Spicy Baked Sesame Chicken Wings

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This is the best/easiest way to cook wings, in my opinion! They are not fried, not greasy, are lower in calories, and oh so yummy! A little spicy, but not too much, and a little smoky from the chipotle and liquid smoke! Obviously bourbon is optional! I prefer the drummies, but my husband likes the whole wing, minus the wing tips. Your choice!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 servings


  • 4 pounds chicken wings

  • 1 serving cooking spray

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ cup soy sauce

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

  • 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

  • 1 tablespoon bourbon (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

  • 1 tablespoon chile-garlic sauce

  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (such as Crystal®)

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, or to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  2. Place a baking rack on top of a baking sheet, and lay chicken wings on top. Spray with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Flip wings and bake for another 15 minutes.

  4. While the wings are baking, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, cornstarch, chipotle peppers, bourbon, ginger, chile-garlic sauce, hot sauce, sesame oil, and liquid smoke in a small pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Lower heat slightly and simmer for 1 minute. Turn off the heat and keep sauce warm.

  5. Remove wings from the oven and turn on the broiler; if you can adjust the broiling temperature, select 480 degrees F (245 degrees C).

  6. Brush sauce on wings, and broil for 5 minutes. Flip wings, brush sauce on the other side, and broil for 5 more minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  7. Garnish wings with sesame seeds and serve.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of sauce. The actual amount of sauce consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

511 Calories
26g Fat
34g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 511
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 2213mg 96%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 337mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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