Sweet and smoky, these Grilled Cherry Chipotle Chicken Wings will be the hit of your next get together. The secret to this quick cherry chipotle barbecue sauce is good quality cherry preserves. Serves 4 to 6 in about 30 minutes.

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Would you just look at these beauties with their perfect grill marks and sauciness. I’ve made wings before and a couple of different ways, but grilling is by far my favorite. Besides being extremely easy, there’s just something about the flavor of the grill met with the crispy skin and sticky sauce that speaks to me.

Speaking of sauce, this is a quick and easy barbecue sauce with my not-so-secret ingredient; cherry preserves. I love using jams or preserves for things like vinaigrettes, so why not barbecue sauce? It adds sweet flavor and gets deliciously sticky. Win- win.

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These wings grill up quick, so you can kick back and enjoy the sunshine.

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To make the Cherry Chipotle sauce you will need;

  • 3 cloves fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoons light olive oil
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup cherry preserves
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground chipotle powder
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Other Sauce Recipes: 

Honey Whiskey Barbecue Sauce

Sweet Barbecue 

Classic Buffalo Wing Sauce

Spicy Garlic

Spicy Citrus

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Start by adding 2 teaspoons olive oil to a sauce pan. Next, add in 3 cloves of minced fresh garlic and a pinch of kosher salt. Then stir and cook 2 minutes or until soft and fragrant.

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Next, add in the 1 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup both cherry preserves and apple cider vinegar, 1-1/2 teaspoons ground chipotle powder, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Stir and heating until the sauce is bubbling.

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Then, pour some of the cherry chipotle barbecue sauce into a jar for basting the wings, meanwhile keep the remaining sauce warm over low heat for serving with the wings. 

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Next, prep the wings by separating at the joints, discarding the wing tips and arrange them onto a rimmed metal baking sheet. 

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Next, using paper towel, pat the chicken wings dry. Then spray both sides with olive oil spray and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Meanwhile, preheat your grill to medium heat (about 400-450°).

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Place the wings on your preheated grill. Close the lid and cook for 5 minutes, then flip and continue cooking with the lid close and occasionally turning for 5 to 8 more minutes. Then brush with the cherry chipotle barbecue sauce and turn, repeating 2 to 3 more times. 

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Until the chicken wings are fully cooked and the sauce is sticky and caramelized. 

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There’s nothing like grilled chicken wings. The skin is crispy with flecks of char. Mix that with the sweet and smoky sauce and you have one of the best things that has come off my grill. Ever.

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Serve warm with extra sauce on the side and lots of napkins.

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Enjoy! And if you give this Grilled Cherry Chipotle Chicken Wings recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Grilled Cherry Chipotle Chicken Wings
Yield: 4 to 6 (or about 28 wings total)

Grilled Cherry Chipotle Chicken Wings

Sweet and smoky, these Grilled Cherry Chipotle Chicken Wings will be the hit of your next get together. The secret to this quick cherry chipotle barbecue sauce is good quality cherry preserves.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

FOR THE CHERRY CHIPOTLE BARBECUE SAUCE:

  • 2 teaspoon extra light olive oil
  • 3 medium cloves of fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup cherry preserves
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground chipotle pepper
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

FOR THE CHICKEN WINGS:

  • 4 pounds chicken wings, separated at the join and tips discarded
  • olive oil spray
  • pinches of kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a heavy bottom sauce pan, add olive oil and garlic. Heat over medium-low heat and sauté for 2 minutes or until soft and fragrant.
  2. Add in ketchup, preserves, vinegar, Worcestershire, chipotle powder and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir until combined.
  3. Pour some of the sauce into a jar or bowl, keeping any remaining sauce warm on low heat, for serving with the wings..
  4. Place the prepped chicken wings onto a rimmed metal baking pan and pat dry with paper towels.
  5. Spray both sides of the wings with olive oil and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  6. Meanwhile, preheat you grill to medium heat or about 400-450°. Once hot, place the wings skin-side down and close the lid. Grill the wings for 5 to 6 minutes before turning. Close the lid and grill for an additional 6 minute, turning occasionally turning.
  7. Then brush the wings with some of the sauce, turning and repeating with the sauce until the wings are fully cooked, glazed and sticky.
  8. Serve with reserved sauce on the side.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

4 wings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 863 Total Fat: 58g Saturated Fat: 20g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 33g Cholesterol: 186mg Sodium: 1276mg Carbohydrates: 46g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 17g Protein: 39g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
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