Chef's Special Chipotle Chicken Wings

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"I love chicken wings and these are awesome and not for the tame of heart for they are pretty spicy. They are marinated overnight with cumin, lime, smoked paprika, etc. and then they are roasted until almost cooked through. To give it crispy crisp goodness they are fried and finished off by bathing them in sauce that has been prepared with chipotle, lime, vinegar honey, etc. These are vibrant and spicy in flavor with definite Southwest / Mexican flavors. It's a GOTTA TRY from one of my favorite chefs, Michael Symon."

Original recipe yields 7 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (343.1 g)
  • Calories 542
  • Total Fat - 33.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 8.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 559.6 mg
  • Sodium - 5683.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 19.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.1 g
  • Sugars - 10.7 g
  • Protein - 41.2 g
  • Calcium - 79.6 mg
  • Iron - 7.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 23.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg


Step 1

A day ahead of time, combine all marinade ingredients and add the wings, tossing to evenly coat. Place them in a gallon sized bag and refrigerate overnight.

Step 2

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Heat oil to 360 degrees F.

Step 3

Spread the wings out on a baking tray, with any liquid remaining from the marinade, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until just about cooked through. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.


Step 4

In the meantime, make the wing sauce by placing a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Step 5

Add all of the ingredients and whisk occasionally until the butter has melted and then taste and season with salt, add more honey if desired. Set aside until ready to use.

Step 6

Add the wings to the hot oil, deep frying until golden and crispy about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove them onto some paper towels and season them with salt.

Step 7

Place fried wings into a bowl; pour the sauce over the top, then mix to evenly coat all of the wings.

Step 8

Add in the cilantro leaves, tossing one more time. Serve with your favorite accompaniments.

NOTE: For those who are more sensitive to hot (as in spicy) foods, I would suggest substituting maybe 1/3 to 1/2 of the total amount of chipotle with tomato sauce to tame it down a bit and adding more of the lime zest and honey. I haven't tried this method but that's what I would do.

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Deliciously hot...loved the spices that the chicken was marinated in...these came out crispy and the sauce added a bit of messiness...made for "First Time" tag game...

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(16 Dec 2016)