Zesty Chicken Wings Recipe
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Zesty Chicken Wings Recipe

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These spicy barbecue wings are so easy to make. I fix a double batch since my family thinks they're great. You should see them disappear! —Joan Rose, Langley, British Columbia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 16 chicken wings (about 3 pounds)

Nutritional Facts

4 each: 192 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 360mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first eight ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Meanwhile, cut chicken wings into three sections; discard wing tips. Place wings in a well-greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
  3. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes, turning once. Brush with sauce. Bake 20-25 minutes longer, turning and basting once, or until chicken juices run clear. Serve with additional sauce if desired. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Zesty Chicken Wings in Taste of Home February/March 2000, p8

Medium-Bodied White Wine

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

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MurphyNJ User ID: 7103738 248175
Reviewed May. 13, 2016

"Very good. This was my first attempt at chicken wings. I made them for a gathering of people and they were snatched up quickly. This is the recipe I will use if I need to make wings again."

Corwin44 User ID: 7541400 245046
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2016

"These were really good. My family enjoyed them for Sunday dinner. I didn't have corn syrup, so I substituted molasses that I had on hand. I also added a few splashes of hot sauce and 1/4 cup of honey. I will be making these again."

KarenKeefe User ID: 2062961 244576
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2016

"Perfect wings! Incredible sauce! Everyone loved them!"

s_pants User ID: 174050 27398
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2014

"Excellent flavor! I dipped the wings the first time and then brushed them with the sauce the second. It seemed to stay on very well."

lberry222 User ID: 4948624 76209
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2013

"These were great. Huge hit with the guys!!"

mem381 User ID: 6068967 38492
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2012

"I've been making this recipe for years and there is no better sauce in the world! I love how when you smell the sauce cooking it almost burns your nose hairs and then when you taste it it's more sweet and tangy than crazy spicy. I've tried using the sauce on boneless skinless chicken, but it is just not the same, so stick with the real deal."

rrratgirl User ID: 2230738 90872
Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"I've made this several times, veganizing it by using browned seitan in place of the chicken wings and it's fantastic. You could also use veggie "chicken" nuggets, though I haven't tried it yet. I'm sure it would work out well."

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 203458
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2011

"My husband loves these. I prefer to dip each wing in the sauce both times for better coverage, rather than brush it on. Thanks!"

NevadaRose User ID: 4283670 90869
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

"These were really tasty -enough spice to give a kick, but not overwhelming. Only issue I had was sticking to the pan, even though I sprayed the pan with Pam. Next time I'll grease more heavily."

ejt325 User ID: 4790999 26438
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2011

"I added hot sauce as well as all the other stuff. Very good!"

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