These chicken wings are baked in the oven until crispy and then glazed with a sweet and spicy maple sauce.
I’m way late to the chicken wing game, like 30 years too late. For whatever reason, I thought they weren’t good. All sauce, no substance, and not worth the sticky mess. Boy, was I wrong! And I’m trying to make up for lost time now.
I created these sweet and spicy oven-baked maple chicken wings for Go Bold With Butter, and once the photo shoot was over I devoured the whole plate all by myself. The chicken is crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and the sauce has the perfect balance of sweet maple syrup and spicy hot sauce. These wings are so good! Plus, you need just 5 minutes and a few minutes of prep to get these guys going. They’re the perfect easy appetizer everyone will love!
How to cut chicken wings
Often when you buy chicken wings at the store the wing is completely intact, but many recipes (like this one) call for the chicken wings to be broken down. Lucky, it’s actually really easy to do! All you need is a sharp knife and a cutting board to cut the wing into 3 pieces:
- Flat or wingette
- Tip— typically not used
This is the post and video I watched to help me with this recipe, and it made the job quick and easy. And now I’m a pro!
The best hot sauce for wings
This is mostly a matter of personal preference, and you can honestly use whatever red pepper hot sauce you like the best. Here are some options:
- Sriracha (what I used)
- Franks RedHot Sauce
- Texas Pete’s
Can’t handle the heat? No problem! Feel free to cut back on the hot sauce in the glaze. See the recipe below.
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This recipe was created for Go Bold With Butter, see the original post here.
Spicy Maple Baked Chicken Wings
- 7 tablespoons butter divided
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2-4 tablespoons hot sauce , such as Sriracha per your preference
- 2 lbs chicken wings , tips removed, drumettes and flats separated
- Salt and pepper
- Chopped chives , for garnish (optional)
- Combine 5 tablespoons of the butter, maple syrup, and hot sauce in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and continue to cook for about 5 minutes until thickened slightly. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a sheet pan with foil.
- Melt remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Spread prepared chicken wings out on the sheet pan and brush with the butter. Season with salt and pepper.
- Bake wings for 25-30 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
- Brush wings with the sauce and bake for 2-3 minutes, then brush again and bake for another 2-3 minutes. If you’d like crispier wings, broil wings on high for an additional 1-2 minutes until slightly charred.
- Sprinkle with chives if desired and serve immediately.