(For 4 servings)

Don’t deny your Derby guests a fantastic version of everyones favorite appetizer! Chili peppers are optional if spicy food doesn’t suit. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 50 min
Difficulty: easy


1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/3 cup bourbon
2/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pinch cayenne pepper
8 whole chicken wings, cleaned with wing tips removed
1 tablespoon canola oil, for brushing
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
2 scallions, green tops only, thinly sliced
2 small red chili peppers, sliced


1 Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to a moderately hot temperature, 350-375°F; if using coals, wait until they turn white-hot.

2 Melt the butter in a saucepan set over medium heat. Whisk in the onion powder, bourbon, maple syrup, tomato paste, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper; bring to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 3-4 minutes.

3 Place the chicken wings on a large platter or baking sheet and pat dry with paper towels; pour about half the bourbon-maple glaze over them, turning to coat. Pour the remaining glaze into a large bowl and set aside.

4 When the grill is ready, brush the grates with a little oil. Arrange the chicken wings on the grill and cook, turning a few times, until cooked through and lightly charred, 25-35 minutes.

5 When ready, transfer the wings from the grill to the bowl of reserved glaze; toss to coat.

6 Arrange on a serving plate or platter and garnish with cilantro, scallion, and sliced chili peppers. 


calories: 520 protein (g): 45.0 carbs (g): 37.3 sugars (g): 32.1 fat (g): 16.2 sat. fat (g): 6.7 fiber (g): 0.7 sodium (g): 0.8