I find it hard to believe that you can really go wrong with any kind of wings, but this recipe takes it the extra mile for your race-day party. One taste of the savory, bourbon-y glaze, mingled with the tang of a fresh blue cheese sauce and you will be going back for more all de doo-da-day long. (Cringe…apologies..I had to get a reference to the song in there somewhere!)

Chicken wings and the Derby go together like unicorns and glitter (I agree with the perky Progressive lady), so do yourself a favor and try this recipe for your festivities…your guests will thank you!

Bourbon-Glazed Chicken Drums & Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

Savory, glazed wings with a little kick that pairs perfectly with this super fresh, tangy blue cheese dip.

  1. 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
  2. 1 cup chopped onion
  3. 3 garlic cloves, peeled, thinly sliced
  4. 1 cup bourbon, divided
  5. 1 cup ketchup
  6. 1/2 cup hot pepper sauce (such as Crystal)
  7. 1/4 cup tomato paste
  8. 3 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
  9. 30 chicken drumettes (about 4 pounds)

Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce: (Makes about 2 1/2 cups)

  1. 8 ounces blue cheese (such as Maytag), finely crumbled (about 2 cups)
  2. 1 16-ounce container sour cream
  3. 1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
Wing Preparation:
  1. Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté until golden, about 5 minutes. Add 3/4 cup bourbon; boil until most of liquid is absorbed, 6 to 8 minutes. Whisk in 1/4 cup bourbon, ketchup, hot pepper sauce, tomato paste, and brown sugar. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickens slightly, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Season marinade with salt and pepper. Remove marinade from heat; cool to room temperature.
  2. Place chicken drumettes in 15x10x2-inch glass baking dish. Pour marinade over and turn drumettes to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Place cooling rack atop prepared baking sheet. Arrange drumettes on rack, spacing slightly apart. Spread any remaining marinade from dish over drumettes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake drumettes (still on cooling rack) until cooked through and brown in spots, about 45 minutes.
  4. Transfer drumettes to serving platter. Serve Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce alongside.
  5. Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce Preparation:
  6. Whisk blue cheese crumbles, sour cream, and parsley in medium bowl until well blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to serving bowl.

Notes: MAKE AHEAD: Dipping sauce can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.

Nutritional Information: One serving (2 drumettes) contains the following (Analysis is based on 2 drumettes with 1 tablespoon of Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce.):

Calories (kcal) 240.9 %Calories from Fat 38.4 Fat (g) 10.3 Saturated Fat (g) 4.7 Cholesterol (mg) 101.3 Carbohydrates (g) 6.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.3 Total Sugars (g) 5.5 Net Carbs (g) 6.5 Protein (g) 28.2

Nutritional Information for Blue Cheese Sauce:One tablespoon contains the following:

Calories (kcal) 42.9 %Calories from Fat 73.9 Fat (g) 3.5 Saturated Fat (g) 2.4 Cholesterol (mg) 11.8 Carbohydrates (g) 0.5 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.0 Total Sugars (g) 0.4 Net Carbs (g) 0.5 Protein (g) 1.6

Preparation time: 40 minute(s)

Cooking time: 45 minute(s)

Diet (other): High protein

Number of servings (yield): 30

Meal type: hors d’oerves

Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)

Recipe by Lora Zarubin
Photograph by Misha Gravenor
February 2010


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