Apple Bourbon Chicken Wings

We baked chicken wings in a sweet and savory apple bourbon sauce for a flavorful dish that will have them asking for seconds.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 8


lb chicken wings
teaspoons canola oil
teaspoon salt
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
cup apple jelly
cup bourbon
tablespoons packed brown sugar
cloves garlic, finely chopped
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)

  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil. Cut each chicken wing at joints to make 3 pieces; discard tip.
  • 2 In large bowl, toss chicken with 2 teaspoons of the oil, the salt and black pepper. Place chicken in pan. Bake uncovered 50 minutes.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, mix apple jelly, bourbon, brown sugar, garlic, red pepper and remaining 3 teaspoons oil. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat; reduce heat. Simmer 5 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Remove from heat.
  • 4 Remove chicken from oven. Drizzle half of the sauce over chicken; turn to coat with sauce.
  • 5 Bake 8 to 10 minutes longer or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Serve chicken wings with remaining sauce.

Expert Tips

Use the same sauce on chicken breasts and grill them for an easy weeknight dinner.

For an alcohol-free version, omit the bourbon.