Smoky Chipotle Wings

I’m been seriously addicted to making dry wings, like these smoky chipotle wings. Anita and I recently spent a few days in lovely Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania while attending a conference. I made sure I had my ‘to-eat’ list down before leaving, because one thing you can be sure of finding in Pittsburgh: good food. At the top of my list was dry chicken wings. No, not dry like ‘ewww, this meat is dry’. Dry as in the wings aren’t tossed in sauce after being cooked. Instead they are dusted with seasoning. The end result is almost like roasted chicken, but with much more pronounced flavors.

Smoky Chipotle Wings

When you first taste the rub for these smoky chipotle wings you might think they’ll come out super spicy. Maybe too spicy for grandma. Well, no actually. The heat mellows a bit while the wings cook. You’re left with a slightly smoky, slightly sweet, and a bit-of-heat flavor that is absolutely crazy good. Good enough for grandma, though you might want to run the idea by her first.

Smoky chipotle wings would be absolutely perfect served any time, but they’d really make a great appetizer for the big game. They’re easy to make and packed with flavor.

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Check out my always-growing list of homemade wing sauces and seasonings.

Smoky Chipotle Wings
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Smoky Chipotle Wings

When you first taste the rub for these smoky chipotle wings you might think they’ll come out super spicy. Well, no actually.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: smoky, spicy, wings
Servings: 6
Calories: 530kcal


For the wings

  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips saved to make stock
  • 3 tablespoons Smoky Chipotle Rub from below, divided

For the Smoky Chipotle Rub (makes more than you'll need)

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground dried chipotle pepper
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt


For the wings

For the Smoky Chipotle Rub

  • Combine all ingredients. Store leftover rub in an airtight container.


Calories: 530kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 1331mg | Potassium: 404mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 915IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate and will not include any store-bought wing sauce or seasoning nutritional values.

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