This Top Chef approved Sour Cherry BBQ Wings Recipe wins the football food game

Sour Cherry BBQ Wings by Tom Collicho, photo provided by Do Good Foods
Sour Cherry BBQ Wings by Tom Collicho, photo provided by Do Good Foods /

Chicken wings and football are always a winning combination. There seems to be more chicken wing recipes than there are fans in the stadium. Although some people prefer spicy and others crave tangy, one characteristic stands out in a great chicken wing dish. The bite is never one note. This Sour Cherry BBQ Wings Recipe from Tom Colicchio and Do Good Foods scores across the field with both food lovers and football fans.

Chicken wings have been a source of much food conversation over the years. From rising costs to how many are eaten during the Big Game, the talk around the plate can sometimes flavor the food on it.

One company is changing the conversation about how the food gets to the kitchen. Do Good Foods has a simple mantra, Good for the Plate and Planet. While many people have learned to appreciate that food waste is hurtful to the planet, wallet, and more, finding valuable, meaningful solutions to keeping food out of landfills is not necessarily easy. Do Good Foods takes surplus food and repurposes it in two ways, feeding people and feeding animals.

Over the years, more consumers are looking to support conscious corporations. When a company can align with a person’s belief and provide a good product, it is a win for everyone. Do Good Foods looks to be that brand.

Do Good Chicken are fed a diet from “nutritious surplus grocery food.” The idea is that a better diet will lead to better tasting chicken. Even more important, the choice avoids more food being put into landfills. It is positive for all parties.

As a Do Good Chicken partner, Tom Colicchio created this Sour Cherry BBQ Wings Recipe. While many people turn to spicy flavors for this type of dish, this recipe brings the lip smacking tangy that will leave people wanting more. While there is heat, it is not overpowering. The flavor is well balanced. Whether enjoyed with a beer, Old Fashioned, or another beverage, these chicken wings are a winner all around.

Sour Cherry BBQ Wings
Sour Cherry BBQ Wings by Tom Collicho, photo provided by Do Good Foods /

Sour Cherry BBQ Wings Recipe

Provided by Tom Colicchio for Do Good Foods


  • 4 lbs Do Good Chicken Party Wings
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 serrano chile, seeded and minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 cup dried sour cherries
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar, add water as needed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup lime juice, about 2 limes
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Flavorless oil, such as avocado or vegetable.


  • Preheat the oven to 450F and Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, toss the chicken wings in 2 tablespoons oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer the wings to the baking sheets skin side up and bake for 45 minutes, until cooked through and crisp.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until softened and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add half of the minced serrano pepper and smashed garlic and cook for 1 minute, until softened and garlic is fragrant.
  • In a small sauce pan over medium heat combine cherries, vinegar, and sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the cherries are plump.
  • Remove the cherries from the liquid and add to the sauté pan with onions.
  • Add the onion and cherries mixture to a blender along with the lime juice, and ketchup. and blend until smooth.
  • Return the cherry BBQ sauce back to the pan and stir in the remaining serrano pepper. Bring it to a boil over medium-high heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. transfer the BBQ sauce to a bowl.
  • Remove the wings from the oven when finished baking and add them to a large bowl. Toss with one third of the cherry BBQ sauce.
  • Return the tossed wings back to the baking sheet and bake for an additional 5 minutes until sticky and caramelized.
  • Transfer the glazed wings to a serving dish, sprinkle with lime zest, and serve with the remaining glaze on the side.
  • *If you’re looking for a sauce to cool you down, mix some cherry glaze with mayo for a cooler dipping sauce!

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What is your winner, winner chicken dinner? Are you excited to serve this chicken wing recipe at your next football party?