Chipotle Maple Lime Chicken Wings

Morita chiles are red, fully mature Chipotles. This gives them a unique, medium – hot smokey flavor which is popular in many Southwestern dishes. These can be added to sauces (including Mole) to add smokey flavor and maintain the red color of the sauces. These peppers are about 2-4 inches in length, 1 inch in width, and have a deep brick reddish brown color. The word Chipotle translated to smoked chile. Consider the Chipotle a 6.5 on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the hottest). Scoville heat units 7,000-25,000.

Suggested Use:
Use Morita in enchilada sauces, chili, stews, barbecue ribs, and corn bread. Their smoky quality combines well with poultry, meats and fall squash.

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1 cup milk (semi-skinned or whole)
½ red onion, into slices
1 TB your favorite hot sauce
Two garlic cloves, crushed
1 lb of fresh chicken wings, preferable with the skin still on

1 TB chipotle pepper puree
1 TB maple syrup
1 TB tomato paste
½ Red onion, finely diced
1 garlic clove, finely diced
½ cup water
½ tsp veg oil
½ tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp herbs de provence
½ tsp salt
Juice of half a lime


Mix all the ingredients for the marinade, and place in the chicken wings. Put this in the fridge for a few hours, or overnight. When ready to use, take the wings out and pat them dry.

For the sauce, heat the oil in a pot, and add the onion and garlic. Saute for a few minutes. Then add the chipotle puree. Finally add the other spices, maple syrup, tomato paste and half the water. Simmer for 10 minutes, it should be smooth and glossy but also coat the back of a spoon. Add a bit more water as needed. When you think you have the right consistency, take it off the heat. Before using, add the lime juice.

Pre-heat the barbecue, and place the wings on. Slowly grill them, until they are cooked to your liking. Just before taking them off, dunk them in the sauce and place them on a cooler part of your grill before serving.

Top with any leftover chopped red onion and some chopped cilantro. For good measure, grill half a lime and squeeze the juice over the fresh wings before serving.