Spicy Cherry Barbecue Chicken Wings

August 12, 2013


The 10lb. Cherry Challenge continues! What to do with 10lbs of cherries?  Lots!  This time, I went for something spicy, tangy and very appropriate for the season.  Chicken wings!  But not just any chicken wings, spicy cherry barbecue chicken wings!
Juicy, tender, sweet and savory, these oven baked wings will feed any hungry crowd.  After having our cherry pitting party and putting my new OXO nesting bowls with colanders, cherry pitters and digital food scale to work a refreshing cherry-canela cooler was also prepared to keep us cool on this hot summer day.


Prepare these delicious wings next time you have company over.  Leftovers can easily be refrigerated or frozen to enjoy later, but I guarantee they will all be devoured minutes after they are served.

Thank you OXO and Northwest Cherry Growers for this fun and delicious challenge!

Spicy Cherry Barbecue Chicken Wings

Yield: 4 cups


  • 1 large onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 cups cherries, pitted and blended in a puree + 10 whole cherries, pitted
  • 1 ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ground mustard
  • 3 teaspoons cayenne pepper powder
  • 3lbs. chicken wings
  • salt
  • fresh, cracked pepper
  • sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven 375° F.
  2. In a large saucepan heat butter over medium heat. Sauté onion until tender. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute then add the remaining ingredients. Cook, stirring frequently for approximately 20 minutes or until sauce thickens.
  3. Season chicken wings with salt and pepper.
  4. Place wings in a single layer on a large baking pan or tray.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes, until browned, turning once. Remove from oven.
  6. Discard any rendered fat from the baked wings.
  7. Evenly brush barbecue sauce on wings and tuck a few whole cherries in between chicken wings. Return wings to oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and garnish with sesame seeds. Serve hot.

Cherries, cherries everywhere!  Check out who else was challenged to cook their hearts out with 10lbs. of cherries:

There is so much more on the 10lb. Cherry Challenge! Check out OXO (Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest |Instagram) and the Northwest Cherry Growers (Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram), and everything cherry board on Pinterest.

Disclosure:  I received 10lbs. of NW Cherries and OXO products to facilitate this post.  Recipe and opinions are my own.

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