Balsamic & Guinness Chicken Wings are a unique yet delicious appetizer or dinner option.  They have quite the pleasant flavor…it’s a little tangy and sweet.  I think Guinness is mildly sweet with a hoppy/bitter flavor and notes of coffee, almost tastes like roasted almonds.  Balsamic is rich in flavor with a mellow tartness and some acidity, kind of herby.  But both complement each other nicely.

The recipe can be found here.

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Line the chicken wings on the baking sheet, leaving a little space in between.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached.

While the wings are baking, make the sauce.  Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onion and garlic and sauté until soft and translucent.

Add the balsamic, ¼ cup water, brown sugar, tomato paste, Worcestershire, and Guinness.  Stir to combine.  Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer and simmer until reduced by half.


One thing I want to note is I used standard Guinness, but any flavor variety can be used.  For example, a chocolate stout might give the wings a sweeter or more chocolatey flavor.

Place a fine mesh strainer over a heat safe bowl.  Pour the sauce into the strainer to catch the onions.  Add the sauce back to the saucepan and continue to heat over low heat.

Combine 1 Tbsp water with 1 Tbsp cornstarch.  Pour into the saucepan and stir to combine.  Continue to heat until the sauce is thickened and then keep warm until the wings are done baking.

Transfer the wings to a bowl and pour the sauce over the top.  Toss to coat.  Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Serve warm and enjoy!

The recipe can be found here.

The wings have such a balanced flavor and are quite savory.  It’s a wonderful recipe that is simple to make and will be enjoyed by all.  We enjoyed the wings with a side of white rice (and used some of the extra sauce from the bowl to add on top of the rice) but any steamed or grilled veggies or perhaps some mashed potatoes would also pair well.

Happy Cooking!

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