Sticky Peanut Butter and Jelly Wings

We all cling to our childhood memories of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, I know I do.  There are also many of you who grew up on variations of this sandwich. 

Peanut butter and mayonnaise, peanut butter and pickles, peanut butter and bacon…did I forget any?

I have never tried any of the aforementioned blends but when I saw these Sticky Peanut Butter & Jelly Wings, I knew I had to give them a whirl.

And yes, they taste like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich…it’s so weird! And they are so good.  The sauce covered my chin and cheeks as I made my way through these.  I couldn’t stop eating them.

My son loved these because usually wings are too spicy for him and these were just perfect.  From now on these are going to sit side by side to my usual hot wings recipe and I predict these will disappear first.

If you are at all a PB&J fan these will really float your boat.

Let’s make them…

Here’s what you will need:  Chicken wings (or drummettes), grape jelly, natural peanut butter, hot pepper sauce, red wine vinegar, salt and cilantro (optional).

In a large bowl, mix together one 10 ounce jar grape jelly, 1/2 cup natural peanut butter, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

If you are using full chicken wings, cut tips off and separate wings at the joint.  I used drummettes so this step was not necessary.  Before you place chicken in the marinade, reserve about 1/2 cup to use on the chicken when it’s finished cooking.  After reserving the sauce, place chicken in the marinade and refrigerate for at least one hour or up to overnight.

Arrange the chicken on a greased rack set on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Bake for 30 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

Remove the chicken from the oven and turn each piece.  Baste each wing with more sauce.  Do not use the 1/2 cup reserved sauce.  Use the sauce the chicken was already marinating in since it is going back in the oven.  Bake until browned, about another 20 minutes.

When finished cooking, baste the chicken again with the reserved sauce (the sauce the chicken has never been in).  If you forget to reserve some sauce, you can always heat the leftover marinade on the stove until boiling.  However, you must stir it constantly or it will burn.

Serve it over a bed of cilantro because it looks pur-tee.

I had mine with a glass of milk. It was fantastic.

Sticky Peanut Butter & Jelly Wings
Adapted from Rachael Ray

One 10 ounce jar grape jelly
1/2 cup smooth, natural peanut butter (do not substitute with regular)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 chicken wings, tips discarded and wings separated at the join or about 17-20 drummettes
Cilantro for garnish

In a large bowl, mix together grape jelly, natural peanut butter, red wine vinegar, hot pepper sauce and salt.

If you are using full chicken wings, cut tips off and separate wings at the joint.  I used drummettes so this step was not necessary.  Before you place chicken in the marinade, reserve about 1/2 cup to use on the chicken when it’s finished cooking.  After reserving the sauce, place chicken in the marinade and refrigerate for at least one hour or up to overnight.

Arrange the chicken on a greased rack set on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Bake for 30 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

Remove the chicken from the oven and turn each piece.  Baste each wing with more sauce.  Do not use the 1/2 cup reserved sauce.  Use the sauce the chicken was already marinating in since it is going back in the oven.  Bake until browned, about another 20 minutes.

When finished cooking, baste the chicken again with the reserved sauce (the sauce the chicken has never been in).  If you forget to reserve some sauce, you can always heat the leftover marinade on the stove until boiling.  However, you must stir it constantly or it will burn.

Serve on a bed of cilantro.

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93 Comments

  1. Susan 1

    okay..these sound ridiculously delicious…by the by, my mom had a craving for: peanut butter, mayonnaise and lettuce sandwiches…it is nice to hear that mentioned in the list of peanut butter companions that you mentioned…i’m curious…anyone else enjoy the p-nut butter/mayo combo? or their relative(s)? (it’s really not that bad–she had me try it when i was young and …well…it’s a protein with mayo condiment sandwich, right? :D

  2. dawn 2

    OMG, OMG, OMG! PB & J WINGS! OMG! I am so making these today…wow, I can only imagine how delicious they are. I would have never thought to put this combo together…I mean holy crap, I can’t wait to sink my teeth in.

