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Sweet and Sticky Chicken Wings

sweet and sticky chicken wing recipeThe big game is this weekend, and even though I am not overly concerned about the outcome, I am concerned about the food.  Super Bowl Sunday is one of my favorite eating occasions of the year.  It is the only day of the year when it is perfectly acceptable to each junk food all day.  The more melted cheese the better.  At my house, it is not Super Bowl Sunday without some wings.  Not for me, but my husband.  His favorite food on the planet is chicken wings, and while delicious, not very healthy.  I have started baking them, and getting great results.  You would never know that they are not fried.  I found this recipe from Giada De Laurentis, and gave them a whirl for something different than the traditional hot wing, and love the sweet stickiness that these bring.  If you need heat, then add some hot pepper flakes to the marinade.

  • sweet and sticky chicken wing recipe1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 5 springs rosemary
  • 5 garlic cloves, cut into half
  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley

sweet and sticky chicken wing recipeMix together the balsamic vinegar, honey, brown sugar, and soy sauce in a bowl.

sweet and sticky chicken wing recipePut the chicken wings in a large Ziploc bag with the rosemary sprigs and garlic cloves.

sweet and sticky chicken wing recipePour the marinade into the bag.  Marinate in the fridge for 2 hours.

sweet and sticky chicken wing recipePlace the chicken wings on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Reserve the marinade.  Bake the chicken wings in a preheated 450 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes.  The chicken wings will be brown and crispy.

sweet and sticky chicken wing recipePut the reserved marinade in a saucepan.  Bring it to a full and rolling boil, (this will kill the bacteria).  Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, or until it is thick and syrupy.

sweet and sticky chicken wing recipeBrush the wings with the glaze and sprinkle with sesame seeds and parsley.


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Bree is the founder and writer of, a recipe site that shares her love of cooking, baking, and entertaining with others. launched in February of 2010 as a way to merge Bree’s love of photography with her love of food, and share both with friends and family. Currently, Bree lives in the suburbs of Washington DC with her husband and 3 children.

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  • Kaye

    I made these today for the Packer/Bears game. They were a hit! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Clair

      Glad you loved them!

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  • Jlviviano

    I made these last weekend for a gathering and they were such a hit I didn’t make enough. I am going to another gathering this weekend with the same people and they want it again. Will make a double batch this time. Thanks for the great recipe!!!!

    • thecreativemama

      I love to hear when recipes go over so well! I am glad that you liked them so much.

  • Got Mochi

    This is really a treasure of a recipe! I saw the episode when Giada made these and immediately went to my pantry. I didn’t have honey but I did have molasses. I thought why not! They were really delicious with the molasses so that’s how I am requested to make them. My family won’t let me try it with the honey! The molasses is robust yet really compliments the rosemary. Just thought I’d share this substitution.

  • Adrienne

    made these last night: only complaint was they were SO sticky they stuck to the foil, might spray it next time. added sriracha to the marinade/glaze: yummmmmmmm. still smells in here, wish I had leftovers!!!

  • Lannie

    these look so good! great superbowl idea :)

  • LTE

    When I saw the photo, I wondered if these were Giada’s. These are amazing wings. I have made them twice before. Very delicious! Thanks for reminding me of them. Just in time for Super Bowl!

  • RP

    These look amazing! I found your blog through…foodgawker or tastespotting, can’t remember. Do you have a ‘print’ function embedded somewhere? I’d love to have this on paper. I pinned it and it’s gotten more pins than anything else I’ve pinned today. 😀

    • Bree Grossman Hester

      I added a print friendly button at the bottom of each post. You can uncheck to get rid of the images and save some ink. :)

  • Melissa Tucker

    These look amazing! I also saw a video on youtube, showing how to debone a chicken wing in 2 steps, awesome!