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Who doesn’t love a good chicken wing or drumstick?  There are so many delicious ways to eat them and my baked maple-bacon chicken wings and drumsticks recipe is just another great way to prepare these chicken parts and enjoy them.  Sweet and sticky with lots of bacon flavor, these are a favorite around here.  Just be sure you have plenty of napkins…they are wonderfully messy. 

Let’s get started with this dish.

Baked Maple-Bacon Chicken Wings & Drumsticks
Baked Maple-Bacon Chicken Wings & Drumsticks
Baked Maple-Bacon Chicken Wings & Drumsticks
Baked Maple-Bacon Chicken Wings & Drumsticks
baked maple bacon chicken wings and drumsticks

Baked Maple-Bacon Chicken Wings & Drumsticks

Make this recipe as wings for the big game or as legs for a dinner entree. The sauce is the key and it is sticky and yummy.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Starter
Cuisine General
Servings 4 Served
Calories 160 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 6 Slices bacon (cut into 1/2-inch pieces)
  • 4 Cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ Cup Ketchup
  • ½ Cup Maple syrup
  • ¼ Cup Unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 Tbps. Soy sauce
  • 1 Tbps. Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Brown sugar
  • 2 Tbps. Pounds chicken wings or drumsticks
  • 2 Tsps. Baking powder
  • 2 Tsps. Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Fresh cracked pepper



  • Rinse the chicken wings (or other chicken parts you like) and pat them dry with paper towel. Generously season the chicken with salt and black pepper. Toss the wings with the Baking Powder in a bow.
  • Place wings on a rack set on top of a baking sheet and put in the refrigerator uncovered overnight. This will dry out the skin and make the wings crispy without frying them.


  • Heat a saucepan over medium heat and cook the bacon until nearly crisp. Add the garlic and cook until the garlic is lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain off all but a tablespoon of the bacon fat.
  • Whisk in the ketchup, maple syrup, applesauce, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar and brown sugar. Reduce heat to low and simmer the sauce for about 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened. Set aside.


  • Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and let come to room temperature (20 minutes). Bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes on 400% until cooked through and crispy.
  • Toss chicken wings with maple-bacon sauce and serve warm.


Calories: 160kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 3gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 1124mgPotassium: 241mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 162IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 200mgIron: 1mg
Keyword appetizer, healthier choice, starter, super bowl
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