Sweet Cayenne Chicken Wings

Did you know that the potent, hot fruit of cayenne has been used as medicine for centuries? In addition, it has been used for the following problems:

Gastrointestinal tract: including stomachaches, cramping pains, and gas.

Diseases of the circulatory system: It is still traditionally used in herbal medicine as a circulatory tonic.

Rheumatic and arthritic pains: Rubbed on the skin it causes a counterirritant effect. A counterirritant is something which causes irritation to the area to which it is applied. This makes it distract the nerves from the original irritation (such as joint pain in the case of arthritis).

Sore throat: If gargled with water it can work as an effective treatment for sore throats.
Styptic: Application of cayenne powder has traditionally been considered to have a powerful coagulating ability.

Thermogenic: Cayenne pepper is used both internally and externally in colder climates to protect against frostbite, it may be used in a crushed or powdered form in socks or taken internally in a tea to increase body temperature and circulation to the extremities.

Having said this, here’s a sweet hot wing recipe we think you’ll enjoy. ¬†Note: the longer you let the wings soak in the marinade the better the flavor, but if you are in a hurry just a couple of hours marinating will do the trick.

5 pounds chicken wings
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
3 tablespoons freshly grated orange zest
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
5 minced garlic cloves
1 tsp cayenne pepper
salt & pepper


  • Rinse and pat dry the chicken wings. Whisk together the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add the chicken wings to the marinade and toss well to coat. (Using a 2.5 Gallon zip lock bag works great for marinating.) Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with aluminum foil. Arrange the wings on the baking sheets in a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes, baste with any leftover marinade, and flip over. Bake for another 15-20 minutes more or until the wings are cooked through and golden brown.
  • For a better wing, cook on the grill! Serve hot or at room temperature.

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