These flavorful wings from Bon Appetit Y’all author Virginia Willis combine the sweetness of Coca-Cola and brown sugar with the heat of chiles and the tang of limes for a recipe that’s lip-smacking-good.
1 cup Coca-Cola
Juice of 2 limes
1 ½ cups firmly packed light brown sugar
3 jalapeño chiles, finely chopped, plus 2 jalapeño chiles, sliced, for garnish
3 lbs. chicken wings (12–14 whole wings)
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
Position an oven rack 4 inches below the broiler element. Preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place an ovenproof rack on the lined baking sheet.
To make the glaze, in a small saucepan, bring the soda, lime juice, brown sugar and chopped jalapeño chiles to a boil over high heat. Decrease the heat to medium-low and simmer until syrupy, about 30 minutes; keep warm over low heat.
To prepare the chicken wings, cut off the wing tips (reserve the tips to make stock), and halve the wings at the joint. Place the wing pieces in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Pour about half the glaze over the wings and toss to coat. Keep the remaining sauce warm over low heat.
To broil the wings, place the glazed wings on the rack set on the baking sheet. Broil for 10 minutes per side, brushing twice on each side with the reserved glaze.
Transfer to a warm platter, garnish with the sliced jalapeño chiles, and serve immediately.
TIP: The glaze can be made ahead, cooled and refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before cooking the wings. The wings can be completely prepared ahead and reheated in a 350° F oven until warmed through, about 10 minutes.
Reprinted with permission from Bon Appetit, Y’all: Recipes and Stories from Three Generations of Southern Cooking by Virginia Willis. Published by Ten Speed Press.