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Coca-Cola Glazed Wings


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2005 Golden Whisk Awards
(Our top 10 recipes of the year)

These nouveau Southern wings, created by Atlanta cooking teacher Virginia Willis for a story she wrote on wings for Super Bowl parties, are by no means traditional, but they are lip-smacking good. The sweetness of the Coke combined with the heat of the peppers is incredible.

Hands on time: 10 minutes  Total time: 30 minutes  Serves: 4

Ingredients:

    1 cup Coca-Cola
    Juice of 2 limes
    1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
    3 jalapeno peppers, chopped
    3 pounds chicken wings (12 to 14)
    Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
    2 jalapeno peppers, sliced, for garnish

Instructions:

In a small saucepan over high heat, bring Coca-Cola, lime juice, brown sugar and chopped jalapeno peppers to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until syrupy, about 10 minutes.
Cut off the chicken wing tips, reserving for another use, and halve chicken wings at the joint. Place the halved wings in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Pour about half the sauce over the wings and toss to coat. Keep the remaining sauce warm in the small saucepan.
Place the oven rack 4 inches below the broiler. Heat the oven to broil 30 minutes before cooking. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place an ovenproof rack on the lined baking sheet.
Place the glazed wings on the prepared baking sheet. Transfer the wings to the oven and broil for 10 minutes per side, brushing with the reserved glaze every 5 minutes. Transfer to a heated platter, garnish with the sliced jalapeno peppers and serve immediately.

Nutrition:

Per serving: 438 calories (percent of calories from fat, 28), 19 grams protein, 61 grams carbohydrates, trace fiber, 14 grams fat (4 grams saturated), 59 milligrams cholesterol, 81 milligrams sodium.

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