Apricot Chicken Wings came about on accident. Quite a few years ago, we made a recipe that used apricot jam on shrimp and we loved it! It was a strange favorite of Jason’s! I couldn’t get over how much we enjoyed an apricot jam mixture on shrimp. I thought we’d try an apricot jam based recipe on chicken wings, and I am glad I did!
Preparing the Apricot Glaze for Chicken
I love using Stonewall Kitchen’s Apricot Jam (affiliate link) for this recipe. Combine one cup of apricot jam with the ketchup, apple cider vinegar, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar and honey. Put all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring it to a boil. Don’t skip this step because the mixture will have a gritty texture until it boils!
After it boils and is thoroughly mixed together, let it cool completely to thicken use it as a really nice glaze on the chicken.
This recipe lends itself to making for a Friday or Saturday night dinner. It only takes a few minutes, but it’s a great way to save time in preparing meals for the weekend.
I also like to make this glaze and just use a scoop of it on some plain grilled chicken during the week! It is incredible, I promise you.
Grilled Apricot Glazed Chicken Wings
Set up the grill for indirect heat at 350 degrees. This will allow the chicken wings to cook throughout. Cook them for about 10 minutes on each side.
For the last few minutes, set up the grill for direct heat. On the Big Green Egg, remove the ceramic plate setter. This will allow the skin of the chicken wings to crisp up nicely. Brush on the apricot glaze, flip the chicken wings over, and add more glaze.
Brush on two or three coats of the glaze and let the wings finish cooking. Remove them when the skin is nice and crispy.
- 1 c apricot jam I love Stonewall Kitchen's or my own, but feel free to use your favorite!
- 1/2 c ketchup
- 1 tbs soy sauce
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 1/2 c honey
- 1 tbs apple cider vinegar
- 1 garlic cloves minced
- Mix all ingredients in a small pan and heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool to thicken.
- Sprinkle salt and pepper on wings and place on grill an indirect heat setting so the temperature is at 350. Cook for about 10 minutes each side. For the last 10 minutes set the grill for a direct heat and brush on the glaze multiple times. Brush on, allow to heat up and then brush on again. If you brush on too quickly, it will all run off. It has to heat up to allow the jam mixture to hold again.
- Check internal temperature to 165 degrees for doneness.