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Spicy Maple Chicken Wings

Spicy Maple Chicken Wings | URBAN BAKES

I must confess, I don’t cook.  I bake.

The closest thing that resembles cooking in my home is boiling water for ramen noodles and throwing frozen meals in the oven.  There’s just something about it that irks me.  Maybe it’s from all the oil splatters, cut fingers and the ever-so-long ingredient list to season an item.  I might be exaggerating on that last excuse but in general, cooking is not really one of my happy moments.

And even though these wings were baked (not fried), I still had to cut raw chicken and season it.  That to me is cooking and shameless to say, I haven’t done that in maybe over a year?

One day I hope to have a change of mind because, believe it or not, cooking is actually something I once enjoyed.  I’m trying to get the hang of it again starting with small foods such as appetizers and then slowly transition into meals.

Spicy Maple Chicken Wings | URBAN BAKES

Since Wes and I moved into our new home, we’ve bought a larger dining table to host Sunday dinners.  Now this is big pressure here since we all know who will be doing the cooking (ME) but I’m pretty excited about this idea and could use all the practice I can get beforehand.  Nevertheless, this is one that I’m proud of.  Doesn’t it look delish?!

Yesterday, I captioned a preview of the wings on Facebook, “I don’t even know how to caption this one” and a couple of the responses were, “mouthwatering” and yes indeed that’s a perfect way to describe them!  They were so juicy and the chicken was tender.  I was shocked and truly thought they would burn or be very dry.

The flavor profile is one I’ve never had – sweet together with spicy.  But I must also confess, I don’t do spicy so I lose out on taste-testing many foods.  I can’t handle the heat.  Surprisingly, the wings weren’t as spicy as I thought it would be.  The maple was just enough to tone the spice down a notch.

Spicy Maple Chicken Wings | URBAN BAKES

There were some alternatives I made to the original recipe.  For one, it called for drummies but because I don’t like wasting any part of the chicken, I used both the drumstick and the forearm of the wings.  Secondly, I didn’t have regular chili sauce so I substituted for a raspberry jalapeño sauce instead.  Not a bad choice.

Overall, I’d definitely make this again.  It’s the perfect finger food to watch a game or even Super Bowl which is coming up soon.

Do you guys watch the game?  What are some of your favorite game day foods?

Spicy Maple Chicken Wings

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 20 chicken wings


  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup raspberry jalapeño sauce or chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 10 chicken wings, uncut


  1. Heat oven to 375°F. In a small bowl, mix all ingredients except chicken; set aside.
  2. On a poultry cutting board, cut each wing at the joint. Remove and discard wing tips and excess skin.
  3. Place wings on a 15 x 10 x 1-inch pan. Pour mixture over wings, turn over and brush to evenly coat.
  4. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes, turn wings over and brush with sauce. Bake for an additional 15 to 25 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when the thickest part is cut to bone. Serve chicken with sauce. ENJOY!


Spicy Maple Chicken Wings recipe adapted from (p. 61) Betty Crocker’s Cookbook

15 Responses to Spicy Maple Chicken Wings

  1. Chicken is my favorite meat, so I’m always looking for good recipes. This one is fantastic! I followed the recipe pretty much and it was so simple and very, very tasty. I did cook them for an extra 1/2 hour because I like my wings very well done and gooey. The spiciness along with the maple syrup is a perfect combination. I added sesame seeds when I put them in a bowl, but you certainly don’t have to. I highly recommend these!!

    Diane Pick-Ross says: January 1, 2017 at 5:29 PM
  2. Oh my gosh, I am getting hungry just looking at these! I was just thinking that I haven’t made chicken for a while (I too often succumb to the temptation of the rotisserie chicken), but after seeing this I know I will have to get on it. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  3. I laughed when you said you hadn’t cut/touched raw chicken in over a year. Girl, get thee into the kitchen! Seriously though, I can relate when you say you’re more of a baker than a cook. I have a few savoury dishes that I can make but otherwise, it always seems that whatever I cook turns out really mediocre. My husband cooks more (and better) than I do so maybe I should just leave it up to him ;) These wings look fantastic! My mouth is actually watering just looking at your beautiful photos.

  4. First of a all I’m so jealous I don’t have these wings in front of me right now. They are just what I need after the kind of day I’ve had. And second of all I’m so jealous u don’t get to cook that often girl! Your hubby is a KEEPER!! I loved cooking until I had to do it everyday after long 10 hour days lol but I still cook more than I bake. These wings are perfect and I’m glad you went with something sweet and spicy after the poll yesterday. Definitely mouth watering!! Pinned earlier on a group board :)

    blahnikbaker says: January 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM
    • Yes he’s definitely a keeper! I do try to whip something up for him every now and then but luckily for me, he’s not a picky eater. He’ll eat just about anything in front of him.


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