Pumpkin Hot Wings

I’m a little late posting this week due to the hurricane weather on Monday and Tuesday, and then scrambling around to get ready for trick or treaters yesterday. Still, I am very grateful. Despite the bottled water and bags of ice I picked up before the storm hit, we never lost water or power, and there was no serious damage done outside. A lot of people, especially friends in NYC and NJ, are dealing with a much worse situation right now. For many of them, it’ll be weeks before their power is restored and life can get back to normal…and many more will have to find a new normal, rebuilding what was destroyed by the storm. So today, I have the kind of food that invites a get-together: the casual kind of food where everyone pulls up a chair and digs in while chatting about life, from the big to the small things, because it helps us find comfort. And, even though the wing sauce is hot, you can still taste a little sweetness from the pumpkin. I’m thinking they’ll be great for Thanksgiving as well – perfect football food for when the games begin. Either way, serve these hot – and make sure to enjoy them with family and friends!

  • 2 lbs chicken wingettes
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp Frank’s Red Hot sauce
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the chicken on top and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil.

Bake 30 minutes, turning every 10 or so minutes until the chicken is cooked through and golden in color.

To make the wing sauce, combine the Frank’s, pumpkin, garlic powder, brown sugar, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, cinnamon, Worcestershire sauce, and cider vinegar. Let simmer for a few minutes until hot and slightly thickened, and then remove from the heat.

Toss the cooked wings with the hot sauce to coat.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

17 Responses to “Pumpkin Hot Wings”

  1. 1 Casey@Good. Food. Stories. Says:
    November 1st, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Tracy, these look phenomenal! I have leftover pumpkin puree in my fridge – freezing it until I have a chance to make these next week.

  2. 2 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies Says:
    November 1st, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    You are so smart! I’m not normally a wings person, but these? These I will eat. A lot of.

  3. 3 Jorja Says:
    November 1st, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Pumpkin…wings? I don’t even have words.

  4. 4 Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen Says:
    November 1st, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    These are such a good idea! I love pumpkin, I love wings…I never would have thought to combine them on my own though!

  5. 5 Sarah Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Brilliant idea! Love it, Tracy!

  6. 6 Lorie Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 9:40 am

    looks and sounds wonderful. so sorry for those hit by the storm.

  7. 7 Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 10:41 am

    They look incredible! I love the vivid color…I’m so intrigued by the sweet/hot combination.

  8. 8 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 11:23 am

    This is such a great idea! Glad to hear that you are safe!

  9. 9 Veronica Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 11:53 am

    So glad you weathered the storm OK! Your wings sound so good, the pumpkin is a wonderful addition. Brilliant!

  10. 10 Cindy Brickley Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I would have never in my lifetime thought to use pumpkin puree on my wings! This is a recipe I am going to try it sounds like it would be really good.

  11. 11 Doup Says:
    November 3rd, 2012 at 6:43 am

    What is the cornstarch for? The sauce? Dredging the wings?

  12. 12 carolinaheartstrings Says:
    November 3rd, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    This recipe looks fantastic. I cannot to try it out.

  13. 13 Tracy Says:
    November 3rd, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Doup – The cornstarch was a typo – sorry about that! I thought I might need it to help thicken up the sauce, but it was thick enough on its own. Hope that helps!

  14. 14 Doup Says:
    November 3rd, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Thanks Tracy!

    I’d give the recipe as written a 8.5/10. I did use buffalo style wings instead of the little wings. It was a little hotter than Wing Stops “Hot wings”. Not much of a pumpkin flavor. If I do them for Turkey Day football, I’m going to double the pumpkin & cinnamon. 1/8th of a tsp isn’t enough for any type of noticeable flavor.

  15. 15 Jen @ Savory Simple Says:
    November 4th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    These are definitely happening in my kitchen soon!

  16. 16 Aimee @ ShugarySweets Says:
    November 4th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Woah. I would never have thought to put pumpkin in there…genius!

  17. 17 Sarah @ a Dash and a Pinch Says:
    November 10th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    You are so stinking creative. I never ever would have thought of combining those two flavors! I love it.

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