Chipotle Apple Butter Wings


Super Bowl Sunday will be here before we know it. This year, it’s scheduled on February 3, and I’m already testing out recipes for the big day. One of our must have football foods are hot wings. And while nothing beats a good old-fashioned hot wing, I love to play around with flavors to make new and unique flavor sauces to toss our wings in.


Today, I decided to make a sweet, smoky, spicy sauce that had complex flavors. To start, I used Musselman’s apple butter. The apple butter is not only sweet, but also has cinnamon and cloves that add even more flavor to this wing sauce. And don’t worry, these wings don’t taste like super sticky sweet apple butter because of all the other flavors I add.

For saltiness in the wing sauce I added soy sauce. It also helped thin out the sauce  a bit. For a bit of tanginess and slightly red color, I added tomato paste. The smokiness and heat comes from finely chopped chipotle chili peppers and adobo sauce. I also added garlic, well because everything tastes better with garlic.


To put the sauce really over the top, I added lots of melted butter. If you want to save on fat and calories, add warm chicken stock to thin out the sauce instead, or use half butter and half chicken stock.

Then I tossed my cooked wings (these were fried in the deep fryer, but I also love to grill them over low heat) in the sauce.


Chipotle Apple Butter Wings


For the Wings:
1 dozen chicken wings
salt and pepper
vegetable oil for frying

For the sauce:
1/4 cup melted butter
3 tablespoons Musselman's apple butter
1 tablespoon chopped chipotle chili peppers in adobo sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1 clove garlic, grated


Heat oil for frying to 350°. Salt and pepper chicken wings. Fry until golden brown and crisp, about 10 minutes.

While wings are frying, combine all ingredients for sauce. Whisk well.

Combine wings and sauce and toss to coat. Serve warm.

My friends Paula, Susan and Brandi have also created some amazing football foods using Musselman’s apple butter:

Be sure to stop by and see their delicious recipes too!

Paula’s Sweet & Spicy Mini Meatball Subs 

Susan’s Spicy Apple Butter BBQ Pork Cupcakes

Brandi’s Sweet & Spicy BBQ Chicken Dip

And you can find out more about Musselman’s on their website here. Don’t forget to also follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

This post sponsored by Musselman’s apple butter. All opinions 100% mine. 


19 Responses to “Chipotle Apple Butter Wings”

  1. 1
    Paula - bell'alimento — January 22, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    I’m going to need a pile of extra napkins please.

  2. 2
    brandi — January 22, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    these look great, Angie! i love sweet + spicy wings. i can’t handle ones that are just hot.

  3. 3
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — January 22, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    These look amazing! Love the apple butter idea!!

  4. 4
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 22, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    Sweet and spicy makes the best combo for wings, love it!

  5. 5
    Susan — January 22, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    LOVE chicken wings, and these look awesome! Sweet and spicy rocks.

  6. 6

    These look outrageous, Angie! LOVE that you used apple butter and chipotle chilis – so creative!

  7. 7
    Tanya — January 22, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

    These look so good, I think I might be drooling.. I want to make these for my husband soon. I bet her would really like them too.

  8. 8
    Belinda @zomppa — January 22, 2013 @ 8:02 pm

    Never thought to use apple butter in wings – but loving it!!

  9. 9
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — January 22, 2013 @ 8:54 pm

    This is definitely some good football food. I love the flavors!

  10. 10
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — January 23, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    Sounds delicious!

  11. 11
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — January 23, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    Love, love, love Musselman’s apple butter and the wings look incredible!

  12. 12
    JulieD — January 23, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

    Oh woah, these are pretty much genius, Angie!!

  13. 13
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — January 23, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

    Apple Butter sounds like a great secret ingredient for wings.

  14. 14
    Jessica — January 23, 2013 @ 10:16 pm

    I love these! How perfect for the upcoming Superbowl!

  15. 15
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — January 23, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

    Oh, I have to try these! What a fun combination.

  16. 16
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — January 24, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    I’ve been craving wings something crazy lately. These look awesome – I love the apple butter addition!

  17. 17
    Corianne — February 3, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    These wings were delicious. I made them for the super bowl today. Used our own canned apple butter, turned out amazing. Thank you Angie!

  18. 18
    Lokness @ The Missing Lokness — February 6, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

    Sounds very delicious! I love smokey flavors and I am excited to try out apple butter!

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