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Chipotle Chicken Wings

These Spicy and Sweet Baked Chipotle Chicken Wings are perfect for entertaining a crowd! They're sweet. They're spicy. They're finger-licking good!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 454kcal


  • 4 lb (1.8 kg) chicken wings, thawed
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves to garnish (optional)
  • Lime wedges to serve (optional)

Chipotle Glaze:

  • 7.5 oz (221 ml) Coca Cola zero (one small can)
  • 4 chipotle peppers in abodo sauce, puréed (see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 teaspoon cold water


  • Preheat oven to 400º F (200º C). Line a baking sheet with foil. Place a wired rack on top and spray it with oil.
  • Pat dry the chicken wings with a paper towel.
  • Place cumin, salt, paprika, black pepper, and baking powder in a gallon-sized bag. Shake the bag to combine. Add chicken and shake again to coat it evenly with the seasoning.
  • Place seasoned chicken over the wired rack and spray with oil.
  • Bake for 35 -40 minutes, turning once, or until cooked through and golden brown and crispy.
  • In the meantime, make the chipotle sauce: Place a medium saucepan, over medium heat, add the Coca-Cola, chipotle, onion, garlic, brown sugar, and soy sauce; mix to combine. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer until reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Stir in cornstarch slurry and cook until thickened, about 2 minutes. Set aside.
  • When the chicken is cooked. Baste both sides of the chicken generously with the wing sauce and bake for 10 -15 minutes.
  • Garnish with cilantro, if using, and lime wedges. Serve hot.

Air Fryer:

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400º F (200º C).
  • Cook for 18-20 minutes, flipping halfway, until crispy, browned, and cooked through. You will need to do this in batches since the chicken wings must be arranged in a single layer for evenly cooked.
  • When all the batches are done, coat with the sauce and return all the chicken to the air fryer and cook for 1 -2 minutes to heat through. 


IMPORTANT: Chicken wings must be thawed.
CHIPOTLE PEPPERS: to puree the chipotle peppers you can use a small food processor
STORE: chicken wing leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days. 
Preheat oven to 400º F/ 200º C. Spread wings out on a tray, skin side up, and bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until it becomes crisp again.
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Please note that nutritional information is a rough estimate, and it can vary depending on the products used.


Calories: 454kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 1173mg | Potassium: 538mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 1332IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 3mg