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Salted Coffee Chicken Wings

This Salted Coffee Chicken Wings recipe and post was written by me through an activation with HireInfluence on behalf of Community Coffee. Although I received compensation for participating in the campaign, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

My mornings start with a cup of freshly brewed coffee because … well … mornings. Between work and homeschooling two of my children, I need a little jump start to the busy day I know lies ahead.

But I don’t just use coffee for my morning pick-me-up. I’ve used it in cupcakes. I’ve used it in icing. And I’ve even used it to add a little pep to a tailgating favorite. I created a delicious chicken wing recipe using my favorite morning indulgence. Introducing, Salted Coffee Chicken Wings!

Salted Coffee Chicken Wings \ such a tasty way to add a little pep to a tailgating favorite. Click through to get the recipe.

Whether you’re tailgating with a bunch of friends or homegating in the comfort of your home, these Salted Coffee Chicken Wings will be a hit amongst even the smallest of guests.

Salted Coffee Chicken Wings

Salted Coffee Chicken Wings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 2.5 lbs chicken wings & drumettes
  • 1 cup cooled brewed coffee
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Community Coffee Dark Roast coffee grounds
  • 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1.5 teaspoons garlic powder
  • .5 teaspoon cayenne
  • .5 teaspoon onion powder


  • If you haven't already, brew a cup of coffee and set aside to cool. You don't want to put the chicken in hot coffee so make sure it's cooled prior to using.
  • Add cooled brewed coffee, water, and 2 tablespoons of salt in a large bowl and stir. Place wings and drumettes into the bowl, cover and allow to sit in the brine for at least 4 hours to overnight.
  • When ready to cook, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all remaining ingredients into a bowl and stir. Pour into a large zip-close baggy and set aside.
  • Drain wings and rinse under cool water. Pat dry using a paper towel and toss with the spice mixture in the zip-close bag. Continue tossing until the chicken is evenly coated throughout.
  • Place a cooling rack inside of a baking sheet and arrange chicken on the rack. Cook for 25-30 minutes or the center of the chicken reaches 165 degrees.
  • I love the way the flavors come together in this recipe! The smokiness of the paprika, the heat of the cayenne, the boldness of the coffee grounds, it just all comes together nicely to create a pop of flavor in your mouth.

    I mean, even my three children love them. If I can win their approval, I call it a success!

    Salted Coffee Chicken Wings \ such a tasty way to add a little pep to a tailgating favorite. Click through to get the recipe.

    When it comes to tailgating, we love foods that we can eat with out fingers, even if it means we get a little messy. No plate or utensils required for these Salted Coffee Chicken Wings. Serve them on a platter and dig in!

    Salted Coffee Chicken Wings \ such a tasty way to add a little pep to a tailgating favorite. Click through to get the recipe.

    This year Community Coffee has partnered with Southwest Airlines to host their annual Instant Win Sweepstakes, Tailgate Traditions. From July through September, 2 million packages of Community® coffee will give fans a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip to Houston for the Big Game along with over 500 instant win prizes.

    To participate in the sweepstakes all consumers have to do is purchase specially-marked packages of Community coffee, including ground coffees and K-Cup boxes in a variety of blends and flavors. Each package will have an on-pack sticker containing a unique game code that will need to be entered online at TailgateTraditions.com for the chance to win.

    Salted Coffee Chicken Wings \ such a tasty way to add a little pep to a tailgating favorite. Click through to get the recipe.

    This year’s prizes include: Grand Prize is a trip to Houston with two tickets to a sponsor-designated event, round trip airfare on Southwest Airlines and hotel accommodations, as well as a $1,000 gift card, coffee brewer and one-year supply of Community® coffee. Instant win prizes include Flat Screen TVs ($500 Value; Qty: 5), Keurig® K300 Brewers & Coffee Bundles ($375 Value; Qty: 50), Outdoor Grills ($500 Value; Qty: 5), Brewers & Coffee Bundles ($150 Value; Qty: 50), Thermos & Coffee Bundles ($110 Value; Qty: 200), Southwest® gift cards ($250 Value; Qty: 150) and Tumbler & Coffee Bundles ($25 Value; Qty: 50).

    I don’t know about you, but those are some prizes I’d be thrilled to win! I’ve already entered a couple codes and while my “big money, big money” chanting didn’t prove to be successful this time, I’m hopeful for next time!

    What’s your favorite tailgating food?

    About Crystal

    Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


    1. 1
      Catherine S says:

      This sounds really good. I never would have thought to make chicken wings with coffee. I will have to make this recipe for our next BBQ,

    2. 2

      Oh wow. I’ve never heard of using coffee on wings like this, but I HAVE put coffee in barbecue sauce before. I can’t wait to try this.

    3. 3
      Colleen Lanin says:

      This sounds delicious! I’ve made all sorts of recipes using coffee. I’m eager to try this, too.

    4. 4

      These look so delicious. Would love to try these they look like they’d be something my whole family would enjoy, especially myself! Love me some chicken wings.

    5. 5
      Lindsey Paris says:

      I’ve had coffee steaks but never chicken. I should have thought of this – it give an uncertain sweetness to it all.

    6. 6

      I would totally try these too and they are great for all of the upcoming game days ahead. Love this unique idea!

    7. 7

      Oh I’d love to see how those flavors come together. I think this would be a really fun recipe to try.

    8. 8

      I never would have thought to use coffee on my chicken! I would love to try this sometime and see how it tastes!

    9. 9

      My mother in law uses coffee in her chili, but beyond that, I never thought to use it for any other recipe. I bet these taste amazing and really would be the hit of the tailgating party!

    10. 10

      Interesting, never thought to use coffee in a recipe with chicken. Wonder how this would be using chicken breast for the meat instead of darker meat?

    11. 11
      rachel ferrucci says:

      These sound so yummy- I love coffee everything- totally trying this!

    12. 12
      Chavonne Harvey says:

      What an exciting recipe this is, packed full of flavor! My favorite tailgating food is pizza. Those are a lot of amazing prizes!

    13. 13
      Sarah Bailey says:

      Ohh what an interesting sounding way to have chicken – I am going to have to share it with my parents as it sounds like something they would love.

    14. 14

      I’m sitting here drinking my morning cup of coffee. And this recipe totally hit the spot! Def will try this!

    15. 15

      I have never tried coffee on a protein but this sounds super yummy! I’m actually going to try it on tofu and as for tailgating snacks I’m all about the chips and dips!

    16. 16
      Kelly Hutchinson says:

      These look and sound so good! What a unique way to make these. I am intrigued with the coffee flavoring!

    17. 17

      I’ve never heard of coffee wings before! That’s crazy and sounds delicious all at once! I wonder if my husband will make them foe me haha

    18. 18

      I bet these are so flavorful! Saving this chicken wings recipe!

    19. 19

      You had me at coffee! The flavor sounds..interesting for chicken but coffee flavored anything is going to be delicious. I can’t to try these.

    20. 20

      This recipe sounds interesting. I want to try this but my concern is if this is okay with my 3 year old son.

    21. 21

      This is perfect. I was just thinking about how I can think outside the box for my caffeine needs and wings are just part of my cravings lately. How perfect can this be!

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