29 Next-Level Chicken Wing Recipes
The first flavor that comes to mind when you think of chicken wings might be Buffalo—and it’s a classic for a reason. But there are also plenty of other sauces and rubs to try, whether you’re baking your wings, frying them, or even grilling them. Hill Country smoked chicken wings with Texas ranch dressing; crispy garlic-glazed chicken wings; limoncello-marinated chicken wings with pepperoni sauce (pepperoni! sauce!). With over 25 to choose from, you’ll definitely find a few new favorites.
Spicy Sriracha Chicken Wings
These crispy chicken wings get their heat from Sriracha, the Thai hot sauce that chef Michael Symon says is his favorite in the world. "We always have a couple of extra bottles at home, because my stepson blows right through the stuff."
Chicken Wings with Angry Sauce
This Korean-inspired recipe is fiery and a little bit sweet. If you’d like, you can make the sauce one day ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. (Just make sure to bring it to room temperature before you toss it with the wings.)
Soy Sauce Chicken Wings
Salty and sweet, these chicken wings are the perfect game day snack.
Honey Mustard Chicken Wings
Mustard, honey, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, garlic, and butter make up the sauce for these quick and tangy wings.
Honey-Chile Chicken Wings
Chef Tim Wood avoids the deep fryer and opts to broil or grill his chicken wings, which turns them super-crispy. A soy-and-honey glaze makes them sweet, sticky and salty.
Old Bay Hot Wings
A tablespoon of Old Bay seasoning gives these wings an extra kick.
Green Jalapeño Hot Wings
These roasted (rather than deep-fried) Buffalo-style chicken wings are smothered in a spicy green jalapeño sauce, which is pureed with pickled jalapeños for an extra hit of puckery flavor.
Spicy Apricot Wings
The apricot-based sauce that's brushed on these chicken wings before grilling gives them plenty of flavor; the extra sauce is good for dipping.
Sweet & Sticky Hot Wings
These wings get their flavor from plenty of spices and seasonings—think smoked paprika, dried garlic, salt, and dried onion—along with red hot sauce and melted hot pepper jelly.
Garlicky Chicken Wings
These sticky, crispy chicken wings have a nice kick, thanks to a simple chile-garlic glaze.
Lampe's Chicken Wings with Sweet-and-Spicy Pantry Sauce
Nothing’s better with a platter of spicy wings—Buffalo or not—than beer. Reach for a malty, flavorful ale like Old Speckled Hen.
Pepper and Salt Chicken Wings
Black and white pepper have an intense, delicious heat that, in tandem with coarse salt, makes a crisp, spicy coating for chicken wings.
Maple-Bacon Chicken Wings
Here, classic chicken wings are taken to the next level thanks to a decadent maple-bacon glaze.
Lemon-Mustard Chicken Wings
Fresh lemon juice and mustard add a nice tang to these sticky and delicious chicken wings.
Tomato-Glazed Chicken Wings
These baked Buffalo-style chicken wings can be made spicier by adding a few drops of hot sauce to the tomato sauce.
Grilled Chicken Wings with 9-Spice Dry Rub
For extra-juicy chicken, chef Timothy Hollingsworth brines his wings for three hours before tossing them in his go-to spice rub.
Classic Buffalo Chicken Wings
Here, classic Buffalo wings are amped up with extra garlic and hot sauce.
Chicken Wings with Fragrant Herb Sauce
The fresh and spicy sauce on these wings calls for both jalapeño and habanero peppers, plus a little honey to counter the heat.
Hill Country Smoked Chicken Wings with Texas Ranch Dressing
Rubbing chicken wings with a variety of sweet and spicy seasonings before smoking gives them a double dose of delicious flavor.
Smokin' Sweet Chicken Wings with Cherry Barbecue Glaze
Ginger-and-Honey Chicken Wings
Using fresh ginger juice mixed with honey to baste wings gives them a delicious flavor. F&W's Justin Chapple tosses the grilled chicken wings with salted peanuts and fresh cilantro before serving them with lime wedges, which amps up the flavor even further.
Baked Chicken Wings
These wings have a simple ingredient list—canola oil, salt, pepper, hot sauce, butter, and grated garlic, along with chopped parsley, blue cheese dressing, and lemon wedges for serving.
Sticky Baked Chicken Wings
For the ultimate game-day snack, chef Matt Jennings tosses chicken wings that he bakes in the oven (instead of deep-frying) in a spicy glaze he makes with gochujang, the Korean red pepper paste.
Coconut-Curry Chicken Wings
Marinating chicken wings in a mix of coconut milk, curry paste and lime lends them a sweet-spicy flavor.
Classic Hot Wings
These classic hot wings couldn’t be more simple—they only take two steps to make, and require just five ingredients (three, if you don’t count flour or salt).
Limoncello-Marinated Chicken Wings with Pepperoni Sauce
Tart limoncello flavors and tenderizes these standout wings from chef Jeffery Russell at the Louis M. Martini Winery in St. Helena, California. Try the pepperoni sauce on pizzas, sandwiches, or as a dip.
Crispy Garlic-Glazed Chicken Wings
At Anan Saigon, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, chef Peter Cuong Franklin serves next-level chicken wings that are at once sticky-sweet and explosively umami. Baked then stir-fried in a mixture of fish sauce, lime juice, and soy sauce, the wings get finished with crunchy fried garlic and fresh scallions.
Spicy Fried Rice-Stuffed Chicken Wings
This recipe for stuffed and fried chicken wings from F&W Best New Chef Junghyun Park features chicken wings dredged in a crackling fried chicken breading and stuffed with spicy, savory doubanjiang fried rice. (They’re a lot of fun to eat, so when preparing them, take the time to get the hang of carefully removing the bones without piercing the skin.) The final touch is a tongue-tingling spice blend of Szechuan peppercorn, salt, sugar, and powdered vinegar. Make extra of the spice blend—it’s great on everything from popcorn to tater tots.