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Sweet and Tangy Wings with Butter Lettuce Salad

Real Simple JULY 2008

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes
  • Other: 20 Minutes


  • 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


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.)

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 609
  • Calories from fat: 59%
  • Protein: 43g
  • Carbohydrate: 18g
  • Sugars: 11g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Fat: 40g
  • Saturated fat: 10g
  • Sodium: 567mg
  • Cholesterol: 131mg

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Sweet and Tangy Wings with Butter Lettuce Salad Recipe