Sunshine Chicken Wings Recipe
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Sunshine Chicken Wings Recipe

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Many hands helped make our wedding day perfect. My aunts and cousins prepared the wonderful food. My husband, Jeff, and I and our guests enjoyed these finger-licking-good chicken wings. The zesty sauce was inspired by my uncle, Bill Gingerich.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:15-20 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 15-20 servings


  • 2 jars (12 ounces each) orange marmalade
  • 3 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Hot pepper sauce to taste
  • 8 pounds whole chicken wings (about 40)

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3 each) equals 370 calories, 18 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 71 mg cholesterol, 565 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 20 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first nine ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cut chicken wings into three sections; discard wing tips. Dip wings into sauce and place on two foil-lined 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans.
  3. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes, reversing pans once during baking. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days before serving. Keep warm in 6-qt. slow cooker. Yield: 15-20 servings.
Editor's Note: Uncooked chicken wing sections (wingettes) may be substituted for whole chicken wings.
Originally published as Sunshine Chicken Wings in Down the Aisle Country-Style 2000, p27

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

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Reviewed Aug. 30, 2012

"Everytime I make this recipe I have requests for the recipe. Love this recipe. I am bringing it to our family camping trip this weekend.

-Cathy B."

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"This chicken was wonderful, I will make this again"

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2010

"I made these for my daughters birthday, cooked them and put them in the crockpot, they were all eaten and the recipe was given out to 3 different people. They were great!"

Reviewed Apr. 22, 2010

"This was absolutely TERRIBLE. My dog would not even eat the meat."

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