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Sweet and Spicy Rubbed Wings

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September 23, 2010
Author Notes

I've been obsessed with this homemade spice rub lately- I've used a variation of it on ribs, roasted nuts, and now these wings. I went a little light on the chipotle chile powder (because I didn't want to overwhelm my kids), but feel free to add some more if spicy is your thing. If it wasn't raining, I probably would have grilled these, but they did very well in the oven (just please line your sheet pan with foil, folks). —WinnieAb

  • Serves 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup organic sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon organic freeze-dried coffee
  • 1 teaspoon organic cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 pounds organic chicken wings, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 tablespoons organic butter, melted
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix sugar through ginger. Stir well to combine.
  3. Place wings in a medium bowl. Pour the butter over the wings, then sprinkle the spice mix in, rubbing so that all the wings are completely covered.
  4. Spread the wings out onto a baking sheet that you've covered with foil. Bake for 30 minutes, until browned and starting to crisp on top and at the edges.
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I grew up in a restaurant family (my parents owned the now closed Quilted Giraffe in NYC) and I've always loved to cook. My interest in the connection between food and health led me to pursue a graduate degree in naturopathic medicine. I don't practice medicine anymore; I have a blog called Healthy Green Kitchen that I started in May of 2009 and I wrote a book called One Simple Change that will be published in January, 2014. I live in upstate New York with my family and many pets.