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Jalapeno Cheddar Chicken Wings Recipe
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4.8 from 5 votes

Jalapeno-Cheddar Chicken Wings Recipe

These jalapeno-cheddar chicken wings are seasoned then baked until extra crispy, then slathered in a cheesy Buffalo sauce infused with melty sharp cheddar and spicy jalapeno peppers. It is tangy and buttery and zesty in all the right ways. Here is the recipe.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken wings, hot wings, spicy, wings
Servings: 2
Calories: 707kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken wings separated and wing tips removed
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

FOR THE JALAPENO-CHEDDAR SAUCE

  • 1/2 stick butter 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup, or 56.7 grams).
  • ½ cup Louisiana style hot sauce Franks is very popular though I use Valentina HOT
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon hot chili flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeno peppers diced
  • 1/4 cup pickling juice from the pickled peppers
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese finely grated

Instructions

  • For the wings, pat them as dry, which helps with the crispiness. Add them to a large bowl.
  • Add seasoning mixture and toss to coat.
  • Heat your oven to 250 degrees F. Set the wings onto a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Flip the wings.
  • Increase oven heat to 425 degrees and bake for another 30 minutes, or until the wings are cooked through and the skins are nice and crispy. You can also hit them with the broiler a couple minutes to crisp them up even more.
  • When the wings are nearly done, heat the hot sauce and butter together in a pan until the butter melts through. Stir in the vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, seasonings, jalapeno peppers and pickling juice.
  • Swirl in the grated cheddar cheese a bit at a time, constantly stirring, until the cheese is incorporated and the sauce is nice and smooth.
  • Add the wings to a large bowl and pour the jalapeno-cheddar cheese sauce over them. Toss to coat.
  • Top with extra spicy pepper flakes and serve.

Notes

Serves 2 Heat Factor: Medium.
 
Mine were fairly hot because I used some homemade cayenne flakes, though your "heat level" results can vary depending on the spices and chili flakes you're using.

Nutrition

Calories: 707kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 218mg | Sodium: 3838mg | Potassium: 1285mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2865IU | Vitamin C: 51.6mg | Calcium: 503mg | Iron: 4.6mg