Grilled Chipotle Ranch Chicken Wings #10DaysOfTailgate

Welcome to another day of tailgating- and football Sunday no less! 

Here's what the rest of the team brought to the table today...

‘Da Bears in ‘Da Blankets by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Jalapeno Popper Deviled Eggs by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Sausage and Cheese Stuffed Pretzel Bites by From Gate to Plate
Philly Cheese Steak Eggrolls by Cooking In Stilettos
Ketchup & Mustard Glazed Meatballs by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Chipotle Ranch Chicken Wings by Cheese Curd In Paradise
White Chicken Chili by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Italian Sausages with Fire Grilled Peppers and Onions by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Saucy Maple Leaf Duck Sliders by Making Miracles
Three Pepper Burgers by Eliot’s Eats
Chipotle Mustard Pork Chops by The Pajama Chef
Cherry Chipotle Drumsticks by Summer Scraps

Salads in Jars by OnTheMove-In the Galley

Today I am bringing you a delicious wing recipe using a product from our sponsor, Gourmet Garden. Gourmet Garden was kind enough to send participants 12 different herb products for this challenge. It was one of the few products I have used in the past and found it to be really great. I like that the products are a stir in and extend the herbs shelf life, but don't sacrifice the fresh flavor.  I find that using dried herbs in a recipe does not always cut it (especially when marinating), and I thought this was a perfect chance to incorporate  the herbs into my chicken wings. The ranch I was using already has herbs, but I wanted to up the flavor of my wings with garlic, oregano and parsley.  The marinate is spicy and full of flavor from all the different herbs- perfect for grilled chicken.  Grilling wings can be a little tricky because you want to cook them long enough to crisp the skin, but not completely dry out your wings. I always think it is important to use a marinate with a little fat from oil to keep the meat moist as they grill.

My friend Emily came over to test out the wings and they received two thumbs up from all three of us! They kids had an alternate dinner because the chipotle is pretty spicy! Kellen is a spicy food lover, but I give to him in small amounts so he doesn't over do it. We are lucky to have a pretty open-minded eater- he tried Pho last night for dinner!

Today we are headed to Ron's parents for the PACKER game. The whole family will be there because we have a special baby news announcement from our cousins at half time! Woohoo!

Happy football Sunday everyone and here is to a Packer win against the Bears! 


2 1/2 lb chicken wings and drummies (about 25-30 pieces)
2/3 cup ranch dressing
2 chipotles in adobo sauce (+ 1 Tbl adobo sauce)
1 Tbl Gourmet Garden Chunky Garlic or 1 Tbl minced garlic
1 Tbl Gourmet Garden Oregano or 1 Tbl fresh finely chopped oregano
1 Tbl Gourmet Garden Parselt or 1 Tbl fresh finely chopped parselt
2 Tbl olive oil


In a food processor, add ranch, peppers, adobo, garlic, herbs and oil. Pulse till smooth. 

In a large resealable bag add wings and chipotle ranch. Allow chicken wings to marinate for 4-8 hours. Remove chicken from marinate and discard remaining marinate. 

Heat grill to medium heat and grill wings 5 minutes on the first side. Flip the wings and allow them to cook 4-5 minutes.  After the initial cooking, rotate and flip wings for an additional 3-4 minutes or until the skin gets crispy and slightly charred. 

Remove wings from grill and serve immediately with a side of ranch. 

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