Smokin’ Hot Baked Wings


  • 4 lbs. chicken wings
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
  • 1 cup red pepper jelly (we used a 10.5 oz. jar of Braswell’s red pepper jelly)
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • Fresh jalapeño, chopped


  1. Before preheating your oven, move a rack to the top third of your oven (we moved our rack up one from the middle). Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Take a large rimmed baking sheet out and line it with aluminum foil. Place a wire rack on the lined baking sheet, spraying the rack with cooking spray afterwards.
  2. Take the chicken wings and cut off the wingtips before separating the wingette from the drumette (until we take our own pictures, check out this website,, if you need any help figuring out the anatomy of a chicken wing). Pat the wingettes and drumettes dry before placing them in a large mixing bowl. Along with those chicken wings, add the canola oil, salt, and pepper to the bowl, tossing to ensure all the chicken wings are coated in those ingredients. Place the chicken wings on the rack lined baking sheet and stick them in the oven to cook for 45 minutes or until the chicken skin is crispy.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the red pepper jelly and the smoked paprika, creating your glaze. Scoop out ¼ cup of the glaze and place it in a separate bowl. Take the chicken wings and toss them around in the remaining glaze before returning the chicken wings to the rack lined baking sheet (making sure that the wings are still in a single layer). Stick the wing pieces back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes or until the glaze looks shiny, the skin’s browned up in spots on the chicken and the chicken’s fully cooked.
  4. Place the wings on a plate and dab with that ¼ cup of glaze*. Sprinkle the chopped jalapeño over the wings and serve immediately.

*We actually forgot to dab the ¼ cup of glaze onto the wings but we did dip the wings into the glaze while we ate.

Oh these were delicious ! You’ve got sweet, spicy, and smoky all in one bite !

We found this recipe in a Rachael Ray magazine.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Braswell, thekitchn, or Rachael Ray.

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