Wild Blueberry BBQ Chicken Wings

These wild blueberry bbq chicken wings are basted with a homemade wild blueberry honey bbq sauce and then grilled to perfection. These little crispy wings are going to be your new summertime favorite. 

These wild blueberry bbq chicken wings are basted with a homemade wild blueberry honey bbq sauce and then grilled to perfection. These little crispy wings are going to be your new summertime favorite.

This post is sponsored by Wyman’s of Maine. As always all opinions are 100% my own.

I have a huge love for all things chicken wings. I have already made baked garlic buffalo wings, cool ranch chicken wings, spicy peanut butter chicken wings AND buttermilk Southwestern chicken wings and now I’m all over your feed with wild blueberry bbq chicken wings. Holy heck! I know you’re thinking to yourself “hey crazy stop making bbq sauce with fruit” but I simply can’t stop! Plus wild blueberries make the best-colored sauce on the planet. Seriously, look at that color!

But I didn’t use just any old wild blueberries I used my favorite wild blueberries – Wyman’s of Maine. They are perfectly sweet and so teeny tiny they border on adorable. Plus when they combine with honey and lime they make one heck of a bbq sauce. Oh, and they are frozen within 24 hours of harvest which means they are perfectly juicy and delicious every single time. 

These wild blueberry bbq chicken wings are basted with a homemade wild blueberry honey bbq sauce and then grilled to perfection. These little crispy wings are going to be your new summertime favorite.

The best part about making fruit based bbq sauces is that they take almost no time to throw them together. I just simmer gently on the stovetop, add to my Vitamix to puree and then add back to the pan to cook down till thick. You could even make it days before you wanted to make your chicken wings.

These wild blueberry bbq chicken wings are basted with a homemade wild blueberry honey bbq sauce and then grilled to perfection. These little crispy wings are going to be your new summertime favorite.

So not only is this sauce stuffed with wild blueberries it’s also sweetened with honey. As much as I’m not a fan of bugs that can sting me I have a serious love for honey bees. Not only do they provide us liquid gold nectar we call honey BUT they need our help! In 2006, researchers started to notice that colonies of honey bees were dying off of what they now call Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Since then Wyman’s has been trying to help keep these honey bees alive! Without bees we get no berries and that would be a very sad thing. Wyman’s has helped a lot financially but that is not always an option for every household. So want to know some ways you can help the honey bees?

  • plant honey bee friendly plants
  • stop using pesticides
  • Become a citizen scientist by participating in The Great Sunflower Project’s backyard bee count
  • Join Pollinator.org and support the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPCC)

Now save our bees! They seriously need our help.

These wild blueberry bbq chicken wings are basted with a homemade wild blueberry honey bbq sauce and then grilled to perfection. These little crispy wings are going to be your new summertime favorite.

Ok, now that I bummed you all out about the honey bees (but for real they need our help!) it’s time to get back to these wild blueberry bbq chicken wings! After I basted these wings and grilled them I served them with a sprinkling of honey granules, Aleppo chili powder and lime zest. These wings are flavor packed, sticky and 100% perfect for summer.

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Wild Blueberry BBQ Chicken Wings

These wild blueberry bbq chicken wings are basted with a homemade wild blueberry honey bbq sauce and then grilled to perfection. These little crispy wings are going to be your new summertime favorite.

Yield: 24 chicken wings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 24 chicken wing drumettes
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon lemongrass paste
  • 1 teaspoon chile paste
  • 2-1/2 cups wild blueberries, frozen is fine
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 lime, zested
  • For topping: honey granules, Aleppo chile powder and lime zest

Directions:

Preheat your grill to medium heat and season chicken wing drumettes lightly with kosher salt and pepper, set aside.

In a skillet set over medium-high heat add olive oil. Once the oil is hot add in the onion and cook until soft. Add in the garlic, grated ginger, lemongrass paste, chile paste and saute for another minute just until fragrant.

Add in the wild blueberries, honey, balsamic vinegar and lime zest. Cook just until the berries start to soften and release their juice.

Add the ingredients from the skillet to you blender and carefully puree until smooth.

Add the pureed mixture back to your skillet and cook over medium heat until thick and reaches your desired texture. Taste and season with kosher salt and pepper, to taste.

Add the chicken drumettes to the grill and cook for about 25 minutes until fully cooked. Half way through cooking baste the chicken with the wild blueberry bbq sauce. Make sure you don't put your bbq sauce on too early or you run the risk of burning the sauce.

After the wings have cooked sprinkle with honey granules, Aleppo chile powder and lime zest for serving.

33 Responses to “Wild Blueberry BBQ Chicken Wings”

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    Tori//Gringalicious — April 11, 2016 at 6:18 am

    YUMNESS Fruity bbq is my jam! These look killer!