  3. Diane 3

    M oh they look so stick and delicious. I think this is one of the recipes I’ll be cooking this week! I love sticky chicken like this – it’s also just like I’ve been having for lunch last week! I’d been on a peanut butter and jam sandwich frenzy all week!

  4. Since I am obsessed with peanut satay, I am sure these will make me smile s well!

  5. Laura 5

    I think I’ll have mine with my Brady Bunch lunch box!

  6. We don’t care for eating chicken off the bone, but I think this would even be a great glaze for BBQ’s chicken breast! I’m a LOVER of pb&j sammies. I would make this and not tell my husband what’s in it and see if he can figure it out.

  7. nina 7

    Now I have seen it all!!!! Amazing stuff and there I thought my chicken wing recipe is impossible to better!!!!

  8. Donna 8

    How ultra cool are these.. I have to try them for my kiddos, who are pbj fans and wing fans, will be a winner in this household!

  9. Sort of like a combo of satay and that old recipe for meatballs that used grape jelly, and on wings. Awesome. I just happen to have a package of wings in the freezer. :-)

    Shirley

  10. Rindy R 10

    I love this version of a grown up PB&J! I’m a fan of a sweeter wing myself- so this will have to go on my “To Try” list.

  11. This does sound a little strange to me – but I find the best recipes are exactly those that start off way outta the box.

  12. Well, I’m not so sure about these. I guess I’ll have to try it and find out. Gives a whole new meaning to, “It tastes just like chicken”.

  13. Very experimental. You can tell they look quite tasty. I’ll bet they are delicious.

  14. Cath, I don’t eat wings because they are too sticky and messy.
    Will you hand feed these to me? They look so good!

  15. Wow, who would have thought those would be so good? And you made them look realy purty too!

  16. I love this idea – savory and sweet at the same time and so playful and creative! Wonderful dish!

  17. What wine goes with those puppies?

  18. These look so delicious. I love wings!Your salmon below is great. I better run and get my matzo before it is all gone. I am a fan of matzo with butter schmeared on it with a sprinkle of salt. Got my kids hooked on it.

  19. I’m not a wings fan, but these I’d eat. They sound so good!

  20. I need to stop reading your blog….that is first this in the morning…. yikes – does those little wings look phenomenal! btw – I sue a very similar sauce for my ‘oh so wacky ingredients but amazing pork chops’ which come out extremely tender…Im hooked…to your blog…:P

  21. Barbie with a T 21

    I just love chicken wings, hot and spicy, and these look so scrumptious, I bet I will love these also. These that you make look both sweet and spicy. If I want more spice or hot, just add more hot sauce or sprinkle with Tony Chachere Cajun Seasoning. I am going to try some your way and some with more hot spice and compare them.

  22. Paula 22

    I love the idea of peanut butter and jelly chicken wings. Awesome combo! As my husband would say “there aint no thang like a chicken wang!” Silly, but in this case I agree:)

  23. Marjie 23

    So I guess the Hooligans were in charge of creating the menu that day? I’d try them. I love peanut butter, too.

  24. Louise 24

    They look beautiful, but I think I’ll just trust you on the taste this time around! You are one brave woman!

  25. Mary 25

    Wow! I never would have thought about this combination for wings. They look delicious.

  26. I’ll bet these would be a big hit at a superbowl party (actually I’m sure they’d be a big hit anytime). Bring on the napkins.

  27. dawn 27

    Ohhh and there is hot sauce in them too. They must taste insanely good!

  28. Sara 28

    I saw this recipe, and at the time I just couldn’t wrap my head around the flavor combination. But it looks like they came out really well, I’ll have to try them!

  29. Lena 29

    I bet these were fantastic. Wow, i think the flavor combo sounds very, very yummy. I can’t to serve these and see if people can guess what they are tasting. Very fun and beautiful pictures.

  30. Hilary 30

    Sounds a good barbecue sauce to use too .. just as summer approaches .. thanks Cathy ..

