When it comes to wing sauce, I like it to be a little bit sweet, and a little bit spicy – not unlike my own personality. This Cranberry Chipotle sauce, made using Cape Cod Select Premium Frozen Cranberries, can be whipped up in just a few minutes. It’s perfect for my air-fried boneless wings, but works well with store-bought chicken wings, nuggets, or even grilled chicken breasts.
Have you heard of air fryers? They cook food by circulating super heated air, which helps makes things crispy, with little to no oil. I recently bought an air fryer and decided to try my hand at making boneless wings. Cape Cod Select sent me some of their Premium Frozen Cranberries, so I decided to use them to make a wing sauce. I am a big fan of berries and spice – such as strawberries with jalapenos, or raspberries with chipotle, so it’s not surprising I loved the combination of the tart cranberries with spicy chipotle. Dill pickle brine makes a surprising appearance in the chicken, but it adds flavor, and also helps keep the chicken moist during the frying process.
Cranberry Chipotle Sauce
12 oz chili sauce (look for it near the ketchup)
1 cup Cape Cod Select Premium Frozen Cranberries
2 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp chipotle chili powder, (add more for a spicier sauce)
1/2 cup brown sugar
Combine ingredients in a small saucepan, heat over medium-high, for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and set aside. You can store this in your refrigerator in a sealed container, for a week.
Air-fried Boneless Wings
1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken tenders, trimmed and cut in half
1 cup half and half, or buttermilk
1/4 cup dill pickle brine
1 tbsp Cranberry Chipotle Sauce – chilled or room temperature
2 cups flour
2 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp chipotle powder
salt and pepper to taste
Combine wet ingredients, and soak chicken for an hour, in the fridge.
Combine flour and seasonings in a shallow dish.
Use one hand to dip out the wet chicken, and place it into the flour mixture, use the other hand to toss the chicken until evenly coated, then return the chicken to the wet mixture and repeat. Place it on a cooling rack until ready to cook. Once all the chicken is battered, spray with cooking oil, and season with pepper (and salt if desired.) Flip the chicken over and repeat.
All air fyers operate a little differently, so you might need to experiment with yours to get the correct time and cooking temperature for your machine. For my air fryer, cooked 6 pieces of chicken at a time, at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Halfway through, I turned the chicken over, and applied more cooking spray. Once all your chicken is cooked, you can serve it with the chipotle sauce on the side, or toss the wings in the sauce like I did.
I created this recipe as a contest entry for Cape Cod Select’s Blogger Recipe Holiday Challenge. Use their store locator to find Cape Cod Select Premium Frozen Cranberries in a store near you!
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Do you have an air fryer? What’s your favorite thing to make with it? If you like this recipe and decide to make it, I would love to see your pictures, tag me on Instagram at @thesundayfundayblog. Thanks for reading!
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