Cherry Chicken Wings

These mildly flavored wings will be a hit at your next party.

1 (4- or 5-pound) package frozen uncooked chicken wing sections

1 (20- or 21-ounce) can cherry pie filling

1⁄4 cup ketchup

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

1⁄2 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional

Line two 15×10×1-inch baking sheets with aluminum foil. Spray with non-stick spray. Place frozen chicken wing sections on pans. Bake, uncovered, in a preheated 375-degree oven for 45 to 55 minutes, or until chicken is tender. Drain the fat. Meanwhile, put pie filling, ketchup, lemon juice, hot pepper sauce and liquid smoke in blender or food processor container. Cover and blend until smooth.

Remove pans for the oven; drain the fat. Spoon cherry sauce evenly over all sides of wing sections. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until sauce is set. Makes 12 appetizer servings (about 3 wing sections each); make 6 servings as a main course.

Note: For spicier wings, add more hot pepper sauce.

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