  31. Pam 31

    I would never have thought to put these ingredients together with wings but I trust your recipes. My peanut butter loving son would love these!

  32. Never would have thought this would work for chicken but it looks fabulous. I like a sweet glaze, love the taste of peanut butter. What the heck, let’s try it.

  33. Shawn 33

    That looks awesome. My family are PB&J fiends.

  34. These are a twist on an old favourite Cathy:D

  35. These look awesome! Despite the fact that the Little Imp hates peanut butter (cut her some slack, she’s half British and it is NOT huge at all over there! Her daddy hates the stuff too!), I’m going to make these this week and I just bet she’ll gobble them up. Something tells me it will be a big hit around here!

    And ohhhhh, seeing that Laura Scudder PB gave me a slight pang of homesickness for CA. You can’t get any Scudder products on this coast.

  36. krysta 36

    this would be fun for april fools day…

  37. I can see how this would be good. It’s like satay with some sweetness. Terrific dish.

  38. Bob 38



    Ok, that sounds awesome. But weird. Two of my favorite things. ;)

  39. Alisa 39

    Ok, I’m really going to have to trust you on this one. You have yet to steer me wrong, so I’m willing to follow you out on this limb. Just hope it’s strong enough to hold me!

  40. LilSis 40

    Wow! Who would have thought PB&J and chicken wings would go together? They look awesome!

  41. Sophia 41

    this is freaking GENIUS! I once made something kind of like this, with pork and jelly and chocolate, but this just overshadows mine!
    what do you think about using some other kind of meat for this basic idea?

  42. Julie 42

    I bet my little guy would like these. He usually likes his wings nekkid, but these might be right up his alley.

  43. This is a great recipe. The whole family would enjoy. Great pictures.

  44. MEAT and PBand J? Oh my God, that’s awesome! It’s all my favorite foods in one big slurp!

  45. Darius T. williams 45

    Clever idea…especially the glass of milk!

  46. elra 46

    OMG Cathy, you are indeed a very good cook. Look at all of this wings… they are my favorite snacks ever. I can eat tons of this for real.

  47. Sometimes Rachel Ray has some weird recipes…but we’ll admit that weird is not necessarily bad. We’d try this!

  48. Lo! 48

    I have to say, I’m not a big fan of peanut butter & jelly sammiches. But, I might give these a whirl. They definitely get points for originality :)

  49. melissa 49

    We eat peanut butter, banana and Fluff sandwhiches here. Yum
    My daughter will love these! I showed her the recipe and she said she wanted them for her birthday party. Of course her birthdays in October so maybe we’ll give them a whirl this weekend.

  50. Jeff 50

    I am really intrigued by this because peanut butter and chicken are best friends and my mom makes a killer meatball with grape jelly so that can go with meat. Hmmm…..defrost time.

  51. Angela 51

    As someone who loves to photograph food I must say this blog looks amazing (I just found it).
    Oh, you forgot a combo -
    Crunchy peanut butter inside a rolled up piece of salami! (like a taco) I know, it sounds freaky but I’ve many-a-convert.

  52. ingrid 52

    Is placing the chicken on a greased rack then the rack of chicken on a foil lined sheet pan the secret to crispy skinned wings? I don’t make wings often because of the soggy skin.

    Thanks for passing along the tip and for the interesting recipe!!!

    I don’t comment often but love to read your blog.
    ~ingrid

  53. Hmmm. I might get the girls to try wings if they aren’t uber spicy. I love the classic creamy and grape on Wonder bread with Fritos on the side with my milk, please :)

  54. That’s a really cool idea. Peanut butter and jelly are both used in sauces for chicken, so why not use them together?

  55. This is definitely interesting combination of flavors. I would love to give this a try.

  56. pam 56

    This is one of those things that is so unusual, it just has to be good!

  57. kayola 57

    What a combination! I would have never thought…it’s probably really good…you are amazing when it comes to finding great recipe’s!!!

  58. Biz 58

    I don’t like peanut butter and jelly, but these look delicious!

    My neighbor growing up used to make us grape jelly and fluff sandwiches!

