Super Bowl Sunday is so close to being here! I’m sure if you are like me, you are already brainstorming your special game day menu (because that is part of what makes the Super Bowl so special)! Well, I’m here to tell you that you HAVE to add my Sweet Heat Bourbon Chicken Wings to your menu. Yes, you HAVE to because they are seriously THAT good and you shouldn’t deprive yourself of these sticky, crispy, pieces of heaven. I’m almost positive the angels would sing once they bit into these wings. 😏
I say go ahead and make sure you have your staple buffalo wings on the table, but you should honestly have these Sweet Heat Bourbon Chicken Wings sitting right next to them. Pretty sure that they might outshine your buffalo wings though. We’ll let your guests be the judge.
What makes these Sweet Heat Bourbon Chicken Wings so special is the gochujang-based sauce. If you are familiar with Korean food, specifically Korean fried chicken and bulgogi, then you’ve had the pleasure of savoring gochujang which is a fermented hot red pepper paste. To sweeten things up a bit I added some organic raw honey to the mix along with some bourbon, OF COURSE, and some tamari, rice wine vinegar, and a few spices. This sauce is not missing a thang in the flavor department! (Keep some napkins near you, or just lick your fingers. No one’s judging! 🙃)
Oh, and if you are wondering where you can find gochujang most grocery stores will carry it in the International aisle or you could find the nearest Asian grocery store and purchase it there as well.
Now don’t fret about cooking these Sweet Heat Bourbon Chicken Wings! You don’t have to spend any time standing over a deep fryer to make these babies. We’re baking them and I promise that they will come out as crispy as if you had fried them! The secret to making these wings crispy is baking powder. If you aren’t familiar with what baking powder does to oven baked chicken, then read my previous post,Spicy Cherry Glazed Chicken Wings, where I discuss the technique and why it works.
So for Super Bowl Sunday all you have to do when you get up in the morning is pat dry the chicken wings, toss them in the seasoned baking powder mix and lay the chicken wings on a cooling/baking rack set on a baking sheet, then bake them. Then grab a saucepan and start whipping up the Sweet Heat Bourbon Glaze. Once the chicken wings have been removed from the oven, toss them in the sauce, then serve them on a platter! Easy, huh?
I don’t want to see you guys freaking out on game day trying to feed your guests because it could all be so simple. With that being said, if you are up to making a few dishes for the Super Bowl then be on the lookout for my next few recipes. I’ll be sharing another wing recipe as well as a dip recipe.
Anyway, I hope this intrigues you enough to get in the kitchen and make the Sweet Heat Bourbon Chicken Wings for your guests! As always, if you like this recipe please be sure to Pin or Yum this recipe to save it to your recipe archives. And please share this with your friends and family using the share buttons at the top, side, or bottom of this post. I’d LOVE to see your game day pictures so please tag me in them on social media. And if you aren’t following me already what are you doing with your life?! LOL JK Here are my links so we can stay in touch outside of the blog: Bloglovin’,Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat to stay up-to-date. Also, please subscribe to my YouTube channel because I will be adding more recipe and chat videos!
- 2 pounds chicken wings
- 2 tablespoons aluminum-free baking powder
- 1 teaspoon organic granulated garlic
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup gochujang
- 1/4 cup organic raw honey + 2 tablespoons
- 1/4 cup bourbon plus additional splash at the end of cooking
- 1 tablespoon organic tamari soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 teaspoon organic ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 425℉. Place a baking/cooling rack on a baking sheet and set aside. Pat dry chicken wings.
In a large bowl, add patted dry chicken. In a small bowl, whisk together the baking powder and all of the seasonings. Sprinkle the seasoned baking powder mixture over the chicken wings and toss gently to ensure that each chicken wing is fully coated.
Place the coated chicken wings onto the baking/cooling rack set on top of the baking sheet. Make sure the chicken wings do not touch each other. Bake the chicken wings for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip the chicken wings over, bake for an additional 20 minutes. Lastly, remove the baking sheet from the oven once more and flip the chicken wings over and bake for an additional 10-12 minutes, or until the chicken is crispy.
