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What tailgate or home football party would be complete without a huge tray of homemade chicken wings?? Cooked in the fryer, the oven, and even the slow cooker, these top-rated chicken wings will wow your party guests or satisfy a simple weeknight craving. Don’t be afraid to try the healthier baked chicken wing recipes. If you’ve never had baked chicken wings, you’ll be surprised how crispy they get when baked at high heat. Check out my list of Top-Rated Chicken Wings below for wonderful alternatives to traditional buffalo wings. With so many to choose from, you’re sure to find some new favorite ways to enjoy this Game Day Classic.
Top-Rated Chicken Wings
WINGS WITH ANGRY SAUCE
Do you like your wings fiery, sweet, and flavorful? Then, this is the recipe for you! With a bold sauce composed of harissa, a North African chili pepper paste, and various traditional and Asian flavors, these wings are sure to be a hit at your next party.
JAMAICAN JERK CHICKEN WINGS
Fire up the grill for this traditional Jamaican Jerk recipe with Habanero peppers. Don’t be afraid to use Habaneros – you can lower the heat by removing the seeds. Just remember to wear latex gloves when you’re working with hot peppers. At least, I have to, or my hands get super red and irritated, and touching any other sensitive areas on my body (e.g. face, eyes, etc.) becomes a nightmare!
From Cooking Maniac
CRISPY BAKED HONEY BBQ WINGS
These baked wings are super easy to make and perfect for game day with a simple honey BBQ sauce made by souping up store bought barbeque sauce with honey, hot sauce, butter, and garlic powder.
From A Night Owl Blog
GARLIC PARMESAN WINGS
Want to snack without all the mess of a sticky sauce? Sometimes, the simplest recipes can be the most delicious. These wings are baked to moist and tender perfection. Plus, they’re super flavorful with granulated garlic, season salt, and parmesan cheese.
From Kleinworth + Co.
SLOW COOKER HONEY PINEAPPLE CHICKEN WINGS
Party prep can be a hassle, but not with these super simple wings made in the slow cooker. Just set ’em and forget ’em – so much easier than frying! Plus, your guests will find the honey pineapple flavor unique and irresistible! Be prepared for these babies to be gone in no time!
From Noble Pig
CHIPOTLE HONEY LIME WINGS
These wings are crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, smothered in a chipotle rub, then bathed in honey lime hot sauce for a seriously amazing appetizer or meal.
From Carlsbad Cravings
CHINESE ORANGE CHICKEN WINGS
If you’re craving orange chicken from your local Chinese restaurant, do yourself a favor, and make something even better at home!
From Deliciously Yum
BOURBON MAPLE GLAZED CHICKEN WINGS
If you like your wings sticky and sweet with bold, complex flavor, you won’t be able to resist these chicken wings glazed with Bourbon whiskey and maple syrup.
From Simply Recipes
CRISPY OLD BAY WINGS
If you like Old Bay on seafood, you’ll love it on chicken, too, especially when it’s in a rich wing sauce made of apple cider vinegar, honey, and butter. Yum!
From Chewsy Lovers
STICKY BAKED WINGS WITH SWEET + SPICY POMEGRANATE GLAZE
Would you love to be able to bake your wings to make them healthier and so much easier to prepare, but can’t stand the thought of sacrificing that delicious crispy skin only frying can provide? Then, this wing recipe perfect for you! Despite being smothered in a sticky, sweet, and spicy pomegranate glaze, these wings remain crispy even through reheating!!
From Cooking for Keeps
TEQUILA LIME BAKED CHICKEN WINGS WITH CREAMY DILL SALSA
Take your taste buds south of the border with this crispy baked chicken smothered in tequila lime sauce. Pair with an easy creamy dill salsa to complement the sweet and sour flavors of the wings.
From Mama Harris’ Kitchen
SMOKED PARTY WINGS
If you have a smoker, then skip the oil and fire up the smoker to make these smoked chicken wings with a zesty sauce mixture of Italian dressing, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and soy sauce.
From How to BBQ Right
DR. PEPPER CHICKEN WINGS
These sweet, sticky, and spicy wings are basted in a super easy Dr. Pepper sauce. Dr. Pepper may seem like a strange recipe ingredient, but it adds incredible richness and flavor to these wings.
From Buy This Cook That
JALAPEÑO HONEY WINGS
Jalapeños are one of my favorite peppers, and the jalapeño/ honey combination in these wings is to die for! Jalapeños are great for parties because they offer a nice heat, but aren’t too hot. Plus, you can remove the seeds to reduce the heat even more. If you want to go the other way for a spicier sauce, just make the sauce ahead of time and let it sit – the longer it sits, the hotter it will be!
KOREAN FRIED WINGS
If you’ve never tried Korean fried chicken, you are in for a treat. These wings are dipped in a thin batter and fried twice, which gives them an extra crunchy exterior, then brushed with a spicy-sweet sauce with plenty of ginger, garlic, and Korean chili sauce.
From The Kitchn
VIETNAMESE STYLE CARAMEL WINGS
This simple Vietnamese-style savory caramel sauce is the perfect blend of salty, sweet, sour, and spicy.
From Closet Cooking
GLAZED CHICKEN WINGS
If you’re looking for a simple, not-spicy chicken wing recipe, check out these wings covered in a subtle soy sauce glaze both children and adults will love.
From Organized Island
NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN WINGS
Being from Pennsylvania, I had never heard of Nashville Hot Wings (apparently, it’s a thing down there) until I saw the Kentucky Fried Chicken commercials. I don’t usually partake in fast food, but I decided I to try this sauce on KFC’s crispy chicken strips and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it!
Make your own much healthier and tastier version with this homemade recipe (homemade is always better, right?) with Louisiana Hot Sauce and lots of cayenne pepper for some serious heat! To ensure you’re enjoying this traditional Nashville dish just right, be sure to serve with loads of dill pickle slices!
From Cooking with Janica
SWEET SRIRACHA WINGS
I LOVE Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce! Tabasco sauce has its place, but it’s just hot and vinegary – it doesn’t have the complex flavors Sriracha does. These wings really make the bold taste of Sriracha shine, and fancy molasses complements and helps tone down the intense heat of the chili sauce to make an irresistible flavor profile.
SPICY OVEN CHICKEN WINGS WITH APPLE ONION DIP
These baked chicken wings are immersed in a sticky coating of fiery Lusty Monk mustard, dijon, maple syrup, and Sriracha chili sauce for a sweet and spicy kick. Cool down these spicy wings just a little with an easy apple onion dip made with sweet applesauce and caramelized onions and tangy Greek yogurt!
From A Spicy Perspective
No tailgate or football party would be complete without a heaping platter of tender and delicious wings! With the variation in flavors on this list of Top-Rated Chicken Wings, you’re sure to find some new favorites your friends and family will love!
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