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    Faith (An Edible Mosaic) — April 11, 2016 at 8:31 am

    I love the sweet/spicy balance of flavors here and the use of blueberries is brilliant! These wings would go over insanely well in my house. And I love the ideas you gave for us to help the honey bees!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — April 11, 2016 at 8:39 am

    This looks so delicious! I love experimenting with new barbecue sauce flavors and I know this a definite on my list!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — April 11, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I have Wyman’s Blueberries in my house AT ALL TIMES, and eat them everyday So good! I have never thought to BBQ-ize them, but I LOVE this idea! Pinned!

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    lauren kelly — April 11, 2016 at 9:43 am

    My family loves wings and I love the flavors in these!

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    Jenn @ Peas and Crayons — April 11, 2016 at 9:53 am

    YES X1000 – We need to save the honey bees! Plus they’re legit adorable (aside from being super essential!) – This recipe is phenom and I looooooove Wyman’s!!!

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate — April 11, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Oh man! These look and sound amazing! The grill is my best friend, pretty much all year, so I can’t wait to give this recipe a try. Beautiful!

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    Roxana — April 11, 2016 at 10:36 am

    This looks fabulous! Thanks for reminder about the bees too! So important to keep them around!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — April 11, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Woah! These babies look incredible! Blueberry bbq sauce needs to happen in my kitchen!

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    heather @french press — April 11, 2016 at 10:55 am

    SO delicious! I love those cute little berries and I’m sure they make one seriously delicious bbq sauce

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    Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer — April 11, 2016 at 11:28 am

    These are exactly the way I LOVE wings. Perfect!

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — April 11, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Blueberries in BBQ sauce is so good! I did it last summer and was eating that stuff with a spoon! These wings looks so sticky and crispy, there’d be some serious finger licking going on if I had a plate of these!

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    Stephanie — April 11, 2016 at 11:42 am

    This is such a fun way to use blueberries! Looks amazing!

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    Christie — April 11, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Wyman’s has fantastic blueberries. I could eat an entire basket of these fantastic wings.

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    Alisa — April 11, 2016 at 11:58 am

    We do chicken wings weekly, and I could definitely use ideas to mix up the flavor – this one is so creative! And really, you can’t go wrong with wild blueberries.

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    Martha @ A Family Feast — April 11, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Wow – such a unique barbecue sauce!! I’ve got to try this recipe!

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    The Food Hunter — April 11, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    What an interesting sauce and I love how it coats the chicken

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    Krista — April 11, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    These sound amazing! I am a hot wing lover!

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    Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen — April 11, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Yes, save our bees!!! I love Wyman’s wild blueberries, this is such an amazingly creative use for them. Pass me a couple of these wangs!

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    Julie @ Texan New Yorker — April 11, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    So gorgeous! I made a blueberry barbecue whole chicken a few summers ago and it was so delicious. These pictures though!

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    Sabrina — April 12, 2016 at 2:59 am

    My husband loves a good, thick glaze on his wings! This is a great recipe to make for him!

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    Veronica Gantley — April 12, 2016 at 7:05 am

    You had me at wings my friend!

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — April 12, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Okay! These look amazing! Plus, you’ve used a few ingredients I’ve never even seen or hear of before, but now I’m going to be on the lookout for them in the store. Lemongrass paste? Honey granules? I need to know where you’re shopping, and I need to get there!

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    Melissa Bailey | Hungry Food Love — April 12, 2016 at 8:57 am

    These look incredibly pretty and I can just imagine how good they taste too. BTW I am also not a fan of bites and bees scare me a bit, but I looove honey and I am so appreciative of their work. It’s awesome that Wyman’s helps keeping them alive.

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    Rose | The Clean Dish — April 12, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    I have been craving some sweet and spice foods so this really hits the spot for me! I love the glaze on the wings – so scrumptious!

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — April 12, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    I’ve been going crazy with blueberries lately! This wings look fantastic. Gotta make these for Thomas!

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    Rachel Cooks — April 13, 2016 at 6:47 am

    These are the most gorgeous wings I have ever seen. I love the spicy-sweet combo.

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    Cat @ Reader/Eater — April 13, 2016 at 7:40 am

    My kids would be all over this. Granted, boy child will STILL ADD HOT SAUCE, but that can’t be helped.

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    Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen — April 13, 2016 at 9:00 am

    These blueberries are my favorite because they taste a million x better when they are wild. 🙂 Loving this bbq chicken version you’ve got going on.

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — April 14, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Oh my word, these are fantabulous! I love the sound of a wild blueberry sauce with a little kick…and grilled!!!!

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    Karly Campbell — April 14, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Oh my gosh, why have I never thought to try a little blueberry into my wing sauce!? These look INCREDIBLE!

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    Jeanene — September 4, 2016 at 1:40 am

    Has anyone who liked this made it?
    I like to read reviews that have made the recipe!

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    Janice — February 28, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Love the beautiful color and looking at your list of ingredients, I know it is delicious.

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