  59. I can imagine the grape jelly, and I can imagine the peanut butter…but I never imagined them together with chicken. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  60. Dragon 60

    You’re killing me with these wings! You are an evil, evil woman. :)

  61. Rebel 61

    Mmmmmm, I can’t wait to try these. Thanks for the great recipe.

  62. Kate 62

    You continue to amaze me. Each and every day!

  63. Sarah 63

    What a great recipe. I think my family would love this. LOVE your blog. I will be sure to stop by frequently!

  64. Linda 64

    I admit I’m a bit skeptical. I’m a huge PB&J fan, but I’ve never liked grape jelly … but I’ll try it. You’ve never let me down before.

  65. Cheryl 65

    Ooooh, I always love the meatballs with jelly…and peanut and chicken are always winning…two great tastes that taste great together! :) Gutsy, but I’m betting delicious, idea!

  66. Carol 66

    WOW…what an interesting combo…I can’t wait to try these Cathy!

  67. Melynda 67

    Yum, I am one of those peanut butter and ? people, I never did find a combination I did not like.

    These would be good.

  68. Lynda 68

    This is an interesting sounding combination, but they look amazingly good! The pictures look really enticing!

  69. Selba 69

    Wow… it looks so beautiful. And the peanut butter for the sauce sounds like our Indonesian chicken satay sauce :)

  70. Kendra 70

    PB&J wings? Where have they been all my life!

  71. Jude 71

    Am I all alone on never having the peanut butter and bacon thing? Even more so, pb&j wings? I feel like I’ve been missing out.

  72. HoneyB 73

    Oh yeah. You know your starting to feel better when a sticky chicken wing starts to look good at 7 AM. Look out waistband, you probably will expand again soon.

  73. WOW – these wings look amazing. I will so be trying these. Thanks so much

    zesty

  74. I MUST have these! Unfortunately, I have some peanut allergies in my house–so I’ll have to make them secrectly when I have a night to myself!

  75. grace 76

    this is an amazing idea–they look and sound absolutely heavenly, and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t like to gnaw on bones or rip meat apart with her teeth. :)

  76. imom 77

    Wow, these not only look good, they also look really easy to make! Another one to add to my list!

  77. Jenni 78

    This look perfectly sticky and wonderful–doesn’t everyone eat peanut butter, jelly and chicken sammiches?!

  78. For real? I am drooling. Delicious.

  79. I amso glad I stopped here tonight!! Guess what is for supper tomorrow night???

  80. Elyse 81

    What a fascinating combination! I love the idea of PB&J wings. Why not? Creamy and sweet have always been good combos for wings! I can’t wait to try this out!

  81. megan 82

    These look awesome! Thanks for the teaser. These are going on the list. You know, *THE LIST*!

  82. Interesting! I think I want to try those… but I’m not entirely sure!

  83. This is very interesting. Looks sooo good!

  84. Now these sound interesting! But you know how you can’t tell some people (mostly kids) what an ingredient is in a dish because then they might not even taste it? Enter, my mom. How crazy is that? What am I gonna do when she’s 80? Oh Lordy help me. The woman could eat rolled fondant like a fruit roll up but wouldn’t eat my dumplings cooked with Mountain Dew because that soda is too sweet. Sorry, I guess I needed to get that off my chest, wow, I feel better already. Hey, thanks Cathy!

  85. andifoo 86

    Made these for dinner last night and they were really good! Very different – a nice switch from the same ol’ wings. Thanks!

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  88. Karen 89

    My Mom used to eat the same thing! PB Mayo and Lettuce are awesome sandwiches! i think it’s cool to find someone else who likes them too!

  89. Peabody 90

    Now those look interesting. I so need to give them a try.

  90. Amy 91

    I have made these before and they were excellent. Great recipe to try and nice change to buffalo wings. On our super bowl menu. Go Pats!!

  91. I need to make these – they sound so good and so different!

  92. These look great! I wanted to let you know that I featured this in my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post – stop by and see!

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