Ultimate Hot Wings

Sumer may almost be over, but guess what? Football season is starting September 4th. Admittedly I’m not much of a football watcher, but I do love to participate in all the gatherings and tailgating.

Ultimate Hot Wings via Bakers Royale

With that, I’m going to pump up the season’s kickoff with these hot wings dipped in my killer apricot-jalapeno mustard sauce. The key to hot wings are a crispy skin and a great sauce.

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Hot wings are a staple when it comes to party food in our house. But this sauce—oh my gawd! It’s a new favorite. It’s sweet with heat and held together with the distinctive taste of French’s Dijon Mustard. Of course you can turn up or turn down the heat based on how much jalapenos you use. The recipe is highly adaptable, so play with the ratios to perfect your preference.

Ultimate Hot Wings by Bakers Royale

And since I like mine super hot I will layer on the heat until my ears turn red, whereas Matt likes his more mild so he makes a peppered honey mustard sauce. What the two things have in common are we both use French’s as our base. So when French’s asked if I wanted to collaborate on a recipe it was a natural fit. Our refrigerator is always stocked with French’s product for sandwiches spreads, sauce bases for grilling and dip making. And for those of you only familiar with French’s American Mustard, check out the bevy of mustards they offer.


There you have it, an easy-to-make hot wing recipe that features a killer sauce as a sidekick for your football grubbing.

Ultimate Hot Wings from Bakers Royale

Now for some more fun, French’s is sponsoring a #FrenchsMixology giveaway. Included in this prize package is a Napoleon TravelQ 285 Portable Grill, an assortment of French’s mustard sauces, coupons for French’s products, and a French’s T-shirt, bag, and cap. This giveaway is valued at over $450. To enter, just comment below with your own Mustard Mixology ideas–let me know how you are using mustard to elevate your recipes.

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For more mustard recipe inspiration, be sure to check out the #FrenchsMixology Pinterest page. While you are there, I’d love to see your mustard recipes, so be sure to post them to Pinterest using the #FrenchsMixology hashtag and add your own inspiration.

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this recipe

Ultimate Hot Wings

Yield: 12 wings


Hot Wings

  • 12 wings separated
  • 1 bottle of Cattlemen's Kansas City Classic BBQ Sauce
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • 2 tablespoon French’s Dijon Mustard
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Jalapeno-Apricot Mustard Sauce

  • ½ cup French’s Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoon jalapeno jelly
  • 1 tablespoons apricot jelly


  1. To make wings: Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Fry chicken wing pieces until golden brown, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from oil and set over paper towels to drain. Stir and combine remaining ingredients in a bowl. Add in fried chicken pieces and toss to coat. Transfer to a bake sheet and bake for about 15 minutes.  Serve immediately with sauce.
  2.  To make sauce: Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by French’s Mustard, a brand you can always find in our kitchen. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands I love that help make this site possible!

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  1. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    Mmmm…. you had me at ‘killer apricot jalapeno-mustard sauce’ (did I say that right?) I bet this lovely condiment would be delicious on all sorts of things. Including a spoon! Thank you for the inspiration :)

  2. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonPurabi Naha | Cosmopolitan Currymania says

    This is something I never tried before, although I love anything with chillies. Sounds intriguing! I would love to try this as you have shown in your wonderful blog here. Thanks!

  3. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonChuck says

    Next to chicken wings, I love to make what I call Crispy Baked Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders. I use French’s Dijon mustard whisked together with eggs and paprika as part of my recipe to kick up up these delicious chicken tenders. Like you, I keep the whole line of French’s mustards in the fridge.

  4. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    I am so making these. I always have at least 4 different kinds of mustard in my fridge – if not more. I’m a mustard addict!! And I love French’s Dijon mustard!

  5. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonLinda F. says

    Those wings looks so yummy! I love to mix French’s Spicy Brown Mustard with mayo, dill, a little relish and some sugar for a delicious sauce that I use with a lot of different things. Thanks for this giveaway chance.

  6. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonCraig says

    Is this giveaway still open? I’d love to be entered to win this amazing prize. I like to make different mustard based dipping sauces for onion rings, french fries, pigs in a blanket, etc.. and have them all the time on NFL game days with the family.