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Easy Apricot BBQ Chicken Wings

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Cripsy, tender, oven-baked Apricot BBQ Chicken Wings, The easiest game day appetizer to make for a crowd!

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.

Easy Apricot BBQ Chicken Wings - The BEST barbecue chicken wings with apricot jam. Just a few ingredients for easy crispy oven-baked chicken wings.

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.

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.

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.

Cripsy, tender, oven-baked Apricot BBQ Chicken Wings, The easiest game day appetizer to make for a crowd! A variety of Budweiser BBQ sauces to pair with chicken wings for a home gate football party.

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

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.

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.

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.

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Easy Apricot BBQ Chicken Wings

Crispy, tender, oven-baked Apricot BBQ Chicken Wings. The easiest game day appetizer to make for a crowd!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 20 wings
Author Jessica @


  • 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.


To keep chicken wings warm, combine sauce and baked chicken wings in a slow cooker then set it to "warm".

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    nicole (
    01/20/2019 at 6:35 pm

    Oh wow, this recipe sure sounds like a winner, I love the sound of the apricot preserves in combination with all the other delicious flavors! Thank you for sharing, Jessica! 🙂

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    01/24/2019 at 6:49 am

    Chicken wings are always such a crowd pleaser, just perfect for any gatherings! And that apricot BBQ sauce… wow! Perfect sticky and delicious glaze!

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    Carrie | Clean Eating Kitchen
    01/25/2019 at 11:55 am

    What a unique flavor for chicken wings! They look and sound delicious, and perfect for serving on game day!

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    Kiki Johnson
    01/26/2019 at 10:26 am

    I am a sucker for all things sweet and sticky! The glaze looks SOOOO good and this recipe is perfect for using up leftover jam and bbq sauces I have sitting in the fridge! Thanks for sharing

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    01/26/2019 at 1:27 pm

    Those wings look amazing! I love the way you have added the apricot preserve to the bbq sauce for that extra level of flavour, I bet they taste so good!

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    01/27/2019 at 12:15 pm

    These apricot wings look so good! Perfect for the upcoming Super Bowl. Such a unique flavor combination.

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    01/27/2019 at 3:20 pm

    Such an inspired idea adding apricot preserve into a bbq sauce! I bet it gives a fab sweet, sticky glaze to the wings. These are exactly what you want when the Super Bowl comes around!

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    Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
    01/27/2019 at 3:41 pm

    I have never made chicken wings before, but this sounds amazing!! I have never tried chicken with apricot preserves, but I am definitely loving the sound of it!

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    01/27/2019 at 4:17 pm

    Baking powder is KEY for making crispy wings! All of the flavors you have going on in the sauce sound AMAZING! This is my kind of gameday food!

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    01/27/2019 at 7:33 pm

    You made these wings so saucy and appetizing! The sweetness of the apricot preserve really adds to the enhancing that barbecue flavor – I love it! I had no idea that Budweiser made wing sauce; this is a must buy the next time I go grocery shopping!

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    01/27/2019 at 7:43 pm

    So glad you posted this because I have not seen the Budweiser BBQ sauce in stores yet! I’m going to be on the lookout for it!!Perfect for game day! Loving this recipe!

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    01/28/2019 at 1:10 am

    I think bbq and apricot sound fantastic but I am so glad that you added a little kick of hot sauce to make this sauce really sing. This sounds like the perfect upgraded wing recipe for any gathering.

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    01/28/2019 at 3:55 am

    What a brilliant idea to use apricot preserve in this recipe, I am sure these chicken wings must have tasted so amazing. Beautiful glazed.

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