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Raspberry Chipotle Wings are cooked on the stove and coated in a sweet and spicy raspberry chipotle sauce for a game-day snack that will keep everyone coming back for more.
‘Tis the season for football to be on seemingly everyone’s minds. Well, at least a part of nearly every office or social media conversation.
Truthfully, once my beloved team gets knocked out of the playoffs, I stop caring about football or making plans to spend the big game annoying my native-Vikings-fan husband.
If there’s anything Americans do well, it’s making copious amounts of food for every slightly celebratory occasion. That’s truly our national sport.
It also wouldn’t be an American celebration, and certainly not a football party, without chicken wings. This year, I’m adding raspberry chipotle wings to our snack lineup.
raspberry chipotle wings
These raspberry chipotle chicken wings are easy to put together and are a nice alternative to some of the other flavors out there.
Raspberry chipotle is a favorite combo in certain parts of Texas. I’m definitely not one to turn down anything with raspberries, in case you hadn’t noticed from my raspberry bran muffins, raspberry jam cookies, or raspberry fudge pudding cake.
In these raspberry chipotle wings, the raspberry is a sweet and slightly tart counterpart to the spicy, smoky chipotle. It’s an unexpected pairing that will be welcomed with open arms (and mouths) for the big game.
You can use fresh raspberries for the raspberry chipotle sauce, of course, but organic berries are often hard to find at a good price in January. Frozen raspberries work just as well, and you can create the sauce without thawing them, letting the thawing happen in the pan.
I’m here for saving time, especially since I can never seem to remember to thaw anything ahead of time anyway.
how to cook chicken wings in a pan
Instead of baking or deep frying them, these raspberry chipotle wings are cooked in a skillet, freeing up the oven for other snack preparations.
While the sauce simmers in a saucepan, brown the chicken flats and drumettes in batches. They’ll be browned on both sides but not cooked through.
Once the sauce is combined and the raspberries and chipotle pepper are broken down, the sauce and wings get combined in the skillet and simmered until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is thick and glaze-like.
Even better, raspberry chipotle chicken wings can be made ahead of time and reheated in a 350°F oven for 10-15 minutes. Be sure to put them on parchment or a Silpat to reduce sticking!
Looking for some more unusual chicken wing recipes to add some variety to your game day snacks? Check out baked tandoori chicken wings, baked mango sriracha chicken wings, red curry chicken wings, or date and chili buffalo chicken wings.
Raspberry Chipotle Wings
- 2.5 pounds chicken wings, tips trimmed and drumettes and flats separated
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 whole chipotle in adobo
- Pinch salt
- Pinch red pepper flakes
- Working in batches, cook chicken wings in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned but not cooked through, about 4-5 minutes per side.
- Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients and simmer until berries and chipotle are broken down. (You might need to help the chipotle along by breaking it up with a spoon.) Sauce will thicken when cooked with the chicken.
- Pour sauce over chicken and simmer, covered, for about 10 minutes.
- Uncover and cook for another 5-10 minutes, turning chicken to coat as needed, until sauce has reduced and is a thick glaze.
- Serve garnished with chopped parsley, if desired.