Sweet Spicy Chicken Wings – Best Gameday Food

sweet spicy chicken wings

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Chicken Wings – Best Gameday Food:

Chicken wings and buffalo wings are probably the best appetizers for watching sports.  Especially for pigskin viewing (be it college football bowl game party or a pro football playoff action), there is nothing better than gobbling up a plate of them and then going back and reloading for rounds 2, 3 and more.  If you’re cooking food for a viewing party of the big game or even plan to just watch it by yourself there should be wings present, and they should be amazing.  I’ve got you covered on that, please check out my recipe below! 

sweet spicy chicken wings recipe

sweet spicy chicken wings recipe

Sweet Spicy Chicken Wings:

Here’s a simple Chicken Wings Recipe with just 5 ingredients!  The taste is different than what most have tried before…a little sweetness and a little kick, a match made in heaven.  Prep time is easy too, if you run out of wings you could just prepare another batch over the course of a couple of timeouts.

 sweet spicy chicken wings recipe Gameday foods are all about tasty and easy.  One thing I like about these wings is that the sauce I prepare is a marinade rather than a dipping sauce.  They really work well both ways, but as a marinade they are less messy than wings accompanied by a dipping sauce.  I personally like how the flavors cook into the chicken more, too. This same exact marinade does however double as an outstanding dipping sauce.  Pace® Salsas and Picante Sauces have worked well for me in so many different recipes and capacities, and this example shows how well it can crossover.  They bring home the flavors of the SouthWest and shine as a standalone sauce or as an ingredient. Hope you’ll enjoy this Sweet Spicy Chicken Wings with Pace® Picante Medium 24 ounce !

Sweet Spicy Chicken Wings - Best Gameday Food
Prep Time
1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
2 hrs
Author: Posh Journal
  • 2 Lbs of chicken wings
  • 1 1/2 cups Pace® Picante Medium 24 ounce
  • 2-3 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon taco seasoning
  1. Pre heat oven to 350 F
  2. Rinse chicken wings and pat dry. Remove tip and discard
  3. Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl, then marinade in the fridge for 1 hour
  4. Spread the wings in a rectangular baking pan (spray the bottom with cooking oil)
  5. Bake the chicken wings, turning occasionally until nicely browned and crisp

You can purchase Pace® Picante Medium 24 ounce  at Walmart stores.


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  • Reply
    Tori Gabriel
    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:18 am

    I love how “game days” and the Superbowl bring your entire country together to eat chicken wings and drink beer! That’s how sport should be enjoyed.

    Here in the UK, football is a divisive subject. The police often have to keep the peace and God help you if you’re caught supporting the wrong team! I wish we did it your way.

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    Jaime N.
    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:29 am

    I’m from Buffalo so I absolutely agree with you that wings are a necessity for game day.Your recipe sounds great!

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    Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:08 am

    I love Pace products! Your wings look and sound so delicious! I can’t wait to try your recipe. We’re looking forward to the Big Game!

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    Angelic Sinova
    Jan 21, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Yum, those Sweet Spicy Chicken Wings like so delicious! Wings are just the PERFECT dish for any game day party. I might have to add these Sweet Spicy Chicken Wings to my game day menu <3

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    Jan 21, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I have to try this. I eat chicken all the time and I am always looking for something different. The sweet and spicy sounds delicious

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    Jan 21, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Love the idea of taco seasoning on wings. I’ve never been a real wings kind of girl, but this little Mexican twist on hot wings could certainly turn things around for me. Thanks for sharing the creative recipe.

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    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Those look absolutely mouthwatering. There’s nothing better than spicy wings.

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    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    I would have never thought of doing this! WOW what a great idea! Great Super bowl food!

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    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    We love Pace and would love to try this recipe out. Sounds like a great addition to our gameday celebrations. Delish option for our next party!

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    Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Wings are a MUST in our house on game day! Your recipe sounds awesome – I will definitley have to try these.

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    Kelli @ 3 Boys and a Dog
    Jan 21, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    This will be such a great dish for the Big Game! And if you’re anything like our family, those items will already be on the shopping list. Great way to season/sauce the chicken!

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    Jan 21, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    yummy!!! there’s nothing like wings for the game!

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    Miles Basilio
    Jan 21, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    I’ve been reading many post about the preparing snacks for the game. So far, this is one of the best.

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    Katalina @ Peas & Peonies
    Jan 21, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Now these wings look so perfect, I have tp try this version, I just recently made a sweeter version with wine glaze, but these hot ones sound so delish.

