Baked Crispy in the Oven!
Summer has got to be one of my favourite seasons for seasonal produce, if only for the fruit alone! I feel like I could spend the summer eating BBQ Chicken and fresh fruit and be completely happy! Anyone with me? My blog would probably be pretty boring though…
I just can’t seem to get enough this time of year, from strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, rhubarb, but especially cherries. I could eat a whole bag of these beauties to myself but I usually try and dig deep in to that thing some people (not me) usually have, I think they call it Self Control? Because I can’t go running around paying $20 for a bag every time, so expensive! But so worth it.
Aside from eating all of the fresh fruits on their own, I really enjoy trying to incorporate them into meals as well. As a part of a salad, dessert, grilled along with our chicken or beef, or made into a sauce like this Cherry Chipotle BBQ Sauce I adapted from Hey Grill Hey.
This is honestly my first time making homemade BBQ sauce and I have to admit, I thought it was going to be a lot more complicated. It was really SO easy, and so worth it. I know it seems pointless sometimes to make things from scratch since we’re all busy people and why not just buy it because it’s more convenient. This BBQ sauce is worth the little extra worth, I promise! And also a great way to use up some of those less than fresh cherries, if they lasted that long! You’ll find that most of the ingredients with probably the exception of the chipotles are things you already have on hand too.
This recipe will also leave you with lots of leftover BBQ sauce so feel free to use that on your grilled chicken or steak throughout the week!
I didn’t wander too far from Hey Grill Hey’s recipe, other than submitting some alternate ingredients, like Tamari instead of soy sauce and I upped the cherry factor but it turned out great!
TIPS FOR MAKING THIS RECIPE
- Pat off your wings with a little paper towel. You’ll soak up the moisture and the oil will stick better which means better crispness!
- If you’re using fresh cherries and looking for an easy way to pit them – Check out the high lights on my Instagram page for a fun and efficient way to get the pits out!
- I’d recommend making the sauce before or during, while the wings are cooking so you’re prepared to brush the sauce on once the wings are cooked and ready to serve immediately
Cherry Chipotle BBQ Chicken Wings
Sweet & Spicy Cherry Chipotle BBQ Chicken Wings. Crispy but baked!
- Prep Time: 10 Mins
- Cook Time: 45 Mins
- Total Time: 55 minutes
FOR BBQ SAUCE
- 1 Cup Ketchup
- 1 1/4 Cup Fresh or Frozen Pitted Cherries
- 2 Small Chipotle Peppers + 1 Tbsp of Adobo Sauce from can
- 1 Tbsp of Tamari
- 1 Tbsp of Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Tbsp Molasses
- 1 Tbsp of Honey
- 1 Tsp of Onion Powder
- 1 Tsp of Granulated Garlic Powder
- Juice and zest of one lime
FOR THE WINGS
- 2 Lbs of Chicken wings
- 2 Tbsp of Olive Oil
- Preheat oven to 400F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
- Pat chicken wings dry with paper towel and transfer to a large bowl
- Pour over olive oil and coat wings well, then season with salt and pepper to liking
- Place wings on baking sheet making sure they’re spaced out and put in oven and allow to bake for 30 mins, and flip over using tongs and allow to bake for another 15-20 mins or until crispy, golden brown and fully cooked (time may vary depending on the size of the wings)
- While wings are baking, place a medium sized pot on the stove
- Add all bbq sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower heat and allow to simmer for approx 20-25 mins. Remove from heat and allow to cool
- Transfer to a blender and blend on high until fully blended and sauce consistency has formed
- Brush wings with sauce and serve immediately!
*You will have lots of leftover BBQ Sauce. Store in an air tight container to use for your grilling throughout the week!