Sweet and Tangy Wings with Butter Lettuce Salad

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Sweet and Tangy Wings with Butter Lettuce SaladRecipe
Photo: Marcus Nilsson
Makes 4 servings


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1/4 cup apricot jam
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Kosher salt
3 1/2 pounds chicken wings (about 25)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the grill
2 tablespoons store-bought pesto
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 head butter lettuce, torn into pieces


Prep: 15 Minutes
Other: 20 Minutes

Heat grill to medium-low.

In a large bowl, combine the jam, vinegar, ginger, cayenne, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside 1/4 cup of the mixture. Add the chicken wings to the large bowl and toss to coat.

Lightly oil the grill and cook the chicken, covered, turning occasionally, until cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes. During the last 10 minutes of grilling, baste the wings with the reserved jam mixture.

In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, pesto, and lemon juice.

Divide the lettuce among individual plates and drizzle with the pesto vinaigrette. Serve with the chicken wings.

Technique: If you don't have access to a grill, you can cook this dish in the broiler on a sheet pan for the same amount of time. (Most grill pans aren't large enough to hold all the wings at once.)

Created date

June 2008

Nutritional Information

Calories 609
Caloriesfromfat 59 %
Protein 43 g
Carbohydrate 18 g
Sugars 11 g
Fiber 1 g
Fat 40 g
Satfat 10 g
Sodium 567 mg
Cholesterol 131 mg