Bourbon and Maple Chicken Wings


Makes 20 wings


  • 1 cup pure maple syrup

  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup bourbon or whiskey

  • 1 cup cider vinegar

  • 20 Smart Chicken party wings

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, as needed


Submerge the chicken in the buttermilk for at least 2 hours, or ideally overnight. When ready to fry, heat oil for frying to 350°F. Combine the salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, and flour. Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture, then re-dip in the buttermilk, and dredge a second time in the flour mixture. Transfer the chicken to the oil and fry until internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Recipe created by Benjamin Maides, Chef, Au Courant Regional Kitchen, Omaha, Nebraska