March brings to mind two things: Spring break and March Madness. Sadly, the first, and more exciting of the two is over, which means that March Madness has begun! The time when we all pretend we’ve been following College basketball and cheer on our “favourite” (or the best) team.

When I think about food to eat while watching sports chicken wings are the first thing that come to mind. They are probably one of the most loved foods to eat whilst watching a sporting event, whether it be the Superbowl, or say, the World Figure Skating Championships. In my opinion wings should always be on the table.

These are not your typical chicken wings, oh no, these are much better. And they’re baked, not fried! The sweet and spicy, tangy and smoky flavors are unusual and perfect. Rubbed with a simple spice rub before cooking enhances the flavours, of the wings, and the Chipotle pepper is what gives them that smoky flare which takes them over the edge. The molasses in the sauce gives them that finger-licking factor, and the Dijon mustard lends a tangy bite. I promise you, these wings will be a new favourite.

Yields 2-4 servings

Lou’s Chicken Wings

These wings are smokey, sweet and spicy - perfect for game day!

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  • 3 lbs chicken wings
  • Spice Rub
  • 1 tbsp chipotle chili pepper powder
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp dried mustard
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup spicy mustard
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chipotle hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Combine ingredients for the sauce in a bowl and refrigerate for 15-30 minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine ingredients for the spice rub.
  4. Place wings in a large bowl and cover with spice rub. Using tongs mix chicken wings and make sure all pieces are well coated.
  5. Grease a baking sheet and bake spice rubbed chicken in the oven for 15-18 minutes.
  6. Flip the wings over and bake for another 15-18 minutes.
  7. Once cooking time is up, turn on the broiler and remove wings to another large bowl. Pour 1/2 cup of the sauce over the wings, use tongs to stir and coat the chicken.
  8. Place back on the baking sheet and broil for 2 minutes on one side, then flip chicken over and broil for 1 minute on the other side.
  9. Serve with remaining sauce and plenty of napkins!


Recipe by Louisa Clements


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