Spicy Cranberry Chicken Wings

These spicy cranberry chicken wings are the perfect appetizer for Christmas parties, game days, and easy weeknight dinners. They’re sweet, spicy, and easy to throw together at the last minute!

These spicy cranberry chicken wings are the perfect appetizer for Christmas parties, game days, and easy weeknight dinners. They're sweet, spicy, and easy to throw together at the last minute!
Spicy Cranberry Chicken Wings

I didn’t know about the combination of spice and cranberry sauce but I was inspired by the leftover cranberry sauce that happens after turkey dinner. So I gave it a whirl, and they’re husband approved!

I was worried about the sugar in the cranberry sauce and pineapple juice would burn on the chicken and pan. So here’s what I did to prevent it: I turned it.

That’s it.

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I wish I had more advice, but I just kept my eye on them and turned halfway.

I also lined the pan with parchment paper.

Spicy Cranberry Wings

Are the wings perfect? No. Is there a little char? Yup! That being said, I have never baked wings without a few dark spots. As long as it tastes good, that’s all that matters!

Randa’s Tip: Control the heat and add as much (or as little) cayenne as you’d like. Start at 1/4 tsp, taste, and work up from there. Make this recipe work for you.

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These spicy cranberry chicken wings are the perfect appetizer for Christmas parties, game days, and easy weeknight dinners. They're sweet, spicy, and easy to throw together at the last minute!
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Spicy Cranberry Chicken Wings

These spicy cranberry chicken wings are the perfect appetizer for Christmas parties, game days, and easy weeknight dinners. They're sweet, spicy, and easy to throw together at the last minute!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken wings, Spicy Cranberry Chicken Wings
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Servings 12 wings
Calories 152kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken wings
  • 3 tbsps pineapple juice
  • 2 tbsps cranberry jelly
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Optional: a few dashes of sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • In a bowl whisk together the pineapple juice, cranberry sauce, olive oil, and cayenne. Whisk until smooth.
  • Add the chicken wings and let sit for at least 30 minutes.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes, turning halfway.
  • Note: When you turn it halfway, brush some of the reserved marinade and continue cooking.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.7g | Protein: 23.6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 86.9mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1.3g
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