Cilantro Honey Chipotle Wings

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These are officially my favorite way to cook chicken wings. This sauce is perfect. If you’re someone that prefers a spicier sauce, use less honey! I added more honey so that my daughter could eat these wings. The sauce combined with the char from the grill, oh my god, my mouth is watering just typing this! Haha. When it comes to wings and sauces, I love my sauces to be either spicy or sweet and spicy. I don’t like Garlic Parmesan wings, I know, you’re totally judging me right now. I love all three separately, but I have never tried those wings and liked them from anyone. I guess it’s because I don’t think it’s the right cheese used and normally it has way too much damn garlic. I love garlic just as much as anybody else, but I don’t want to be hit in the face with garlic.

Yes, my mind is changing when it comes to topping my meats with certain fruits. Okay, maybe just lemon. I’m not eating no “apple juice wings”. I still won’t do lemon on any meat other than chicken (and that’s only for lemon pepper wings!)… There’s nothing that I hate more than going to a restaurant and ordering a delicious steak and having lemon juice squeezed on top or on the side. I do not want to taste lemon on top of my steak! Don’t even get me started on calamari. My husband believes that it adds freshness to calamari. While true, I don’t think lemon juice pairs well with marinara and that’s what I love to dip my calamari in.

Due to the honey, these wings are very neutral and will pair well with traditional wing pairings like honey mustard, chipotle mayo, ranch, and blue cheese. I wouldn’t recommend you to eat these wings with BBQ sauce or ketchup. My family and I ate these wings with Spanish Rice and Pinto Beans.

Potential combinations: These wings would pair well with cilantro rice, garlic potatoes, cauliflower rice, sweet potato fries, and they’d go perfect in a spring roll wrap with bokchoy, radicchio, carrots, and avocado.

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Cilantro Honey Chipotle Wings

ingredients:

  • 1 lb Chicken Wings 
  •  1 tbsp Ginger Paste
  • 6 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Limes, one for the blender and one for topping
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 Baby Bell Peppers, red and orange 
  • 1/2 cup Honey 
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Aminos 
  • 1/4 Cup Chipotle Chile 
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp 21 Seasoning Salute 
  • 1 tsp Herbs de Provence 
  •   1 tsp Za'Taar
  •  1/2 tsp Poultry Seasoning
  •  1/2 tsp All Spice
  •  1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro, reserve some for topping 

instructions:

  1. Add all of the ingredients above (except the chicken, lol!) to a blender. Blend until well combined.
  2. Top the chicken wings with the sauce and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for one hour. Do not throw away the sauce. 
  3. Preheat a Grill pan with Cooking Spray on medium-high heat. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. 
  4. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and sear them on a heated grill pan for 6 minutes on each side. Top the chicken with the left over sauce. Remove from grill and allow to finish for 30 minutes. 
  5. Remove from oven and check the chicken with a meat thermometer. Top the chicken with Fresh Cilantro and Lime.