Then they stopped making ’em.
I was thinking about those wings the other day, and it got me to wondering if anyone else was missing those spicy little bits of wing goodness.
They were, and I found several promising recipes. This is my take on one of them.
•1(18 oz) jar apple jelly
•1 cup Jolly Rancher Cinnamon Fire candies (a touch more than a 7 oz bag)
•3 tbsp butter
•1 tbsp Tabasco Chipotle
•1 tbsp Cajun Power Spicy Garlic Sauce
•1 tbsp Earl’s
OR – use 3 tbsp of your favorite hot sauce
•3-1/2 lb wings (I used drumettes)
•1 tsp black pepper
•1/2 tsp Seasoned Salt
•2 tsp sea salt
•2 tsp canola oil
A note on the cinnamon candy: The original recipe I found suggested using Red Hots, which were amazingly hard to find around about here – I even went in to a Wal Mart (!) looking for them – so the first time I tried this recipe, I used these kinda chewy cinnamon candies. They worked fine, and tasted great – but whatever the base candy was made out of just leached flavor and color into the sauce, and I was left will all these semi-transparent non-melting tubes in the pot. I cannot help but think that that is not a good thing, so I went looking for hard-candy alternatives. The Jolly Rancher did the trick, for me.
On to the sauce:
Add the hard candy, apple jelly, butter, and hot sauce(s) to a large pot set over medium-low heat and cook, stirring every now and then, until the jelly and the candy has melted and you have a thick, smooth sauce. This will take a while. Those candies are tough!
The good thing is, you don’t have to stand over the pot every minute, so you can get on with the chicken wings.
Arrange the chicken pieces on a rack set into a foil-lined baking pan (coat the rack with cooking spray) and pop into a pre-heated 400º oven for 45 minutes.
Nice chicken wings – and no deep frying.
In truth, the chicken is pretty darned tasty just as it is – lightly seasoned and nicely browned – but we have one more simple little step to go; ermmm, two, if you’re making these a bit ahead of time.
Remove the wings from the baking rack and toss them in that big pan of candy apple sauce to coat well.
You are now good to go.
Serve these tempting and tasty little beauties with lots of napkins.
By the way, all thanks to luvabul at grouprecipes.com for the original sauce recipe.
In truth, these weren’t really all that like the KFC wings (well, they were sweet and spicy) – but then these also weren’t breaded and deep fried and who knows what all else, so I guess I can handle the slight differences.
Update: good as these wings are, check out apple butter chicken wings, made more better by using home made, sugar free apple butter and my own sherry peppers sauce in place of apple jelly and melted cinnamon candies. These may now be our faves.