chipotle peppers and adobo sauce compliment the citrus flavor of the orange quite well. They’re also pretty to look at.
While they’re somewhat mild in the heat level department, a dusting of ground cayenne pepper prior to cooking will crank the heat up a bit. You can also add some to the sauce and flour if you’re looking for extra hot. Of course, a couple of finely diced habanero peppers added to the sauce will satisfy even the most insane hot wing loving fan.
We’re going to use the oven in this recipe, but these wings also work well if grilled. My secret when grilling is a bit of mesquite chips. These orange chipotle wings really shine with a hint of mesquite smoke. It’s a perfect match! Give them a try.
- 3 pounds chicken wings, cut into "flats" and "drumetts"
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 cup orange marmalade
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup canned Chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce, diced
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- orange zest, for garnish
- ground cayenne pepper, to taste (optional)
- Place an oven rack in the middle and preheat oven to 375°F (190°C)
- Add flour to a resealable freezer bag. Add several chicken wings and seal. Shake until wings are well coated. Continue with remaining wings.
- Arrange the chicken wings on a well oiled or parchment lined baking sheet. The wings should all be aligned in tidy rows without touching one another. Once the oven is up to temperature, place the pan of wings in the center of the rack and set a timer for 15 minutes.
- In a sauce pan, heat the marmalade until liquid. Add remaining ingredients and stir well with a whisk. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often
- After 15 minutes, pull the pan and flip the chicken wings being sure to keep them lined up as before. Put back in the oven and set the timer for another 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, remove the chicken wings and put in a large bowl. Pour the sauce over the wings and stir so they are completely coated. Place back on the pan and put back in the oven. Turn down the heat to 350°F (177°C). Set your timer for 10 minutes.
- When the timer goes off, you're almost finished. Take a look at your chicken wings and be sure your sauce is not burning. Depending upon the sauce, you may want to brush on more, flip them and brush the other side. Either way, set the timer for another 5 minutes. After that 5 minutes, give a chicken wing the taste test. If not done, keep cooking at 5 minute intervals.
- Once the chicken wings are done, place on a plate and pour the remaining sauce on them.
- Sprinkle with some fresh orange zest and garnish with orange slices.