Meanwhile, cook the Sweet Heat Bourbon Glaze by adding all of the ingredients to a small saucepan. Cook the sauce over medium heat for about 10-15 minutes. You want the sauce to reduce down a little bit to become thicker and look like a glaze. During the last minute of cooking, add a splash of bourbon.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow them to cool on the baking rack for a few minutes.
Place the chicken wings in a large clean bowl and then toss the chicken wings in the warm Sweet Heat Bourbon Glaze.
To serve, garnish the chicken wings with sliced green onions, if desired.
I love the sound of this flavour combination, I can’t wait to try it!
I think you’ll love the flavor combination! Let me know if you ever try them.
I so wish we had parties for the Super Bowl where I live – not that I care much about football, but I’m definitely into the food haha. I would make these chicken wings for sure cause they look amaziiing!
What country are you located in? Yep, we take football very seriously here. LOL These wings are great anytime.
Can’t go wrong with chicken wings, and even though I’m not a fan of heat these sound like they would have a really nice flavour.
I totally understand, you could definitely skip the cayenne to reduce the heat level. Please let me know if you try that and it works for you.
What?! These look and sound amazing! I just tasted gochujang for the first time recently (Trader Joe’s sells gochujang-flavored almonds) and I’m into it! I can just imagine how great these wings are.
OMG, those almonds sound SO good! Trader Joe’s is one of my absolute favorite grocery stores, gonna have to check out those almonds. I think you will LOVE these wings!
My boyfriend is always asking me to make chicken wings but I never know how to get the most out of them! This looks like my solution, perfect!
Awww, thank you! ☺️ Please let me know what you and your boyfriend think once you guys try them!
You had me at honey-bourbon! A platter of these would be so great for sharing with friends any time of the year. The glaze sounds fantastic and I love that you used gochujang in it!
Thank you! ☺️ The gochujang is the bomb. You are so right, these wings are definitely perfect for any time of the year!
I can never say no to chicken wings! I’m loving the flavors you have going on with these!
I’m just like you, I can’t ever say no to chicken wings either!
These chicken wings look delicious! And that seasoning is on point! 🙂
Thank you so much! There’s nothing like a well-seasoned chicken wing. LOL
I love chicken wings and I love bourbon so this is definitely a recipe I’d love. That sauce looks killer!
Thank you, girl! That sauce really is killer! Can’t wait to use it on other things.
Nice to see a different wing recipe! I mean, I love Buffalo Wings as much as the nest woman, but let’s have some variety! And these sound delicious.
I am right with you! Buffalo wings are great but it’s always nice to have options on the table!
Yum, yum, yum! These chicken wings are great! Not only do they look delicious, but they have three of my favorite things in them. Bourbon, spice and wings. Hehehe! I can’t wait to try your delicious recipe!
We are kindred spirits because those are my favorite things as well! LOL I hope you love the recipe, please come back and let me know what you think when you try it!
oh wow. I love the addition of the gochujang. Such a great recipe. I love me a good sticky chicken wing!
Gochujang makes almost everything taste better, right?! There’s nothing like good sticky chicken wings that will have you licking your fingers. Mmmmm!
Brittany! Yesssss! These wings sound PERFECT. We can absolutely devour wings in this household, and we can also devour some bourbon. Combining them for a “sweet heat” sounds INCREDIBLE. I cannot wait to try these!
I’d love to hear what you think of them when you try them out!
Oh, I love these sweet & spicy wings! And I have gochujang sauce in my fridge! It’s such a delicious ingredient!
I bet these sticky beauties were a big hit during the Super Bowl. I love that you gave them a little exotic flair.
Mmmm! Mmmmm! Mmmmm!! Finger-lickin’ good. Wouldn’t want to waste one bit of that sauce!! The flavors that are going on seem too good to be true. We do love our chicken and our spice!! This recipe is a keeper.
Thank you so much! There’s nothing like spice to brighten up your life!
We don’t watch super bowl but my husband would love these chicken wings any time of the year 🙂
Hi Brittany, my mouth is salivating at the thought of these wings, from the crispiness you achieved through baking them with that baking powder coating something I had never heard about and so excited to try, to that mouth watering Korean inspired sauce so sticky hot and sweet. You are definately right about these having to be on the table at any game day or party. I have my napkins and finger licking ready, lol.
Wonderful recipo and post!
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The baking powder trick is one of my absolute favorite ways to make wings. Hope you enjoy them!