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Sweet & Spicy Coffee Glazed Wings

Prep: 15 min + 6 hours
Cook: 30 min
Yield: 8 servings

One of the reasons I love having cold brew coffee in the fridge is that it’s so easy to add it to a recipe that needs that certain kick. These wings were good, but adding the cold brew took them to a whole new level of complex spice and flavor.


  • 4 lbs chicken wing drummettes (with fat and skin trimmed)
  • 1 cup cold brew coffee
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup coffee beans
  • 1 Tbsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • Limes
  • Sea salt


  1. Place wings in a bowl and add brewed coffee, water, 2 tablespoons of salt and bay leaf. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 6 hours to overnight.
  2. Add the remaining dry ingredients to a food processor. Blend until it becomes a fine powder with a few coarse pieces of coffee grounds.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place about a pound of the wings in a large bowl, and add a heaping tablespoon of the rub mixture to the bowl. Add a few pinches of sea salt and 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix it all together. Repeat until all of the wings have been coated.
  4. Place the wings on a baking rack (recommended) or a nonstick baking sheet.
  5. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  6. Baste lightly with maple syrup and then cook an additional 10-15 minutes.
  7. Baste a second time lightly with maple syrup and then broil for an additional 3 -5 minutes, if needed, to caramelize sugars. Keep in mind that cooking times may vary depending on the amount of chicken.
  8. Squeeze lime juice overtop and serve with plenty of napkins.

About the Chef

Sabastian Desotelle

True confession: I don’t have a daily coffee habit…For me, coffee – and especially really great coffee – is made to be savored. So I always look for ways to highlight the sweet, roasty notes of coffee in my homebrew and on my table.

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