Cranberry Hot Wings

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A great Game Day recipe for hot wings using cranberry sauce and sriracha.

The Big Game is just around the corner, and everyone’s posting recipes that are perfect to eat while watching Super Bowl commercials. So, I just had to create my own little heavenly appetizer. When I think football, I think wings. Wings! Actually, I call them wing-a-dings, because it just sounds more appetizing. It also sounds better when they are cooked and I announce “It’s time for wing-a-dings!” See? Because I can’t just leave well enough alone, I needed to make a new wing recipe that features something kooky, and wasn’t fried because everyone fries their wings. I dare to be different. Thus, cranberry hot wings were born.

A great Game Day recipe for hot wings using cranberry sauce and sriracha.

I had 2 cans of cranberry sauce in the pantry, and I knew that I could create something with them. With the last can, I created a delicious no-bake cranberry dessert, so this time we had to go savory. And hot. Cranberry sauce, Sriracha, and wing-a-dings.

*Disclaimer* I will be using the phrase “wing-a-dings” quite a bit in this post. I apologize in advance.

A great Game Day recipe for hot wings using cranberry sauce and sriracha.

Place your wing-a-dings on a large cookie sheet, skin side down if possible. I was out of parchment paper, so used foil and sprayed it with cooking spray. For less heartache, I would say to use parchment paper so you don’t lose any meat candy pieces on the foil. If you plan on make the whole recipe with 4 pounds of wings, then you’ll need two cookie sheets. Pat them dry with a paper towel.

Here’s the trick to getting them crispy without frying them: baste them with a butter/vegetable oil mixture. I used 4 tablespoons of melted butter, 1 tablespoons of oil, 2 teaspoons of seasoned salt and a teaspoon of black pepper. I melted the butter in the microwave and just whisked the oil and spices into the butter. Then, I basted the wings with the mixture.

A great Game Day recipe for hot wings using cranberry sauce and sriracha.

Place the wings in a 400 degree oven and cook for 20 minutes. While the wings are baking. It’s time to make the cranberry concoction. It’s super easy: 1/2 cup butter, 2 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons of flour, 1 cup of Sriracha (ha cha cha) and 1 cup of cranberry sauce. If you like things really hot, you can add in another 1/4 cup of Sriracha, and lower the cranberry sauce to 3/4 cup. Whisk the items together under medium low heat, for 2 minutes or until they look like this:

A great Game Day recipe for hot wings using cranberry sauce and sriracha.Don’t taste it. It’s hot!

After 20 minutes, take the wings out of the oven, turn them over, and baste with your hot wings mixture. If you see that there’s a lot of chicken “juiciness” on the cookies sheets, you can soak it up with a few paper towels. If there’s too much moisture, then they won’t get crispy. Place the wings back in the oven for another 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, crack your oven up to broil. Take the wings out, baste them again with your hot wings mixture, and broil the wings for 7 to 10 minutes or until they get that yummy char on top of them.

A great Game Day recipe for hot wings using cranberry sauce and sriracha.

You’ll take them out and they’ll look, and smell, like meat candy. They’re tangy, sweet, spicy, and addictive. If you end up making these hot wings at 10 at night, you’ll find yourself eating an insane amount all by yourself and not feeling badly about it. So, do yourself a favor and make them for a crowd instead.

Cranberry Hot Wings

4 pounds chicken wing sections
1 14oz can cranberry sauce (jellied or whole)
1 cup Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce
1/2 cup butter and 4 tablespoons of butter, separated
3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place wings on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, skin side down, and dry the tops with a paper towel.
Place 4 tablespoons of butter in a microwave safe small bowl, and microwave for 30 to 45 seconds, or until butter is melted. Add in seasoned salt, black pepper and 1 tablespoon of oil. Whisk together.
Baste chicken wings with butter mixture, and bake wings in oven for 20 minutes.
While the wings bake, place a medium saucepan on the stove. Melt 1/2 cup butter on medium/low heat. Once the butter is melted, place 2 tablespoons oil, flour, cranberry sauce and sriracha in saucepan. Whisk together for 1 to two minutes or until everything is full incorporated and slightly thickened.
After 20 minutes, take wings out of oven, turn over with tongs, and baste with hot wing mixture. Place back in the oven for another 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, pull the wings out and turn oven to broil. Baste the wings one more time with the hot wing mixture, and place in the oven for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the wings are charred and crisp.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

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  1. 1.23.14

    That looks amazing! Pinning and going to try this for the super bowl!

  2. 1.23.14

    We entertain often and these would fit perfectly for our friends, the hotter the better! Pinned

  3. 1.23.14
    lisalisa said:

    These look great. I love Cranberry so I’m going to give this a go and I know my husband will enjoy them too…he loves anything hot.

  4. 1.23.14
    Debra said:

    What a great twist on traditional hot wings. My Hubs love Siriracha sauce – for him the hotter the better!

    • 1.24.14
      Amiyrah said:

      My husband is the same way, which is why we always have tons of sriracha in the house.

  5. 1.23.14
    Kristin said:

    You had me at wings! Yum!

    • 1.24.14
      Amiyrah said:

      Yay! Thanks for commenting, Kristin :D.

  6. 1.24.14

    I will admit, I have always been fearful of wings because I fear ‘spicy’ but these look delicious – adding them to our Super Bowl spread 🙂

    • 1.24.14
      Amiyrah said:

      Danielle, I’m not a spicy gal either, but I liked the sweet and spicy partnership in this recipe. Just enough heat with the sweet :).

  7. 1.24.14
    Nichole said:

    I’m not a wing(-a-ding) fan, but my dad is. I think he’d like these! I’m sharing this with him.

    • 1.24.14
      Amiyrah said:

      Thanks Nichole!

      • 2.2.14
        Nichole said:

        OK, my dad made the wings this evening. He thought they’d be a little too hot for his taste, so he only used 3/4 cup of Sriracha. And he said they were wonderful!

  8. 1.24.14

    These look amazing! I am totally making them!

    • 1.24.14
      Amiyrah said:

      Whoo Hoo! Let me know how they turn out for you, Tracy.

  9. 1.24.14

    I like that sweet and spicy combo. we LOVE wings and l like introducing new sauces, will give this a try

  10. 1.26.14
    Liz said:

    I never even considered sweet AND spicy wings (we LOVE sweet AND spicy) thanks for the inspiration, my friend 🙂

    • 1.27.14
      Amiyrah said:

      You’re welcome Liz! Feel free to share with your friends :).

  11. 1.31.14

    Gah! These look amazing! And I barely even like wings. Sriracha rules all.

    • 2.1.14
      Amiyrah said:

      It sure does, Karen 😀

  12. 2.1.14
    angela said:

    Can you use whole cranberry sauce?

    • 2.1.14
      Amiyrah said:

      You sure can, Angela! The cranberries will caramelize in the oven and get all rich and deep in flavor. I just drooled lol.