If you are looking for something besides hot wings on game day this fall, then I have something special for you!
Wait for it…………
Apple Cider Glazed Wings! These wings capture quintessential fall flavors and who doesn’t love apple EVERYTHING this time of year!?
For many years, chicken wings were one of those foods that I stayed away from because I thought they were WAY too unhealthy, but that is simply not the case. I try to purchase as much properly raised protein as I can, it’s not cheap but I think it’s important to support local farmers and to give our bodies the highest quality protein that we can afford. The chicken wings I used for this recipe are from Sunrise Farms, which carry a Certified Humane designation; This means that the animals are fed a nutritious diet without antibiotics; they have a shelter, resting area, sufficient space and the ability to engage in natural behaviours. Happy Chickens = Nutrient Dense Protein for us!
Instead of using store bought apple cider that is packed with tons of refined sugar, I used an AMAZING homemade version adapted from Tieghan over at Half Baked Harvest. This girl has some serious talent and if you haven’t checked out her blog, I highly suggest you do.
For the apple cider, I added 1/2 tsp of cloves and allspice; I also peeled the orange because orange peels can be bitter when they steep for too long. I decided to just throw the cider together on the stove top rather than the slow cooker because I wanted to get these made and photographed before it got dark. The house smelled HEAVENLY while this simmered on the stove! You are going to love the smell ALMOST as much as you are going to love the wings!
Are you drooling yet?
The crispy sage is the icing on the cake so don’t be lazy and omit it, I promise you won’t regret it.
- 1 lb of chicken wings (humanely raised if possible)
- 2 tbsp grass fed butter, melted
- Salt & Pepper
- 1 cup of apple cider *recipe below
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp grass fed butter
- 4 sage leaves
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Dry the wings with paper towel (this will help to make them nice and crispy). Brush the melted butter over the wings, and season with salt and pepper. Spread the wings out in a single layer over the prepared baking sheet. Bake wings until cooked through and skin is crispy, 30-35 minutes.
- To make the Glaze: Combine the apple cider, maple syrup, and apple cider vinegar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Turn the heat down to medium-low and allow to simmer under the sauce begins to thicken (approximately 10 minutes).
- To make the crispy sage, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the sage and cook until crispy (5 minutes).
- Remove the wings from the oven and brush them with the apple cider glaze and bake for another 5-10 minutes until the glaze is lightly caramelized.
- Garnish the wings with crispy sage and serve with the remaining sauce.
- 10-12 apples (I used Macintosh & Granny Smith), quartered
- 1 orange, peeled & quartered
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- ½ tsp whole cloves
- ½ tsp whole allspice
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- Cut the apples and orange into quarters and place in a large pot. Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice, and maple syrup. Add enough water to cover the apples/oranges.
- Cook on medium heat for approximately four hours or until the apples are really soft.
- Mash the apples to release the juice.
- Strain the mixture though a mesh strainer. Discard the fruit and spices. Strain the cider one more time to make sure all the solids have been removed.