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    travel blogger
    Jan 21, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    You can’t have a football party without spicy wings! This recipe looks great. I will have to give it a try for our party.

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    Franc Ramon
    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    I like wings because its the part of the chicken that can really absorb the flavor. The sweet spicy chicken wings looks really delicious.

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    Rebecca Swenor
    Jan 22, 2016 at 1:10 am

    These Sweet Spicy Chicken Wings are indeed perfect food for any game day. I will have to make these for my sister who is the one that does the game day parties. The Pace Picante sauce I have never used in a recipe before so these wings should be delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    Eileen Mendoza Loya
    Jan 22, 2016 at 3:23 am

    I love easy to make, delicious recipes. Chicken wings are definitely included in game day fare. I will have to give a “test run” on this sweet and spicy chicken wings. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Rebecca B.
    Jan 22, 2016 at 5:06 am

    We love a good football game day spread!! These wings sound fabulous and super easy! We will definitely be giving them a try!!

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    Heather S-G
    Jan 22, 2016 at 5:19 am

    These look so good! I love wings, but never thought about using salsa to marinate them in – genius.

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    Jessica Beal Harlow
    Jan 22, 2016 at 5:49 am

    This is the perfect recipe for the upcoming Superbowl game! I know chicken wings are on the most requested list, so I’ll be trying a batch of these!

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    Chubskulit Rose
    Jan 22, 2016 at 9:13 am

    What a great game day treats! I love sweet and spicy chicken but I have never tried it with this kind of sauce. Sounds delicious.

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    Christie @ Raising Whasians
    Jan 22, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Chicken wings are some of my husband’s favorite game day foods. I ‘ll have to make this recipe for him!

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    Ann Bacciaglia
    Jan 22, 2016 at 10:32 am

    I love chicken wings. This recipe looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to make some for the Hockey game this weekend.

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    Chrystal | Nevermore Lane
    Jan 22, 2016 at 11:13 am

    I love making baked chicken wings. I have never made them with Pace though. Never even though of it. I am going to have to add that to my wing recipe mix next batch I make.

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    Jan 22, 2016 at 11:31 am

    I never would have thought to coat chicken wings in salsa and bake them. How simple, and I bet they are delicious too.

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    Jan 22, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Yum. These look so good. I love wings, especially a good spicy and sweet wing. These look like I’d love them. I will have to give them a try!

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    Becca Wilson
    Jan 22, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Yum! Spicy wings are my fav! I always have to make another batch of non-spicy for my kids but I always like spice on mine. These look great!

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    Jan 22, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    I love chicken wings and this looks so tasty! I can’t wait to tr your recipe.

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    Jan 22, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    I want some of those chicken wings right now! Craving!

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    Jan 22, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    I buy Pace Picante sauce all the time, but I never would have thought to use it to make wings. Excellent idea!

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    Jan 22, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    I am so going to make these this weekend! I’m not creative in the kitchen at all, so thank you for this!

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    Stephanie Pass
    Jan 22, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Living in Texas I’ve grown up with Pace all my life. I would have never thought to bake with it. What an awesome idea!

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    Jan 22, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    My son loves chicken, so I know that he would really enjoy it if I made this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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    Jan 22, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    These wings looks delicious. Who would have thought to use a jar of Pace sauce to make such a mouth watering dish.

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    michele d
    Jan 23, 2016 at 5:19 am

    Your wings look so yummy! I love game day foods that are considered finger foods. Nothing wrong with it. We love it!

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    Karissa @WithOurBest (@withourbest)
    Jan 23, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Ok, honestly you’ve made these look like the best wings in the universe. I need these pronto, like yesterday.

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    Jan 23, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    I love chicken on gameday! I really like the cute field line cups you displayed it in…cute and festive!

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    Carmela Pop
    Jan 24, 2016 at 5:17 am

    OMG that loos soooo goo!! Thanks for sharing the recipe | http://carmelapop.com

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    Wildish Jess
    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:52 am

    I’m not a huge Pace fan but the wings look good!

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    Shannon Gurnee
    Jan 27, 2016 at 11:33 am

    I love Pace Picante and will have to give this recipe a try! I’ve actually never made chicken wings before.

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    Crystal McWhirter-Lopez
    Jan 28, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Chicken wings are a huge hit at my house! My kids even love the spicy ones so this recipe is perfect!

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