CHEETOS<sup>&reg;</sup> PLAY-ACTION WINGS with MTN DEW<sup>&reg;</sup> SAUCE

CHEETOS® PLAY-ACTION WINGS with MTN DEW® SAUCE

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CHEETOS<sup>&reg;</sup> PLAY-ACTION WINGS with MTN DEW<sup>&reg;</sup> SAUCE Prep Time

PREP TIME

20 mins

CHEETOS<sup>&reg;</sup> PLAY-ACTION WINGS with MTN DEW<sup>&reg;</sup> SAUCE Cook Time

COOK TIME

15 mins

Ingredients:

  • 6 split chicken wings (1-2 lbs.)
  • 1 ½ cups crushed Cheetos® Crunchy Flamin’ Hot® cheese flavored snacks

BRINE

  • 2 ½ cups MTN DEW®
  • 2 Tbsp. kosher salt

RUB

  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil

SAUCE

  • 3 cups MTN DEW®
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 2 Tbsp. water

Make the play:

BRINE

  1. Stir salt into MTN DEW® until completely dissolved. Add chicken wings to brine. Cover and refrigerate for 2–4 hours.

RUB

  1. Stir all ingredients together until combined.

SAUCE

  1. Pour MTN DEW® into saucepot. Boil over medium heat until reduced by half.
  2. Add corn syrup, salt, lemon and lime juices. Return to boil.
  3. Combine corn starch and water in small bowl. Add corn starch mixture to sauce slowly, stirring until thickened.
  4. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon and lime zests.

WINGS

  1. Heat oven to 450ºF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set a wire rack inside.
  2. Drain wings from brine. Discard brine.
  3. Pat wings dry with paper towels. Coat wings with rub.
  4. Arrange wings on rack, skin side up. Cook for 20 minutes. Flip wings and continue to cook 15–30 minutes longer, until meat registers at least 165ºF on an internal meat thermometer.
  5. Toss cooked wings with a few spoonfuls of sauce. Roll wings in crushed Cheetos® and serve.
  • Leftover sauce is perfect as a dip, or you can go straight for the score and dive in!