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Easy Apricot BBQ Chicken Wings is a game day appetizer classic made extra crispy by baking chicken wings in a sweet and tangy apricot glaze with Budweiser Classic BBQ Sauce.
This year I plan on hosting my own Home Gate Football Party. I’m planning ahead and making Easy Chicken Wings for the big day. It’s a fun way to make a meaty dish and it doesn’t take long to prepare.
These oven-baked wings taste like what you’d get at a restaurant – crispy, tender, just the right amount of sweet, and spicy barbecue flavor. They are seriously addicting. I made a large batch of chicken wings for our friends to celebrate New Orleans still being in the game and I plan to make a double batch on Sunday during the playoffs.
We’re just a few weeks away from the football championship and we’re all about cheering for our favorite teams. If you can’t make it to the stadium, throwing a “Homegate” party right where you are is the next best thing.
When I think football games, the first thing that comes to mind is chicken wings and a cold drink. The combination is one that can’t be beaten. If you’re looking for the ultimate appetizer to serve for game day, you’ll want to try my Easy Apricot Barbecue Chicken Wings recipe.
Game Day food needs to be simple. It shouldn’t be complicated and the recipe needs an easy way to keep warm throughout the game. While most people think frying chicken wings creates crispy wings, baking chicken wings at high heat yields the same result. Plus, baked wings don’t need to be watched and tended to while the game is live.
The trick to getting crispy tender oven baked chicken wings is to pat the skin dry. I always use a mixture of baking powder and salt to dry the skin which helps it to crisp up in the oven.
The best way to impress game day enthusiasts is to make a crowd-pleasing sauce. My favorite is made with a combination of apricot preserves and barbecue sauce. Budweiser makes the BEST BBQ sauces with a wide variety of flavors like Classic BBQ Sauce, Honey, Sweet & Spicy, Sweet & Smoky, and Bold & Spicy. I tested a few of these sauce out from Walmart and they are all amazing! The best sauce to pair in an apricot glaze is the classic sauce. It’s not too sweet when combined with apricot jam. For more locations on where to buy this sauce, head over to Budweisersauces.com.
Budweiser also carries wing sauce in both mild and hot varieties along with two marinade bag flavors. I love to bake up a big batch of wings and coat them in a variety of sauces. This is my favorite way to make a quick Home Gate party for my friends. It’s the ultimate game day recipe hack and everyone always loves the variety of flavors.
Budweiser Brewmaster’s Premium BBQ Sauces and Wing Sauce are made with Budweiser beer. All my friends and family already love to add beer to homemade sauces so this is the perfect sauce to serve with appetizers on game day.
With a variety of delicious BBQ sauces, wing sauces, and marinades made with beer, I can count on Budweiser to deliver the most tantalizing and convenient sauce on the market.
For an easy game day appetizer, make these sweet and tangy Apricot BBQ Chicken Wings. Make them ahead of the big game and keep them warm in a slow cooker throughout the party.
Easy Apricot BBQ Chicken Wings
- 4 pounds chicken wings, cut at bone, wing tips discarded
- 1 1/2 tablespoons baking POWDER
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
Apricot BBQ Sauce
- 1/2 cup apricot preserves
- 1/2 cup Budweiser Classic BBQ Sauce
- 3 teaspoons white vinegar
- 3 teaspoons hot sauce
- 1 bunch green onions, chopped
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 2 cloves garlic, minced, optional to taste
- Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place a metal wire rack on top; set aside. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.Cut chicken wings at joint and place in a large mixing bowl. Discard the hard wingtip.Pat chicken wings dry with paper towel.Toss wings with 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Evenly spread wings on wire rack.Bake in oven for about 40 minutes or until golden brown. Flip chicken wings over halfway through baking or about 20 minutes each side.In a large bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup apricot preserves and 1/2 cup Budweiser Classic BBQ Sauce until smooth. For added tang, whisk in 3 teaspoons white vinegar, minced garlic, and 3 teaspoons hot sauce. Add a few chicken wings at a time to the bowl and coat well then place back on wire rack. Turn oven to high broil and broil each side for 3 minutes.Serve with sesame seeds, diced green onions, a bowl of extra sauce, and celery.