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story.lead_photo.caption Honey Spiced Chicken Wings and Potato Salad. (Linda Gassenheimer/TNS)

These sweet and spicy chicken wings are baked in the oven and then crisped under the broiler. It's perfect for a relaxing weekend. I separated the drumettes from the flats for easier serving.

Microwaving the potatoes for the potato salad shortens the cooking time and means there's no pot to wash. Make extra potato salad if you have time; it will keep a couple of days in the refrigerator and can be served with any meal.

Helpful hints

Yellow or gold potatoes can be used instead of red potatoes.

Add more hot pepper sauce if you like the wings really hot.

An easy way to snip chives is with a scissors.

Countdown

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Make chicken wings.

While chicken wings bake, make potato salad

Shopping list

To buy: eight chicken wings, one jar apricot jam, one bottle honey, one bottle hot pepper sauce, 3/4 pound red potatoes, one bottle distilled vinegar, one jar Dijon mustard, one bunch celery and one bunch chives.

Staples: canola oil, salt and black peppercorns.

Linda Gassenheimer is the author, most recently, of "Simply Smoothies: Fresh & Fast Diabetes-Friendly Snacks & Complete Meals" and "Fast and Flavorful: Great Diabetes Meals from Market to Table" and "The Flavors of the Florida Keys." Her website is dinnerinminutes.com. Follow her on Twitter @lgassenheimer

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HONEY SPICED CHICKEN WINGS

Makes: 2 servings

8 chicken wings, tips removed, drumettes and flats separated

3 tablespoons apricot jam

1 1/2 tablespoons honey

1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking tray with foil and place in oven as it preheats. Mix apricot jam, honey and hot pepper sauce together. Spoon over wings. When oven is preheated, place wings on baking tray on the middle shelf in the oven and bake 10 minutes or until a meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees. Turn oven on to broil and crisp the chicken for 3 minutes. Watch to make sure they don't burn. Remove and divide between two dinner plates.

Per serving: 512 calories (37 percent from fat), 21 g fat (5.9 g saturated, 8.1 g monounsaturated), 144 mg cholesterol, 47.6 g protein, 32.3 g carbohydrates, 0.2 g fiber, 172 mg sodium.

POTATO SALAD

Makes: 2 servings

3/4 pound red potatoes

2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

1 1/2-tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons canola oil

2 tablespoons warm water

1/3 cup snipped chives

1/3 cup diced celery

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Wash potatoes, do not peel and cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch pieces. Place them in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high 5 minutes. Test to see they are soft. Add another minute or 2 if needed. Mix vinegar, mustard, oil and warm water together. Add the chives and celery. Stir into the potatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with the chicken wings.

Per serving: 174 calories (27 percent from fat), 5.2 g fat (0.4 g saturated,3.1 g monounsaturated), no cholesterol, 4.0 g protein, 28.7 g carbohydrates, 3.9 g fiber, 170 mg sodium.

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